Dolphins drop cult hero Te Whare for Brenko Lee
The Dolphins' overnight sensation Valynce Te Whare has been dropped to reserve grade to make way for Brenko Lee, despite scoring two tries on first-grade debut.
Te Whare, who had not played rugby league until last year, bullied opposite player Siosifa Talakai in his first NRL game as the Dolphins ran out to an impressive 36-16 upset win over Cronulla at Magic Round two weeks ago.
But the burly rugby union convert will need to wait at least another week to play a second NRL game after coach Wayne Bennett recalled Lee, who has recovered from a hamstring injury to take his place in the centres.
The struggling Sydney Roosters will hope Drew Hutchison can help turn their form around against St George Illawarra this week, with the utility set to replace the injured Joey Manu in the halves.
Manu went down with an ankle injury in the 48-4 loss to Penrith last week and with Sam Walker also confined to the casualty ward, coach Trent Robinson had little choice but to name Hutchison.
The 28-year-old will play halfback against the Dragons, pushing Luke Keary to five-eighth.
The Roosters have named Jared Waerea-Hargreaves despite a pectoral injury forcing the veteran prop out of last week's game in the first half.
In his first call Dragons interim coach Ryan Carr recalled Zac Lomax and Jacob Liddle after the two fell out of favour under Anthony Griffin.
Elsewhere, Josh Addo-Carr and Jake Trbojevic each have a chance to build a last-minute case for NSW selection after recovering from their respective ankle and calf injuries to line up in round 12.
Addo-Carr had been set to play for Canterbury in round 11 before tweaking his ankle at training last week, but after more than a month out he will need to prove he has returned to full fitness in order to earn a State of Origin recall.
Trbojevic returns to a Manly side down on confidence but one that also welcomed five-eighth Josh Schuster back from the latest of his injury woes.
Parramatta halfback Mitch Moses has recovered from concussion and will resume halfback duties against South Sydney.
Brisbane halfback Adam Reynolds misses the Broncos' litmus test against Penrith after suffering concussion against Melbourne last week and will be replaced in the halves by Jock Madden.