NRL TEAMS - 2021 Round 21


All the squad lists and match official appointments for the weekend ahead, available at 4pm Tuesday. Bookmark this article and come back for squad updates and late mail across the round.

NOTE: Due to Queensland's COVID-19 lockdown which extends to next Sunday, three games were relocated.

What to expect each week:

  • Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday: match official appointments
  • Tuesday approx 3pm: Warriors teamlist announced
  • Tuesday 4pm: remaining fifteen teamlists announced
  • 24 hours before a match kicks off: squad update, 21 players reduced to 19
  • One hour before a match kicks off: late mail, 19 players reduced to final 17 plus 18th man medical sub

All times are listed in AEST (NSW/QLD/VIC/ACT) unless otherwise noted.

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Newcastle Knights v Brisbane Broncos
Thu August 5 2021, 7:50pm at Suncorp Stadium

Newcastle Knights

1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Enari Tuala 3. Kurt Mann 4. Bradman Best 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Jake Clifford 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Chris Randall 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 19. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Connor Watson 14. Sauaso Sue 15. David Klemmer 17. Brodie Jones 18. Phoenix Crossland

Changes from last round - Pearce is back, but Jayden Brailey (rested) is out. Crossland drops to the reserves, Randall is the new hooker, and Tex Hoy, last week's 18th man, is out of the squad completely. Sue and Watson swap back after Sue started on Sunday. Ponga is captain.

Squad update - Staford To'a (20) and Jack Johns (21) cut.

Late mail - Fitzgibbon returns to the 17, earning a starting back row spot. Barnett switches to lock and Watson drops to the bench with Josh King (16) missing out. Crossland is 18th man.

Brisbane Broncos

1. Tesi Niu 2. Corey Oates 3. Jesse Arthars 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Brodie Croft 8. Keenan Palasia 9. Danny Levi 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 12. Jordan Riki 13. Kobe Hetherington 14. Xavier Willison 15. Rhys Kennedy 16. Ethan Bullemor 19. Albert Kelly 17. TC Robati

Changes from last round - Hooker Jake Turpin (ankle) and centre Kotoni Staggs (knee) are out. Jesse Arthars is the new centre with Danny Levi - who is fighting a match review charge for a fine at the judiciary tonight - will play hooker. Milford and Kelly are both reserves.

Squad update - Kelly joins the bench with Robati demoted to 18th man. Anthony Milford (20) and Xavier Coates (21) drop out.

Late mail - No further changes. Robati is 18th man with David Mead (18) omitted.

Referees: Grant Atkins;Sideline Officials: Kasey Badger, Phil Henderson;Video Referees: Alan Shortall;

Canberra Raiders v St George Illawarra Dragons
Fri August 6 2021, 6:00pm at Cbus Super Stadium

Canberra Raiders

1. Jordan Rapana 2. Semi Valemei 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Matthew Timoko 5. Harley Smith-Shields 6. Jack Wighton 7. Sam Williams 8. Josh Papali'i 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton 14. Tom Starling 15. Corey Harawira-Naera 16. Emre Guler 17. Elijah Anderson 18. Iosia Soliola

Changes from last round - Seb Kris (HIA) is out. Timoko is the new player in the backline. Ryan Sutton returns at lock, Young moves to second row and CHN to the bench. Soliola is out of the 17, while Elijah Anderson is a new bench face.

Squad update - Dunamis Lui (19) and Siliva Havili (21) cut.

Late mail - 1-17. Soliola is 18th man with Matt Frawley (20) dropping out.

St George Illawarra Dragons

1. Jack Bird 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Cody Ramsey 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Adam Clune 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Josh Mcguire 11. Billy Burns 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jack de Belin 14. Talatau Amone 15. Jackson Ford 16. Jaiyden Hunt 17. Kaide Ellis 18. Matthew Dufty

Changes from last round - Ben Hunt (arm) is out. Clune replaces him in the halves. Josh Kerr and Gerard Beale are the last two rotating suspensions for the Red V. Coming back in are Jack Bird (fullback), Blake Lawrie (prop), Jack De Belin (lock) from those suspensions, as well as Josh McGuire (prop) and Zac Lomax (centre) who have completed their COVID isolation. Cody Ramsey is back in the centres too. Norman moves to the halves alongside Clune, with Sloan out of the squad and Sullivan dropping to reserves. Tyrell Fuimaono is suspended.

Squad update - Jayden Sullivan (20) and Dan Alvaro (21) omitted.

Late mail - 1-17. Dufty is 18th man with Poasa Faamausili (19) dropping out.

Referees: Chris Sutton;Sideline Officials: Belinda Sharpe, Drew Oultram;Video Referees: Steve Chiddy;

Parramatta Eels v South Sydney Rabbitohs
Fri August 6 2021, 8:05pm at Cbus Super Stadium

Parramatta Eels

1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Tom Opacic 4. Waqa Blake 18. Haze Dunster 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Oregon Kaufusi 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Isaiah Papali'i 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown 14. Bryce Cartwright 15. Shaun Lane 16. Marata Niukore 17. Will Smith 19. Ray Stone

Changes from last round - Moses is back at half, with Jakob Arthur dropping to the reserves along with Ray Stone. Bryce Cartwright is back on the bench for Stone. Reagan Campbell-Gillard (groin) will miss this clash, so Kaufusi starts up front, and Niukore returns to the 17 after a knee injury.

Squad update - Blake Ferguson (5) is out. Dunster replaces him on the wing. Arthur (20) is the omitted reserve.

Late mail - No more changes. Stone 18th man, Makahesi Makatoa (21) cut.

South Sydney Rabbitohs

1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Josh Mansour 3. Dane Gagai 4. Taane Milne 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Mark Nicholls 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray 14. Benji Marshall 15. Jacob Host 16. Tevita Tatola 17. Jaydn Su'A 18. Braidon Burns

Changes from last round - Cameron Murray returns at lock, Su'A pushing back to the bench. Marshall returns on the bench along with Tatola as well. Out of the 17 go Taaffe, Mago and Moale.

Squad update - Patrick Mago (19) and Blake Taaffe (20) drop out.

Late mail - 1-17. Burns 18th man. Davvy Moale (21) cut.

Referees: Ashley Klein;Sideline Officials: Todd Smith, Jon Stone;Video Referees: Henry Perenara;

Warriors v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Sat August 7 2021, 3:00pm at Cbus Super Stadium


1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Peta Hiku 4. Viliami Vailea 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Jazz Tevaga 10. Matt Lodge 11. Euan Aitken 12. Josh Curran 13. Bayley Sironen 14. Kodi Nikorima 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Kane Evans 17. Eliesa Katoa 20. Edward Kosi

Changes from last round - Out of the side come Ben Murdoch-Masila, Taniela Otukolo and 18th man Pride Petterson-Robati, while Jamayne Taunoa-Brown and Adam Pompey drop to the reserves. Addin Fonua-Blake and Matt Lodge (props), Chanel Harris-Tavita (five-eighth) and Josh Curran (second row) all come back into the side, with Peta Hiku switching from five-eighth to centre, and Eliesa Katoa benched. Tevaga is named at hooker.

Squad update - Jack Murchie (21) and Adam Pompey (22) drop out.

Late mail - 1-17. Kosi 18th man, Taunoa-Brown (18) cut.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Will Chambers 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Connor Tracey 7. Braydon Trindall 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Siosifa Talakai 13. Jack Williams 14. Braden Hamlin-Uele 16. Aiden Tolman 17. Andrew Fifita 19. Luke Metcalf 20. Billy Magoulias

Changes from last round - Ramien returns in the centres, Talakai moving back to the second row and Williams to lock, Rudolf to prop and Tolman is benched. Metcalf drops to the reserves.

Squad update - Billy Magoulias (20) and Matt Moylan (21) drop out.

Late mail - Royce Hunt (15) is out. Metcalf joins the bench, Jonaiah Lualua (18) drops out and Magoulias is back in as 18th man.

Referees: Matt Cecchin;Sideline Officials: Darian Furner, Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski;Video Referees: Alan Shortall;

Sydney Roosters v Penrith Panthers
Sat August 7 2021, 5:30pm at Suncorp Stadium

Sydney Roosters

1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Adam Keighran 12. Sitili Tupouniua 4. Joseph Manu 6. Drew Hutchison 7. Sam Walker 10. Isaac Liu 9. Sam Verrills 17. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 15. Nat Butcher 13. Victor Radley 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 14. Lachlan Lam 16. Egan Butcher 19. Fletcher Baker 5. Dale Copley

Changes from last round - New signing Dale Copley is rushed into the wing position, Joey Manu moving to the centres for injured Josh Morris. JWH is named at prop but will face the judiciary tonight aiming to beat a 1 week suspension.

Squad update - Ben Marshcke (18) and Moala Graham-Taufa (20) are cut.

Late mail - Wowee, ok where to start? Copley drops to 18th man, Tupouniua shifts to centre and Manu wing, Nat Butcher starts second row and Baker joins the bench. As well, Taukeiaho starts with JWH benched. Naufahu Whyte (21) drops out.

Penrith Panthers

1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Kurt Capewell 19. Taylan May 6. Matt Burton 7. Jarome Luai 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 17. Matthew Eisenhuth 11. Viliame Kikau 10. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 12. Scott Sorensen 14. Mitch Kenny 16. Spencer Leniu 18. Izack Tago 20. J'maine Hopgood

Changes from last round - Koroisau (suspension) and Yeo (HIA protocol) return in a welcome boost, but not Nathan Cleary. Kenny drops to the bench for Api. Stephen Crichton's suspension means Kurt Capewell and Paul Momirovski are the new centre pairing, Brent Naden shifting to wing and Rob Jennings dropping out altogether. Scott Sorensen replaces Capewell in the back row after playing lock last week. Former Bronco and future Bulldog Tevita Pangai Junior is listed on the bench.

Squad update - Naden (3) and TPJ (15) drop out, while Nathan Cleary (21) is also omitted. Jaeman Salmon joins the reserves. Momirovski shifts to the wing and Tago is listed at centre. Hopgood joins the bench.

Late mail - Tago drops back to the bench with May to debut on the wing instead, Hopgood is 18th man and Sorensen is benched, with Eisenhuth starting prop and Martin shifting to second row. Jaeman Salmon (22) drops out.

Referees: Gerard Sutton;Sideline Officials: Phil Henderson, Matt Noyen;Video Referees: Henry Perenara;

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles v Melbourne Storm
Sat August 7 2021, 7:35pm at Suncorp Stadium

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 17. Toafofoa Sipley 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau'atu 12. Josh Schuster 13. Jake Trbojevic 8. Taniela Paseka 14. Dylan Walker 15. Karl Lawton 16. Josh Aloiai 18. Moses Suli

Changes from last round - Josh Aloiai is back on the interchange with Curtis Sironen dropping to reserves. Paseka and Sipley swap back after the latter started prop on Monday night's win over Cronulla.

Squad update - Cade Cust (19) and Curtis Sironen (20) omitted.

Late mail - Sipley and Paseka swap with Toff starting and Taniela benched. Suli is 18th man, Kurt de Luis (21) cut.

Melbourne Storm

1. Nicholas Hynes 2. Dean Ieremia 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 15. Tom Eisenhuth 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 11. Chris Lewis 14. Harry Grant 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen 19. Tepai Moeroa 16. Jordan Grant

Changes from last round - Felise Kaufusi (suspended) is out, with Lewis his second row replacement and Tom Eisenhuth added to the interchange.

Squad update - Isaac Lumelume (20) and Cooper Johns (21) cut.

Late mail - Lewis is benched with Eisenhuth to start back row, while Tepai Moeroa replaces Jordan Grant on the bench. Grant is 18th man, Trent Loiero (18) cut.

Referees: Adam Gee;Sideline Officials: David Munro, Peter Gough;Video Referees: Steve Chiddy;

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Wests Tigers
Sun August 8 2021, 1:50pm at Cbus Super Stadium

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

1. Nick Meaney 2. Corey Allan 3. Will Hopoate 4. Aaron Schoupp 5. Falakiko Manu 6. Bailey Biondi-Odo 7. Jake Averillo 15. Dylan Napa 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Jack Hetherington 11. Corey Waddell 12. Adam Elliott 13. Josh Jackson 8. Ava Seumanufagai 14. Sione Katoa 16. Chris Patolo 17. Matt Doorey 25. Watson Heleta

Changes from last round - Big changes to a side that's been decimated lately. Winger Jayden Okunbor (dropped) and half Kyle Flanagan (reserves) are out of the side. Manu comes in on the wing, Biondi-Odo getting the #6 jumper, and Nick Meaney goes to fullback with Corey Allan on the wing. Sione Katoa is added to the bench, Ava Seumanufagai is named to start prop, Napa benched and Renouf Atoni is out of the 21 altogether in favour of Jackson Topine in jumper 22.

Squad update - Tui Katoa (19), Kyle Flanagan (21) and Jackson Topine (22) are cut, with Watson Heleta joining the reserves alongside Stimson.

Late mail - Napa starts up front with Seumanufagai benched. Joe Stimson (20) drops out, Heleta is 18th man.

Wests Tigers

1. Moses Mbye 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Michael Chee-Kam 4. Tommy Talau 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Adam Doueihi 7. Luke Brooks 8. Stefano Utoikamanu 9. Jacob Liddle 10. James Tamou 11. Shawn Blore 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Thomas Mikaele 14. Alex Twal 15. Zac Cini 16. Joe Ofahengaue 17. Kelma Tuilagi 18. Tukimihia Simpkins

Changes from last round - Daine Laurie (leg) is out, so Moses Mbye comes in at fullback against his former club. Chee Kam is in the centres for Mbye. Tamou returns in the front row, Twal dropping to the bench. Similarly Mikaele returns with Ofahengaue benched. Tuki Simpkins drops to the reserves with Zac Cini promoted ot the interchange.

Squad update - Jock Madden (20) and Tom Amone (19) omitted.

Late mail - 1-17. Tuki Simpkins is 18th man with Jake Simpkin (21) cut.

Referees: Chris Butler;Sideline Officials: Belinda Sharpe, Wyatt Raymond;Video Referees: Henry Perenara;

Gold Coast Titans v North Queensland Cowboys
Sun August 8 2021, 4:05pm at Cbus Super Stadium

Gold Coast Titans

1. Alexander Brimson 2. Greg Marzhew 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Corey Thompson 6. Ashley Taylor 7. Toby Sexton 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Kevin Proctor 16. Beau Fermor 13. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui 12. David Fifita 14. Erin Clark 15. Sam Lisone 17. Jaimin Jolliffe 18. Esan Marsters

Changes from last round - Herbert is back, with Marsters out of the 17. Tyrone Peachey's suspension is timed well for Erin Clark to return from injury on the bench, while coach Justin Holbrook has switched Fermor back to the bench and Fifita starting back row despite the opposite happening on game day the last two weeks.

Squad update - Sam McIntyre (19) and Anthony Don (20) drop out.

Late mail - Oh look. Fermor starts and Fifita's benched. What a huge surprise [/sarcasm]. Marsters is 18th man, Jamal Fogarty (21) cut.

North Queensland Cowboys

1. Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Connelly Lemuelu 4. Ben Hampton 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Tom Dearden 8. Tom Gilbert 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Jason Taumalolo 12. Heilum Luki 13. Coen Hess 14. Mitchell Dunn 15. Ben Condon 16. Lachlan Burr 17. Jake Granville 19. Daejarn Asi

Changes from last round - Valentine Holmes returns from his Origin-sustained shoulder injury and will replace stand-in fullback Jake Granville in the custodian role. Granville drops to the bench. Kane Bradley (hand) is out so Hampton starts centre with Tuilagi shifting to wing, while Round 20 interchange players Gilbert (prop) Luki (second row) and Hess (lock) all starting. Taumalolo moves to the back row, with Molo and Wright dropping to reserves and Dunn on the bench.

Squad update - Francis Molo (18) and Peter Hola (20) cut.

Late mail - 1-17. Asi is 18th man, Shane Wright (21) drops out.)

Referees: Ben Cummins;Sideline Officials: Jon Stone, Liam Kennedy;Video Referees: Alan Shortall;