Sport Team lists: Broncos make surprise halves call
NRL 2021: Brisbane Broncos centre Tesi Niu set to face court over driving offence
Brisbane Broncos centre Tesi Niu is set to face court on Friday after being charged with unlicensed driving. The 19-year-old was slated to slot into the centres after his debut season for the Broncos, playing six games in 2020. However, this has been thrown into jeopardy with Niu set to appear in court after being charged with driving without a licence. This was confirmed by the club in a statement on Thursday. "Brisbane Broncos player Tesi Niu will appear in court tomorrow on a driving offence," they said. "He informed the club that he has been charged with unlicensed driving due to demerit points.
The team lists for NRL round one are in and it looks like veteran Benji Marshall will play a key role for the Rabbitohs this season after being named in South Sydney's squad who will take on in the Storm on Thursday.
Marshall, 36, has been named in the No.14 jersey and will come off the interchange for the Rabbitohs.
In other team news, the halves fiasco at the Broncos has gone the way of Brodie Croft, who will partner Anthony Milford in the halves, with Tom Dearden left out and placed on the reserves.
And in a move that might come as a big surprise to some, Cowboys superstar Valentine Holmes has been named to start on the wing. Today's move appears to be a backflip from coach Todd Payten,this season for the club.
Matt Lodge injury: Broncos confirm hamstring strain for front-rower
Matt Lodge injury: Broncos confirm hamstring strain for front-rowerLodge pulled up sore after trying to take a hit-up, forced to immediately come from the field after just 18 minutes.
Melbourne Storm v South Sydney Rabbitohs, AAMI Park, 8.05pm (AEDT) Thursday
Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. George Jennings 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 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 14. Chris Lewis 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Nicholas Hynes 18. Darryn Schonig 19. Cooper Johns 20. Trent Loiero 21. Tyson Smoothy
Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Dane Gagai 4. Campbell Graham 5. Josh Mansour 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Tevita Tatola 11. Jacob Host 12. Jaydn Su'A 13. Cameron Murray 14. Benji Marshall 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Keaon Koloamatangi 17. Jai Arrow 18. Patrick Mago 19. Jaxson Paulo 20. Tautau Moga 21. Troy Dargan
NRL trials: Who fired and who didn't for each club
From new recruits, players returning from long-term injury lay-offs, and others in need of a big season – these matches were the stepping stone for a big year ahead for many players. With two weeks until the season kicks off on March 11th with the Rabbitohs and Storm, coaches will now begin finetuning having witnessed their team's final hit-out of the season. Here's what we learned from the trials, plus who impressed and who didn't out of your side over the weekend.
Newcastle Knights v Canterbury Bulldogs, McDonald Jones Stadium, 6pm (AEDT) Friday
Knights: 1. Tex Hoy 2. Starford To'a 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Gehamat Shibasaki 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Connor Watson 14. Sauaso Sue 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Josh King 17. Brodie Jones 18. Hymel Hunt 19. Pasami Saulo 20. Jack Johns 21. Simi Sasagi
Bulldogs: 1. Corey Allan 2. Nick Meaney 3. Will Hopoate 4. Nick Cotric 5. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 6. Jake Averillo 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Ofahiki Ogden 9. Sione Katoa 10. Jack Hetherington 11. Adam Elliott 12. Corey Waddell 13. Josh Jackson 14. Bradley Deitz 15. Renouf Atoni 16. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 17. Dylan Napa 19. Tuipulotu Katoa 20. Chris Smith 21. Brandon Wakeham 22. Ava Seumanufagai
Brisbane Broncos v Parramatta Eels, Suncorp Stadium, 8.05pm (AEDT) Friday
Cronk gets Bellamy blessing for NRL jobs
Craig Bellamy says Cooper Cronk's integrity and professionalism will ensure he continues to be an asset to NRL heavyweights Melbourne and the Sydney Roosters. © Regi Varghese/AAP PHOTOS Melbourne's halves have been mentored by Cooper Cronk who is also on the Sydney Roosters staff. Amid claims of a conflict of interest, Cronk is on the books at the Storm and the Roosters - two heavyweights of the NRL.Cronk played most of his 372-game career under Bellamy, winning two premierships at the Storm before winding up his decorated career with two titles in as many seasons at the Roosters.
Broncos: 1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Xavier Coates 3. Herbie Farnworth 4. Tesi Niu 5. David Mead 6. Anthony Milford 7. Brodie Croft 8. Tevita Pangai Junior 9. Jake Turpin 10. Matthew Lodge 11. Alex Glenn 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. John Asiata 15. Thomas Flegler 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Ben Te'o 18. Tom Dearden 19. Rhys Kennedy 20. Richard Kennar 21. Cory Paix
Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Tom Opacic 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown 14. Oregon Kaufusi 15. Isaiah Papali'i 16. Keegan Hipgrave 17. Will Smith 18. Haze Dunster 19. Joey Lussick 20. Jordan Rankin 21. David Hollis
Warriors v Gold Coast Titans, Central Coast Stadium, 3pm (AEDT) Saturday
Video: Titans prepare to tackle 2021 NRL season (9News.com.au)
Warriors: 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2 David Fusitu'a 3 Euan Aitken 4 Peta Hiku 5 Ken Maumalo 6 Kodi Nikorima 7 Chanel Harris-Tavita 8 Addin Fonua-Blake 9 Wayde Egan 10 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 11 Eliesa Katoa 12 Bayley Sironen 13 Tohu Harris 14 Jazz Tevaga 15 Ben Murdoch-Masila 16 Leeson Ah Mau 17 Bunty Afoa 18 Adam Pompey 20 Sean O'Sullivan 21 Tom Ale 22 Josh Curran
Cameron Smith will make NRL return for Gold Coast Titans in April, Paul Gallen predicts
Smith is yet to announce his plan for 2021 on the eve of the NRL season opener.That’s the opinion of former Cronulla captain and Smith’s longtime Australia team-mate Paul Gallen.
Titans: 1. AJ Brimson 2. Corey Thompson 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Anthony Don 6. Ashley Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Kevin Proctor 12. David Fifita 13. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Sam Lisone 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Erin Clark 18. Phillip Sami 19. Beau Fermor 20. Herman Ese'ese 21. Sam McIntyre
Analysis: The Warriors have been given a monster Round 1 boost by naming previously injured stars Eliesa Katoa and Wayde Egan for surprise returns.
Sydney Roosters v Manly Sea Eagles, SCG, 5.30pm (AEDT) Saturday
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Lachlan Lam 7. Luke Keary 8. Lindsay Collins 9. Jake Friend 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Isaac Liu 14. Adam Keighran 15. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 16. Nat Butcher 17. Daniel Suluka-fifita 18. Matt Ikuvalu 19. Fletcher Baker 20. Freddy Lussick 21. Sam Walker
Sea Eagles: 1. Dylan Walker 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Jack Gosiewski 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Tevita Funa 15. Andrew Davey 16. Morgan Boyle 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Josh Schuster 19. Sean Keppie 20. Toafofoa Sipley 21. Morgan Harper
Vivement Dimanche: this famous comedian who will give Michel Drucker a nice surprise for his comeback
© AGENCE / BESTIMAGE Vivement Dimanche: this famous comedian who will give Michel Drucker a nice surprise for his big comeback Sunday 28 March, viewers will find Michel Drucker at the helm of the program Vivement Dimanche, on France 2. The opportunity to find many guests on the set, including a great comedian who has also confided to have concocted a nice surprise to the presenter. Only two weeks before Michel Drucker's big comeback at the helm of his show, Vivement Dimanche .
Penrith Panthers v North Queensland Cowboys, Panthers Stadium, 7.35pm (AEDT) Saturday
Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Stephen Crichton 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 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Matthew Eisenhuth 17. Liam Martin 18. J'maine Hopgood 19. Matt Burton 20. Robert Jennings 21. Mitch Kenny
Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Esan Marsters 4. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 5. Valentine Holmes 6. Michael Morgan 7. Jake Clifford 8. Francis Molo 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Mitchell Dunn 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Jake Granville 15. Josh Mcguire 16. Corey Jensen 17. Lachlan Burr 18. Shane Wright 19. Reuben Cotter 20. Murray Taulagi 21. Ben Hampton
Canberra Raiders v Wests Tigers, GIO Stadium, 4.05pm (AEDT) Sunday
Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Sebastian Kris 4. Curtis Scott 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papali'i 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Dunamis Lui 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine 14. Siliva Havili 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Ryan James 18. Sam Williams 19. Tom Starling 20. Emre Guler 21. Harley Smith-Shields
Tigers: 1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. James Roberts 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Asu Kepaoa 6. Moses Mbye 7. Luke Brooks 8. James Tamou 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Joe Ofahengaue 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Alex Twal 14. Tommy Talau 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Stefano Utoikamanu 17. Russell Packer 18. Jock Madden 19. Michael Chee-Kam 20. Tukimihia Simpkins 21. Alex Seyfarth
Ferguson's 'brilliance' ignites Eels comeback
Eels winger Blake Ferguson was at his absolute best on Friday night against the Brisbane Broncos.Following a disappointing first half which saw the Eels trail 16-0 at half-time, Parramatta, behind two magical moments from Ferguson, scored four unanswered tries tonight to defeat the Broncos 24-16 at Suncorp Stadium.
St George Illawarra Dragons v Cronulla Sharks, Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, 6.15pm (AEDT) Sunday
Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Jack Bird 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Adam Clune 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Kerr 12. Tariq Sims 13. Tyrell Fuimaono 14. Poasa Faamausili 15. Trent Merrin 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Brayden Wiliame 18. Jackson Ford 19. Kaide Ellis 20. Jordan Pereira 21. Max Feagai
Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Josh Dugan 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Chad Townsend 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Toby Rudolf 14. Connor Tracey 15. Aiden Tolman 16. Jack Williams 17. Billy Magoulias 18. Mawene Hiroti 19. Teig Wilton 20. Andrew Fifita 21. Braydon Trindall
My NRL top eight for 2021 .
Less than two weeks to go and the footy will be back. After a very unique and challenging 2020 season, fans and players alike will hope that this season can play out as planned. Like any season, we will see the stocks of some start to rise, as others fall in their place. A few teams could count themselves very lucky to play finals footy last year, while others had much improved ends to the season. Who will it be at the pointy end? And who will live to wait another season for their shot at glory? Here is who I think will make the cut in 2021. 1.