Friday late mail: Round 1
All the key team rumours and confirmed changes for the weekend's NRL matches.
Sea Eagles: Siosaia Vave is set to replace Feleti Mateo (ankle) on the bench. Brett Stewart is in doubt with a hamstring injury, with Tom Trbojevic set to switch from the wing to fullback if Stewart is ruled out, and one of Fabian Goodall or Halauafu Lavaka on standby to cover the wing spot.
Bulldogs: Will Hopoate, Moses Mbye and James Graham have all been cleared to return from injuries and will start as named.
Raiders: No changes expected, with Blake Austin and Shaun Fensom cleared to return from injury.
Panthers: There is talk Elijah Taylor could drop off the Penrith bench and play NSW Cup this week, with James Fisher-Harris a chance of making his NRL debut in his place.
Wests Tigers: There are rumours Jack Littlejohn could start at hooker, with Chris Lawrence starting at five-eighth, Kyle Lovett starting in the second row and Manaia Cherrington starting on the bench, although the Tigers have said this week Cherrington was capable of playing 80 minutes at hooker.
Warriors: No changes expected.
Cowboys: No changes expected.
Sharks: No changes expected.
Roosters: Daniel Tupou is in doubt with an ankle injury, with Joe Burgess a chance to make his NRL debut.
Rabbitohs: No changes expected.
Titans: Will Zillman is in doubt with a calf injury, with David Mead set to play fullback if Zillman is out and John Olive or Leva Li on standby for the wing spot.
Knights: Lachlan Fitzgibbon is likely to drop off the extended bench.
Storm: Billy Slater is likely to play after recovering from a shoulder injury, with Ben Hampton likely to drop off the bench and Nelson Asofa-Solomona a chance of joining the 17.
Dragons: No changes expected.