Cody Walker has been pushed out of South Sydney’s halves for Adam Reynolds’ round seven NRL return, while Jeff Robson has been dumped as Warriors five-eighth for Tuimoala Lolohea.
Benji Marshall returns for St George Illawarra in another vital halves shuffle after teams were named on Tuesday evening.
Reynolds returns for the first time since breaking his jaw in round one for the Rabbitohs’ clash with North Queensland in Townsville on Friday night.
He will reprise his premiership-winning halves combination with Luke Keary against the premiers.
Five-eighth Luke Keary missed the season opener against Sydney Roosters due to suspension, meaning this is the first time Souths coach Michael Maguire has been forced to whittle his three halves down to two.
Rabbitohs hooker Cameron McInnes said Reynolds’ return will be a welcome one after last week’s loss to the Roosters.
“He’s been training well, Renno, he’s obviously got a lot of experience, a great kicking game, he is a big leader in out team,” McInnes said.
“The boys have been doing a great job while he has been out but he is obviously a great member of any team.”
Lolohea has been one of the Warriors’ best on the wing in their unimpressive 2-4 start to the season, as Robson has struggled to spark the New Zealanders’ attack alongside Shaun Johnson at halfback.
Warriors coach Andrew McFadden has faced increasing pressure to insert Lolohea into the halves, and Robson falls out of the side to play Canterbury in Wellington on Saturday.
David Fusitu’a comes onto the wing.
Marshall’s return comes at a crucial time for the Dragons, who have gone scoreless in their last two outings, for the trip to the Gold Coast on Saturday afternoon.
Sione Mata’utia replaces Jaelen Feeney for Newcastle’s match against Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
Jayson Bukuya comes into Cronulla’s back-row for Sunday’s trip to Canberra, with Luke Lewis suspended.
Ava Seumanufagai moves into Aaron Woods’ starting prop-forward role at Wests Tigers for Sunday’s Leichhardt Oval fixture against Melbourne.
Jack Buchanan, Joel Edwards and Michael Chee-Kam have been named by Tigers coach Jason Taylor on an extended bench.
Chris Lawrence replaces Woods, who will miss four to six weeks with an ankle injury, as skipper.
Mitchell Frei replaces Sio Siua Taukeiaho, who is out for around a month with a knee injury, for Sydney Roosters’ clash with Penrith at Allianz Stadium on Monday night.
Tyrone Peachey and Elijah Taylor have been named on an extended Panthers’ bench.
Both Manly and Parramatta are unchanged for Thursday night’s round opener at Brookvale Oval.