NRL Late Mail: Round 13
All the latest team news heading into Round 13 of the NRL Telstra Premiership, including a full run down of the players most likely to back up from Origin I.
Raiders: Queensland forward Josh Papalii is no certain starter for the Green Machine, with Sia Soliola the man most likely to start if Papalii is ruled out. After missing the initial squad on Tuesday, Shaun Fensom could also find his way back into the 17 if Papalii is out, or recruit Junior Paulo could also make his Raiders debut after being named 18th man on Tuesday.
Sea Eagles: Dylan Walker will be right to play after limited game time in the Origin opener, but Nate Myles will be assessed before he can take his place in the starting side. Steve Matai is also in doubt with an ongoing neck complaint.
Warriors: No late changes expected after coach Andrew McFadden named six new faces on Tuesday from his side's last-start loss to the Raiders in Round 11.
Broncos: Queensland duo Matt Gillett and Corey Oates won't play after being omitted from the squad on Tuesday. Forwards Corey Parker, Sam Thaiday and Josh McGuire will travel to Auckland, with Herman Ese'ese and Jai Arrow included on an extended bench as cover.
Cowboys: Coach Paul Green named all his Origin stars to back up on Tuesday, but expect at least one late change, with Michael Morgan set to be rested after being concussed in Game One. Johnathan Thurston could also be given the week off, likewise props James Tamou and Matt Scott as well as centre Justin O'Neill as Newcastle travel to 1300SMILES Stadium. Expect Ray Thompson to play, with Jahrome Hughes and Javid Bowen also a chance of retaining their places in the side.
Knights: Tyler Randell will start in the halves alongside Trent Hodkinson with Jaelen Feeney (ankle) ruled out. David Bhana will join the final interchange after being included on an extended bench mid-week.
Storm: UPDATE: Cameron Smith is set to back up from State of Origin I despite not being named on Tuesday, but Cooper Cronk is still in doubt. Richie Kennar, Curtis Scott and Young Tonumaipea are all in contention to return to the side after being cleared of injury.
Panthers: UPDATE: Youngester Nathan Cleary could be set to make his NRL debut in the halves. Despite being omitted from the NSW squad through injury, Bryce Cartwright will face the Storm, as will Reagan Campbell-Gillard. Josh Mansour and Matt Moylan should both take their place at AAMI Park after coming through Origin without major injury.
Roosters: UPDATE: Mitchell Pearce (calf) and Boyd Cordner (foot) are set to miss this week's game for the Roosters. Jackson Hastings is the man most likely to replace Pearce in the halves. After being a surprise inclusion on Tuesday, Dale Copley will return from injury for the Tricolours. Blake Ferguson and Aidan Guerra will back up from Origin I.
Wests Tigers: UPDATE: Robbie Farah could be rested by the Tigers after Origin I. James Tedesco will play his first game since Round 9, and will be joined in the side by NSW prop Aaron Woods.
Rabbitohs: No late changes expected, with both Greg Inglis and Adam Reynolds cleared to play.
Titans: Despite being included on an extended bench on Tuesday, recruit Konrad Hurrell is unlikely to make his Titans debut in Perth after training away from the rest of his new teammates during the week.
Konrad Hurrell training away from main Titans group today, unlikely to play against Souths on Sunday.— Tony Webeck (@TonyWebeck) June 2, 2016
Bulldogs: Sam Kasiano is the major doubt for the Bulldogs, with Origin contingent David Klemmer, Josh Jackson and Josh Morris all fine to back up from Origin I.
Sharks: No late changes expected, with NSW trio James Maloney, Paul Gallen and Andrew Fifita likely to play.