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NRL Late Mail: Round 8

NRL Late Mail: Round 8

All the injury news and likely late changes heading into the eighth round of the 2017 Telstra Premiership season.

 

‌Raiders: No changes expected to the same 17 that beat the Warriors last week.

Sea Eagles: Darcy Lussick is out with an elbow injury, with Nate Myles set to return after missing last week's loss to the Storm.

 

‌Rabbitohs: Adam Reynolds is out with a hip injury. John Sutton moves to five-eighth from the back row, with Cody Walker shifting to halfback. Kyle Turner moves from prop to the back row, with George Burgess coming into the starting side. Braidon Burns has been replaced by Hymel Hunt on the wing and rookie Cameron Murray is set to make his NRL debut from the interchange bench.

Broncos: Winger Jordan Kahu is out with a groin injury, replaced by David Mead. Jonus Pearson is expected to take Mead's spot on the interchange.

 

‌Eels: No changes expected, with Kenny Edwards set to make his return on the interchange bench.

Panthers updated: Bryce Cartwright comes into the starting side in place of fellow back-rower James Fisher-Harris who is out with a shoulder injury.

 

‌Cowboys: Antonio Winterstein returns in place of Gideon Gela-Mosby on the wing, while John Asiata will again play in the halves in the absence of Johnathan Thurston.

Knights: Skipper and halfback Trent Hodkinson has been dropped from the 17, with Jaelen Feeney a chance to take his place in the halves.

 

Sharks: No changes expected, with outside back Gerard Beale still a week away from returning.

Titans: Gold Coast could bring Jarryd Hayne back from an ankle injury after he trained strongly during the week. Konrad Hurrell and Kevin Proctor have been described as "touch and go" for the clash with the Sharks, while Joe Greenwood has been named to return.

 

‌Wests Tigers: Luke Brooks is an outside chance of playing after a medical on Tuesday to check his injured hamstring. He is named amongst the reserves as the only likely late change.

Bulldogs: David Klemmer returns at lock, bumping Adam Elliot to the bench. Matt Frawley has been named in the reserves but could again be promoted to the 17 on game day.

 

‌Roosters: Dylan Napa has been named in the reserves and is only an outside chance of overcoming an ankle injury for the Anzac Day clash. Latrell Mitchell is also named in the reserves but Joseph Manu is expected to hold his centre spot.

Dragons: Coach Paul McGregor rates fullback Josh Dugan's fitness "100 per cent" after the star fullback missed the past fortnight with a hamstring injury, with no other changes expected.

 

‌Storm: Will Chambers returns at centre, with Young Tonumaipea dropping back to the reserves. Cameron Munster is named on the bench, giving coach Craig Bellamy the option of starting him in the halves on game day.

Warriors: Key prop Ben Matulino has been named in the reserves and is an outside chance of making his return from a knee injury.

 

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