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Talkin' Teams, Tuesday March 26, 2013

Ben Barba is set to make his return to the NRL on Friday.
Ben Barba is set to make his return to the NRL on Friday. Photo: Getty Images
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Talkin' Teams: Is anyone going to stop Paul Gallen from winning his third-straight lock of the round award?

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Talkin' Teams: This is the last team to come in. Ben Pomeroy returns from suspension for his first game of the year. Isaac De Gois has also been included on a five-man bench.

Sharks: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Jonathan Wright 3. Ben Pomeroy 4. Matthew Wright 5. Beau Ryan 6. Todd Carney 7. Jeff Robson 8. Andrew Fifita 9. John Morris 10. Ben Ross 11. Luke Lewis 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen
Interchange: 14. Chris Heighington 15. Jayson Bukuya 16. Isaac De Gois 17. Anthony Tupou 18. Sam Tagataese

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Talkin' Teams: He's back. Ben Barba has been named at fullback for his first game of the season. Frank Pritchard has also been included on a six-man bench. Poor old Drury Low misses out altogether.

Bulldogs: 1. Ben Barba 2. Mitch Brown 3. Josh Morris  4. Krisnan Inu 5. Sam Perrett 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Kris Keating 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Ennis (c) 10. Martin Taupau 11. Tony Williams 12. Josh Jackson 13. Greg Eastwood
Interchange: 14. Dene Halatau 15. Dale Finucane 16. David Klemmer 17. Frank Pritchard 20. Tim Browne 23. Tim Lafai

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CONFIRMED: Ben Barba will play for the Bulldogs on Friday night

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Talkin' Teams: Get your votes in for second-rower of the round.

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Talkin' Teams: Best dummy half of the round? Robbie Farah should win this one comfortably.

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Talkin’ Teams: Luke Kelly and Ken Sio back for the Eels. Ben Roberts slides back to the bench.


Eels: 1. Jarryd Hayne © 2. Ken Sio  3. Ryan Morgan 4. Jacob Loko 5. Vai Toutai 6. Luke Kelly 7. Chris Sandow  8. Mitchell Allgood 9. Matt Keating 10. Tim Mannah 11. Reni Maitua © 12. Ben Smith 13. Joseph Paulo. Interchange: 14. Ben Roberts 15. Darcy Lussick 16. Fuifui Moimoi 17. Kelepi Tanginoa

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Talkin' Teams:

Raiders: 1. Reece Robinson 2. Sandor Earl 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Blake Ferguson 5. Jack Wighton 6. Josh McCrone © 7. Sam Williams 8. David Shillington © 9. Glen Buttriss 10. Brett White 11. Josh Papalii 12. Joel Edwards 13. Shaun Fensom. Interchange: 14. Shaun Berrigan 15. Joe Picker 16. Dane Tilse 17. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs 18. Matt McIlwrick

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Talkin' Teams: Matt Utai back for the Tigers. Koroibete out injured.

Tigers: 1. Tim Moltzen 2. Joel Reddy 3. Blake Ayshford 4. Chris Lawrence 5. Matthew Utai 6. Benji Marshall 7. Jacob Miller 8. Aaron Woods 9. Robbie Farah (c) 10. Jack Buchanan 11. Braith Anasta 12. Liam Fulton 13. Adam Blair
Interchange: 14. Ben Murdoch-Masila 15. Ava Seumanufagai 16. Matthew Bell 17. Eddy Pettybourne 18. Masada Iosefa

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Talkin' Teams: Time to vote on the big men.

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Talkin' Teams:

Rabbitohs: 1. Greg Inglis 2. Nathan Merritt 3. Dylan Farrell 4. Bryson Goodwin 5. Andrew Everingham 6. John Sutton 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Sam Burgess 9. Issac Luke 10. Jeff Lima 11. Chris McQueen 12. Ben Te'o 13. Michael Crocker (C). Interchange: 14. Nathan Peats 15. Ben Lowe 16. Dave Tyrrell 17. George Burgess 18. Roy Asotasi 19. Justin Hunt 20. Jason Clark

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Talkin' Teams: Apparently Luke O'Donnell has been stood down for being late to training. This is what the Roosters statement said: Sydney Roosters player Luke O’Donnell has been stood down for one week following a breach of the club’s standards, including being late to training. “The Sydney Roosters have strong policies in place and any form of breach is taken seriously,” said Sydney Roosters Chief Operating Officer Football, Brian Canavan.

Roosters: 1. Anthony Minichiello 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Michael Jennings 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 6. James Maloney 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Sam Moa 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Sonny Bill Williams 13. Frank-Paul Nuuausala. Interchange: 14. Daniel Mortimer 15. Martin Kennedy 16. Mitchell Aubusson 17. Aidan Guerra 18. Kane Evans

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Talkin' Teams: Panthers: 1. Dean Whare, 2. Josh Mansour, 3. Wes Naiqama, 4. Brad Tighe, 5. David Simmons, 6. Tom Humble, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Sam McKendry, 9. Kevin Kingston (C), 10. Tim Grant, 11. Sika Manu, 12. Lewis Brown, 13. Cameron Ciraldo. Interchange; 14. Adam Docker, 15. Nigel Plum, 16. James Segeyaro, 17. Clint Newton, 18. Nathan Smith, 20. Matt Robinson

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Talkin' Teams: I'm going to break the strict rugby league only policy in this blog to update you on the cricket between England and New Zealand. The Kiwis need just one wicket in three overs to win the series. Monty Panesar and Matt Prior out in the middle for the Poms. C'mon New Zealand!

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Talkin' Teams: Glen Fisiiahi is back for the Warriors, while Sam Rapira returns from injury for Monday's clash with the Cowboys.

Warriors: 1. Kevin Locke 2. Glen Fisiiahi 3. Dane Nielsen 4. Konrad Hurrell 5. Ngani Laumape 6. Thomas Leuluai 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Sam Rapira 9. Elijah Taylor 10. Ben Matulino 11. Ben Henry 12. Simon Mannering (C) 13. Todd Lowrie. Interchange: 14. Jacob Lillyman 15. Feleti Mateo 16. Sebastine Ikahihifo  17. Pita Godinet 18. Bill Tupou.

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Talkin' Teams: Similar looking Storm side. Siosaia Vave returns from suspension and replaces Maurice Blair on the bench.

Storm: 1. Billy Slater 2. Matt Duffie 3. Will Chambers 4. Junior Sa'u 5. Mahe Fonua 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Bryan Norrie 11. Tohu Harris 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Ryan Hinchcliffe. Interchange: 14. Jason Ryles 15. Lagi Setu 16. Slade Griffin 17. Junior Moors 18. Siosaia Vave

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Talkin' Teams: Poll time! Share your thoughts on halfback of the round.

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Talkin' Teams: Manly team is in.

Sea Eagles: 1. Brett Stewart 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Jamie Lyon (c) 4. Steve Matai 5. David Williams 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Brenton Lawrence 9. Matt Ballin 10. Brent Kite 11. Anthony Watmough 12. Justin Horo 13. Jamie Buhrer. Interchange: 14. Jesse Sene-Lefao 15. Joe Galuvao 16. David Gower 17. Tom Symonds

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Talkin' Teams: Here are my studs and duds of the opening three rounds. I'm sure it's no surprise that Tony Williams is on top of my dud list. I will try and avoid the superstars in my studs list and focus on the players who’ve been surprisingly impressive to start the year.

Duds: Tony Williams, Jamie Soward, Scott Prince, Feleti Mateo, Thomas Leuluai
Studs: Tohu Harris, Sam Moa, Aaron Woods, Aidan Sezer, Albert Kelly, Jorge Taufua, Justin Horo, Michael Gordon, Sika Manu, James Segeyaro.

Do you agree with those names?

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Talkin' Teams: Broncos team is in. Justin Hodges is back from a hamstring injury.

Broncos: 1. Corey Norman 2. Josh Hoffman 3. Jack Reed 4. Justin Hodges 5. Lachlan Maranta 6. Scott Prince 7. Peter Wallace 8. Ben Hannant 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Sam Thaiday (c) 11. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. Corey Parker. Interchange: 14. Ben Hunt 15. Dunamis Lui 16. David Stagg 17. Scott Anderson 18. Nick Slyney

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