As the 2023 State of Origin opener approaches, clubs across the NRL are making changes to accommodate the short turnaround. Teams with three Origin representatives can name an extra reserve, while those with four or more players can add two more players to the bench. South Sydney fans were hoping for the inclusion of Latrell Mitchell after he missed the first game with a calf injury, but unfortunately, he won’t be travelling to the Gold Coast.
However, Cam Murray and Jai Arrow are set to back up, and the Bunnies welcome back Campbell Graham. The Titans have been dealt a blow with Kieran Foran set to rest due to a toe injury, making way for Jayden Campbell and Keano Kini to start in the halves and at fullback, respectively. Meanwhile, David Fifita and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui have been named to start for the Titans.
The Roosters have named James Tedesco and Lindsay Collins to play against the Bulldogs, while Joseph Manu and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves make a return for the trip to Gosford. Brandon Smith and Victor Radley are out, and Daniel Tupou could return from his hamstring tear. Josh Addo-Carr and Tevita Pangai Junior remain in an extended bench for the Bulldogs, with a decision pending on their availability. The Panthers have named their Origin stars to play against the Sea Eagles, with Spencer Leniu and Izack Tago making a return from injury.
Jarrod Croker has been dropped for the Raiders so he can celebrate his 300th game in Canberra next week. This means Albert Hopoate moves to centre, with Nick Cotric on the wing, but Xavier Savage may come in if Seb Kris can’t overcome a knee injury. The Warriors will see the return of Wayde Egan, Dylan Walker, and Mitch Barnett, with the latter playing his first game since Round 3 after a neck injury. The Warriors will host a Dolphins side without Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow and Tom Gilbert, who have been rested.
Siosifa Talakai is back for the Sharks after a few weeks on the sideline, but Cam McInnes and Toby Rudolf are still out. Halfback Nicho Hynes will back up from his Origin debut, as will Brisbane’s five representatives. The Cowboys‘ bench is yet to be confirmed, with all four of their Queenslanders named, but fans will have to wait and see. There is good news for North Queensland, with Jeremiah Nanai returning from suspension and Jason Taumalolo expected to play for the first time since Round 7. Finally, Melbourne Storm‘s Craig Bellamy has named his Origin stars, and Eliesa Katoa has been included despite a shoulder injury.