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In this week's Team Announcement we catch-up with Assistant Coach Craig Fitzgibbon ahead of Saturday's Qualifying Final against the Penrith Panthers to chat through the side named, the loss of Aidan Guerra, who will replace the Origin backrower, Fitzy's thoughts on Finals Footy and his good mate Anthony Minichiello's 300th NRL appearance.


Trent Robinson has named his side for this Saturday's clash with the Panthers at Allianz Stadium, with the Head Coach being forced into a change of the Team last Thursday overcame the South Sydney Rabbitohs due to the suspension of backrower Aidan Guerra.

Guerra yesterday took the early guilty plea on a Grade 2 Dangerous Contact charge by the NRL Match Review Committee, which sees the Queensland forward unavailable for selection this weekend.

Guerra's absence sees young-gun Isaac Liu promoted to the starting side at lock and Kane Evans come into the seventeen on the bench.

Jackson Hastings has been named for just his second NRL start after making his debut in last Thursday's win over the Bunnies and will come off the interchange alongside Evans, Remi Casty, Heath L'Estrange and a yet to be confirmed player following Napa's suspension at the NRL Judiciary.

In other Team News, Robinson has stuck with the backline that has shown itself to be one the game's best in recent months while Heath L'Estrange has been named 18th man.

 Anthony Minichiello (c), Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce (vc), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (vc), Mitchell Aubusson, Sam Moa, Boyd Cordner (vc), Sonny Bill Williams, Isaac Liu

Bench: Jackson Hastings, Remi Casty, Dylan Napa, Kane Evans, Heath L'Estrange

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