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Maroons coach Billy Slater confirmed the worst for Coates, who is set to be sidelined with a syndesmosis injury. Slater said Coates was in doubt for game two in Perth on June 26, where Queensland could clinch the series after a 16-10 victory. “It looks like he has done his syndesmosis, that’s not a great word to hear when you’re a rugby league player. He tried to run it out and stayed out there a little bit,” Slater said. The race to replace Coates will be between Cowboys teammates Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow and Murray Taulagi. The duo were part of Slater’s game one squad. Stream every game of every round of the 2022 NRL Telstra Premiership Season Live & Ad-Break Free During Play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14-days free now.“We’ve got Murray Taulagi, who has been in camp all week, and also Hamiso. It will be one of those two,” Slater said. “Those guys weren’t here for the experience, they were here because they deserved a spot. “I would have been comfortable throwing any of those guys a Maroons jersey.” Coates’ injury is a bigger concern for Storm coach Craig Bellamy, whose backline stocks are already thin. Tyran Wishart and Will Warbrick are in the running to replace Coates against the Roosters on Saturday.Bellamy is ‘hopeful’ Harry Grant, Felise Kaufusi and Cameron Munster will back up with the trio staying in Sydney to give themselves the best chance to take the field.PLAYER RATINGS: Blues buried by star’s ‘worst Origin ever’MATCH REPORT: NSW halves go missing in heartbreakerRoosters coach Trent Robinson’s biggest call will be whether fullback James Tedesco backs up. Tedesco was rested after game one of last year’s series but the skipper was carrying a hip pointer injury. If Tedesco is rested, Joey Manu is likely to shift into the fullback role with Billy Smith an option at centre. The short turnaround into Friday night’s clash between St George Illawarra and the Cowboys will have a slew of players racing the clock. Dragons duo Bent Hent and Tariq Sims will fly up to Townsville on Thursday morning to join the squad but won’t arrive in time for the side’s captain’s run. Jayden Sullivan is an option for Hunt, while Josh McGuire and Jaydn Su’A are options for Sims. Boom Maroons back Jeremiah Nanai had a miraculous recovery from an ankle injury on Wednesday night but looks set to be rested. So too, Reuben Cotter and Valentine Holmes with the coach Todd Payten not naming any of his Origin stars in the top 17. “I’ve rolled my ankle before, anyone that rolled their ankle, it’s no good. What a tough performance to come back. He is 19 years old, that’s a really tough performance, to say I’m ready to go put me back out there … I just walked past him right then, he was sitting there eating a pizza and he’s got ice on his ankle,” Slater said. Brisbane centre Kotoni Staggs copped a shoulder injury and did not finish Wednesday night’s game and is in doubt to take the field against Canberra on Saturday.NSW coach Brad Fittler said Staggs had a ‘cork’ to the shoulder. “It’s like a cork to his shoulder. We’re hoping it’s not anything else. It’s just a cork,” Fittler said.Winger Selwyn Cobbo and forwards Payne Haas and Pat Carrigan were named for the Broncos on Tuesday but Kevin Walters has options in Delouise Hoeter and Jordan Pereira in the backs and Rhys Kennedy and Ryan James in the pack. Penrith coach Ivan Cleary could be tempted to rest his Origin contingent even with a four day turnaround into Sunday’s clash against Newcastle, after his makeshift outfit missing six stars disposed of Canterbury last week.SETBACK FOR STAR TIGERThe Wests Tigers are refusing to put a timeline on Adam Doueihi’s return but he is expected to be sidelined for at least a month as he works his way back from a second knee surgery.The Tigers have also placed boom prop Stefano Utoikamanu back in their rehabilitation group as he attempts to shake off the lingering effects of an ankle injury. Doueihi underwent surgery on his left knee and hasn’t played since round 23 last year. He was penciled in to make his return this week but the Tigers have wrapped him in cotton wool as a safeguard against further injury.Doueihi is also off contract at the end of next season and the club has had informal talks with his management about an extension. Their initial priority is to get Doueihi fit and back on the field after the Tigers co-captain made the decision not to play this weekend after consulting football staff and medicos.“I am not going to put a time on it,” head of football Tim Sheens said.“It won’t be long but he needs to intensify his workload. The staff have identified that. He himself is the one who said he wouldn’t play.“We’ll let everyone know that he is ready to play — when he is comfortable and everyone is comfortable.”Utoikamanu hurt his ankle earlier this year and the club has taken him out of the line of fire to work on the injury.“He has been playing with a bad ankle for a few weeks and it is affecting him and his game,” Sheens said.“So he has gone back into rehab.”ROUND 14 TEAMSCOWBOYS v DRAGONSFriday, 7.55pm, QCB Stadium, TownsvilleCowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater, 2. Brendan Elliot, 3. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, 4. Peta Hiku, 5. Murray Taulagi, 6. Ben Hampton, 7. Chad Townsend, 8. Jordan McLean, 9. Reece Robson, 10. Coen Hess, 11. Tom Gilbert, 12. Heilum Luki, 13. Jason TaumaloloBench: 14. Jake Granville, 15. Connelly Lemuelu, 16. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, 17. Griffin NeameReserves: 18. Ben Condon, 19. Tom Dearden, 20. Jeremiah Nanai, 21. Kane Bradley, 22. Reuben Cotter, 23. Valentine Holmes, 24. Brendan FreiPlayers cut: TBCLate Mail: Jeremiah Nanai (ankle) is set to be rested. Dragons: 1. Cody Ramsey, 2. Mathew Feagai, 3. Moses Suli, 4. Zac Lomax, 5. Tautau Moga, 6. Talatau Amone, 7. Ben Hunt, 8. Francis Molo, 9. Moses Mbye, 10. Blake Lawrie, 11. Jack Bird, 12. Tariq Sims, 13. Jack De BelinBench: 14. Andrew McCullough, 15. Aaron Woods, 16. Michael Molo, 17. Jayden SullivanReserves: 18. Josh McGuire, 19. Jaydn Su’A, 20. Jonathon Reuben, 21. Jaiyden Hunt, 22. Josh KerrPlayers cut: TBCLate Mail: TBCTITANS v RABBITOHSSaturday, 3pm, Cbus Super Stadium, Gold CoastTitans: 1. AJ Brimson, 2. Greg Marzhew, 3. Brian Kelly, 4. Patrick Herbert, 5. Jamayne Isaako, 6. Paul Turner, 7. Toby Sexton, 8. Jarrod Wallace, 9. Erin Clark, 10. Isaac Liu, 11. Sam McIntyre, 12. Beau Fermor, 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleauiBench: 14. Tanah Boyd, 15. Moeaki Fotuaika, 16. Jaimin Jolliffe, 17. Sam LisoneReserves: 18. Esan Marsters, 19. Herman Ese’ese, 20. Aaron Booth, 21. Corey Thompson, 22. Alofiana Khan-PereiraPlayers cut: TBCLate Mail: TBCRabbitohs: 1. Kodi Nikorima, 2. Alex Johnston, 3. Taane Milne, 4. Campbell Graham, 5. Jaxson Paulo, 6. Cody Walker, 7. Lachlan Ilias, 8. Tevita Tatola, 9. Damien Cook, 10. Thomas Burgess, 11. Keaon Koloamatangi, 12. Jai Arrow, 13. Cameron MurrayBench: 14. Peter Mamouzelos, 15. Mark Nicholls, 16. Siliva Havili, 17. Hame SeleReserves: 18. Blake Taaffe, 19. Isaiah Tass, 20. Liam Knight, 21. Ben Lovett, 22. Dean HawkinsPlayers cut: TBCLate Mail: TBCTeams are in for Round 14 and it’s all about which Origin players will and won’t back up.ROOSTERS v STORMSaturday, 5.30pm, SCG, SydneyRoosters: 1. James Tedesco, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Paul Momirovski, 4. Joey Manu, 5. Joseph Suaalii, 6. Sam Walker, 7. Luke Keary, 8. Lindsay Collins, 9. Drew Hutchison, 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho, 11. Angus Crichton, 12. Sitili Tupouniua, 13. Nat ButcherBench: 14. Connor Watson, 15. Fletcher Baker, 16. Egan Butcher, 17. Terrell May Reserves: 18. Lachlan Lam, 19. Daniel Suluka-Fifita, 20. Ben Marschke, 21. Naufahu Whyte, 22. Kevin Naiqama, 23. Billy SmithPlayers cut: TBCLate Mail: TBCStorm: 1. Nick Meaney, 2. Dean Ieremia, 3. Marion Seve, 4. Justin Olam, 5. Xavier Coates, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Jahrome Hughes, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Harry Grant, 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 11. Felise Kaufusi, 12. Kenny Bromwich, 13. Josh KingBench: 14. Brandon Smith, 15. Tui Kamikamica, 16. Trent Loiero, 17. Alec MacDonaldReserves: 18. Chris Lewis, 19. Jayden Nikorima, 20. Tyran Wishart, 21. Jordan Grant, 22. Bronson Garlick 23. Will Warbrick, 24. Grant AndersonPlayers cut: TBCLate Mail: Xavier Coates (ankle) is set to miss at least a few weeks. BRONCOS v RAIDERSSaturday, 7.35pm, Suncorp Stadium, BrisbaneBroncos: 1. Te Maire Martin, 2. Corey Oates, 3. Kotoni Staggs, 4. Herbie Farnworth, 5. Selwyn Cobbo, 6. Ezra Mam, 7. Adam Reynolds, 8. Corey Jensen, 9. Billy Walters, 10. Payne Haas, 11. TC Robati, 12. Jordan Riki, 13. Pat CarriganBench: 14. Cory Paix, 15. Kobe Hetherington, 16. Thomas Flegler, 17. Keenan Palasia Reserves: 18. Delouise Hoeter, 19. Rhys Kennedy, 20. Jordan Pereira, 21. Brenko Lee, 22. Ryan James, 23. Xavier Willison, 24. Branden PiakuraPlayers cut: TBCLate Mail: TBCRaiders: 1. Xavier Savage, 2. Nick Cotric, 3. Matt Timoko, 4. Sebastian Kris, 5. James Schiller, 6. Jack Wighton, 7. Jamal Fogarty, 8. Josh Papalii, 9. Zac Woolford, 10. Joseph Tapine, 11. Hudson Young, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Adam Elliott Bench: 14. Tom Starling, 15. Ryan Sutton, 16. Corey Harawira-Naera, 17. Corey HorsburghReserves: 18. Semi Valemei, 19. Matt Frawley, 20. Trey Mooney, 21. Harry Rushton, 22. Adrian TrevilyanPlayers cut: TBCLate Mail: TBCTIGERS v SEA EAGLESSunday, 2pm, Campbelltown Sports StadiumTigers: 1. Daine Laurie, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Starford To’a, 4. Brent Naden, 5. Ken Maumalo, 6. Luke Brooks, 7. Jackson Hastings, 8. James Tamou, 9. Jacob Liddle, 10. Zane Musgrove, 11. Luke Garner, 12. Luciano Leilua, 13. Joe OfahengaueBench: 14. Jock Madden, 15. Alex Twal, 16. Kelma Tuilagi, 17. Alex SeyfarthReserves: 18. Fa’amanu Brown, 19. Fonua Pole, 20. Jake Simpkin, 21. Junior Tupou, 22. Austin DiasPlayers cut: TBCLate Mail: Adam Doueihi (knee) is set to miss at least another month. Sea Eagles: 1. Reuben Garrick, 2. Jason Saab, 3. Morgan Harper, 4. Tolutau Koula, 5. Christian Tuipulotu, 6. Kieran Foran, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans, 8. Josh Aloiai, 9. Lachlan Croker, 10. Toafofoa Sipley, 11. Haumole Olakau’atu, 12. Andrew Davey, 13. Jake TrbojevicBench: 14. Dylan Walker, 15. Josh Schuster, 16. Martin Taupau, 17. Sean KeppieReserves: 18. Taniela Paseka, 19. Ethan Bullemor, 20. Kaeo Weekes, 21. Kurt De Luis, 22. Jorge Taufua Players cut: TBCLate Mail: TBCKNIGHTS v PANTHERSSunday, 4.05pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, NewcastleKnights: 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. Jacob Saifiti, 11. Tyson Frizell, 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 13. Mitch BarnettBench: 14. Kurt Mann, 15. Simi Sasagi, 16. Leo Thompson, 17. Mat CrokerReserves: 18. Pasami Saulo, 19. Jirah Momoisea, 20. Tex Hoy, 21. Jack Johns, 22. Phoenix CrosslandPlayers cut: TBCLate Mail: TBCPanthers: 1. Dylan Edwards, 2. Taylan May, 3. Izack Tago, 4. Stephen Crichton, 5. Brian To’o, 6. Jarome Luai , 7. Nathan Cleary, 8. Moses Leota, 9. Api Koroisau, 10. James Fisher-Harris, 11. Viliame Kikau, 12. Liam Martin, 13. Isaah YeoBench: 14. Mitch Kenny, 15. Scott Sorensen, 16. Matt Eisenhuth, 17. Jaeman Salmon Reserves: 18. Robert Jennings, 19. Chris Smith, 20. Sean O’Sullivan, 21. J’Maine Hopgood, 22. Spencer Leniu, 23. Charlie Staines, 24. Kurt FallsPlayers cut: TBCLate Mail: TBCWARRIORS v SHARKSSunday, 6.15pm, Moreton Daily Stadium, RedcliffeWarriors: 1. Reece Walsh, 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 3. Rocco Berry, 4. Adam Pompey, 5. Marcelo Montoya, 6.Chanel Harris-Tavita, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. Ben Murdoch-Masila, 9. Wayde Egan, 10. Jazz Tevaga, 11. Euan Aitken, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Jack MurchieBench: 14. Josh Curran, 15. Bunty Afoa, 16. Dunamis Lui, 17. Bayley SironenReserves: 18. Freddy Lussick, 20. Aaron Pene, 21. Eliesa Katoa, 22. Jesse Arthars, 23. Ronald VolkmanPlayers cut: TBCLate Mail: Shaun Johnson is “under pressure”, according to new coach Stacey Jones. Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy, 2. Sione Katoa, 3. Jesse Ramien, 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. Teig Wilton, 13. Cameron McInnesBench: 14. Aiden Tolman, 15. Braydon Trindall, 16. Thomas Hazelton, 17. Andrew FifitaReserves: 18. Connor Tracey, 19. Wade Graham, 20. Lachlan Miller, 21. Jesse Colquhoun, 22. Mawene HirotiPlayers cut: TBCLate Mail: TBCBULLDOGS v EELSMonday, 4pm, Accor Stadium, SydneyBulldogs: 1. Jake Averillo, 2. Jacob Kiraz, 3. Aaron Schoupp, 4. Corey Allan, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Matt Burton, 7. Kyle Flanagan, 8. Ava Seumanufagai, 9. Jeremy Marshall-King, 10. Paul Vaughan, 11. Josh Jackson, 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 13. Max KingBench: 14. Zach Dockar-Clay, 15. Corey Waddell, 16. Joe Stimson, 17. Chris PatoloReserves: 19. Matt Dufty, 20. Bailey Biondi-Odo, 21. Kurtis Morrin, 22. Isaac Lumelume, 23. Tevita Pangai JuniorPlayers cut: TBCLate Mail: TBCEels: 1. Clint Gutherson, 2. Maika Sivo, 3. Will Penisini, 4. Waqa Blake, 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 Bench: 14. Makahesi Makatoa, 15. Ryan Matterson, 16. Oregon Kaufusi, 17. Nathan Brown Reserves: 18. Tom Opacic, 19. Jake Arthur, 20. Mitch Rein, 21. Bryce Cartwright, 22. Ky Rodwell, 23. Sean RussellPlayers cut: TBCLate Mail: TBC

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