NRL Late Mail: Round 22
All the latest team news and expected changes heading into Round 22 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.
Eels: There are no late changes expected for the Eels, but they will welcome back Michael Jennings (hamstring) who replaces John Folau, while Beau Scott (ankle) and Manu Ma’u (suspension) return to the second row, pushing Kenny Edwards and Peni Terepo back to the bench.
Sea Eagles: Matt Parcell (hamstring) could be a late inclusion, but Nate Myles is touch and go as he continues to struggle with a knee injury.
Knights: Jarrod Mullen is expected to return from a hamstring injury, but needs to get through Friday's training run to prove his fitness.
Bulldogs: No late changes expected for the Bulldogs at this stage.
Sharks: Ricky Leutele could be a late inclusion after recovering from an ankle injury and training during the week. Andrew Fifita will play despite being hospitalised earlier in the week. James Maloney was successful at the NRL judiciary and is right to play.
Raiders: No changes expected.
Storm: There is always a chance coach Craig Bellamy will rest his star duo Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk in the run to the finals, but they are expected to play.
Rabbitohs: Expected to be 1-17. Hymel Hunt returns from a pectoral injury, while Greg Inglis also makes his return.
Titans: Jarryd Hayne is expected to play from the bench in his return to the NRL, don't be surprised if he spends some time at five-eighth during the game with Tyrone Roberts unlikely to take the field. Roberts's expected withdrawal means Cameron Cullen should start in the halves – opening the door for both he and Hayne to share the role. Nathan Peats is back from a hamstring injury.
Warriors: The Warriors should be 1-17.
Update: Issac Luke has been ruled out for a month with a knee injury. Nathaniel Roache is expected to start at hooker with Jazz Tevaga joining the bench.
Tigers: No changes expected with Jack Littlejohn replacing Luke Brooks (knee) in the halves.
Cowboys: Johnathan Thurston could have played last week if absolutely needed and he'll be even closer this week. There's no rush to bring him back, but Thurston will want to play and will train to prove his fitness.
Panthers: Te Maire Martin told NRL.com that he doesn't want to be rushed back as he continues to build confidence in his shoulder playing NSW Cup. There are no late changes expected.
Roosters: There are no changes expected with Jared Waerea-Haregreaves only an outside chance of playing.