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Monday night out for Baby Broncos

Brisbane Broncos player Luke Capewell
Brisbane Broncos player Luke Capewell Claudia Baxter

INJURIES and suspensions have forced coach Anthony Griffin to name a side with a Baby Broncos flavour for Monday night's must-win clash with the Parramatta Eels.

First-season rookies Luke Capewell and Aaron Whitchurch have been called in to the team alongside Lachlan Maranta to shore up a backline that has been hit hard by players' unavailability.

Justin Hodges has joined Jharal Yow Yeh, Dale Copley and Jack Reed on the injured list, and fullback Josh Hoffman will miss the match through suspicion.

In other changes, Gerard Beale moves from wing to centre to partner Alex Glenn; Ben Hannant regains his starting spot in the pack at the expense of Josh McGuire, and Brendon Gibb and Dunamis Lui have been named on a five-man bench.

The Broncos have also decided to contest the grading of the high-tackle charge against Ben Te'o, but he has not been named.

However, if he is successful at tomorrow night's judiciary hearing, the Origin back-rower will play on Monday.

In the Eels line-up, Jake Mullaney is at fullback for the injured Jarryd Hayne, and Cheyse Blair returns in the centres for Willie Tonga.

The Eels, after their best win of the season last weekend against Melbourne, will be coached by stand-in Brad Arthur for the first time.

After six weeks on the sidelines, Billy Slater has been named at fullback for the Storm, who play the Dragons at Wollongong on Friday night.

Slater has not played since suffering a knee injury in Origin II and in his absence the Storm has lost five of its past six matches and the premiership lead.

The Dragons have named Beau Scott in the centres for the injured Matt Cooper and - surprisingly - Dean Young at lock despite his horrific head knock last weekend.

Origin forward Greg Bird is back to strengthen the Titans, who meet the Roosters on Friday night, but Ashley Harrison (broken toe) is still another week away.

Despite their much-publicised injuries, Luke Bailey and Nate Myles have both been named.

Roosters coach Brian Smith has dumped Mitch Aubusson and rookie Adam Henry, with youngster Tautau Moga back on one wing and debutant Roger Tuivasa-Sheck on the other.

Sharks skipper Paul Gallen is returning for his first game since Origin III for their home clash with the Panthers on Saturday night, along with Jeremy Smith.

Rookie Ricky Leutele is in the centres for Ben Pomeroy, but stand-in skipper Wade Graham has finally succumbed to a sternum injury.

Luke Lewis, who announced last week he would be joining the Sharks next season and withdrew from last Sunday's match, was not been selected for the Panthers.

Lachlan Coote remains at five-eighth and Josh Mansour at fullback after their starring roles in those positions last weekend.

Topics:  brisbane broncos, nrl, parramatta eels, rugby league


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