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The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their NRL squad for their Grand Final against the Penrith Panthers to be played this Sunday 3 October at 7:30pm Sydney time (6:30pm local time) at Suncorp Stadium.
Rabbitohs Head Coach Wayne Bennett has named the same 21-man squad that defeated the Panthers in the Qualifying Final three weeks ago and the Sea Eagles in the Preliminary Final last Friday.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL squad for Sunday’s Grand Final clash with the Panthers is: 1) Blake Taaffe 2) Alex Johnston 3) Dane Gagai 4) Campbell Graham 5) Jaxson Paulo 6) Cody Walker 7) Adam Reynolds (c) 8) Mark Nicholls 9) Damien Cook 10) Junior Tatola 11) Keaon Koloamatangi 12) Jaydn Su’A 13) Cameron Murray Interchange: 14) Benji Marshall 15) Jacob Host 16) Thomas Burgess 17) Jai Arrow 18) Taane Milne 19) Patrick Mago 20) Braidon Burns 21) Jed Cartwright Head Coach – Wayne Bennett
The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their NRL squad for their Preliminary Final against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles to be played this Friday 24 September at 7:50pm at Suncorp Stadium.
Rabbitohs Head Coach Wayne Bennett has named the same 21-man squad that defeated the Penrith Panthers in the Qualifying Final two weeks ago.
The Rabbitohs will wear black armbands on Friday night in memory of former coach and trainer, Lionel ‘Henry’ Potter, who passed away last weekend. Coach Potter maintained a close relationship with the Club and many of the past players right up until his passing just prior to his 85th birthday.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL squad for Friday’s clash with the Sea Eagles is: 1) Blake Taaffe 2) Alex Johnston 3) Dane Gagai 4) Campbell Graham 5) Jaxson Paulo 6) Cody Walker 7) Adam Reynolds (c) 8) Mark Nicholls 9) Damien Cook 10) Junior Tatola 11) Keaon Koloamatangi 12) Jaydn Su’A 13) Cameron Murray Interchange: 14) Benji Marshall 15) Jacob Host 16) Thomas Burgess 17) Jai Arrow 18) Taane Milne 19) Patrick Mago 20) Braidon Burns 21) Jed Cartwright Head Coach – Wayne Bennett
The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their NRL squad for their Qualifying Final against the Penrith Panthers to be played this Saturday 11 September at 7:50pm at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.
Rabbitohs Head Coach Wayne Bennett has made nine changes to the Rabbitohs’ top 17 that defeated the Dragons in the final round of the regular season last weekend.
Jaydn Su’A will play his 50th NRL game in South Sydney colours this Saturday night having made his club debut against the Sea Eagles in round 17, 2019.
Keaon Koloamatangi makes a welcome return from suspension to the 2nd row, Blake Taaffe keeps the fullback spot & Jaxson Paulo retains the right wing position.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL squad for Saturday’s clash with the Panthers is: 1 Blake Taaffe 2 Alex Johnston 3 Dane Gagai 4 Campbell Graham 5 Jaxson Paulo 6 Cody Walker 7 Adam Reynolds (c) 8 Mark Nicholls 9 Damien Cook 10 Junior Tatola 11 Keaon Koloamatangi 12 Jaydn Su’A 13 Cameron Murray Interchange: 14 Benji Marshall 15 Jacob Host 16 Thomas Burgess 17 Jai Arrow 18 Jed Cartwright 19 Braidon Burns 20 Lachlan Ilias 21 Patrick Mago Head Coach – Wayne Bennett
“Good team, mobile forwards.” Grant Chappell
“I like Su’A he’s aggressive in defence, put some hits on. Our defence will win this game.” Darren Brown
Our spine is the key here, if Cookie, Reyno, Cody & Taaffy have big games we win.” Steve Mavin
On Saturday 3 best mates will realise their dream – to play an NRL game together for the Rabbitohs.
When Lachlan Ilias, Peter Mamouzelos & Blake Taaffe played starring roles in the Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg team that won the comp in 2019 they could not have imagined that 2 years later they would all take the field in an NRL game but that’s what is going to happen against the Dragons on Saturday night.
Mark Nicholls has been named to captain the Rabbitohs for the first time in his career.
The Rabbitohs round 25 team will feature Blake Taaffe at fullback, Taane Milne on the wing, Braidon Burns centre, Peter Mamouzelos hooker, Patrick Mago prop and Dean Hawkins, Tautau Moga, Jed Cartwright and Davvy Moale on the interchange bench.
Lachlan Ilias will make his NRL debut at halfback.
The Rabbitohs players will wear special one-off jerseys in Saturday’s game, with each individual jersey featuring the name of a Rabbitohs supporter in place of the club’s major home corporate partner Aqualand. The jerseys will then be signed and gifted to those Rabbitohs supporters after the match to thank them for their ongoing support of South Sydney.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL squad for Saturday’s clash with the Dragons is:
1 Blake Taaffe
3 Braidon Burns
4 Campbell Graham
5 Jaxson Paulo
6 Benji Marshall
7 Lachlan Ilias
8 Junior Tatola
9 Peter Mamouzelos
10 Patrick Mago
11 Jaydn Su’A
12 Jacob Host
13 Mark Nicholls (c)
14 Dean Hawkins 15 Tautau Moga
16 Jed Cartwright 17 Davvy Moale
18 Jai Arrow 19 Cameron Murray
20 Alex Johnston 21 Cody Walker
Head Coach – Wayne Bennett (rabbitohs.com.au)
In the final round of the regular season the Bunnies take on a Dragons team with nothing to play for except pride in the Red V jersey.
St George Illawarra slumped to 12th on the NRL ladder with a club record equalling 7th loss in a row on Saturday against the Cowboys at Browne Park in Rockhampton.
In week 1 of the finals Souths will be playing either Penrith or the Storm & nothing they do against the Dragons will change that.
The Rabbitohs can possibly move up to second if the Panthers lose to the Eels but in the first week of the finals with no home ground advantage on offer to the teams finishing first & second that result won’t matter to Souths.
If the Storm lose to the Sharks & Penrith win then we meet the Storm.
When we play Melbourne or Penrith in the finals at a venue to be announced one fact is certain, the match won’t be contested at AAMI Park in Melbourne or Penrith Park with all signs pointing to the neutral venues at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Cbus Stadium on the Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast Stadium for the big games ahead.
So with the Dragons preparing for mad Monday & the Rabbitohs with no incentive to win, this game on paper doesn’t look much but any time the two most famous clubs in the history of rugby league in this country meet footy fans sit up & take notice.
Saturday night 7.30pm at Sunshine Coast Stadium will be no different.
All eyes will be on the man who has replaced the suspended Latrell Mitchell in the coveted number 1 red & green jersey.
His name is Blake Taaffe.
22 year old Taaffe has never tasted defeat in first grade for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the 4 games he’s appeared in. He became Rabbitohs player number #1171 when he made his debut off the bench in a 46-0 hammering of the Broncos at Suncorp in round 15 this year.
Taffee came on at fullback to give Latrell Mitchell a rest & had an immediate impact showing great hands to put winger Taane Milne over in the corner. A try assist in the 19 minutes of his debut game time.
Two weeks later in his 2nd appearance Blake started at fullback & scored his first try in first grade in a 46-18 win over the Cowboys in Newcastle when Alex Johnston put a lovely kick on a platter for Taaffy to pounce on.
Taaffes’ first full 80 mins for Souths produced a try, 17 runs for 180m with 51 post contact metres & 3 tackle busts. Not bad work at all by the rookie Souths junior from La Perouse.
The following week against the Bulldogs Blake was promoted again to the starting fullback spot & did his job running for 168m in a 32-24 win in which the Dogs lifted their game to heights not seen all year.
Taaffes’ last game in first grade was a brief 10 minute cameo in a 50-14 dismantling of the opponents he will face again this week, the Dragons in round 20 on the 1st of August.
When asked about Taaffe club captain Adam Reynolds said “His effort areas are second to none in our team. He’s an energiser Bunny he’s quick on his feet he’s not afraid to take the line on & he’s quick too.”
Since the global pandemic reared it’s ugly head last year the pathways teams have lost the best part of 2 seasons.
The fallout from this is that plenty of players have missed a lot of time on the football field that would have provided valuable experience & development.
Todays team gives a lot of those players a chance to get out there and rip right in.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their NRL squad for round 24 against the Sydney Roosters to be played this Friday 27 August at 7:55pm at Suncorp Stadium in the second leg of the 2021 Ron Coote Cup.
Rabbitohs Head Coach Wayne Bennett has named Jaxson Paulo on the wing replacing the injured Josh Mansour with Jaydn Su’A named to start in the second row in place of the suspended Keaon Koloamatangi.
Damien Cook trained well today but will need to prove his fitness later in the week.
Wayne Bennett has resisted the temptation to rest any of his starters however with players like Blake Taaffe & Peter Mamouzelos named on the extended bench it will be worth monitoring the team selection situation as the Roosters game gets closer.
Rabbitohs players Cameron Murray and Jai Arrow will both be playing their 100th NRL games this Friday night against the Roosters.
Murray, who made his first grade debut against the Broncos in round eight, 2017, has played all of his NRL football with South Sydney.
Arrow, who made his debut for the Broncos against the Sea Eagles in round ten, 2016, has also played NRL football with the Titans and 19 games so far with South Sydney.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL squad for Friday’s clash with the Roosters is: 1 Latrell Mitchell 2 Alex Johnston 3 Dane Gagai 4 Campbell Graham 5 Jaxson Paulo 6 Cody Walker 7 Adam Reynolds (c) 8 Mark Nicholls 9 Damien Cook 10 Thomas Burgess 11 Jaydn Su’A 12 Jai Arrow 13 Cameron Murray Interchange: 14 Benji Marshall 15 Jacob Host 16 Junior Tatola 17 Hame Sele 18 Liam Knight 19 Blake Taaffe 20 Peter Mamouzelos 21 Taane Milne
Head Coach – Wayne Bennett
The Ron Coote Cup celebrates the career of one of the game’s finest players, Ron Coote AM, who won six premierships and played in nine Grand Finals throughout his 15 seasons playing first grade with both the South Sydney and Eastern Suburbs clubs.
The Ron Coote Cup is played across both home and away fixtures in any given season with the winner determined by the aggregate score from those two regular season matches.
The Rabbitohs are the current holders of the Ron Coote Cup and lead the 2021 Ron Coote Cup by ten points courtesy of a 26-16 victory in round three earlier this season.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their NRL squad for round 23 against the Penrith Panthers to be played this Friday 20 August at 8:05pm at Suncorp Stadium.
Rabbitohs Head Coach Wayne Bennett has named Alex Johnston, Dane Gagai, Campbell Graham and Hame Sele all to return from injury this week.
Josh Mansour moves to the right wing at the expense of desperately unlucky Jaxson Paulo.
Taane Milne & Jaydn Su’A are both also healthy scratches but both have played well during the teams winning run.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL squad for Friday’s clash with the Panthers is: 1 Latrell Mitchell 2 Alex Johnston 3 Dane Gagai 4 Campbell Graham 5 Josh Mansour 6 Cody Walker 7 Adam Reynolds (c) 8 Mark Nicholls 9 Damien Cook 10 Thomas Burgess 11 Keaon Koloamatangi 12 Jai Arrow 13 Cameron Murray Interchange: 14 Benji Marshall 15 Jacob Host 16 Junior Tatola 17 Hame Sele 18 Taane Milne 19 Patrick Mago 20 Blake Taaffe 21 Jaydn Su’A Head Coach – Wayne Bennett