Dragons skipper Lance Thompson and hooker Mark Riddell have been cleared of serious injury and have been named to play against the Rabbitohs at WIN Stadium on Saturday night.
Thompson saw a specialist today and was told the fractures to his eyesocket were “minor and very stable”, while x-rays cleared Riddell of shoulder damage. Team doctor Martin Raftery said both would still be reviewed later in the week.
The changes, primarily due to the absence of Origin trio Jason Ryles, Shaun Timmins and Luke Bailey, include Chris Nero to start at centre with Brent Kite going to the bench (six named, two to be ommitted); Chris Leikvoll and Damien Bower have been added to the bench from Premier League; Ian Donnelly to start at prop; and Henry Perenara to start at second row.
TEAM LIST - Saturday, June 21 - WIN Stadium
DRAGONS V RABBITOHS 7.30pm NRL Coach: Nathan Brown 1. Reece SIMMONDS 2. Nathan BLACKLOCK 3. Chris NERO 4. Matt COOPER 5. John WILSHERE 6. Ben HORNBY 7. Brett FIRMAN 8. Quentin PONGIA 9. Dean YOUNG 10. Ian DONNELLY 11. Henry PERENARA 12. Lance THOMPSON (c) 13. John CROSS 14. Chris LEIKVOLL 15. Craig STAPLETON 16. Mark RIDDELL 17. Dean BYRNE 21. Brent KITE 22. Damien BOWER *** TWO TO BE OMITTED
5.30pm Premier League Coach: Michael Potter 1. Lee BENNETT 2. Shane LALOATA 3. Beau SCOTT 4. Brendan WALL 5. Wes NAIQAMA 6. Don DICKSON 7. Mathew HEAD (c) 8. Michael HENDERSON 9. Ryan POWELL 10. Ashton SIMS 11. Michael HOWELL 12. Gary McBRIDE 13. Nathan TUTT 14. Bryan NORRIE 15. Robbie SIMPSON 16. Steven SOUTHERN 17. Ben CREAGH