Friday Late Mail: Round 26
The team rumours and expected late changes ahead of the final round of the Telstra Premiership regular season.
Roosters: Shaun Kenny-Dowall is set to return on the wing for the Tricolours, with Brendan Elliot set to make way despite scoring a hat-trick last week against Manly.
Rabbitohs: Set to be unchanged, but Paul Carter could be a late inclusion on the final bench after being named 18th man on Tuesday.
Panthers: Despite being named on Tuesday, Bryce Cartwright and Jamie Soward won't play. Sione Katoa and Chris Smith will come into the side, both to make their NRL debut. UPDATE: Panthers coach Ivan Cleary says centre Dean Whare will make his return against the Knights.
Knights: No late changes expected after Korbin Sims successfully challenged his charge at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night.
Dragons: UPDATE: Paul McGregor has confirmed five-eighth Gareth Widdop is out with a quadriceps injury. NSW under-20s playmaker Drew Hutchison has earned a recall to the Red V side to replace of the England international.
Wests Tigers: UPDATE: Chris Lawrence is out with a pectoral injury, with Manaia Cherrington to join the bench after being named 18th man on Tuesday.
Cowboys: Paul Green is expected to resist the temptation to rest his players on the eve of the finals, with James Tamou set to return and North Queensland 1-17.
Titans: Josh Hoffman, Beau Falloon and Eddy Pettybourne are under an injury cloud ahead of Gold Coast's final game of the year, adding further pressure to a side already without a host of experienced stars. Greg Bird is unlikely to return, while Nate Myles has already played his final game in Titans colours.
Eels: Should be unchanged for their final game of the year in front of the Pirtek Stadium crowd.
Raiders: No changes anticipated to the side named on Tuesday, with Canberra to be without Blake Austin (shoulder) and Jack Wighton (suspension) for their final hit-out of 2015.
Sharks: Ben Barba is likely to force his way back onto the bench for the Sharks after being named 18th man earlier in the week.
Sea Eagles: After leaving the field with a leg injury in Manly's heavy loss to the Roosters, Jamie Lyon is no certainty to take to the park on Sunday afternoon.
Bulldogs: No late changes expected.
Warriors: Should be as per program, with captain Simon Mannering to again play through illness as the Warriors search for their first win since Round 18.