Brett Stewart picked up a hamstring injury in Manly's Round 8 clash with the Knights.

NRL Late mail: Round 9

Plenty of team changes are expected for this weekend's games, no more so than in New Zealand with Warriors coach Andrew McFadden dropping six players. 

 

Eels: Kieran Foran is out with personal issues, it'll mean Corey Norman has to take more responsibility. Mitch Cornish is likely to come into the halves. Tim Mannah could also be a late inclusion.
Bulldogs: No changes expected.

 

 

Panthers: Dean Whare is possibly out for the season after injuring his knee at training during the week. Expect Tyrone Peachey to shift into the backrow and Isaah Yeo to move into the vacant centre spot. James Segeyaro is a big in for the Panthers.
Raiders: No changes expected.

 

 

Roosters: It will be Mitch Pearce's first game of the season.
Knights: Brock Lamb and Will Pearsall have both been named, one of the young halves will get a chance to replace injured Jarrod Mullen and could get a decent crack at the position. Lamb is slightly favoured to get the nod, but we won't know until an hour before kick-off.

 

 

Sea Eagles: Trent Barrett confirmed on Friday that Brett Stewart (hamstring) and Tom Trbojevic (ankle) will not play, Matt Parcell is a definite starter, while Apisai Koroisai is only rated a 50% chance. 
Cowboys: No changes expected for the reliable Cowboys.

 

 

Warriors: Andrew McFadden dropped six players on Friday and will only reveal his team an hour before kick-off. What we do know is that Manu Vatuvei, Ben Matulino, Bodene Thompson, Albert Vete, Sam Lisone and Konrad Hurrel; will not be in the 17. 
Dragons: Euan Aitken needs to prove his fitness from a hamstring injury.

 

 

Titans: Ashley Taylor will have to prove his fitness to come back into the side at the expense of youngster Cameron Cullen. 
Storm: It is unlikely Marika Koroibete or Young Tonumaipea will play after picking up injuries last week. 

 

 

Sharks: No changes expected at this stage. 
Broncos: Travis Waddell looks set to start at hooker with Kodi Nikorima to continue his super sub role on the bench. Adam Blair is suspended, meaning Sam Thaiday will start at prop.