NRL Late Mail: Round 8
The confirmed team changes and injury news heading into the eighth round of the 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership.
Broncos: Alex Glenn has been ruled out with a hip injury, with Sam Thaiday to start in the back row and Herman Ese'ese to join the bench for his Broncos debut.
Rabbitohs: Dane Nielsen and Cody Walker have travelled with the team to Brisbane, with Nielsen in particular rated a chance of playing his first game for South Sydney, while Alex Johnston hasn't travelled and remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Bulldogs: No changes expected for the Bulldogs.
Titans: Rookie half Cameron Cullen is on standby for Ashley Taylor, who is rated as highly unlikely to play after being hospitalised with abdominal pains this week.
Raiders: No changes expected at this stage, with Blake Austin definitely out with a hamstring injury.
Wests Tigers: No changes to the team named on Tuesday, with Sauaso Sue confirmed to make his return from concussion.
Cowboys: No changes expected, with John Asiata again expected to be left out of the 17.
Eels: Tepai Moeroa and Junior Paulo have shaken off injury concerns and are set to play in an unchanged side.
Sharks: Luke Lewis returns from suspension this week with no other changes likely for Cronulla.
Panthers: Sam McKendry is out through suspension, with Jeremy Latimore set to come into the side in jersey 21. Elijah Taylor is likely to drop off the extended bench. James Segeyaro is likely to be another week away despite showing signs of having recovered from his broken arm.
Knights: Mickey Paea could replace Jacob Saifiti on the bench, while last week's concussion concerns Jarrod Mullen, Nathan Ross and Tyler Randell will all play. Co-captain Jeremy Smith returns at lock.
Sea Eagles: Brenton Lawrence is confirmed to return from his hip complaint while Matt Parcell is also likely to return after being a late withdrawal with a hamstring injury last week.
Dragons: Euan Aitken is in doubt with a hamstring injury he picked up last week, with Kurt Mann on standby to return to the Dragons backline.
Roosters: Boyd Cordner is keen to make his long-awaited return from a pectoral injury on Monday, but Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is likely to be another week away. Isaac Liu is out suspended. If Cordner returns, 18th man Abraham Papalii is likely to drop out of the side.
Storm: Tim Glasby is in doubt with concussion while Young Tonumaipea will return from a calf injury to replace debutant Suliasi Vunivalu on the wing.
Warriors: Manu Vatuvei will return from a hamstring injury as named.