Penrith will be without key playmakers Matt Moylan and James Segeyaro for their Round 16 clash against Wests Tigers on Sunday afternoon at Leichhardt Oval.
Having already lost Moylan for an extended period of time earlier this season, the Panthers will now be without Segeyaro after the elusive hooker picked up a ligament injury in his knee in his side’s Round 15 loss to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
Ivan Cleary’s side do welcome back Australian international Josh Mansour, though, who is set to play his first game since picking up an injury in Round 7 against the Titans.
The news is much better for Jason Taylor’s side as they look to extend their strong recent record over the Penrith Panthers, with captain Robbie Farah named to play his first Club game since picking up a shoulder injury in State of Origin Game I.
Sauaso Sue has also been named to return from injury off the interchange bench, while centre Delouise Hoeter returns to the side in place of the injured David Nofoaluma.
See how the two teams stack up and their respective changes for Friday's match below.
|Wests Tigers||Penrith Panthers|
|James Tedesco||1||Dallin Watene Zelezniak|
|Kevin Naiqama||2||Josh Mansour|
|Delouise Hoeter||3||Dean Whare|
|Tim Simona||4||Waqa Blake|
|Pat Richards||5||David Simmons|
|Mitchell Moses||6||Jamie Soward|
|Luke Brooks||7||Peter Wallace (capt.)|
|Aaron Woods||8||Reagan Campbell-Gillard|
|Robbie Farah (capt.)||9||Apisai Koroisau|
|Keith Galloway||10||Nigel Plum|
|Kyle Lovett||11||Isaah Yeo|
|Chris Lawrence||12||Bryce Cartwright|
|Martin Taupau||13||Elijah Taylor|
|Dene Halatau||14||Lewis Brown|
|Matthew Lodge||15||Jeremy Latimore|
|Ava Seumanufagai||16||Sam McKendry|
|Sauaso Sue||17||Tyrone Peachey|
|Brenden Santi||18/23||Sika Manu|
|Jason Taylor||Coach||Ivan Cleary|
Round 16 Team News (from NRL.com)
Captain Robbie Farah returns at hooker with Dene Halatau dropping back to the bench and Manaia Cherrington out completely. Delouise Hoeter replaces David Nofoaluma (knee) in the centres while Sauaso Sue takes Brendan Santi's spot on the bench.
Josh Mansour returns for the Panthers on the wing. His inclusion sees Waqa Blake go to the centres, Issah Yeo shift to the back row and Lewis Brown shifts back to the bench in place of James Segeyaro (knee). Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Sam McKendry shift between the front row and the bench. Sika Manu is 18th man.