Rabbitohs forward Jai Arrow will miss 6-8 weeks after undergoing surgery on Monday after suffering a syndesmosis injury from a hip-drop tackle in Saturday’s win over the Titans.
It means his State of Origin series is over after he was solid for the Maroons off the bench in their victory last week in Adelaide.
Souths teammate Cameron Murray was given a much better prognosis with his groin injury rated a low-grade strain. He will be monitored through the week but is unlikely to suit up for Saturday’s stoush with St George Illawarra.
Gold Coast hooker Chris Randall has copped a one-game suspension for the hip-drop tackle that forced Arrow from the field.
Joseph Suaalii is facing a three-game suspension after he raised his knees while running into a tackle in the Sydney Roosters’ round-14 win over Canterbury.
Suaalii was not cited at the time, despite his right knee making contact with the head of Bulldogs hooker Reed Mahoney on Sunday.
Suaalii is set for three weeks on the sidelines owing to his prior history of raising his knees while running into contact.
The Samoa international was handed a caution at last year’s World Cup and was given a concern act notice by the NRL’s match review committee late last year. If Suaalii fights the charge and loses he will receive a four-game suspension.
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Roosters hooker Jake Turpin was hit with a grade one careless high tackle charge but he is only facing a fine of $1000-$1500.
Blues star Nathan Cleary’s absence with a torn hamstring means Jack Cogger will start at halfback in Round 15 against the Roosters after an encouraging club debut in Sunday’s win over the Dragons.
Mahoney went off for a head injury assessment and did not return after the Suaalii incident, ruling him out of next Monday’s meeting with his former club Parramatta under the NRL’s concussion rules.
The NRL is weighing up whether to stand Dylan Brown down after police charged the Parramatta star with sexually touching a woman without her consent at a pub in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
The Eels five-eighth was arrested at the Golden Sheaf in Double Bay after police were called to the venue about 11.40pm on Saturday. NSW Police said officers arrested a 22-year-old man, who was taken to Waverley Police Station and charged with five counts of sexually touching another person without consent.
North Queensland Cowboys prop Coen Hess has escaped with a fine following his high tackle on Melbourne winger Xavier Coates.
The Dolphins have been dealt a double blow with former State of Origin players Anthony Milford and Jarrod Wallace banned three games after being charged following the 30-8 NRL loss to the Warriors.
Milford’s suspension puts more pressure on a Dolphins side that will not welcome back first-choice halfback Sean O’Sullivan from his pectoral injury until round 17 while Wallace being out compounds the absence of Maroons forward Tom Gilbert (dislocated shoulder).
Souths journeyman Richie Kennar ($1000 for a shoulder charge), Sharks trio Ronaldo Mulitalo ($1000 for a crusher tackle), Blayke Brailey ($750 for a dangerous contact for a hip-drop tackle) and Braden Hamlin-Uele ($3000 for a crusher tackle) have been charged but will avoid bans by paying a fine.
Earlier in the round, Zac Woolford and Isaiah Papali’i were charged over incidents in Canberra’s dramatic win over Wests Tigers at Campbelltown.
Woolford immediately said he would pay his fine, saying it’s the best $2500 he’s ever spent because it means he will avoid a two-week ban and be able to play in teammate Jarrod Croker‘s 300th game celebration on Friday against the Warriors at GIO Stadium.
Papali’i was charged with dangerous contact for his late chargedown on Jamal Fogarty as he tried to kick a match-winning field goal. He was fined $1800 for the incident which ultimately led to the Raiders booting a penalty goal to seal a 20-19 triumph.
Round 15 teams
Titans vs Tigers, at Cbus Super Stadium – 7.50pm, Thursday, June 8
Titans: Hooker Sam Verrills returned from the broken collarbone he suffered early in the season via the bench last weekend so he could be elevated to the starting side with Chris Randall banned a match for his hip-drop on Jai Arrow.
Five-eighth Kieran Foran is a chance to return from a foot injury so Jayden Campbell could switch back to fullback with rookie Keano Kini missing out after playing in the loss to Souths.
Tigers: Isaiah Papali’i is able to play after only being fined for his controversial late hit on Jamal Fogarty in the loss to Canberra.
Raiders vs Warriors, at GIO Stadium – 6pm, Friday, June 9
Raiders: Jarrod Croker will celebrate his 300th NRL game for the Green Machine after he was controversially left out of the away clash with Wests.
Nick Cotric or Albert Hopoate will make way for the veteran in the outside backs.
Zac Woolford is free to play after copping a $2500 fine for a dangerous throw on John Bateman.
Warriors: Centre Rocco Berry (head knock) and Dylan Walker (toe) are maybes this weekend.
Sea Eagles vs Dolphins, at 4 Pines Park – 8pm, Friday, June 9
Sea Eagles: Tom Trbojevic has been stood down under the concussion protocols for the knock he copped in Origin but Manly are trying to see whether the head knock should be reclassified. Josh Aloiai (shoulder) is a chance to play.
Dolphins: Anthony Milford and Jarrod Wallace have copped three-game bans while Tom Gilbert (shoulder) is out long term with a dislocated shoulder.
Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow will resume his spot at fullback after the Maroons star was rested for the loss to the Warriors last Saturday.
Dragons vs Rabbitohs, at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium – 3pm, Saturday, June 10
Dragons: Veteran lock Jack de Belin will sit out this match after copping a heavy knock in the loss to Penrith. Blake Lawrie (hand) and Jack Bird (knee) are unlikely to play.
Rabbitohs: Jai Arrow’s ankle injury is likely to keep him out for 6-8 weeks while Cameron Murray (groin) is under a cloud for this weekend.
Front-rowers Tom Burgess (back) and Davvy Moale (knee) remain sidelined.
Broncos vs Knights, at Suncorp Stadium – 5.30pm, Saturday, June 10
Broncos: Selwyn Cobbo (hip) was the only Origin player who didn’t back up for Brisbane in their win over Cronulla but his replacement, Corey Oates, was one of their best at Shark Park.
Knights: Hymel Hunt (knee) and Lachlan Fitzgibbon (calf) are hoping to be available for selection.
Roosters vs Panthers, at Allianz Stadium – 7.35pm, Saturday, June 10
Roosters: Joseph Suaalii is staring down the barrel of a ban of 3-4 games for raising his knees but hooker Jake Turpin will just cop a fine of $1000-$1500 for a high tackle.
Panthers: Nathan Cleary’s absence with a torn hamstring means Jack Cogger will start at halfback after an encouraging club debut in Sunday’s win over the Dragons.
Storm vs Sharks, at AAMI Park – 4.05pm, Sunday, June 11
Storm: PNG centre Justin Olam failed to finish the loss to the Cowboys due to a head knock. Storm coach Craig Bellamy could swing the selection axe after blasting his team’s performance as putrid.
Sharks: Sharks trio Ronaldo Mulitalo ($1000 for a crusher tackle), Blayke Brailey ($750 for a dangerous contact for a hip-drop tackle) and Braden Hamlin-Uele ($3000 for a crusher tackle) were fined for incidents in the loss to Brisbane.
Bulldogs vs Eels, at Accor Stadium – 4.05pm, Monday, June 12
Bulldogs: Reed Mahoney went off for a head injury assessment and did not return after the Joseph Suaalii incident, ruling him out of next Monday’s meeting with his former club Parramatta under the NRL’s concussion rules.
Josh Reynolds could start at hooker or Kyle Flanagan might be recalled.
Eels: Five-eighth Dylan Brown faces the prospect of being stood down by the NRL after being charged over an incident at a Sydney pub.
Bye – Cowboys
Jason Taumalolo should be right to return from knee surgery after he was named on the extended bench for the past two weeks before being a late withdrawal.
Cowboys prop Coen Hess has accepted an early guilty plea for a careless high tackle and will be available for their clash next week with the Panthers.