Updated: Round 22 team lists
The official team lists for Round 22 of the Telstra Premiership season, now updated with the Friday late mail.
Round 22 is the NRL’s annual Close the Gap Round, the third since rugby league became the fist sporting code in Australia to sign up to the Close the Gap campaign back in 2009.
Close the Gap is Australia’s largest ever campaign to improve the life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
In the spirit of the long and successful Indigenous involvement in our game, show your support by signing the pledge at www.oxfam.org.au/closethegap
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium, 7:35pm
Bulldogs: Ben Barba, Steve Turner, Josh Morris, Jamal Idris, Jonathan Wright, Ben Roberts, Trent Hodkinson, Aiden Tolman, Joel Romelo, Sam Kasiano, Frank Pritchard, Andrew Ryan (c), Dene Halatau. Interchange: Greg Eastwood, Chris Armit, Corey Payne, Josh Reynolds
Peter Sterling's Late Mail: Ben Roberts is in some doubt with a quad injury. Joel Romelo could switch to five-eighth if Roberts is ruled out. Aiden Tolman will play.
Cowboys: Matthew Bowen, Ashley Graham, Brent Tate, Willie Tonga, Kalifa Faifai Loa, Ray Thompson, Ben Jones, Matthew Scott (c), Aaron Payne, Ashton Sims, Gavin Cooper, Tariq Sims, Dallas Johnson. Interchange: James Segeyaro, Glenn Hall, Cory Paterson, James Tamou, Scott Bolton
Peter Sterling's Late Mail: Kalifa Faifai Loa is set to be ruled out with a hamstring strain. Will Tupou will replace him on the wing. Matt Scott is also in doubt with a back injury, with Scott Bolton on standby.
Wests Tigers v St George Illawarra Dragons at Sydney Football Stadium, 7:35pm
Tigers: Tim Moltzen, Beau Ryan, Blake Ayshford, Chris Lawrence, Matt Utai, Benji Marshall, Robert Lui, Bryce Gibbs, Robbie Farah (c), Keith Galloway, Liam Fulton, Gareth Ellis, Chris Heighington. Interchange (from): Wade McKinnon, Todd Payten, Mitch Brown, Aaron Woods, Matt Groat
Peter Sterling's Late Mail: Either Wade McKinnon or Mitch Brown will drop off the bench.
Dragons: Darius Boyd, Brett Morris, Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper, Jason Nightingale, Jamie Soward, Ben Hornby (c), Dan Hunt, Nathan Fien, Michael Weyman, Beau Scott, Ben Creagh, Matt Prior, Interchange (from): Jon Green, Trent Merrin, Adam Cuthbertson, Dean Young, Kyle Stanley, Mitch Rein
Peter Sterling's Late Mail: Dean Young is almost certain to return from a knee injury, and could start.
Melbourne Storm v Penrith Panthers at AAMI Park, 5:30pm
Storm: Billy Slater, Justin O'Neill, Dane Nielsen, Beau Champion, Sisa Waqa, Maurice Blair, Cooper Cronk, Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith (c), Bryan Norrie, Adam Blair, Kevin Proctor, Ryan Hinchcliffe. Interchange: Robbie Rochow, Atelea Vea, Adam Woolnough, Jaiman Lowe
Peter Sterling's Late Mail: Sika Manu, Matt Duffie, Gareth Widdop and Rory Kostjasyn are all some chance of returning from injury this week.
Panthers: David Simmons, Ryan Walker, Michael Jennings, Brad Tighe, Adrian Purtell, Harry Seijka, Luke Walsh, Tim Grant, Kevin Kingston, Petero Civoniceva (c), Trent Waterhouse, Nigel Plum, Luke Lewis. Interchange (from): Nafe Seluini, Nathan Smith, Matthew Bell, Sam McKendry, Masada Iosefa
Peter Sterling's Late Mail: Luke Lewis is expected to play despite suffering concussion last week. Nafe Seluini or Masada Iosefa will drop off the bench.
Cronulla Sharks v Gold Coast Titans at Toyota Stadium, 7:30pm
Sharks: Isaac Gordon, Matthew Wright, Ben Pomeroy, Ricky Leutele, Nathan Stapleton, Wade Graham, Chad Townsend, Josh Cordoba, John Morris, Luke Douglas, Jeremy Smith, Taulima Tautai, Paul Gallen (c). Interchange (from): Kade Snowden, Sam Tagataese, Paul Aiton, Anthony Tupou, Johnny Mannah, Nathan Gardner, Tyson Frizell
Peter Sterling's Late Mail: Paul Gallen has his first run with teammates today, but coach Shane Flanagan has said he could play even if not 100 per cent fit. Tyson Frizell will replace Gallen if the skipper is ruled out.
Titans: Jordan Rankin, Steve Michaels, William Zillman, Dominique Peyroux, David Mead, Beau Henry, Scott Prince, Luke Bailey, Matt Srama, Matt White, Anthony Laffranchi, Mark Minichiello, Luke O'Dwyer, Interchange: Brenton Lawrence, Will Matthews, Bodene Thompson, Preston Campbell
Peter Sterling's Late Mail: William Zillman remains in doubt with a heart condition that saw him leave the field against Newcastle last week.
Brisbane Broncos v New Zealand Warriors at Suncorp Stadium, 7:30pm
Broncos: Josh Hoffman, Gerard Beale, Jack Reed, Justin Hodges, Jharal Yow Yeh, Darren Lockyer (c), Peter Wallace, Ben Hannant, Andrew McCullough, Scott Anderson, Alex Glenn, Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker. Interchange: Matt Gillett, Ben Hunt, Ben Te'o, Josh McGuire
Warriors: Kevin Locke, Bill Tupou, Joel Moon, Shaun Berrigan, Manu Vatuvei, James Maloney, Shaun Johnson, Russell Packer, Aaron Heremaia, Jacob Lillyman, Feleti Mateo, Simon Mannering (c), Micheal Luck. Interchange (from): Pita Godinet, Sam Rapira, Ben Matulino, Elijah Taylor, Lewis Brown
Peter Sterling's Late Mail: Lewis Brown remains a chance of taking a place in the final 17. Simon Mannering and Michael Luck are expected to play despite injury concerns.
Newcastle Knights v Canberra Raiders at Ausgrid Stadium, 2:00pm
Knights: Kurt Gidley (c), James McManus, Junior Sa’u, Adam MacDougall, Akuila Uate, Ryan Stig, Jarrod Mullen, Evarn Tuimavave, Isaac De Gois, Antonio Kaufusi, Chris Houston, Neville Costigan, Joel Edwards. Interchange (from): Matt Hilder, Richie Fa’aoso, Cameron Ciraldo, Zane Tetevano, Keith Lulia
Peter Sterling's Late Mail: Evarn Tuimavave and Richie Fa'aoso are both expected to rbe cleared to play despite hamstring problems.
Raiders: Josh Dugan, Blake Ferguson, Jarrod Croker, Joel Thompson, Daniel Vidot, Josh McCrone, Sam Williams, Brett White, Alan Tongue (c), David Shillington, Josh Papalii, Bronson Harrison , Shaun Fensom. Interchange (from): Glen Buttriss, Josh Miller, Danny Galea, Dane Tilse, Joe Picker, Sam Mataora
Peter Sterling's Late Mail: Josh Dugan and Jarrod Croker missed training on Tuesday with ankle and quad injuries respectively, but both are still expected to play on Sunday.
Manly Sea Eagles v Sydney Roosters at Brookvale Oval, 3:00pm
Sea Eagles: Brett Stewart, Michael Oldfield, Jamie Lyon (c), Steve Matai, Will Hopoate, Kieran Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans, Jason King (c), Matt Ballin, Brent Kite, Anthony Watmough, Joe Galuvao, Glenn Stewart. Interchange (from): Tony Williams, Jamie Buhrer, Shane Rodney, George Rose, Vic Mauro, Darcy Lussick
Peter Sterling's Late Mail: Tony Williams remains in some doubt with a hamstring injury, but could also start on the wing. Vic Mauro and Darcy Lussick are likely to drop off the extended bench unless Williams is out. Michael Robertson is a slim chance of making an early return from a neck injury.
Roosters: Anthony Minichiello, Sam Perrett, Joseph 'BJ' Leilua, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Phil Graham, Todd Carney, Mitchell Pearce, Jason Ryles, Jake Friend, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Braith Anasta (c), Aidan Guerra, Nate Myles. Interchange: Anthony Mitchell, Mose Masoe, Brad Takairangi, Lama Tasi
South Sydney Rabbitohs v Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium, 7:00pm
Rabbitohs: Rhys Wesser, Nathan Merritt, Dylan Farrell, Greg Inglis, Chris McQueen, John Sutton, Chris Sandow, Ben Ross, Issac Luke, Shannan McPherson, Eddy Pettybourne, David Taylor, Michael Crocker (c). Interchange (from): Luke Burgess, Dave Tyrrell, Jason Clark, Nathan Peats, Shaune Corrigan
Eels: Luke Burt, Etu Uaisele, Justin Horo, Ben Smith, Jordan Atkins, Jarryd Hayne, Casey McGuire, Tim Mannah, Matt Keating, Fuifui Moimoi, Nathan Hindmarsh (c), Taniela Lasalo, Reni Maitua. Interchange: Shane Shackleton, Mitchell Allgood, Pat O’Hanlon, Manase Manuokafoa
Peter Sterling's Late Mail: Jordan Atkins is expected to play despite concerns over a neck injury, with Chris Hicks on standby.