NRL 2024: Panthers name Dylan Edwards in extended squad despite Origin injury

Dylan Edwards could be a shock inclusion for the Panthers on Sunday afternoon just days after the superstar fullback was due to make his State of Origin debut before being ruled out with a quad injury.

The working full-back was listed in jersey no. 23 and Penrith’s four other Blues players are named as starters against the Sea Eagles as they look to bounce back from a disappointing defeat at home to the Dragons.

It would be a remarkable return for Edwards, given he was ruled out of the opening Origin match after suffering an injury on Saturday while making end-of-session extras, with former Blues captain James Tedesco replacing him at the back.

Even if he doesn’t play this weekend, the signs are that he will be right to face the Knights in round 15 to prove he is ready for game two of the Origin series.

The Panthers are one of the clubs granted exemptions to naming extra players on the bench this week, with a team allowed to pick an extra player in the reserves if they have three Origin boys, while they can pick an extra two players if they have four or more representatives.

Wednesday’s game wreaked havoc with some stars backed up, others named on the bench, while Nicho Hynes was rested for Cronulla’s trip to Brisbane to give his calf a chance to recover.

Blues rookie Cameron McInnes will travel north and Teig Wilton (Group AC) is out for the clash against the Broncos, who have named their Origin quartet to start.

The Dragons have named Ben Hunt, Zac Lomax and Jaydn Su’A as reserves for Friday’s game against Wests Tigers and will be monitored with just 48 hours between games.

The Tigers welcome the return of Justin Olam from suspension, while Charlie Staines has moved to right centre, where he will play alongside tall winger Alex Lobb, making his first NRL start.

Bulldogs coach Cameron Ciraldo made a big call in the halves, keeping Toby Sexton to play alongside Matt Burton and Drew Hutchison on the reserve list.

They will face the Eels on Monday, who will release young forward Blaize Talagi in the middle with the club confirming that Bailey Simonsson has torn his ACL and will miss the rest of the season.

The Titans suddenly look much stronger with Kieran Foran, Phillip Sami and Jojo Fifita back in the starting side, while Jayden Campbell and Tanah Boyd are listed among the reserves and could also return from injury.

They face a Souths side that has Cody Walker back from calf while Grant Anderson replaces Will Warbrick on the wing for the Storm, with Ryan Papenhuyzen out for at least another week.

And the cavalry is starting to return for the Warriors with Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Tohu Harris, Wayd Egan, Addin Fonua-Blake and Kurt Capewell all back, but they are still without Shaun Johnson, who remains on the injured list.

They travel to Townsville where the Cowboys named their six Origin stars on the extended bench.

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