As usual I will update this article Thursday evening and you can follow me on Twitter @AStilesAuthor for the 24 hour and game day mail across the round.
Disclaimer: I’ll be on the road to visit the wife’s family from Friday morning so forgive me if I’m a bit late on an update or miss something.
Brisbane Broncos vs Penrith Panthers, Thursday 7:50pm
No changes expected for the Broncos. Brodie Croft and Tyson Gamble were omitted 24 hours out. Update: 1-17
Apisai Koroisau completed captain’s run and is set to start at hooker in place of Mitch Kenny in the only change expected. Matt Burton and Pat Hollis dropped out Wednesday night. Update: per the mail.
Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks, Friday 6:00pm
No changes expected for the Knights in this one. Chris Randall and Tautau Moga were omitted Thursday night.
Sione Katoa is out with a throat injury and is replaced on the wing by Bryson Goodwin. As usual, Toby Rudolph likely reverts to the bench in favour of Scott Sorensen.
South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Melbourne Storm, Friday 7:55pm
Dane Gagai is out for the Rabbitohs with his lingering hamstring injury and is replaced at centre by Steven Marsters. Ky Rodwell also dropped out of the squad at first cut with no other changes expected.
Kenny Bromwich survived the first team cut and could replace Chris Lewis on the edge. Ryley Jacks dropped out Thursday with Sandor Earl replacing him on the bench, with Max King the other omitted.
Canterbury Bulldogs vs Gold Coast Titans, Saturday 3:00pm
No changes expected for the Bulldogs, should be 1-17.
Jai Arrow is a strong chance to be a late inclusion, likely from the interchange in place of Sam Lisone. Anthony Don could also return from injury in place of Corey Thompson on the wing.
Manly Sea Eagles vs Wests Tigers, Saturday 5:30pm
Josh Schuster appears likely to debut from the interchange this round though it’s not clear who he’d replace. Croker likely remains backup hooker so it would be one of the forwards. No other changes expected.
The Tigers appear 1-17.
Canberra Raiders vs Sydney Roosters, Saturday 7:35pm
Curtis Scott is in doubt for the Raiders with a leg injury and will be replaced by Matt Timoko – either at centre or on the interchange – if he’s ruled out. The Raiders also seem to rotate their pack before kickoff each week so expect more of the same with players such as Josh Papalii and Joe Tapine.
Angus Crichton appears likely to return to the squad this round and Mitch Aubusson is a chance as well. With Sonny Bill Williams confirmed to play, it would be two of Sitili Tupouniua, Lindsay Collins or Nat Butcher to make way (how stacked is this pack?!). Luke Keary should also play barring any late setbacks.
New Zealand Warriors vs Parramatta Eels, Sunday 4:05pm
The Warriors should run out 1-17.
Ditto for the Eels, no changes expected.
North Queensland Cowboys vs St George-Illawarra Dragons, Sunday 6:30pm
Kyle Feldt was the only player in doubt but he seems ready to go, so the Cowboys should be 1-17.
The Dragons will also be 1-17, so long as Billy Brittain passes concussion protocols.