NRL Late Mail: Round 19
Kane Elgey, Nathan Peats and Chris Houston are all set to be late inclusions for their clubs in Round 19 of the NRL Telstra Premiership, despite not being named on Tuesday.
Eels: Nathan Peats could be a late inclusion, with the Eels hooker training during the week in a bid to prove he has recovered from a knee injury. It would mean a slight reshuffle to Brad Arthur's bench rotation.
Bulldogs: No late changes expected at this stage, although all eyes will be on the Bulldogs halves combination with Trent Hodkinson, Moses Mbye and Josh Reynolds.
Storm: No injury concerns, although there may be a late change in the backline with Hymel Hunt under pressure to keep his position.
Panthers: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak was rushed to hospital with a collapsed lung and is not expected to play for a few weeks. Hooker James Segeyaro could be a late inclusion, while David Simmons is carrying a hamstring complaint and could be a late omission.
Raiders: Plenty of intrigue around the selection of Kurt Baptiste at halfback for the green machine. Don't be surprised if he starts on the bench with a reshuffle seeing Jack Wighton move to partner Blake Austin in the halves. Jordan Rapana is likely to move to the fullback role in that scenario, however Josh McCrone and Mitch Cornish both trained in the halves this week. Watch this space.
Sharks: No changes expected for Cronulla.
Knights: Beau Scott returns from suspension, and Chris Houston could make an earlier than expected return from injury. Adam Clydsdale is likely to be sidelined for the next couple of weeks.
Titans: Greg Bird is back from suspension for the first time since Round 8, while there are plenty of whispers that halfback Kane Elgey will also return from an ankle injury. Don't be surprised to see his name on the team sheet an hour before kick-off. Nate Myles has an injured hand, but should take his place in the team.
Dragons: UPDATE: Jack de Belin is on track to return ahead of schedule from a virus that has kept him on the sidelines in recent weeks.
Rabbitohs: No late changes expected.
Roosters: Should be as per program, with Sio Siua Taukeiaho the only player in doubt with an ankle complaint.
Warriors: Shaun Johnson has the rugby league community abuzz again; he failed to finish training earlier in the week, but is in little doubt to play his 100th NRL match. Manu Vatuvei could be a late inclusion, but is more than likely to be rested for another week.
Broncos: No changes expected for the league leaders.
Wests Tigers: Robbie Farah is racing the clock to be a shock inclusion from a hand injury that ruled him out of the Origin decider. The Wests Tigers need him back on the park soon, but it might be another week before their leader plays.
Sea Eagles: No late changes expected at this stage.
Cowboys: Should be as per program.