NRL Late Mail: Round 18
All the latest team news heading into Round 18 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.
Eels: No changes expected for Parramatta, with Jeff Robson set to play his first game for the club in five years after signing during the week.
Roosters: Boyd Cordner is set to be a late inclusion for the Roosters having trained during the week. A final decision will be made just before kick-off.
"I think Boyd's pretty close. I'm hoping that he might get across the line. I'm not sure about the weather conditions, but he's pretty close," Roosters coach Trent Robinson said on Thursday.
"He had his first session with us on Wednesday. The risk versus reward is the question more so than if he's ready."
Young star Latrell Mitchell has also been given the all clear to play despite carrying a knee injury. Isaac Liu is expected to drop back to the bench with Sio Siua Taukeiaho to slide into the lock position.
Bulldogs: Greg Eastwood will make his return and Tim Browne (knee) has also been cleared to play.
Wests Tigers: Jordan Rankin (ankle) has been cleared to fill James Tedesco's fullback spot despite a training mishap this week.
Panthers: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak is likely to replace Matt Moylan (Origin) at fullback, but Will Smith could also don the No.1 jersey. Leilani Latu will start at prop, with Suaia Matagi on the bench.
Sharks: Valentine Holmes (hamstring) will return after missing last week, while Ricky Leutele (ankle) has been cleared of serious injury.
Raiders: Jordan Rapana (shoulder) trained during the week and should be right to play. Prop Shannon Boyd (knee) is in doubt at this stage and likely to be a late scratching. Sia Soliola (ribs) will play with Josh Papalii (knee/hip) and Edrick Lee (hamstring) out for this one.
Cowboys: As always the Cowboys should run out as per program.