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Sharks axe Pomeroy, Corey Hughes

By Ian McCullough 26/05/2009 06:46:52 PM Comments (0)

City Origin centre Ben Pomeroy is one of three players dumped to the NSW Cup by Cronulla coach Ricky Stuart as he looks to reignite his misfiring backline.

Stuart has made five changes to his struggling side, ahead of Saturday's NRL clash against Parramatta, where they will look to stop a club record-equalling 10th successive defeat.

Stuart has dropped hooker Corey Hughes, Pomeroy and halfback Blake Green and is without captain Paul Gallen, who is on State of Origin duty, and fullback Bronx Goodwin, who is sidelined for a month with a knee injury.

Stuart will hand a first grade debut to 24-year-old halfback Scott Porter, who has spent time at the Sydney Roosters and playing Queensland Cup before joining the Sharks this year.

Tony Caine is restored to hooker in place of Hughes, while youngster Matt Wright will come in for Pomeroy.

The Eels welcome back skipper Nathan Cayless from injury and Ben Smith comes back into the side at centre to replace the suspended Krisnan Inu, with Luke Burt moving to fullback in the absence of Jarryd Hayne.

Origin call-ups also forced St George Illawarra coach Wayne Bennett into making changes for Friday's clash, with in-form Penrith with Darius Boyd, Ben Creagh, Justin Poore, Michael Weyman all unavailable.

Second-rower Matt Prior is also out due to a hand injury.

Jason Nightingale will play at fullback, Jarrod Saffy returns from a rib injury in the front row with Luke Priddis to start at hooker to allow Dean Young to switch to the back row.

Penrith, who are without Petero Civoniceva and Michael Jennings, have named Maurice Blair in the centres with prop Tim Grant to fill in for Civoniceva.

John Morris will take over from Robbie Farah as hooker for the Wests Tigers' trip to New Zealand to face the Warriors on Sunday. Blake Ashford will move to five-eighth to replace Morris.

The Warriors, who have lost their last three matches, will hand debuts to Kevin Locke and Aaron Heremaia.

Locke replaces Denan Kemp at fullback and Heremaia is drafted in for axed hooker Ian Henderson.

Halfback Brett Kimmorley has been named in the Bulldogs' team for Sunday's clash with Newcastle despite sustaining a corked thigh in last week's win over Melbourne.

Knights coach Brian Smith will give a debut to Shannon McDonnell, who recently joined the club from Wests Tigers.

The 21-year-old comes in to cover for newly-appointed NSW Origin captain Kurt Gidley.

Jason Taylor named Chris Sandow in his South Sydney side to face Canberra on Monday after the young halfback missed the last two games due to an ankle injury.

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