Justin Hodges ready to make return for Broncos

BRONCOS captain Justin Hodges will be a welcome return for his team when it takes on the Dragons at Jubilee Oval in a blockbuster on Friday night.

Hodges (pictured) missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, but declared himself fit after training.

In a slight reshuffle, Dale Copley will move to the wing to accommodate Hodges in the centres, while Corey Oates will take the spot of prop Jarrod Wallace on the bench.

In the only change for the Dragons, Will Matthews (finger) has been named to make his first start of the season in place of the suspended Tyson Frizell.

Both the Broncos (first) and the Dragons (third) recorded impressive wins over the Roosters and Bulldogs, respectively, last week.

Also on Friday night, Sea Eagles captain Jamie Lyon (groin) will make his long-awaited return, pushing Brayden Wiliame to the wing for the injured Tom Trbojevic, against the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium.

Josh Reynolds is back starting at five-eighth for Canterbury, pushing Moses Mbye to the bench. Tim Browne is named to start in place of Antonio Kaufusi on the bench.

Robert Jennings will make his NRL debut in the centres in place of Jamal Idris for the Panthers against the Titans at Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday.

Idris will miss the rest of the NRL season after being diagnosed with a ruptured ACL.

Shaun Fensom has been named at lock for Canberra against Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday, despite leaving the field early with an ankle injury against the Storm on the weekend.


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