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Jarrod Mullen is tipped to return for Newcastle against Canberra after training strongly this week. Copyright: Renee McKay/NRL Photos.

Panthers v Rabbitohs

Panthers: Brent Kite is a good chance to return from the calf injury that has kept him on the sidelines since Round 2, in place of Jeremy Latimore. Dean Whare is in some doubt, with Isaah Yeo on standby.

Rabbitohs: Centre Joel Reddy (knee) has been touted as a late omission, with Beau Champion to take his place despite highly-rated young speedster Alex Johnston being named on an extended bench. Ben Lowe and Joe Picker are set to drop off an extended bench.

Titans v Broncos

Titans: The home side should be unchanged, with classy five-eighth Aidan Sezer fit to return from a quad injury. Fullback William Zillman (hamstring) will spend another week out. Prop Ryan James didn't travel to PNG for Queensland Cup duty but was not named in the 17.

Broncos: Should be as named, with Jarrod Wallace dropping off an extended bench.

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Raiders v Knights

Raiders: Expected to be 1-17, with Josh Papalii and Bill Tupou back from injury and Jarrad Kennedy and Shannon Boyd both returning from illness. 

Knights: The Knights have tweeted that star five-eighth Jarrod Mullen will return from the torn hamstring that has sidelined him since the Auckland Nines. Michael Dobson is expected to make way.

Eels v Roosters

Eels: No changes expected, with Fuifui Moimoi fit to make his return.

Roosters:Forwards Dylan Napa, Kane Evans and Isaac Liu appear to be battling for the final bench spot, which will be decided after Friday's captain's run. Evans has trained all week despite an ankle issue. Top prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves returns from suspension.

Wests Tigers v Cowboys

Tigers: Expected to be unchanged, with Kurtis Rowe to debut at fullback in the place of injured star James Tedesco (ankle). Blake Austin is at five-eighth for the suspended Braith Anasta. Keith Lulia will drop off the bench.

Cowboys: Jason Taumalolo is fit to play despite sitting out the latter part of last week's game with a shoulder injury. 

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Warriors v Bulldogs

Warriors: Hooker Siliva Havili is chance to come into the 17 for his NRL debut. Feleti Mateo and Chad Townsend have both been dropped by new acting coach Andrew McFadden.

Bulldogs: Frank Pritchard is unlikely to return from an ankle injury but will travel with the side to New Zealand. Mitch Brown is fit to play after recovering from an ankle injury. Moses Mbye will drop off the extended bench.

Sea Eagles v Sharks

Sea Eagles: Jamie Buhrer is in serious doubt with a quadriceps injury, while Glenn Stewart returns from concussion. Jorge Taufua has recovered from a shoulder injury and is likely to replace Peta Hiku on the wing.

Sharks: Todd Carney is expected to play despite missing training with a virus this week. Sosaia Feki is a chance to return from a knee injury on the wing at the expense of Jonathan Wright.

Storm v Dragons

Storm: No changes expected at this stage.

Dragons: Halfback Michael Witt will play after last weekend's false start, with Adam Quinlan some chance to keep a bench spot after being named in jersey No.18. Rising prop Tyson Frizell (foot) is not considered a chance for an early return.

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