Roosters vs Rabbitohs
Roosters will be 1-17 with Joseph Manu (bicep) and Dylan Napa (knee) both taking part in Captain’s run on Wednesday are will play. Nat Butcher and Kurt Baptiste will drop out of 19 man squad. Rabbitohs have been deal a massive blow with Cameron Murray injuring hamstring at training during week and ruled out, this will see Jason Clark move into starting side at lock with Kyle Turner tipped to come onto bench. Richie Kennar is a confirmed starter after recovering from hamstring injury. Campbell Graham and Hymel Hunt are the 2 players tipped to drop out of 19 man squad.
Storm vs Knights
Storm expected to be 1-17 with Brandon Smith and Justin Olam to drop out of 19 man squad. No news yet as to if Cameron Smith will resume goal kicking duties or not. Knights only possible change to 17 could be Chris Heighington in doubt due to dislocated finger, if ruled out Luke Yates would come onto bench, no other late changes expected.
Dragons vs Sharks
Dragons have the most settled line up presently in NRL, only potential change to 17 could be Jacob Host coming into 17 for Hame Sele, no other late changes. Sharks look set to be 1-17 with Kurt Dillon finally set to make NRL debut after being 18th man a few times in opening rounds. Andrew Fifitia is a confirmed starter after going off last week due to concussion/neck injury. Josh Dugan is also a confirmed starter after missing last couple of games due to groin injury.
Warriors vs Broncos
Warriors expected to be 1-17 with possibly a switch with Simon Mannering starting for Agnatius Paasi. Broncos will have a couple of late changes with Matt Gillett (back) and Kodi Nikorima set to be ruled out due to injury, this will see Jack Bird move into halves to partner Anthony Milford with Tom Opacic coming in at centre, Jaydn Su’a would replace Matt Gill in 2RF with Sam Tagataese expected to come onto bench. Josh Mcguire (back) and Joe Ofahengaue (knee) will both play after missing training earlier in week. Alex Glenn also returns after missing last week with shoulder injury.
Cowboys vs Bulldogs
Cowboys set to be 1-17 with Lachlan Coote set to play 1st game of year in top grade after playing Queensland Cup last 2 weeks to build up match fitness. Johnathan Thurston will play despite picking up right shoulder injury last week after training with squad during week. Bulldogs expected to be 1-17 with Brett Morris (concussion) and Josh Morris (knee) both expected to play. Josh Jackson is confirmed starter after have charge a judiciary downgraded to allow him to play.
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Raiders vs Eels
Raiders have a couple of players in doubt after injury hit game last week, Luke Bateman and Aiden Sezer are both in some doubt due to concussion but both trained during week and expected to play. Ata Hingano is also in doubt due to concussion and will have to pass concussion protocols to play but I expect him to be ruled out with Liam Knight coming onto bench. Blake Austin and Josh Papalii return to first grade after spending time playing for Mounties in NSW Cup. Jack Wighton will play after appearing in court mid-week and missing last week’s game due to birth of 2nd child. Eels expected to be 1-17 welcome back a number of injured players, Clint Gutherson will return from ACL knee injury but is expected to play with right knee strapped up, Bevan French will play after recovering from shoulder injury and Kane Evans will play after missing last few games due to rib injury. Tepai Moeroa is expected to play after concussion last week.
Panthers vs Titans
Panthers expected to be 1-17 with no late changes expected. Titans also set to be 1-17 with Jack Stockwell to play 1st game for Titans after shoulder injury in off season. Dale Copley (concussion) and Will Matthews (infection in knee) both training during week and will play.
Sea Eagles vs Tigers
Sea Eagles welcome Tom Trbojevic who will return this week from ankle injury after missing game last week. Brad Parker will also play after being late withdrawal due to illness, again I wouldn’t be surprised if Taniela Paseka comes onto bench replacing Frank Winterstein. Tigers expected to be 1-17 with Josh Reynolds just needing to get through Captains run on Saturday morning to be a confirmed starter.