NRL Late Mail: Round 2
The injury news and likely team changes heading into the second round of the NRL Telstra Premiership season.
Bulldogs v Eels
Bulldogs: The home side are expected to be as per the side named on Tuesday, with Moses Mbye slotting in at five-eighth for the injured Josh Reynolds.
Eels: Junior Paulo's suspension will see him miss nine weeks, while fellow forward Pauli Pauli is out for eight weeks with a knee injury. It's expected that Danny Wicks will make his NRL return via the interchange in an otherwise unchanged side.
Sharks v Broncos
Sharks: Mitch Brown is set to make way for Valentine Holmes, who was named on an extended bench during the week.
Broncos: A calf injury has seen Dale Copley miss the trip to Sydney, with Wayne Bennett confirming Corey Oates as his replacement on the wing.
Panthers v Titans
Panthers: No late changes are expected for the Panthers as they travel to Bathurst to take on the Titans.
Titans: Kevin Gordon has been ruled out with a broken nose, set to be replaced by Anthony Don on the wing.
Sea Eagles v Storm
Sea Eagles: Jamie Buhrer is poised to return from injury against the Storm at Brookvale Oval on Saturday night. His possible return, coupled with Steve Matai's inclusion, will go some way to offsetting the loss of Kieran Foran (hamstring).
Storm: Tom Learoyd-Lahrs is in line to make his Storm debut, with a replacement for the suspended Felise Kaufusi yet to be named. Kenny Bromwich could also come into calculations for the final spot on the bench.
Cowboys v Knights
Cowboys: There are no late changes expected for the home side, with Lachlan Coote set to remain 18th man.
Knights: Kurt Gidley should make his return to the side after being a late scratching in Round 1. Should he not recover from his hamstring injury in time, Sione Mata'utia will again line up at fullback.
Rabbitohs v Roosters
Rabbitohs: The reigning premiers are expected to be 1-17 on Sunday afternoon. Young back-rower Kyle Turner will be out for some time after opting to undergo neck surgery.
Roosters: No major injury concerns for the Tricolours, who are also likely to be unchanged.
Raiders v Warriors
Raiders: Jordan Rapana is in some doubt with a hamstring complaint. If he's ruled out, the Raiders aren't short of depth out wide – Bill Tupou, Brenko Lee and Jeremy Hawkins are all a chance of taking their place on the flank.
Warriors: No late changes expected for the visiting side, with Sam Tomkins raring to go after being omitted in Round 1.
Wests Tigers v Dragons
Wests Tigers: Missing Round 1 through injury, Chris Lawrence should take his place in the side on Monday night. Kyle Lovett is waiting in the wings should Lawrence fail to recover in time.
Dragons: Despite initial fears Josh Dugan would miss a number of months for the Red V, the representative fullback was named in the Dragons' team on Tuesday but is still in serious doubt for Round 2. One man who is certain to miss out is Ben Creagh, who is out for a month with a back injury, with Trent Merrin likely to be elevated to the starting side at lock.