Friday Late Mail: Round 23
The injuries, suspensions, rumours and likely team changes heading into the weekend's Telstra Premiership matches.
Broncos: Prolific try-scorer Jonus Pearson could make his NRL debut with Lachlan Maranta missing Thursday's captain's run with a groin injury. Jordan Kahu is still a few weeks away from returning, with Greg Eden also still sidelined with a shoulder injury.
Eels: Semi Radradra is likely to return from injury to take his place on the wing.
Wests Tigers: Expected to be as per program.
Titans: After being included on an extended bench on Tuesday, Nathan Friend could come into the 17 for Cameron Cullen. Josh Hoffman (concussion) is in some doubt.
Warriors: Should be as per the side named on Tuesday.
Rabbitohs: No late changes expected.
Dragons: Despite a strong showing in his NRL debut, Luciano Leilua is set to drop off the St George Illawarra extended bench.
Sharks: No late changes expected with Michael Ennis fit to return after missing Cronulla's loss to Canberra.
Knights: Named on an extended bench, Pat Mata'utia could come in on the wing for Nathan Ross, who is in doubt with a hamstring injury. He might not be the only Mata'utia forcing his way into the 17, with brother Sione also set to return from a jaw injury.
Panthers: Penrith could be bolstered by the inclusion of big men Suaia Matagi and Reagan Campbell-Gillard, who aren't far away.
Roosters: Despite being named on Tuesday, Mitchell Pearce is no guarantee of returning from injury after missing his side's last-start loss to the Panthers. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is ready to return in the front row.
Cowboys: No late changes expected, with both Jake Granville and Ben Hannant missing from a generally settled North Queensland 17 through injury.
Raiders: The main injury concern for the Green Machine this week has been Blake Austin, but the playmaker is set to take his place at GIO Stadium on Monday night after sustaining a shoulder injury against the Sharks in Round 22.
Storm: After Nelson Asofa-Solomona was a surprise inclusion against Souths last week, fellow prop Jordan McLean is some chance of forcing his way into the Melbourne 17, close to returning from an ankle injury.