South Sydney Rabbitohs star Sam Burgess.

All the key team changes and injury rumours heading into the weekend's NRL games.

 

 

Rabbitohs: Sam Burgess is unlikely to be a late inclusion after being cleared of a serious neck injury during the week. Paul Carter will play after having his dangerous contact charge downgraded at the judiciary on Wednesday.

Bulldogs: No changes expected.

 

 

Broncos: No changes expected.

Cowboys: Jake Granville is likely to be cleared of concussion, and could start from the bench as he has for the past two weeks.

 

 

Raiders:  Should be 1-17, with England international Elliott Whitehead to again start in the halves alongside Sam Williams. Joey Leilua will miss just one more week after being cleared of contrary conduct charge at the judiciary on Wednesday night. The former Knights and Roosters outside back will still sit out Round 4, serving the second week of a separate suspension for a dangerous throw on former teammate Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

Titans: Nathan Friend is out, while former Raiders captain David Shillington is returning to the nation's capital for the first time since leaving the club.

Update: Captain Nathan Friend is out for Saturday's game after two concussions so far in 2016. Kierran Moseley will travel with the side as cover.

 

 

 

 

Roosters:  Still searching for their first win of the 2016 campaign, the Roosters are set to be as per program with Brendan Elliot to start in the centres for Dale Copley and mature-age rookie Eloni Vunakece joining the bench.

Sea Eagles: After being named on Tuesday, suspended pair Martin Taupau and Brenton Lawrence should be replaced in the 17 by Jamie Buhrer and Darcy Lussick. If selected it will be Buhrer's first NRL game back after a broken jaw at the Auckland Nines, while Lussick hasn't been sighted in the first grade side since Round 1.

 

 

Dragons: Benji Marshall is a chance of returning from a hamstring injury and would replace Josh McCrone at halfback if he manages to prove his fitness in time. 

Panthers: Trent Merrin is set to start as named after recovering from illness, while captain Matt Moylan could be a late inclusion as he continues to battle with a back injury.

 

 

Warriors: No late changes expected.

Knights: Sione Mata'utia will need to be replaced in the 17 after unsuccessfully challenging his charge at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday, with Akuila Uate a chance of returning to the side.

 

 

Wests Tigers: Should be as per the team named on Tuesday, with Robbie Farah to return at dummy-half.

Eels: No late changes expected.

 

 

Sharks: Failing to finish against Manly after a challenge from Martin Taupau, Sharks centre Jack Bird should be fine to take his place in the starting side on Monday night.

Storm: Young back Curtis Scott could return to the centres pushing Tohu Harris back to the second row in an otherwise unchanged 17.