NRL Late Mail: Round 19
The injuries, suspensions, rumours and likely team changes heading into the weekend's Telstra Premiership matches.
Dragons: Both Josh Dugan (jaw) and Benji Marshall (hamstring) will miss Friday night's match. Their omission has triggered a backline reshuffle, with Josh McCrone the man most likely to partner Gareth Widdop in the halves, Jason Nightingale to move to fullback and Kurt Mann shifting out to the wing to accommodate the return of Tim Lafai.
Scans showed a broken jaw, surgery to put a plate in tomorrow! Will be doing everything I can to get back ASAP for the dragons 🐲✌🏽️— Josh Dugan (@Josh_Dugan) July 14, 2016
Titans: Expected to be as per program.
Sea Eagles: Nate Myles could force his way into the final 17 after not being named on Tuesday and making it through his return in Origin largely unscathed.
Warriors: UPDATE: Queensland prop Jacob Lillyman and second-rower Bodene Thompson have both been ruled out for the Warriors with ankle injuries. The team will confirm the duo's replacements an hour before kick-off.
Rabbitohs: Promising youngsters Ed Murphy or Angus Crichton could come into the South Sydney 17 with Greg Inglis to miss his side's next three matches through suspension. Adam Reynolds will be fine to play despite withdrawing from Origin III, while George Burgess will make his long-awaited NRL return. Sam Burgess (knee) should also be cleared to take to the field.
Broncos: UPDATE: Matt Gillett is in serious doubt after failing to train on Friday. If Gillett is out, Alex Glenn will move to the second row with Jordan Kahu shifting to centre and Lachlan Maranta joining the side on the wing. Corey Parker will be missing after being suspended for the first time in his illustrious NRL career, with Jai Arrow likely to join the final side after being named on an extended bench on Tuesday. Also part of the extended squad, Marion Seve could come into contention for his NRL debut if Corey Oates fails to back up from Origin III. Darius Boyd, Sam Thaiday, and Josh McGuire have all been named and should back up.
Knights: Jarrod Mullen should be fit to make his first NRL appearance since Round 8 after being named on Tuesday. Dane Gagai is set to take his place at the back for the Knights after finishing Origin III without incident.
Storm: Craig Bellamy said on Thursday that Cameron Munster was unlikely to take his place at Hunter Stadium on Sunday, with Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk to be rested "at some stage" on the run home.
Panthers: Matt Moylan and Josh Mansour should be fine to play after their strong showing for NSW on Wednesday night. Hooker Peter Wallace has been unable to train this week with an elbow injury, with Tyrone Peachey the most likely candidate to spend time at hooker if Wallace is out after being omitted from the first grade squad last week.
Eels: With Corey Norman stood down, Kenny Edwards is a strong contender to partner Jeff Robson in the halves.
Roosters: Despite Blake Ferguson and Aidan Guerra both being left out of the Roosters squad named on Tuesday, both could be late inclusions on Monday night.
Sharks: Andrew Fifita (suspension) is the only Sharks Origin player set to miss out on Monday night, with Paul Gallen, Jack Bird, Wade Graham and James Maloney all likely to back up after making through the match unscathed. On the back of a solid club debut against the Panthers, prop Jesse Sene-Lefao should be the man to join the 17 for Fifita.