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Polarising Chinese swimming star Sun Yang has been embroiled in another controversy at the world championships just days after his run-in with Mack Horton, this time with Britain’s Duncan Scott.

After being upgraded to 200m freestyle gold by default following the disqualification of Lithuanian rival Danas Rapsys, Sun accosted bronze-medallist Scott on the podium after the Briton refused to shake his hand during the ceremony.

Sun, who moved to No. 2 in all time world titles earned behind Michael Phelps, shouted in Scott’s face before the Chinese anthem played, as he appeared to fist pump aggressively in his direction.

He then shirt-fronted the Brit as the three competitors left the podium, turning around and going chest to chest in front of the jeering crowd.

Scott did not react and continued his protest by refusing to join Sun and other medallists for photos on the podium.

TV cameras filming the the blow-up appeared to catch Sun yelling "you lose" at the Briton.

It followed an earlier drama after Lithuania's Danas Rapsys was disqualified for a false start.

Sun touched the wall second behind Rapsys in the final as the Lithuanian celebrated wildly in the pool.

However, seconds later it was Sun who was all smiles when officials announced Rapsys' disqualification.</p>

The controversial Chinese champion didn't waste time celebrating despite a devastated Rapsys still leaving the pool.

Sun sat on the lane rope and raised his arms in triumph amidst both boos and cheers from a confused crowd.

The podium scene proved a stunning sequel to Australian Mack Horton’s protest when he refused to shake hands with Sun or stand on the podium after being relegated to 400m freestyle silver by the controversial Chinese star.

Horton snubbed Sun, who served a three-month doping ban in 2014, after the Chinese star was allowed to compete in Gwangju ahead of a Court for Arbitration in Sport hearing in September that threatens Sun's career.

It remains to be seen if Horton faces sanction from world body FINA over his protest, which was sparked by Sun's latest doping controversy; in which he stands accused of smashing vials of his blood with a hammer during testing.

"I just won't share a podium with someone who behaves in the way that he (Sun) does," Horton told a television broadcaster poolside.

The international swimming body FINA did however confirm they will send an official warning letter to Horton over his actions

"While FINA respects the principle of freedom of speech, it has to be conducted in the right context," it said.

"As in all major sports organisations, our athletes and their entourages are aware of their responsibilities to respect FINA regulations and not use FINA events to make personal statements or gestures.

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An uplifting photo of a US soccer star and a young fan has gone viral, melting the sporting world’s hearts in process.

Brisbane Roar star Carson Pickett who plays in Australia’s W-League was snapped with her No.1 fan, 21-month-old Joseph Tidd.

Both Tidd and Pickett, who also plays for Orlando Pride in the NWSL, were both born without a left forearm – and the moment of magic captured between the two special friends has captured the imagination of the world.

The photo of the pair, taken in April, spread like wildfire after it was shared on Twitter by Becky Burleigh, a former coach and mentor of Pickett.

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Earlier this year the young, aspiring soccer star’s father, Miles Tidd, appeared on the Today Show in the US to shed some light on the heart-warming moment.

“Carson knelt down next to Joseph and showed him her arm,” he said.

“It was this instant bond we can’t begin to understand.”

He also revealed that special connection to Fox News who reported the pairs catch-up after Brisbane’s season-opener.

 “He kind of sees those who look like him and I think he relates to them,” Joseph’s father Miles said in the report.

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Barnstorming Panthers forward Viliame Kikau has been slapped with a two match ban after failing to overturn a dangerous contact charge at the NRL judiciary.

Kikau faced the music on Tuesday night over a hit on Dragons half Darren Nicholls that saw him sin-binned in the 64th minute in his sides 40-18 victory at Penrith Stadium.

The suspension sees the Penrith big-man miss his side's clash with the Canberra Raiders on Sunday, and the Bulldogs the following weekend at Bankwest Stadium.

At the time of the incident NRL great Phil Gould labelled the decision by referee Grant Atkins to hand Kikau 10-minutes a "disgrace".

"Oh my God, really? No!" a baffled Gould said in commentary.

"If he's been sent, that's a disgrace. Honestly, that's a disgrace."

Fellow Wide World Of Sports commentator agreed with Gould's sentiments.

"I thought it was a little bit harsh," Slater said.

"They're cracking down on hitting playmakers late. I thought this one was a little bit different to the traditional (late hits on halves).

"I think Kikau was already in position to make the tackle. I thought the 10 minutes was a little bit harsh.

"He didn't go through with the tackle. There was no force behind it."

MORE TO COME.

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Set to be united in a Test squad for the first time, Australia's four pacemen of the apocalypse know relentless repetition will be the key to winning an Ashes series in England.

Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and James Pattinson were earmarked as the nation's four most promising young pacemen a long time ago.

Injuries repeatedly ruined selectors' dreams of unleashing all four stars together but on Friday they will be included in Australia's Ashes squad.

The rise and rise of Nathan Lyon means the four quicks are now unlikely to be picked in the same XI but tight turnarounds in the five-Test series mean they're all likely to face England in coming weeks.

Not since the 2017 Champions Trophy have the potent quartet been part of the same touring party.

"We've played a lot of junior cricket coming up, so we've known each other for over 10 years," Pattinson said.

"It's just great to be back in a squad with those guys, they're fantastic bowlers and people.

"When you bowl with them in the nets and games, they push you to that next level. There's a bit of an aura about them when they're all bowling together."

The 29-year-old, who excelled at Stuart Broad's county Nottinghamshire before linking up with Australia A in June, is well placed to pass on some pointers as the tourists hunt their first Ashes series win in England since 2001.

"You do pick up things, watching on TV and playing against them (England's batsmen)," Pattinson said.

"It's pretty simple over here, you try to hit the same area. You look at Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson, they are always challenging the batsman.

"Trying to stay in one spot on the wicket and not release too many boundary balls ... you can still be aggressive and bowl right areas over and over again."

Pattinson, who underwent spinal surgery in 2017, admits to wondering whether recurring back woes would bring a premature end to his international career.

The express paceman, who was rested from last week's Australia A game as part of a careful management plan formulated for the Ashes, has repeatedly rejigged his action in recent years.

"It's sort of somewhere between when I first started and when I tried to remodel it. I tried to let that evolve over the last few years and I am happy with where that is," Pattinson said.

"My body is feeling good.

"I can relax, run in and bowl and not worry about where my back foot's landing and if the front arm is high."

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A frustrated Nathan Buckley has bristled at suggestions Collingwood's AFL premiership campaign has gone off the rails ahead of their blockbuster clash with Richmond.

Friday night's game at the MCG looms as perhaps the biggest of the home and away season, with the contrasting form lines of the fourth-placed Magpies and fifth-placed Tigers heightening anticipation.

While Richmond have timed their run perfectly to emerge as a serious contender, the Pies have battled since their mid-season bye.

After claiming a gutsy one-point win over West Coast in Perth, Buckley's men gave up eight first-quarter goals to one in a hefty loss to GWS last week.

Brownlow Medallist Gerard Healy said the Pies were "in a major hole" after losing three out of their last five games, while former Sydney premiership coach Paul Roos described their first quarter against the Giants as "staggering".

Buckley had some of the commentary replayed to him on Tuesday during a tense interview on SEN radio which centred largely on concerns around his team's form.

"I can sit here all day and analyse a loss with you but it's just one loss," he said.

"We're two games off top. We've got five games left in the season to round off where we qualify for the end of the year.

"We can only ever look at what we have, what we are and what we can be ... that's simply what the day-by-day grind and culture of a football club is.

"Seeing things for what they are, not being myopic or tunnel-visioned in the way that you view it, not being drawn away by that view by opinions that are less informed.

"The things that work at a under-18s club without real scrutiny during the week ... are the same things that need to take place in an AFL environment because we're still human."

Friday night's result looms as potentially season-defining given the Pies could climb as high as second on the ladder or slip as low as seventh.

Forgotten utility Tyson Goldsack is a chance to return as Buckley ponders the best way to quell the influence of star forwards Tom Lynch and Jack Riewoldt.

Buckley was also asked about Jaidyn Stephenson's decision to post a holiday happy snap after retired great Wayne Carey suggested it was not a good look for the suspended forward at a time when his team was struggling.

"How dare he be human," a deadpan Buckley responded.

"I just can't believe Stevo would go and live his life with the rubber stamping of the football club and the understanding of what his program has been.

"The young fella has been exemplary in the way that he has handled himself. I don't know how many times I have to say that.

"It doesn't get any cut-through because it's not sexy enough, it's not controversial enough."

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The Bulldogs have declared their intentions on luring the Trbojevic brothers to Belmore in what may prove a fierce tug-of-war with the Sea Eagles over one of their greatest assets, Fox Sports reports.

While Manly have long spruiked a five-year $10 million dollar package deal aimed at keeping the Northern Beaches talents at Brookvale, it may not be enough.

With Tom widely understood to be the higher earner within that deal, the brothers' management group believe Jake is worth at least a million dollars a season himself.

That may prove a bridge too far for the Silvertails with their salary cap dominated by the size of captain Daly Cherry-Evans’ contract.

Enter the Bulldogs, who despite inheriting a salary cap nightmare, will have a multi-million dollar war-chest come the end of 2020 with a host of big name signings coming off contract at the end of next season.

Kieran Foran, Josh Jackson and Will Hopoate will all be up in the air, to name a few, and club CEO Andrew Hill revealed the Bulldogs will begin negotiations with Manly’s talented duo if they’re still free agents come November 1.

“We’d certainly be interested if they were on the market come November 1,” Hill told Fox Sports.

The loss of the Trbojevic brothers would be a crushing blow for a team blossoming under the re-appoint of veteran coach Des Hasler.

Further, the brothers hold deep roots in the Northern Beaches’ rugby league community, having come through the local juniors ranks.

Rugby league immortal Andrew Johns stressed the importance of keeping the pair at Brookvale and went as far as suggesting the NRL step in to front a portion of the salary needed to ensure that.

“They’re worth more because of their tentacles on the northern beaches,” Johns told Nine’s 100% Footy.

“I lived at Mona Vale for a long time. My son would play in the morning at 8am. They’d play Friday night those two boys and they’d be there setting up the ground, cooking BBQs till lunch time.

“They have to stay their whole life there…they need the third parties[to step into the contract] or the NRL has to step in.”

“That’s your answer,” Interjected NRL great Phil Gould. “The NRL needs to step in, the NRL needs to keep them on the northern beaces.

“The NRL has a marketing arm, they’re two of the most high-profile players. We can’t just constantly keep having players changing clubs, particularly these marquee players.

“You don’t want the marquee player who has come through the system, who have been with the club, local juniors and a part of the fabric of the club(to go). That’s what turns fans off more than anything.”

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Blake Green says the form of explosive Warriors skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck compares favourably with any fullback he's played alongside - a list that includes Billy Slater and Tom Trbojevic.

Tuivasa-Sheck has been a one-man NRL scything machine for the last month, credited with more than 200m runs in his last five games.

It's gone to another level with his 292m tallied in Friday's one-point win over Cronulla, which followed 299m in the draw against Brisbane.

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Veteran halfback Green shook his head at the display against the Sharks on a wet night when stepping at speed was problematic and the Warriors were without yardage-gaining wingers Ken Maumalo and David Fusitu'a.

It was the sort of performance that clinched last year's Dally M medal for Tuivasa-Sheck and has him potentially joining a group of front-runners for the gong again this year.

Green said Slater was a different type of player when they were teammates at Melbourne in 2015-16, as was a young Trbojevic when he shifted to Manly the following season.

"Roger's different to both of them. He's just one of the most dynamic ball runners in the game," Green said.

"Some of the metres he's been getting has been tremendous for us, particularly on the weekend with Ken and David not playing.

"To carry for as many metres as he did and get us on the front foot, it was a big part of why we won the field position battle and kept them down their end the majority of the game."

Fusitu'a (hamstring) remains out for Saturday's trip to Parramatta but Maumalo (concussion) has been named to return.

Last week's absence meant Maumalo conceded top spot in the NRL's overall metre-eating race.

Tuivasa-Sheck leads with 2987m run, followed by Maumalo (2867m) and third-ranked Canberra fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (2847m) - a Warriors player last year - with daylight back to fourth.

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Broncos director Darren Lockyer has extinguished any suggestion his club could offer James Maloney one last NRL contract after Paul Gallen's cheeky comment set tongues wagging.

Discussing the veteran Panthers playmaker's future for Wide World of Sports' QLDER, Lockyer answered Gallen with a sledge before highlighting why Maloney did not fit into Brisbane's future plans.

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"Wasn't Gal responsible for pushing him out of Cronulla," Lockyer started with a laugh. "Now he's pumping up his tyres.

"Look, there's no doubt he's a big game winner but I think there's a thing called the salary cap and there's only certain clubs who could probably afford to buy James Maloney, Broncos isn't one of those."

The Maloney to Broncos suggestion was raised by Gallen on The Sunday Footy Show following another starring performance from the 33-year-old who has hit top form following a sluggish start to the season.

Having already won premierships at the Roosters in 2013 and the Sharks in 2016, Maloney is starting to put the Panthers into a position to contend this year, spearheading a hot streak that has catapulted Ivan Cleary's side from 16th to seventh on the ladder thanks to a seven-match winning streak.

The five-eighth also played a key role in securing NSW back-to-back Origin series wins for the first time in over a decade but faces an uncertain future despite being contracted to Penrith for one more year.

Maloney has been heavily linked to a move to the Super League at the end of this season as the Panthers weigh up how best to balance an inflated salary cap and also keep the best of their talented crop of youngsters for the future.

While Maloney has seemed open to that possibility at various stages of this season, his old Cronulla teammate Gallen said it was too soon for a player of his quality to be lost to the NRL.

“He’s a terrific player. I told Locky (to) sign him at Brisbane, he will win you a comp,” Gallen told The Sunday Footy Show.

“He’s that good a player ... maybe for one or two years. You don’t keep him longer than that because he wears thin on everyone pretty quickly.

“Over that 12 months he’s an absolute genius.

“I don’t think now is the time, I think he’s got too much left. He’s still got a lot to offer the NRL.

“If not at Penrith he could go somewhere and offer something. Another year or two ... don’t go yet Jimmy, stick around.”

Lockyer told QLDER that the Broncos' current priority was to tie up the talented young players coming through their ranks, rather than looking outside for a highly-paid player to be the icing on the cake.

"You can see what Anthony Seibold's doing there, he's got these young forwards he's bringing through, he's blooding all these debutants in the backline, (including teen halfback) Tom Dearden, so I think it's a youth policy," Lockyer said.

"The key for the club is to keep that group together for as long as they can."

That philosophy is being challenged by rival NRL clubs, with the Warriors seemingly targeting Seibold's side for recruitment raids every second week at the moment.

The latest reported target was impressive young hooker Jake Turpin, with Lockyer making it clear that the 22-year-old was a wanted player at his current club.

"He's a great little player, he's got a great attitude and you know what you're going to get from him, he's very reliable," Lockyer said.

"Well done to Jake, he's broken through and now people are noticing him and so they should, the Warriors have come in for him.

"Look the Broncos no doubt want to keep him. I think he's a hooker, I think that's where he'd prefer to play, so he's going to have to fight to start at the Broncos with Andrew McCullough there, but I think they could work together well as a pair. "

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Corey Norman is expected to shift to fullback to make way for the return of Dragons favourite Gareth Widdop.

The Englishman has been sidelined since round three after dislocating his shoulder for the second time in as many years in shocking scenes at Suncorp Stadium.

It was widely thought his time in the NRL had come to an end with Widdop expected to return to England next season, but 30-year-old appears to have beat the clock in an early return for the Red V.

Thursday - Cronulla Sharks v North Queensland Cowboys at PointsBet Stadium (7.50pm)

Sharks: 1. Josh Dugan 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Josh Morris 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Paul Gallen 14. Blayke Brailey 15. Jack Williams 16. Matt Prior 17. Billy Magoulias 18. Jayson Bukuya 19. Kyle Flanagan 20. Scott Sorensen 21. Sione Katoa

Analysis: Josh Dugan to start at fullback in place of Matt Moylan. Josh Morris will return to the centres. Braden Hamlin-Uele gets his start in lieu of the suspended Andrew Fifita.

Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Javid Bowen 4. Tom Opacic 5. Murray Taulagi 6. John Asiata 7. Jake Clifford 8. Josh McGuire 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Shane Wright 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Coen Hess 15. Matt Scott 16. Scott Bolton 17. Francis Molo 18. Peter Hola 19. Reuben Cotter 20. Corey Jensen 21. Gideon Gela-Mosby

Analysis: Michael Morgan still looks to be a no-show for the Cowboys with ongoing concussion issues. Paul Green retains the same squad that narrowly lost to the Bunnies in round 18.

Friday - Newcastle Knights v Wests Tigers at McDonald Jones Stadium (6pm)

Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Hymel Hunt 3. Tautau Moga 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Danny Levi 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Mitchell Barnett 12. Sione Mata'utia 13. Tim Glasby 14. Connor Watson 15. James Gavet 16. Herman Ese'ese 17. Jamie Buhrer 18. Jacob Saifiti 19. Josh King 20. Mason Lino 21. Aidan Guerra

Analysis: No changes for Nathan Brown despite the big loss last weekend at the hand of the Roosters.

Tigers: 1. Corey Thompson 2. Paul Momirovski 3. Moses Mbye 4. Esan Marsters 5. David Nofoaluma 6. Benji Marshall 7. Luke Brooks 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Robbie Farah 10. Oliver Clark 11. Luke Garner 12. Michael Chee-Kam 13. Ryan Matterson 14. Jacob Liddle 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Alex Twal 17. Chris Lawrence 18. Matt Eisenhuth 19. Tommy Talau 20. Chris McQueen 21. Josh Reynolds

Analysis: Moses Mbye returns to the centres with Corey Thompson starting at fullback having recovered from an ankle injury. Ryan Matterson is shifted to lock while Alex Twal will have to start from the bench.

Friday - South Sydney Rabbitohs v St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium (7.55pm)

Rabbitohs: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. Dane Gagai 3. James Roberts 4. Braidon Burns 5. Campbell Graham 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Dean Britt 11. John Sutton 12. Ethan Lowe 13. Cameron Murray 14. Tom Amone 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Jaydn Su'A 17. Kyle Turner 18. Connor Tracey 19. Corey Allan 20. Sam Burgess 21. Thomas Burgess

Analysis: Wayne Bennett retains the same squad that pipped the Cowboys last week. Sam Burgess and Tom Burgess have been named among the reserves. Tom is an outside chance with his older brother likely to miss out another week with ongoing shoulder complications.

Dragons: 1. Corey Norman 2. Jason Saab 3. Euan Aitken 4. Timoteo Lafai 5. Zac Lomax 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tariq Sims 13. James Graham 14. Josh Kerr 15. Korbin Sims 16. Matthew Dufty 17. Luciano Leilua 18. Reece Robson 19. Jacob Host 20. Patrick Kaufusi 21. Mikaele Ravalawa

Analysis: Corey Norman is expected to shift to fullback to make way for the return of Dragons favourite Gareth Widdop. The Englishman has been sidelined since round three after dislocating his shoulder for the second time in as many years in shocking scenes at Suncorp Stadium. Ben Hunt returns from his post-origin rest. Matt Dufty will start from the bench. Zac Lomax returns on the wing having recovered from a broken thumb.

Saturday - Parramatta Eels v Warriors at Bankwest Stadium (3pm)

Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Brad Takairangi 4. Waqa Blake 5. Josh Hoffman 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Kane Evans 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Marata Niukore 12. Manu Ma'u 13. Nathan Brown 14. Oregon Kaufusi 15. Daniel Alvaro 16. David Gower 17. Tepai Moeroa 18. Jaeman Salmon 19. Andrew Davey 20. Tim Mannah 21. Ethan Parry

Analysis: Waqa Blake makes his debut for Parramatta. Blake Ferguson still out with knee complications. Shaun Lane is out with injury opening space for Marat Niukore to start.

Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Gerard Beale 3. Peta Hiku 4. Blake Ayshford 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Blake Green 8. Agnatius Paasi 9. Issac Luke 10. Leeson Ah Mau 11. Adam Blair 12. Isaiah Papalii 13. Jazz Tevaga 14. Lachlan Burr 15. Sam Lisone 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Chanel Harris-Tavita 18. Adam Pompey 20. Adam Keighran 21. Ligi Sao 23. Chris Satae

Analysis: Club favourite Ken Maumalo returns in place of Adam Pompey. Kodi Nikorima has been names at half-back but is battling an ankle injury. Blake yshford will start in the centres while Gerard Beale will start on the wing.

Saturday - Gold Coast Titans v Brisbane Broncos at Cbus Super Stadium (5.30pm)

Titans: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Dale Copley 3. Kallum Watkins 4. Brian Kelly 5. Phillip Sami 6. Tyrone Roberts 7. Alexander Brimson 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Nathan Peats 10. Jack Stockwell 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Bryce Cartwright 13. Jai Whitbread 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Moeaki Fotuaika 16.Leilani Latu 17. Sam Stone 18. Ryley Jacks 19. Mitch Rein 20. Will Matthews 21. Brenko Lee

Analysis: Tyrone Peachey makes an early return from a pectoral injury he picked up against the Warriors in round 14. Kallum Watkins makes his club debut. Michael Gordon returns to his favoured fullback, AJ Brimson starts at halfback and Ryley Jacks is out.

Broncos: 1. Anthony Milford 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Alex Glenn 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Darius Boyd 7. Jake Turpin 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Payne Haas 11. David Fifita 12. Matt Gillett 13. Tevita Pangai 14. James Segeyaro 15. Joe Ofahengaue 16. Rhys Kennedy 17. Patty Carrigan 18. Keenan Palasia 19. Herbie Farnworth 20. Xavier Coates 21. Gehamat Shibasaki

Analysis: Club favourite Matt Gillett returns from a groin injury which will push Tevita Pangai Junior shift to lock in lieu of suspended Thomas Flegler. David Fifita returns in the second row, Alex Glenn moves to centre.

Saturday - Melbourne Storm v Manly Sea Eagles at AAMI Park (7.35pm)

Storm: 1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Sandor Earl 3. Will Chambers 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Brodie Croft 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 14. Brandon Smith 15. Christian Welch 16. Joe Stimson 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen 18. Marion Seve 19. Tui Kamikamica 20. Tom Eisenhuth 21. Tino Faasuamaleaui

Analysis: Josh Addo-Carr returns as Suliasi Vunivalu misses due to suspension. Sandor Earl retains his spot on the wing. Will Chambers, Cameron Munster, Felise Kaufusi and Christian Welch also return from rep duties. Ryan Papenhuyzen and Joe Stimson revert to the bench.

Sea Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Moses Suli 4. Brad Parker 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Dylan Walker 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Manase Fainu 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Lachlan Croker 15. Corey Waddell 16. Morgan Boyle 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Cade Cust 19. Brendan Elliot 20. Jack Gosiewski 21. Lloyd Perrett

Analysis: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Des Hasler retains the same squad that stunned the Eels on Sunday.

Sunday - Canterbury Bulldogs v Roosters at ANZ Stadium (2pm)

Bulldogs: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Meaney 3. Kerrod Holland 4. Will Hopoate 5. Reimis Smith 6. Jack Cogger 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Lichaa 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Corey Harawira-Naera 13. Adam Elliott 14. Jeremy Marshall-King 15. Renouf To'omaga 16. Danny Fualalo 17. Chris Smith 19. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 20. Kieran Foran 21. Jayden Okunbor 22. Ofahiki Ogden

Analysis: Lachlan Lewis is back in place of Brandon Wakeham in the halves. Kerrod Holland replaces Marcelo Montoya. Kieran Foran is names among the reserves.

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Joseph Manu 5. Ryan Hall 6. Luke Keary 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Victor Radley 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Isaac Liu 14. Sam Verrills 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Angus Crichton 17. Brett Morris 18. Sitili Tupouniua 19. Poasa Faamausili 20. Lachlan Lam 21. Billy Smith

Analysis: Manu returns at centre while Morris will start from the bench. Victor Radley returns to hooker with Jake Friend out again with injury.

Sunday - Penrith Panthers v Canberra Raiders at Panthers Stadium (4.05pm)

Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Dean Whare 4. Brent Naden 5. Brian To'o 6. James Maloney 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Frank Winterstein 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Wayde Egan 15. Jarome Luai 16. Moses Leota 17. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 18. Jed Cartwright 19. Spencer Leniu 20. Stephen Crichton 21. Liam Martin

Analysis: No changes for the Panthers as they look to continue their lengthy winning-streak. Coach Cleary wil eagerly await the outcome of Kikau's hearing tonight.

Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Michael Oldfield 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Iosia Soliola 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine 14. Siliva Havili 15. Emre Guler 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Dunamis Lui 18. Sam Williams 19. Royce Hunt 20. Sebastian Kris 21. JJ Collins

Analysis: Josh Papalii to start at prop, but it's the same move as last week before Ricky Stuart moved him to the bench and went with Iosia Soliola as the starter. No other changes.

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The biggest indicator of James O'Connor's transformation from rugby party boy to model professional in Wallabies veteran Will Genia's opinion is his Tuesday nights.

Prior to O'Connor's departure from Australia six years ago, Genia noted how his teammate would use nights off to hit the town.

These days however, it's a very different story.

"Tuesday nights, James was always out and about doing stuff because Wednesday we have off," Genia said.

"Tuesday night in the last three or four weeks that we've had, he's in his room stretching, doing what it takes in terms of recovery.

"He understands that this is a huge opportunity for him."

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O'Connor is in contention to line up for the Wallabies for the first time since 2013 when Australia host Argentina in the Rugby Championship at Suncorp Stadium.

After Nic White's impressive return at halfback last weekend against South Africa, Genia says he's excited to see what O'Connor can offer as the Wallabies aim to build some momentum before back-to-back Bledisloe Cup Tests against New Zealand.

"You saw Whitey come back and play very well, hopefully it can be a similar story with James because I think he was on 44 Tests and he was so young when he left," Genia said.

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"We all know how good he is and hopefully the fact he's in a better space mentally, he can be an even better player this time around."

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