NRL Late Mail: Segeyaro unlikely


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JAMES Segeyaro trained with his Cronulla teammates for the first time on Wednesday morning, but appears unlikely to run out for the NRL side this weekend.

The 27-year-old was formally welcomed to the team in a brief on-field meeting, marking his maiden appearance at top-grade training since brokering a release from Leeds.

His contract is still pending finalisation from the NRL, however given he hasn’t played a game since the end of last season he could still do so through reserve grade for Newtown.

That appeared more likely after Wednesday’s training session, where coach Shane Flanagan kept current No.9 Jayden Brailey in the chief hooking role. By comparison, Segeyaro had the lesser share of dummy-half duties with Manaia Cherrington while in attack with largely reserves in an opposed session.

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James Segeyaro during his first training session with the Sharks. Picture: Phil Hillyard

James Segeyaro during his first training session with the Sharks. Picture: Phil HillyardSource:News Corp Australia

His biggest impact of the morning came when he charged down a Chad Townsend kick, slightly injuring the Sharks playmaker.

Townsend stayed down, but recovered and completed the rest of the session. Segeyaro’s arrival at the club has the potential to cause a real headache for Flanagan.

Segeyaro was the Dally M hooker of the year in 2014 when he helped Penrith to the preliminary final, but Brailey’s development is continuing nicely in first grade.

After debuting in round one, Brailey played 80 minutes for the first time in Sunday night’s 16-10 loss to St George Illawarra.

Segeyaro has come off the bench in 67 of his 103 NRL games, but was at his best at the Panthers in 2014 as an 80-minute player in the second-half of the season. “It’s going to be a good headache for Flanno to have,” Sharks forward Jeremy Latimore said.

James Segeyaro trains with the Sharks for the first time. Picture: Phil Hillyard

James Segeyaro trains with the Sharks for the first time. Picture: Phil HillyardSource:News Corp Australia

Latimore played with Segeyaro for three-and-a-half seasons at the Panthers, and believes the lively dummy-half would add plenty at the Sharks. “We’ve got a couple of players who promote the footy in terms of offloads and I reckon that’s when he’s at his best, playing off broken play.”

In other Late Mail:

* Blake Ferguson (rib cartilage) is expected to sit out another week for the Roosters;

* Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (concussion) has a meeting with doctors on Thursday to determine his availability;

* Kieran Foran (shoulder) is firming to return from a long lay-off after playing a big part in Warriors’ training sessions this week.

RABBITOHS v ROOSTERS

8.05pm AEDT Thursday at ANZ Stadium

Rabbitohs: 1. Cody Walker 2. Alex Johnston 3. Siosifa Talakai 4. Robert Jennings 5. Bryson Goodwin 6. John Sutton 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tom Burgess 9. Robbie Farah 10. Jason Clark 11. Angus Crichton 12. Kyle Turner 13. Sam Burgess (c). Interchange: 14. Damien Cook 15. Anthony Cherrington 16. Robbie Rochow 17. Zane Musgrove 18. Dave Tyrell 19. Tyrell Fuimaono 20. Cameron Murray 21. Sitiveni Moceidreke

Players cut: TBC

Late Mail: TBC

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Roosters: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Joseph Manu 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Luke Keary 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend (c) 10. Dylan Napa 11. Boyd Cordner (c) 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Aidan Guerra. Interchange: 14. Isaac Liu 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Ryan Matterson 17. Connor Watson 18. Chris Smith 19. Paul Carter 20. Blake Ferguson 22. Mitchell Cornish

Players cut: TBC

Late Mail: The Roosters are set to be unchanged, despite the five-day turnaround. Test star Blake Ferguson (rib cartilage) is unlikely to come into the 17 after being named in the extended squad on Tuesday. “He’s a really low chance of playing,” said coach Trent Robinson following captain’s run. “I put him in that 21-man squad just in case he surprised me. But I don’t think the ribs are good enough, so I doubt he’ll be playing. He trained yesterday without contact, but without contact doesn’t mean much when you have that injury.”

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PANTHERS v KNIGHTS

6pm AEDT Friday at Pepper Stadium

Panthers: 1. Matt Moylan (c) 2. Dean Whare 3. Waqa Blake 4. Tyrone Peachey 21. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 6. Te Maire Martin 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Peter Wallace 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11. Bryce Cartwright 12. Isaah Yeo 13. Trent Merrin. Interchange: 14. Peta Hiku 15. Leilani Latu 16. Viliame Kikau 17. Sitaleki Akauola 18. Moses Leota 19. Tim Browne 20. Dylan Edwards 21. Corey Harawira

Players cut: TBC

Late Mail: TBC

Knights: 1. Brendan Elliot 2. Ken Sio 3. Dane Gagai 4. Peter Mata’utia 5. Nathan Ross 6. Brock Lamb 7. Trent Hodkinson (c) 8. Daniel Saifiti 9. Danny Levi 10. Josh Starling 11. Sione Mata’utia 12. Jamie Buhrer 13. Mitch Barnett. Interchange: 14. Luke Yates 15. Jack Stockwell 16. Sam Stone 17. Jacob Saifiti 18. Jacob Gagan 19. Joe Wardle 20. Josh King 21. Anthony Tupou

Players cut: TBC

Late Mail: TBC

BRONCOS v RAIDERS

8.05pm AEDT Friday at Suncorp Stadium

Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd (c) 2. Corey Oates 3. James Roberts 4. Tautau Moga 5. Jordan Kahu 6. Anthony Milford 7. Ben Hunt 8. Korbin Sims 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Adam Blair 11. Sam Thaiday 12. Matt Gillett 13. Josh McGuire. Interchange: 14. Alex Glenn 15. Tevita Pangai Jr 16. Herman Ese’ese 17. Jai Arrow 18. Benji Mashall 19. George Fai 20. David Mead 21. Jonus Pearson

Players cut: TBC

Late Mail: TBC

Raiders: 1. Jack Wighton 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker (c) 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Blake Austin 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Junior Paulo 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Shannon Boyd 11. Josh Papalii 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Luke Bateman. Interchange: 14. Adam Clydsdale 15. Iosia Soliola 16. Clay Priest 17 Dave Taylor 18. Jordan Turner 19. Scott Sorensen 20. Dunamis Lui 21. Joseph Tapine

Players cut: TBC

Late Mail: TBC

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SEA EAGLES v BULLDOGS

4.30pm AEDT Saturday at Brookvale Oval

Sea Eagles: 1.Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Dylan Walker 4. Brian Kelly 5. Akuila Uate 6. Blake Green 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (c) 8. Brenton Lawrence 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Martin Taupau 11. Frank Winterstein 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14. Lewis Brown 15. Nate Myles 16. Jackson Hastings 17. Addin Fonua-Blake 18. Shaun Lane 19. Jarrad Kennedy 20. Matthew Wright 21. Bill Bainbridge

Players cut: TBC

Late Mail: TBC

Bulldogs: 1. Brad Abbey 2. Brett Morris 3. Josh Morris 4. Brenko Lee 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Moses Mbye 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Lichaa 10. James Graham (c) 11. Josh Jackson 12. Greg Eastwood 13. David Klemmer. Interchange: 14. Sam Kasiano 15. Danny Fualalo 16. Adam Elliot 17. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 18. Craig Garvey 19. Matt Frawley 20. Francis Tualau 21. Reimis Smith

Players cut: TBC

Late Mail: TBC

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EELS v SHARKS

7pm AEDT Saturday at ANZ Stadium

Eels: 1. Bevan French 2. Semi Radradra 3. Michael Jennings 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Josh Hoffman 6. Clinton Gutherson 7. Corey Norman 8. Suaia Matagi 9. Kaysa Pritchard 10. Tim Mannah (c) 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Frank Pritchard 13. Beau Scott (c). Interchange: 14. Nathan Brown 15. Daniel Alvaro 16. David Gower 17. Siosaia Vave 18. Rory O’Brien 19. Cameron King 20. Kirisome Auva’a 21. Jeff Robson

Players cut: TBC

Late Mail: Expect Jayden Brailey to continue as an 80 minute hooker after mid-week recruit James Segeyaro played only bit-parts in Cronulla training on Wednesday. Segeyaro is tipped to play for feeder club Newtown.

Sharks: 1. Jack Bird 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Kurt Capewell 4. Ricky Leutele 5. Valentine Holmes 6. James Maloney 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Luke Lewis 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen (c). Interchange: 14. Jayson Bukuya 15. Chris Heighington 16. Jeremy Latimore 17. Joseph Paulo 18. Tony Williams 19. Gerard Beale 20. James Segeyaro 21. Edrick Lee

Players cut: TBC

Late Mail: TBC

TITANS v COWBOYS

9pm AEDT Saturday at CBUS Super Stadium

Titans: 1. Tyler Cornish 2. Tyronne Roberts-Davis 3. Dale Copley 4. Konrad Hurrell 5. Daniel Vidot 6. Kane Elgey 7. Ashley Taylor 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Tyrone Roberts 10. Ryan James (c) 11. Kevin Proctor (c) 12. Chris McQueen 13. Agnatius Paasi. Interchange: 14. Ryan Simpkins 15. Nathaniel Peteru 16. Leivaha Pulu 17. Joe Greenwood 18. Max King 19. Karl Lawton 20. Paterika Vaivai 21 Morgan Boyle

Players cut: TBC

Late Mail: TBC

Cowboys: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Javid Bowen 4. Kane Linnett 5. Gideon Gela-Mosby 6. Michael Morgan 7. Johnathan Thurston (c) 8. Patrick Kaufusi 9. Jake Granville 10. Scott Bolton 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Coen Hess 13. Ethan Lowe. Interchange: 14. Ben Hampton 15. John Asiata 16. Shaun Fensom 17. Sam Hoare 18. Corey Jensen 19. Ben Spina 20. Enari Tuala 21. Braden Uele

Players cut: TBC

Late Mail: TBC

TIGERS v STORM

4pm AEDT Sunday at Leichhardt Stadium

Tigers: 1. James Tedesco 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Kevin Naiqama 4. Michael Chee-Kam 5. Moses Suli 6. Mitchell Moses 7. Luke Brooks 8. Aaron Woods (c) 9. Matt McIlwrick 10. Ava Seumanufagi 11. Sausao Sue 12. Chris Lawrence 13. Elijah Taylor. Interchange: 14. Tim Grant 15. Josh Aloiai 16. Joel Edwards 17. Matt Ballin 18. Justin Hunt 19. Kyle Lovett 20. Jamal Idris 21. Junior Tatola

Players cut: TBC

Late Mail: TBC

Storm: 1. Billy Slater 2. Young Tonumaipea 3. Will Chambers 4. Cheyse Blair 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Ryley Jacks 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith (c) 10. Jordan McLean 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane. Interchange: 14. Christian Welch 15. Tim Glasby 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 17. Vincent Leuluai 18. Mark Nicholls 19. Joe Stimson 20. Justin Olam 21. Brodie Croft

Players cut: TBC

Late Mail: TBC

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is battling a concussion.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is battling a concussion.Source:Getty Images

DRAGONS v WARRIORS

6.30pm AEDT Sunday at UOW Jubilee Stadium

Dragons: 1. Josh Dugan 2. Nene Macdonald 3. Euan Aitken 4. Tim Lafai 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Josh McCrone 8. Russell Packer 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Joel Thompson 13. Jack De Belin. Interchange: 14. Tariq Sims 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Jacob Host 17. Kurt Mann 18. Jai Field 19. Taane Milne 20. Luciano Leilua 21. Hame Sele

Players cut: TBC

Late Mail: TBC

Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (C) 2. Tuimoala Lolohea 3. David Fusitu’a 4. Solomone Kata 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Mafoa’aeata Hingano 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Albert Vete 9. Issac Luke 10. Jacob Lillyman 11. Bodene Thompson 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Simon Mannering. Interchange: 14. Erin Clark 15. Charlie Gubb 16. Sam Lisone 17. Bunty Afoa 18. James Gavet 20. Ligi Sao 21. Blake Ayshford 22. Kieran Foran

Players cut: TBC

Late Mail: Fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has a meeting with doctors on Thursday to determine if he can play. “It’s still going, there’s a process we’re going through,” said Tuivasa-Sheck. “We’re taking it a lot more serious and trying to go through a process because it’s a big issue and we’ve got to really look into it. I’ve got doctors to see tomorrow (Thursday) so hopefully I can get the green light tomorrow.”

Kieran Foran (shoulder) is firming to make his long-awaited return after training strongly this week. “He’s a good chance, he has got to pass a few tests,” coach Stephen Kearney said. “He has to do a fair bit of contact work and that’s been a progression for him over the course of the last two weeks, so we just need to ramp that up over the next couple of days. We set the protocol out for him when we got a good idea about when he was likely to be back, and he is working through that.”

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