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Friday late mail: Round 3

Friday late mail: Round 3
Panthers winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak is a chance of returning against the Roosters this week. Credit: Mark Nolan. Copyright: NRL Photos.

All the late team changes, news and injury rumours heading into the third round of the 2017 Telstra Premiership.

 

‌Bulldogs: Brad Abbey replaces the injured Will Hopoate at fullback, with no late changes expected for the clash in Dunedin.

Warriors: A change at fullback also for the Warriors with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck out with concussion. Tuimoala Lolohea has been named as his replacement. 

 

Titans: New signing Dale Copley will have to wait another week to make his club debut. The Titans are carrying a number of injuries so there could be a late reshuffle by coach Neil Henry.

Eels: No late changes expected, with Jeff Robson replacing Corey Norman (hamstring) at halfback this week.

 

‌Knights: Former Shark Anthony Tupou has been named among the reserves and is pressing for a bench spot against the Rabbitohs.

Rabbitohs: Michael Maguire has several options on his reserves bench with the likes of Siosifa Talakai, Anthony Cherrington and Tom Burgess.

 

‌Panthers: Bryce Cartwright has been ruled out after suffering bone bruising to his ankle last week. James Fisher-Harris will start in his place. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak will return to the starting side at the expense of Dylan Edwards.

Roosters: Joseph Manu is in for injured centre Blake Ferguson, but no other changes are expected.

 

‌Cowboys: UPDATE: With Jason Taumalolo out with a two-week suspension Ethan Lowe is set to start at lock with Coen Hess coming into the starting side in the second row.

Sea Eagles: No late changes expected for the Sea Eagles at this stage.

 

‌Raiders: Former Queensland State of Origin forward Dave Taylor has been named in the 17 and is set to make his club debut for the Raiders.

Wests Tigers: Hooker Matt Ballin has been named amongst the reserves but is still thought to be at least another week away from first grade.

 

‌Sharks: Valentine Holmes and Gerard Beale have both been named as reserves but are pressing their claims to take part against the Dragons. Kurt Capewell is expected to drop out if either of those players return.

Dragons: Coach Paul McGregor has named the same 17 that lost to the Eels last week, but Tyson Frizell must follow concussion protocols after not completing the game against the Eels last week. Frizell will continue to be assessed but is on track to play.

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