The reason behind Wests Tigers star David Nofoaluma’s recent absence from Michael Maguire’s starting line up can now be revealed.
The Rabbitohs are set for a huge boost with Murray’s return confirmed.
Payne Haas, meanwhile, will suit up for the Broncos despite stunning the club by submitting a reuqest for an immediate release for his contract.
Elsewhere the Dragons could be without flyer Mikaele Ravalawa after he reportedly suffered a hamstring injury.
Raiders skipper Jarrod Croker’s career is at a crossroads after a devastating shoulder injury setback in an incident at his home on Tuesday with scans to determine if he requires surgery.
Read on for all the NRL Late Mail for Round 12.
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FRIDAY MAY 27
Brisbane Broncos vs Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium, 7.55pm AEDT
Broncos team: 1. Te Maire Martin 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Ezra Mam 8. Corey Jensen 9. Billy Walters 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Cory Peace 15. Kobe Hetherington 16. Thomas Flegler 17. Keenan Palasia 21. Delouise Hoeter
Players cut: 18. Brenko Lee 19. TC Robati 22. Jordan Pereira 23. Xavier Willison 24. David Mead 20. Rhys Kennedy
Late Mail: Adam Reynolds remains out with a snout injury with rookie Ezra Mam getting a second start at halfback after an impressive debut against the Knights. Super starPayne Haas has confirmed he will play against the Titans despite a bombshell request for an immediate release. Kevin Walters runs the risk of Haas unsettling the side with the parochial crowd unlikely to view kindly on the forward’s move
titans team: 1. Jayden Campbell 2. Corey Thompson 3. Brian Kelly 4. Esan Marsters 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. AJ Brimson 7. Toby Sexton 10. Jarrod Wallace 9. Erin Clark 11. Isaac Liu 12. Beau Fermor 16. Sam McIntyre 13 Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Sam Lisone 23. David Fifita 19. Aaron Booth
Players cut: 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 20. Greg Marzhew 22. Alofiana Khan-Pereira 24. Patrick Herbert 18. Paul Turner 19. Herman Ese’ese
Late Mail: Star back-rower David Fitita makes a long-awaited return from the bench, while Moeaki Fotuaika has been ruled out with a low-grade AITFL sprain. Jarrod Wallace and isaac liu now make up the front-row pairing, while Sam McIntyre slots on an edge with Sam Lisa moving back to the bench.
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SATURDAY MAY 28
Warriors vs Newcastle Knights at Moreton Daily Stadium, 3.00pm AEDT
warriors team: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Viliami Vailea 4. Adam Pompey 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Ben Murdoch-Masila 9. Freddy Lussick 10. Jazz Tevaga 11. Euan Aitken 12. Tohu Harris 13. Jack Murchie 14. Taniela Otukolo 15. Aaron Pene 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Eliesa Katoa 18. Jesse Arthars 21. Dunamis Lui
Players cut: 20. Rocco Berry 22. Daejarn Asi 23. Pride Petterson-Robati 24. Ronald Volkman 25. Jackson Frei
Late Mail: Chanel Harris Tavita returns at five-eighth, with Daejarn Asi dropping to the reserves. Addin Fonua-Blake is out with Jazz Tevaga and Ben Murdoch-Masila named as the props and Freddy Lussick at hooker. However, Bunty Afoa may switch from the bench to starting prop before kick-off.
Knights team: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Dane Gagai 4. Enari Tuala 5. Dominic Young 6. Anthony Milford 7. Jake Clifford 8. David Klemmer 9. Chris Randall 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13 Mitchell Barnett 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Leo Thompson 17. Mathew Croker 18. Simi Sasagi 20. Tex Hoy
Players cut: 19. Brodie Jones 21. Sauaso Sue 22. Pasami Saulo 23. Krystian Mapapalangi 24. Brayden Musgrove
Late Mail: Jake Clifford returns at halfback to partner Anthony Milford with adam clune dropped. Bradman Best is out with an elbow injury with Enari Tuala coming into the centers.
South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Wests Tigers at Accor Stadium, 5.30pm AEDT
Rabbitohs team: 1. Blake Taaffe 2. Alex Johnston 3. Jaxson Paulo 4. Campbell Graham 5. Taane Milne 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13 Hame Sele 14. Liam Knight 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Siliva Havili 17. Kodi Nikorima 18. Josh Mansour 19. Isaiah Tass 20. Trent Peoples 21. Shaq Mitchell 22. Dean Hawkins 23. Izaac Thompson 24. Cameron Murray
Late Mail: Skipper Cameron Murray will return against the Tigers according to the SMH. Hame Sele will likely move back to the bench, with Siliva Havili dropping out. Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Blake Taaffe will move onto the bench, with Kodi Nikorima making his first start for the South Sydney side. Tevita Tatola and Taane Milne will need to pass concussion protocols to play. Prop Mark Nicholls returns from an ankle injury in a timely boost.
Tigers team: 1. Daine Laurie 2. Asu Kepaoa 3. Starford To’a 4. Brent Naden 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Luke Brooks 7. Jackson Hastings 8. James Tamou 9. Jake Simpkin 10. Zane Musgrove 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Joe Ofahengaue 14. Kelma Tuilagi 15. Alex Twal 16. Fa’amanu Brown 17. Stefano Utoikamanu 18. Alex Seyfarth 19. Jock Madden 20. Jacob Liddle 21. Tyrone Peachey 22. Fonua Pole 23. Junior Tupou 24. David Nofoaluma
Late Mail: Try machine David Nofoaluma’s mysterious absence for Michael Maguire’s starting line up can now be explained. According to the Daily Telegraph, an off-field incident along with injury and concussion are behind his recent omission. According to the report, which did not reveal the nature of the incident, Nofoaluma was subject to an internal disciplinary sanction. It was descibed as a minor incident but comes after he was stood down from the leadership group last year. He has been named on an extended bench to face Souths. Fullback Doe Laurie will need to pass a fitness test to return early from injury. If he fails to recover in time Starford To’a will switch to fullback with Tyrone Peachey coming in at center. Luke Brooks returns at five-eighth, goal jackson hastings is in doubt after being seen in a moon boot. If Hastings is ruled out Jock Madden would join Brooks in the halves. David Nofoaluma is bidding to return from concussion from the reserves with Asu Kepaoa the man likely to make way.
Cronulla Sharks vs Sydney Roosters at PointsBet Stadium, 7.35pm AEDT
Sharks team: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Connor Tracey 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Royce Hunt 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13 .Cameron McInnes 14. Aiden Tolman 15. Braydon Trindall 16. Teig Wilton 17. Andrew Fifita 18. Lachlan Miller 19. Thomas Hazelton 20. Mawene Hiroti 21. Kade Dykes 22. Jesse Colquhoun 23. Luke Metcalf 24. Kayal Iro
Late Mail: William Kennedy returns from suspension at fullback with star debutant Lachlan Miller named 18th man, but he may be a late inclusion on the bench given his impressive debut. Siosifa Talakai is expected to overcome an ankle complaint to take his spot in the centers. Meanwhile, the Sharks have confirmed 23-year-old Thomas Hazelton will make his debut after Wade Graham was ruled out with a foot injury. Hazleton stands an imposing 198cm and weighs in at 113kg.
Roosters team: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph Suaalii 6. Sam Walker 7. Luke Keary 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Drew Hutchison 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Angus Crichton 12. Nat Butcher 13. Siosiua Taukeiaho 14. Connor Watson 15. Fletcher Baker 16. Sitili Tupouniua 17. Terrell May 18. Lachlan Lam 19. Egan Butcher 20. Ben Marschke 21. Billy Smith 22. Kevin Naiqama 23. Adam Keighran 24. Daniel Suluka- Fifita
Late Mail: Sitili Tupouniua returns from concussion via the bench, with Egan Butcher making way and Terrell May holding his place.
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SUNDAY MAY 29
Canterbury Bulldogs vs St George Illawarra Dragons at Belmore Sports Ground, 2.00pm AEDT
Bulldogs team: 1. Matt Dufty 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Aaron Schoupp 4. Jake Averillo 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Luke Thompson 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Corey Waddell 12 Max King 13. Josh Jackson 14. Zach Dockar-Clay 15. Tevita Pangai Junior 16. Chris Patolo 17. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 19. Jackson Topine 20. Brandon Wakeham 21. Joe Stimson 22. Declan Casey 23. Jayden Okunbor 24. Paul Alamoti 25. Ava Seumanufagai
Late Mail: Josh Addo Carr returns from illness on the wing, with Jayden Okunbor dropping out. Second rower Corey Wadell returns from concussion with Joe Stimson switching to the reserves. Max King replace Tevita Pangai Jr in the starting side, but the pair could swap before kick-off.
dragon team: 1. Cody Ramsey 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Moses Suli 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 8. Francis Molo 9. Moses Mbye 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Jack Bird 12. Tariq Sims 13 Jack de Belin 14. Andrew McCullough 15. Aaron Woods 16. Michael Molo 17. Tyrell Fuimaono 18. Jack Gosiewski 19. Tautau Moga 20. Jayden Sullivan 21. Tyrell Sloan 22. Josh Kerr 23. Jackson Ford 24. Jaiyden Hunt
Late Mail: Andrew McCullough returns from a thumb injury on the bench, but could swap with Moses Mbye before kick-off. Cody Ramsey looks to be the side’s fullback for the foreseeable future after starring last week against the Warriors. Mikaele Ravalawa could be a late exclusion with a hamstring injury, with Tautau Moga reportedly on standby according to SMH’s Michael Chammas.
Canberra Raiders vs Parramatta Eels at GIO Stadium, 4.05pm AEDT
Raiders team: 1. Xavier Savage 2. Nick Cotric 16. Sebastian Kris 4. Matthew Timoko 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papalii’i 9. Zac Woolford 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Adam Elliott 14. Tom Starling 15. Ryan Sutton 17. Corey Horsburgh 18. Brad Schneider 19. Harry Rushton 20. James Schiller 21. Corey Harawira-Naera 22. Trey Mooney 23. Emre Guler 24. Matt Frawley
Players cut: 3. Jarrod Croker
Late Mail: Center Jarrod Croker has been ruled out of Round 12 and faces another stint on the sidelines after suffering a shoulder dislocation at his home. The Raiders reported Croker will have scans to determine whether surgery is required. Sebastian Kris is set to shift from the bench to replace him, with Harry Rushton gold Corey Harawira-Naera to join the pine. Jamal Fogarty makes his Raiders debut at halfback with Brad Schneider dropping out. xavier savage starts at fullback with Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad out with a hamstring injury.
Eels-team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Waqa Blake 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Tom Opacic 5. Bailey Simonsson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Marata Niukore 13. Isaiah Papali’i 14. Makahesi Makatoa 15. Ryan Matterson 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Nathan Brown 18. Bryce Cartwright 19. Jakob Arthur 20. Mitch Rein 21. Hayze Perham 22. Sean Russell 23. Ky Rodwell 24. Maika sivo
Late Mail: Winger Maika Sivo is closing in on a return after being named in the reserves, but may be eased back after the bye. If he plays Bailey Simonson will drop out or Brad Arthur could switch the returning Waqa Blake to center with Tom Opacic making way. Marata Niukore has been named on an edge with Isaiah Papali’i at lock, but the pair could swap or Ryan Matterson could shift to No.13 on game day.