Dragons face Roosters without Josh Dugan

THE hapless Dragons will be without their drawcard attacking player, fullback Josh Dugan against the Roosters at WIN Jubilee Oval this Saturday night.

Dugan accepted a one-match ban for his shoulder charge on Penrith opposite Matt Moylan last Saturday night, but that means he will be available for New South Wales in Origin III.

Adam Quinlan will come in for Dugan, with Dragons coach Steve Price expressing his disappointment at what he interpreted a hit to Moylan's stomach.

Quinlan, 20, is a graduate from the club's Under-20 team, and made an impressive debut against the Titans in round nine, laying on a try assist.

Titans Under-20s players Jahrome Hughes and Hymel Hunt will make their first-grade debuts against the Panthers at TIO Stadium, in Darwin, on Saturday night.

Hughes, 18, was named at fullback for William Zillman (groin - one week).

Hunt, 19, was named in the centres for Jamal Idris, who is likely to miss at least eight weeks with a fractured fibula and dislocated ankle.

Broncos prop Ben Hannant has not recovered after straining his calf after Sunday's nail-biting loss to the Warriors, the Brisbane team naming an unchanged 17 for Friday night's clash against Melbourne at AAMI Park.

Storm captain Cameron Smith was named after missing last round with the eye injury he picked up in Origin II.

Warriors coach Matthew Elliott has gambled on the fitness of Russell Packer and Manu Vatuvei ahead of his side's game against South Sydney in Perth, on Sunday night.

Vatuvei left the field with a leg injury after 52 minutes in last Sunday's 18-16 win over Brisbane, and Packer was left out of that game with an ankle complaint.

The Raiders have named an extended bench for their clash against the Cowboys at Canberra Stadium on Sunday afternoon, with Jack Wighton (groin) and Dane Tilse (knee) carrying injuries from Friday night's loss to the Rabbitohs.

Shaun Berrigan, Jake Foster and Dimitri Pelo were named on the extended bench, while it was revealed winger Sandor Earl will miss about six weeks, not needing surgery on his dislocated elbow from the defeat to South Sydney.

Sharks fullback Michael Gordon was named to return from a calf injury, after a three-week layoff, against the Tigers at Sharks Stadium on Friday night.

And Sea Eagles forward James Hasson and Roosters winger Roger Tuivasa-Sheck were both named by their respective teams, with Manly to take on the Eels at Brookvale Oval on Monday night.

Both players were involved in a sickening head clash last Monday night.



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