NRL Late Mail: Finals Week 1
All the late mail heading into the business end of the season, with four blockbuster matches to start the 2015 NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series.
Roosters: No changes expected for the minor premiers. Mitchell Pearce has been training, but it is very unlikely that he would be rushed back for this one given the Roosters have a guaranteed second chance. Jackson Hastings has been doing a great job in his place.
Storm: Cameron Smith was a no show at the annual pre-finals Captains Call because of illness and has been battling a virus all week, but he'll be a certainty to lead the team onto Allianz Stadium. There could be a late change with Dale Finucane expected to return from injury and play from the bench.
Bulldogs: No changes expected for the Bulldogs in this elimination clash. The biggest question is whether Tim Lafai or prop Tim Browne will be given the important kicking duties.
Dragons: UPDATE: After getting through training on Friday Gareth Widdop is set to be a late inclusion for the Dragons, providing he gets through the pre-game warm-up.
Broncos: UPDATE: Wayne Bennett says Corey Parker is set to play despite pulling out of training early with a hamstring injury earlier in the week.
Cowboys: Michael Morgan will play, with assistant coach David Furner labelling the ankle injury more mental than physical in regards to his confidence to fully stretch out. Matt Scott didn't train at the start of the week but has declared himself a certain starter, while a groin complaint is not going to keep the ultra-competitive Johnathan Thurston out of this Queensland derby.
Sharks: There are no injury concerns for Cronulla heading into their elimination final with last year's premiers. Andrew Fifita returns from his suspension; no late changes expected.
Rabbitohs: Greg Inglis got through training well and is a definite for the cardnial and myrtle, despite being troubled a little by his knee injury.