Rabbitohs load up for Sea Eagles clash

SOUTH Sydney may have lost giant English prop and co-captain Sam Burgess for the next two weeks, but the return of match-winners Greg Inglis and John Sutton has helped cancel that negative.

Inglis has not played since Origin III and Sutton was injured against the Cowboys in their round 21 loss in Townsville, but both return for the crucial clash with the Sea Eagles in Gosford on Friday night. A loss will almost certainly end any hopes the Sea Eagles have of a top-two finish.

Burgess pleaded guilty to a contrary conduct charge against Storm centre Will Chambers and will miss two matches, while Manly second rower Anthony Watmough is also sidelined and expected to miss at least two matches with a knee injury. Justin Horo returns to replace Watmough.

But despite Sam Burgess missing, the name remains to the forefront in the Souths line-up with Luke starting at prop and George and Tom on the bench. And after two matches back from a lengthy injury, Matt King returns to the centres after struggling on the wing.

In the other Friday night match, at Suncorp Stadium, Broncos coach Anthony Griffin has reshuffled his side following the injury to Justin Hodges. David Stagg is the new centre, Jordan Kahu returns from injury on the wing to replace last week's debutant Jordan Drew and Nick Slyney, Jarrod Wallace and Scott Anderson have been added to a 19-man bench.

For Saturday's clash at Canberra, the Raiders have named skipper Terry Campese who remains in doubt with an eye injury. Either Anthony Milford or Sam Williams are expected to play five-eighth if Campese is ruled out, with Joel Edwards promoted to lock to cover for Shaun Fensom who could be sidelined for four-to-six weeks following thumb surgery yesterday.

In the absence of Sam Kasiano and Greg Eastwood, Tony Williams and James Graham have been promoted to the Bulldogs starting line-up with Tim Browne, Marty Taupau and Lachlan Burr added to the bench.

Sharks vice-captain Wade Graham has succumbed to a shoulder injury and will miss the clash with the Dragons on Saturday. He is replaced by Jason Bukuya, with Anthony Tupou added to the bench. Beau Ryan returns after knee surgery, replacing Nathan Stapleton.

Tigers officials have, for the time being at least, indicated they will permit Benji Marshall to reach his 200 NRL game landmark before his switch to rugby union by naming him at five-eighth against the Roosters on Monday night. And, after more than 12 months sidelined, Lote Tuqiri returns on the wing.

The Roosters have made one enforced change - Sonny Bill Williams for Boyd Cordner.

The Warriors, Cowboys, Titans, Storm, Knights, Eels and Sharks have named unchanged teams for the Close the Gap round.



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