Cowboys v Rabbitohs
Round 9, Sunday, May 12, Suncorp Stadium
Round 18, Saturday, July 20, 1300SMILES Stadium
Looking ahead: In a boost for the Cowboys, both 2019 fixtures between the two sides will be played in Queensland. The first meeting will be the last fixture of the NRL's inaugural Magic Round in Round 9. South Sydney then make the trip north for their last ever regular season visit to 1300SMILES Stadium in Round 18.
Rabbitohs' changes: Superstar second-rower Angus Chrichton defects to rivals the Roosters in a major blow for the Bunnies. Jason Clark heads to the UK Super League and young fullback Jesse Arthars moves to the Titans in the two other losses for South Sydney. Junior Kangaroos fullback Corey Allan is the highest profile recruit, while Bayley Sironen and Kurt Dillon also join the club.
Cowboys squad: Carlin Anderson, John Asiata, Kurt Baptiste, Ben Barba, Logan Bayliss-Brow, Scott Bolton, Javid Bowen, Jake Clifford, Gavin Cooper, Reuben Cotter, Mitchell Dunn, Kyle Feldt, Tom Gilbert, Jake Granville, Ben Hampton, Coen Hess, Corey Jensen, Ethan Lowe, Nene Macdonald, Te Maire Martin, Jordan McLean, Francis Molo, Michael Morgan, Gideon Gela-Mosby, Justin O'Neill, Tom Opacic, Emry Pere, Dan Russell, Matthew Scott, Murray Taulagi, Jason Taumalolo, Enari Tuala, Kurt Wiltshire, Shane Wright
Rabbitohs squad: Adam Doueihi, Damien Cook, Mawene Hiroti, Adam Reynolds, Dane Gagai, Rhys Kennedy, Alex Johnston, Dean Britt, Richard Kennar, Bayley Sironen, George Burgess, Sam Burgess, Braidon Burns, Greg Inglis, Tevita Tatola, Cameron Murray, Jacob Gagan, Tom Burgess, Campbell Graham, Kurt Dillon, William Brittain, Cody Walker, Kyle Turner, Zane Musgrove, Connor Tracey, Mark Nicholls, Corey Allan, Matt McIlwrick
'Tatey says': It's going to be interesting to see how all the coaching stuff plays out. Even so they're going to be right up there again because they have so many classy players. How far they go is probably going to depend on the Burgess boys again, the way they played this year really turned the Bunnies around.
See it live: 2019 membership information
Looking back: The two sides met twice in the 2018 season, with the Rabbitohs winning by a solitary point on both occasions.
Head-to-head: Played 34; Cowboys 17 wins, Rabbitohs 16 wins
Last 5 meetings:
2018, Round 16: Rabbitohs def. Cowboys 21-20
2018, Round 11: Rabbitohs def. Cowboys 20-19
2017, Round 19: Cowboys def. Rabbitohs 23-10
2017, Round 5: Cowboys def. Rabbitohs 20-6
2016, Round 17: Cowboys def. Rabbitohs 20-nil
Finish – NRL ladder: Cowboys 13th v Rabbitohs 3rd