Dragons coach Paul McGregor expects Sharks captain Paul Gallen to return for their Round 12 showdown.

The team news and expected late changes heading into Round 16 of the NRL Telstra Premiership season.

 

Broncos: Centre Jack Reed is out, with Jordan Kahu moving inside to replace Reed, Corey Oates brought in on the wing and Dale Copley into the final 17.

Knights: The visitors are expected to be boosted by the return of Jarrod Mullen, who has missed a large portion of the season with a toe injury. If he is named, expect Carlos Tuimavave to make way.

 

Rabbitohs: Issac Luke and Glenn Stewart are both a chance to face Manly on Friday night, with both training strongly during the week. 

Sea Eagles: No late changes expected for the Sea Eagles.

 

Warriors: The home side should be as per the side named on Tuesday, with no fresh injury concerns.

Raiders: New recruit Joey Leilua should figure in Ricky Stuart's calculations after he was named 18th man on Tuesday. Either Edrick Lee or Jordan Rapana should make way, with Sisa Waqa likely to revert to the wing.

 

Cowboys: No late changes expected, with Johnathan Thurston to be rested.

Sharks: UPDATED: Paul Gallen hasn't travelled with the team to North Queensland and won't play this week due to a rib injury. 

 

Eels: Despite not being named and battling a shoulder injury, lock Anthony Watmough is some hope of making the side to face the Dragons.

Dragons: It remains to be seen how the Dragons will manage the load of Origin stars Trent Merrin and Josh Dugan. Merrin could spend more time on the bench than he normally does, while Dugan might be omitted from the Dragons side altogether. 

 

Roosters: Prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is on track to return from a calf injury, in what should be an otherwise unchanged Tricolours side.

Titans: Neil Henry has been toying with the idea of shifting James Roberts into the halves, allowing Daniel Mortimer to relieve Chad Redman at hooker. Ryan James is still touch-and-go despite being named on Tuesday.

 

Wests Tigers: Captain Robbie Farah will be right to play, after missing last week's loss to the Sea Eagles. Kevin Naiqama picked up a finger injury in that same game, but also should be right to take his place on the wing. 

Panthers: No late changes expected for the Panthers, with Josh Mansour to make his long-awaited return on the wing as named on Tuesday. 

 

Bulldogs: The Bulldogs should be as per program as they return to Belmore Sports Ground, with Josh Jackson suspended for just the one round. Shaun Lane has been named to take his place in the starting side.

Storm: Melbourne could receive a boost in the form of star halfback Cooper Cronk, who remains a day-to-day proposition with a knee injury that has seen him sidelined since Round 13. With Origin III around the corner and another finals berth likely, it remains to be seen whether Storm coach Craig Bellamy will roll the dice with one of his most important players.