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Bulldogs hooker Michael Lichaa should play 80 minutes each week in 2016.

All the key team changes and injury rumours heading into the weekend's Round 5 NRL Telstra Premiership games.


Tyrone Roberts has been ruled out with the knee injury he picked up in his side's win over the Raiders. Rookie playmaker Cameron Cullen is a good chance of partnering Ash Taylor in the halves, but if Henry opts against handing Cullen his debut, Greg Bird could shift to five-eighth with Eddy Pettybourne joining the 17. Ryan James is free to play after escaping suspension at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night.

Broncos: Jordan Kahu, Corey Oates and Jack Reed have all been cleared to return, with the away side set to be 1-17. 


Marika Koroibete will miss one week after accepting an early guilty plea for his tripping charge, meaning at least one change is necessary for Craig Bellamy's 17. Tohu Harris is again likely to revert to the backline.

Knights: Rookie forward Daniel Saifiti and veteran winger Akuila Uate are both a chance of returning to the Newcastle 17, as is Jack Stockwell, who is yet to see any time in first grade so far in 2016. Cory Denniss and Lachlan Fitzgibbon could make way.


Wests Tigers:
Should be as per program.

Sharks: After missing the past three rounds with a knee injury, Paul Gallen has been passed fit and will return to the side on Saturday.


No changes expected to the 17.

Dragons: Should be as per the team named on Tuesday, with Benji Marshall cleared to return from a hamstring injury. Josh McCrone will drop off the extended bench.


Expect to see Jayden Nikorima again start from the bench despite being named at five-eighth on Tuesday, with Aidan Guerra again to line up alongside Jackson Hastings in the halves.

Warriors: Back-rower Bodene Thompson is unlikely to be a late inclusion, with Andrew McFadden's side expected to be unchanged.


Named to start on Tuesday, club captain Tim Mannah is out for three weeks with a fractured shoulder blade. Expect Danny Wicks to replace him in the front row, while Manu Ma'u will be free to take his place on Sunday after being cleared at the NRL judiciary mid-week.

Panthers: No changes expected, with Matt Moylan to play his first game of the season and Bryce Cartwright to overcome a dislocated thumb picked up in the narrow loss to the Dragons in Round 4.


Michael Lichaa has recovered from a knee injury and is expected to take his place at hooker on Monday night. Craig Garvey will drop back to Intrust Super Premiership after an impressive few weeks in the top grade.

Raiders: No late changes anticipated, with halves Blake Austin and Aidan Sezer both cleared to make their return, while Joseph Leilua will return from suspension.

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