NRL TEAMS - 2021 Round 9


The full 21-man squads for this round of the NRL, dropping live Tuesday 4pm together with match official appointments. Bookmark the article and come back for squad updates and late mail!

Tuesday around 3pm, the Warriors team drops; then at 4pm the remaining 15 lineups. 24 hours from kickoff squads are reduced to 19 men, then an hour before kickoff late mail shows the final 17 man squads and who takes the bench spot as 18th man.

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

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South Sydney Rabbitohs v Melbourne Storm
Thu May 6 2021, 7:50pm at Stadium Australia

South Sydney Rabbitohs

6. Cody Walker 3. Dane Gagai 2. Steven Marsters 4. Braidon Burns 1. Alex Johnston 21. Dean Hawkins 7. Benji Marshall 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Tevita Tatola 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jaydn Su'A 13. Jai Arrow 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Liam Knight 17. Patrick Mago 18. Jed Cartwright 19. Hame Sele

Changes from last round - Adam Reynolds (thumb) is out for several weeks. Marshall comes in at half, Walker moves to five-eighth, Johnston to fullback and Marsters & Milne are the wingers (Jaxson Paulo is out with a wrist injury). Braidon Burns returns to take the vacant centre spot. Arrow moves to lock with Cam Murray (ankle) out, Tatola returning in Arrow's place at prop. Jed Cartwright returns on the bench.

Squad update - Switcheroo everywhere. Taane Milne (5) and Troy Dargan (20) come out of the side. Alex Johnston and Dane Gagai move to the wings, Marsters switches to centre, Walker to fullback and Dean Hawkins in the new five-eighth.

Late mail - One more change - Jacob Host (16) drops out. Cartwright slides in to replace him with Sele as 18th man. 

Melbourne Storm
1. Nicholas Hynes 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 13. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 15. Tui Kamikamica 9. Harry Grant 14. Dale Finucane 17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 19. Chris Lewis 18. Dean Ieremia

Changes from last round - Jennings (wing) and Asofa-Solomona (interchange) both return. Lewis and Ieremia drop to the reserves.

Squad update - Tom Eisenhuth (16) is out injured, while Ryley Jacks (20) is the omitted reserve.

Late mail - A late game day change sees the Grant-Kamikamica-Smith rotation switched up, Grant to the bench, Tui lock and Smith hooker. Chris Lewis is the bench replacement for Eisenhuth with Ieremia as 18th man. Aaron Pene (21) drops out.

Referees: Grant Atkins;Sideline Officials: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski, Liam Kennedy;Video Referees: Henry Perenara;

Penrith Panthers v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Fri May 7 2021, 6:00pm at BlueBet Stadium

Penrith Panthers

1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Stephen Crichton 4. Matt Burton 5. Brian To'o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Tyrone May 16. Matthew Eisenhuth 17. Liam Martin 18. Scott Sorensen 19. J'maine Hopgood

Changes from last round - Unchanged 17, the reserves has a small alteration with Hopgood replacing Brent Naden.

Squad update - Spencer Leniu (15) drops off the bench with Mitch Kenny (21) the omitted reserve.

Late mail - Sorensen fills the vacancy on the bench, with Hopgood 18th man. Robert Jennings (20) is omitted.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

1. Will Kennedy 2. Mawene Hiroti 3. Will Chambers 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Connor Tracey 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Toby Rudolf 15. Teig Wilton 16. Jack Williams 17. Billy Magoulias 18. Matt Moylan 19. Josh Dugan

Changes from last round - Dugan has been named in NSW Cup as well as on the reserves. Ramien returns in the centres, with Wilton benched and Braden Hamlin-Uele (ankle) out.

Squad update - Braydon Trindall (14) is omitted with Jensen Taumoepeau (21) cut.

Late mail - Moylan is the bench replacement for Trindall, with Dugan 18th man and Franklin Pele (20) dropping out.

Referees: Chris Butler;Sideline Officials: Jon Stone, Drew Oultram;Video Referees: Matt Noyen;

Parramatta Eels v Sydney Roosters
Fri May 7 2021, 7:55pm at Bankwest Stadium

Parramatta Eels

1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Tom Opacic 4. Marata Niukore 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Isaiah Papali'i 12. Ryan Matterson 15. Shaun Lane 14. Oregon Kaufusi 16. Haze Dunster 17. Bryce Cartwright 19. Keegan Hipgrave 20. Wiremu Greig

Changes from last round - Same 17, with Paulo named in the starting prop role, Kaufusi dropping to the bench.

Squad update - Joey Lussick (18) and Jordan Rankin (21) drop out.

Late mail - Nathan Brown (13) is out. Lane starts lock, Hipgrave (19) joins the bench, with Wiremu Greig (20) 18th man.

Sydney Roosters

1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Matt Ikuvalu 6. Drew Hutchison 7. Sam Walker 8. Isaac Liu 9. Ben Marschke 11. Angus Crichton 15. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 12. Nat Butcher 13. Victor Radley 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 14. Adam Keighran 17. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 24. Tukupa Hau Tapuha 21. Joseph Suaalii

Changes from last round - Tedesco returns at fullback, Manu shifting to centre replacing the injured Brett Morris. Taukeiaho replaces Lindsay Collins (ACL) up front, Sam Verrills is also out with Ben Marschke named hooker; Adam Keighran joining the bench. Sitili Tupouniua (suspended) also out - Nat Butcher starts back row. Suluka-Fifita joins the bench.

Squad update - Earlier on Thursday Fletcher Baker (16) dropped out, with an exemption permitting the Tricolours to bring Tuku Hau Tapuha (24) in on the bench. Naufahu Whyte (19) and Lachlan Lam (20) omitted. 

Late mail - One last change sees SST benched and JWH start up front. Suaalii is 18th man with Egan Butcher (18) dropping out.

Referees: Matt Cecchin;Sideline Officials: David Munro, Todd Smith;Video Referees: Steve Chiddy;

Canberra Raiders v Newcastle Knights
Sat May 8 2021, 3:00pm at McDonalds Park

Canberra Raiders

1. Caleb Aekins 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Sebastian Kris 4. Curtis Scott 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papali'i 9. Tom Starling 10. Emre Guler 11. Corey Harawira-Naera 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton 14. Siliva Havili 15. Hudson Young 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Joseph Tapine 20. Matthew Timoko

Changes from last round - Papali'i is back in the front row, with Ryan James dropping to the reserves. Williams returns at half after dropping out late last week.

Squad update - Ryan James (19) and Dunamis Lui (21) drop out.

Late mail - 1-17. Sam Williams (18) is cut with Matt Timoko the 18th man.

Newcastle Knights

1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Brayden Musgrove 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 19. Starford To'a 6. Kurt Mann 7. Phoenix Crossland 8. David Klemmer 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 18. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Connor Watson 14. Sauaso Sue 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Brodie Jones 22. Gehamat Shibasaki

Changes from last round - Crossland is named in the halves to replace injured Blake Green. Hymel Hunt returns on the wing with Starford To'a dropping to reserves.

Squad update - Hunt (5) is out. To'a returns to the wing spot he occupied last round, Josh King (20) and Tex Hoy (21) drop out and Gehamat Shibaski (22) joins the reserves.

Late mail - Pasami Saulo (17) drops off the bench with Connor Watson (13) replacing him; Lachlan Fitzgibbon goes into the back row with Barnett to lock. Shibasaki is 18th man.

Referees: Adam Gee;Sideline Officials: Phil Henderson, Wyatt Raymond;Video Referees: Henry Perenara;

Wests Tigers v Gold Coast Titans
Sat May 8 2021, 5:30pm at Campbelltown Stadium

Wests Tigers

1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Joseph Leilua 4. Moses Mbye 5. Zac Cini 6. Adam Doueihi 7. Luke Brooks 8. James Tamou 9. Jake Simpkin 10. Alex Twal 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Joe Ofahengaue 14. Jacob Liddle 15. Stefano Utoikamanu 16. Alex Seyfarth 17. Thomas Mikaele 18. Michael Chee-Kam

Changes from last round - Tommy Talau (suspended) being out offers Moses Mbye a reprieve in the backline, with Liddle replacing him on the bench. Roberts remains out after withdrawing last week.

Squad update - Tom Amone (20) and Shawn Blore (21) drop out.

Late mail - 1-17. Chee Kam is 18th man with Zane Musgrove (19) dropping out.

Gold Coast Titans

1. Alexander Brimson 2. Anthony Don 3. Brian Kelly 4. Beau Fermor 5. Phillip Sami 19. Tanah Boyd 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui 11. Kevin Proctor 12. David Fifita 13. Tyrone Peachey 14. Moeaki Fotuaika 15. Herman Ese'ese 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 21. Esan Marsters 18. Sam McIntyre

Changes from last round - Fa'asuamaleaui returns from suspension up front with Fotuaika benched. Sami moves to the wing in the backline, replacing injured Corey Thompson. Beau Fermor moves into the centre. Jaimin Jolliffe replaces Sam McIntyre on the interchange.

Squad update - Ash Taylor (6) and Erin Clark (17) come out of the side. Boyd moves to the halves with Marsters joining the bench.

Late mail - Jayden Campbell (20) drops out with Sam McIntyre the 18th man.

Referees: Ashley Klein;Sideline Officials: Kasey Badger, Keiren Irons;Video Referees: Alan Shortall;

North Queensland Cowboys v Brisbane Broncos
Sat May 8 2021, 7:35pm at Queensland Country Bank Stadium

North Queensland Cowboys

1. Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Javid Bowen 4. Connelly Lemuelu 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Jake Clifford 8. Coen Hess 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Shane Wright 19. Mitchell Dunn 13. Jason Taumalolo 12. Ben Condon 14. Jake Granville 15. Lachlan Burr 16. Francis Molo 17. Corey Jensen

Changes from last round - Clifford returns at halfback, Ben Hampton out injured. Justin O'Neill is also out, Javid Bowen his replacement at centre.

Squad update - Peter Hola (18) and Tom Gilbert (20) cut.

Late mail - Corey Jensen slides back to 18th man, Dunn starts second row and Ben Condon reverts to the bench. Kane Bradley (21) is cut.

Brisbane Broncos

1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Xavier Coates 3. Herbie Farnworth 4. Jesse Arthars 5. Corey Oates 6. Anthony Milford 7. Tyson Gamble 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Jordan Riki 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Danny Levi 15. Thomas Flegler 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Rhys Kennedy 19. Brendan Piakura

Changes from last round - 1-17 the same.

Squad update - Tesi Niu (20) and John Asiata (21) drop out.

Late mail - 1-17. Brendan Piakura is the 18th man with Dale Copley (18) cut.

Referees: Chris Sutton;Sideline Officials: Nick Morel, Belinda Sharpe;Video Referees: Chris Butler;

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles v Warriors
Sun May 9 2021, 2:00pm at Lottoland

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 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Sean Keppie 11. Haumole Olakau'atu 12. Josh Schuster 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Cade Cust 15. Moses Suli 16. Zac Saddler 17. Toafofoa Sipley 18. Ben Trbojevic

Changes from last round - Josh Aloiai and Martin Taupau are both out, Keppie starts up front, Olakau'atu second row. Suli returns on the bench.

Squad update - Christian Tuipulotu (20) and Jorge Taufua (21) cut.

Late mail - 1-17. Ben Trbojevic is 18th man with Tevita Funa (19) dropping out.


1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Edward Kosi 3. Adam Pompey 4. Rocco Berry 5. Ken Maumalo 20. Chanel Harris-Tavita 7. Kodi Nikorima 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Wayde Egan 10. Kane Evans 11. Josh Curran 17. Bayley Sironen 13. Tohu Harris 6. Reece Walsh 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Bunty Afoa 18. Jack Murchie

Changes from last round - Eliesa Katoa returns, replacing Ben Murdoch-Masila in the pack. Both Euan Aitken and Chanel Harris-Tavita appear as reserves as they near return themselves.

Squad update - Katoa (12) is back out of the side. Sironen moves into the starting side at second row with Murchie joining the bench. Tom Ale (21) drops out.

Late mail - CHT comes into the halves with Walsh benched. Murchie is 18th man with Aitken (22) dropping out.

Referees: Peter Gough;Sideline Officials: Darian Furner, Chris Butler;Video Referees: Ashley Klein;

St George Illawarra Dragons v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Sun May 9 2021, 4:05pm at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium

St George Illawarra Dragons

1. Matthew Dufty 20. Mathew Feagai 3. Jack Bird 4. Tyrell Fuimaono 5. Max Feagai 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Kerr 12. Tariq Sims 13. Josh Mcguire 15. Billy Burns 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Kaide Ellis 19. Junior Amone 14. Jackson Ford

Changes from last round - Fuimaono moves to the backline to cover injured Zac Lomax, Poasa Faamausili returns on the bench replacing Jackson Ford, who stepped up late last week.

Squad update - Cody Ramsey (2) is out, with Mathew Feagai replacing him on the wing; Faamausili drops to the reserves. Adam Clune (21) drops out.

Late mail - Amone is the new man on the bench, Faamausili (14) drops out. Ford is 18th man.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Cotric 3. Will Hopoate 4. Corey Allan 5. Nick Meaney 6. Jake Averillo 7. Kyle Flanagan 16. Ava Seumanufagai 9. Sione Katoa 10. Luke Thompson 11. Adam Elliott 12. Chris Smith 13. Corey Waddell 14. Bradley Deitz 15. Renouf Atoni 19. Lachlan Lewis 23. Ofahiki Ogden 21. Matt Doorey

Changes from last round - DWZ shifts to fullback, with Meaney moving to the wing. Lachlan Lewis reappears in the reserves after a few weeks missing with concussion symptoms - he successfully returned last round via NSW Cup.

Squad update - Dylan Napa (8) is out. Seumanufagai replaces him up front with Joe Stimson (20) the other omission.

Late mail - Doorey (17) drops to 18th man, with Tui Katoa (21) dropping out. Lewis and Ogden fill the last two bench spots.

Referees: Ben Cummins;Sideline Officials: David Munro, Nick Beashel;Video Referees: Alan Shortall;