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Trent Robinson has been forced into a trio of changes for this Saturday night's showdown with the Sharks at Allianz Stadium, following the news today that Aidan Guerra (QLD), Daniel Tupou and Boyd Cordner (NSW) are unavailable due to selection in their respective sides for Game III of the State of Origin Series.

Michael Jennings is also once again unavailable for selection after suffering a tendon tear of the left lat dorsi back in Game II of the 2014 Series.

Jennings was ruled out for six weeks with the injury.


In Tupou's absence, young-gun Nene Macdonald has once again been promoted from the Under 20s side for his third NRL appearance of the season. Macdonald previously featured in Round 11 against the Bulldogs and Round 14 against the Knights.

Meanwhile, Guerra's position in the backrow has once again been handed to the hard-hitting, hard-running Dylan Napa. Napa started last weekend's Brookvale Oval clash from the bench.

A front-rower by trade, Napa has shown his versatility in season 2014 with appearances in both the middle and on the edge for Robinson when required.

In the only other changes to the side, internationals Remi Casty (France) and Kane Evans (Fiji) have been named on the bench in the absence of Cordner.

Cordner made his first appearance in the Tricolours outfit for the first time since Round 10 in last Friday night's loss, showing enough to Blues Head Coach Laurie Daley to see the Australian backrower named in the NSW side once again.

In other Team News, Heath L'Estrange has been retained on the bench after an impressive first showing of the season last Friday night against his former Club.

L'Estrange is once again expected to act as cover for Vice-Captain Jake Friend, who this week extended his contract with the Club to see him remain a Rooster until the end of the 2018 NRL season.

2014 recruit from the New Zealand Warriors, Siosiua Tuakieaho is 18th man.

The last time the sides met was back in Round 7 of this year's competition with our boys running out 24-18 winners at Remondis Stadium, including a brace of tries to centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

Anthony Minichiello (c), Nene Macdonald, Mitchell Aubusson, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce (vc), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (vc), Jake Friend (vc), Sam Moa, Dylan Napa, Sonny Bill Williams, Frank-Paul Nuuausala

Bench: Isaac Liu, Remi Casty, Heath L'Estrange, Kane Evans, Siosiua Taukeiaho

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