In his place, coach Dean Pay has named Lachlan Lewis and Jack Cogger in the halves for Sunday’s clash with the Sea Eagles at Central Coast Stadium.
South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett has named James Roberts on an extended bench for Friday’s clash with the Roosters.
Campbell Graham and Braidon Burns have been named to start in the centres after Roberts spent two weeks in a rehabilitation facility to deal with mental health issues.
Skipper Adam Reynolds said while Roberts has been full of energy around the team, there was no pressure on him to return to the field.
“He is a big part of our team. He can score points and create a few dramas for the other side from anywhere on the park,” Reynolds said. “It’s just important we got him back healthy and happy.”
Bennett has stayed true to his word and named Latrell Mitchell at fullback for the grudge match with the NRL premiers. The 22-year-old will face his former club for the first time.
Troy Dargan has been named to make his NRL debut in the halves alongside Reynolds while five-eighth Cody Walker serves a two-match suspension.
Roosters skipper Boyd Cordner was rested for the first two rounds of the year but returns as his team eyes a first win of the season.
Meanwhile, Josh Dugan has been named in the centres for Cronulla after Bronson Xerri was stood down for testing positive to banned substances.
However, there is some positive news for the club with fullback Matt Moylan named on an extended bench.
There is hope he could return to the field for the first time since August last year following calf and hamstring injuries.
Josh Morris, who left the Sharks after round two, will make his club debut for the Roosters in the centres to play alongside his brother Brett.
Elsewhere, the Knights have not named recruit Andrew McCullough for their clash with Penrith.
Rising hooker Chris Randall will make his NRL debut from the bench with Connor Watson named at No.9.
Local junior Tex Hoy will also make his NRL debut for the Knights, replacing a suspended Kalyn Ponga at fullback.
Brisbane prop Matt Lodge has been named to make his return from a serious knee injury against Parramatta in the round-three opener on Thursday night.
For Wests Tigers, Josh Reynolds has been left out of the 17 with Harry Grant named to play his first game for the club at hooker.
NRL ROUND 3 (all times AEST)
BRISBANE BRONCOS v PARRAMATTA EELS at Suncorp Stadium, 7.50pm
BRONCOS: BRONCOS: Jamayne Isaako, Corey Oates, Kotoni Staggs, Darius Boyd, Jesse Arthars, Anthony Milford, Brodie Croft (c), Thomas Flegler, Jake Turpin, Payne Haas, Alex Glenn, Jamil Hopoate, Patrick Carrigan (c). Interchange: Herbie Farnworth, Joe Ofahengaue, Rhys Kennedy, Ethan Bullemor. Reserves: Tesi Niu, Xavier Coates, Tom Deardon, Matthew Lodge.
EELS: Clinton Gutherson (c), Maika Sivo, Michael Jennings, Waqa Blake, Blake Ferguson, Dylan Brown, Mitchell Moses, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Reed Mahoney, Junior Paulo, Shaun Lane, Ryan Matterson, Marata Niukore. Interchange: Brad Takairangi, Ray Stone, Kane Evans, Peni Terepo. Reserves: Oregon Kaufusi, George Jennings, Jaeman Salmon, David Gower.
Referee: Gerard Sutton.
NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS v GOLD COAST TITANS at Qld Country Bank Stadium, 6pm
COWBOYS: Valentine Holmes, Kyle Feldt, Justin O’Neill, Esan Marsters, Ben Hampton, Scott Drinkwater, Jake Clifford, Josh McGuire, Jake Granville, Jordan McLean, Mitchell Dunn, Coen Hess, Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: Reece Robson, John Asiata, Shane Wright, Francis Molo. Reserves: Corey Jensen, Tom Gilbert, Tom Opacic, Reuben Cotter.
TITANS: Tyrone Roberts, Anthony Don, Dale Copley, Tyrone Peachey, Phillip Sami, Ashley Taylor, Jamal Fogarty, Moeaki Fotuaika, Nathan Peats, Sam Lisone, Kevin Proctor (c), Keegan Hipgrove, Jai Arrow, Interchange: Erin Clark, Jai Whitbread, Jarrod Wallace, Shannon Boyd. Reserves: Bryce Cartwright, Mitch Rein, Brian Kelly, Jonus Pearson.
Referee: Henry Perenara.
SYDNEY ROOSTERS v SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS at Bankwest Stadium, 7.55pm.
ROOSTERS: James Tedesco, Daniel Tupou, Josh Morris, Joseph Manu, Brett Morris, Luke Keary, Kyle Flanagan, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend (c), Isaac Liu, Boyd Cordner, Angus Crichton, Victor Radley. Interchange: Sam Verrills, Sitili Tupouniua, Nat Butcher, Lindsay Collins. Reserves: Siosiua Taukeiaho, Ryan Hall, Lachlan Lam, Poasa Faamausili.
RABBITOHS: Latrell Mitchell, Dane Gagai, Campbell Graham, Braidon Burns, Alex Johnston, Troy Dargan, Adam Reynolds (c), Tevita Junior Tatola, Damien Cook, Thomas Burgess, Jaydn Su’A, Cameron Murray, Liam Knight. Interchange: Mark Nicholls, Ethan Lowe, Bayley Sironen, Patrick Mago. Reserves: Bryson Goodwin, Tom Amone, James Roberts, Keaon Koloamatangi.
Referee: Ashley Klein.
NZ WARRIORS v ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS at Central Coast Stadium, 3pm.
WARRIORS: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c), Patrick Herbert, Peta Hiku, Gerard Beale, Ken Maumalo, Kodi Nikorima, Blake Green, Lachlan Burr, Wayde Egan, Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, Isaiah Papali’i, Tohu Harris, Adam Blair. Interchange: Karl Lawton, King Vuniyayawa, Agnatius Paasi, Eliesa Katoa. Reserves: Chanel Harris- Tavita, Josh Curran, Adam Pompey, Jack Murchie.
DRAGONS: Matthew Duffy, Jordan Pereira, Brayden Wiliame, Zac Lomax, Mikaele Ravalawa, Corey Norman, Ben Hunt, Korbin Sims, Cameron McInnes, Paul Vaughan, Tyson Frizell, Tariq Sims, James Graham. Interchange: Josh Kerr, Blake Lawrie, Tyrell Fulmaono, Euan Aitken. Reserves: Trent Merrin, Adam Clune, Jacob Host, Jackson Ford.
Referee: Chris Sutton.
CRONULLA SHARKS v WESTS TIGERS at Bankwest Stadium, 5.30pm.
SHARKS: William Kennedy, Sione Katoa, Josh Morris, Jesse Ramien, Ronaldo Mulitalo, Shaun Johnson, Chad Townsend, Andrew Fifita, Blayke Brailey, Aaron Woods, Briton Nikora, Wade Graham (c), Jack Williams. Interchange: Connor Tracey, Braden Hamlin-Uele, Toby Rudolf, Scott Sorensen. Reserves: Billy Magoulias, Matt Moylan, Royce Hunt, Siosifa Talakai.
TIGERS: Adam Doueihi, David Nofoaluma, Joseph Leilua, Moses Mbye (c), Robert Jennings, Benji Marshall (c), Luke Brooks, Josh Aloiai, Harry Grant, Thomas Mikaele, Luke Garner, Luciano Leilua, Alex Twal. Interchange: Oliver Clark, Billy Walters, Chris Lawrence, Alex Seyfarth. Reserves: Josh Reynolds, Matthew Eisenhuth, Zane Musgrove, Michael Chee-Kam.
Referee: Aiden Gee.
MELBOURNE STORM v CANBERRA RAIDERS at AAMI Park, 7.35pm.
STORM: Ryan Papenhuyzen, Suliasi Vunivalu, Justin Olam, Marion Seve, Josh Addo- Carr, Cameron Munster, Jahrome Hughes, Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith (c), Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Felise Kaufusi, Kenneath Bromwich, Dale Finucane. Interchange: Brandon Smith, Tino Faasuamaleaui, Christian Welch, Max King. Reserves: Tom Eisenhuth, Brenko Lee, Ryley Jacks, Darryn Schonig.
RAIDERS: Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Bailey Simonsson, Jarrod Croker (c), Curtis Scott, Nick Cotric, Jack Wighton, George Williams, Josh Papalii, Josh Hodgson (c), Dunamis Lui, Joseph Tapine, Elliott Whitehead, Corey Horsburgh. Interchange: Siliva Havili, Emre Guler, Iosia Soliola, Michael Oldfield. Reserves: Jordan Rapana, Matt Frawley, Kai O’Donnell, Tom Starling.
Referee: Grant Atkins.
PENRITH PANTHERS v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS at Campbelltown Stadium, 4.05pm.
PANTHERS: Caleb Aekins, Josh Mansour, Dean Whare, Brent Naden, Brian To’o, Matt Burton, Jarome Luai, James Tamou (c), Apisai Koroisau, James Fisher-Harris, Viliame Kikau, Kurt Capewell, Isaah Yeo. Interchange: Stephen Crichton, Zane Tetevano, Moses Leota, Liam Martin. Reserves: Mitch Kenny, Billy Burns, Kaide Ellis, Charlie Staines.
KNIGHTS: Tex Hoy, Edrick Lee, Enari Tuala, Gehamat Shibasaki, Hymel Hunt, Kurt Mann, Mitchell Pearce (c), David Klemmer, Connor Watson, Daniel Saifiti, Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Sione Mata’utia, Herman Ese’ese. Interchange: Chris Randall, Jacob Saifiti, Tim Glasby, Aidan Guerra. Reserves: Bradman Best, Brodie Jones, Mason Lino, Pasami Saulo.
Referee: Ben Cummins.
MANLY SEA EAGLES v CANTERBURY BULLDOGS at Central Coast Stadium, 6.30pm.
SEA EAGLES: Tom Trbojevic, Jorge Taufua, Brad Parker, Moses Suli, Reuben Garrick, Dylan Walker, Daly Cherry-Evans (c), Addin Fonua-Blake, Danny Levi, Martin Taupau, Joel Thompson, Curtis Sironen, Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: Lachlan Croker, Corey Waddell, Sean Keppie, Taniela Paseka. Reserves: Morgan Boyle, Jack Goslewski, Tevita Funa, Brendan Elliot.
BULLDOGS: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Nick Meaney, Reimis Smith, Will Hopoate, Christian Crichton, Lachlan Lewis, Jack Cogger, Sauaso Sue, Jeremy Marshall- King, Dylan Napa, Josh Jackson (c), Dean Britt, Adam Elliott. Interchange: Jake Averillo, Renouf To’omaga, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Ofahiki Ogden. Reserves: Kerrod Holland, Aiden Tolman, Sione Katoa, Brandon Wakeham.
Referee: Matt Cecchin.