Friday Late Mail: Round 25
All the latest team news heading into a crucial Round 25 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.
Storm: Star duo Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk won’t be rested with the minor premiership up for grabs. Cronk said earlier this week he would do what is best for the team, but resting their stars might affect their cohesion in the finals. Prop Jordan McLean (ankle) took part in captain’s run and could be a late inclusion.
Broncos: Captain Corey Parker didn't finish the captain's run on Thursday after rolling his ankle. The Broncos workhorse is in some doubt, but is likely to play.
Sea Eagles: A hamstring injury to Jamie Lyon has robbed the Manly legend of a final farewell at Brookvale Oval. Dylan Walker returns to the centres, while Apisai Koroisau will play at hooker.
Raiders: Blake Austin injured his hand at training on Thursday and could be out for the season. He has had hand surgery and we'll wait to see how bad it is in a massive blow to the Raiders. Sam Williams is a decent replacement in the halves. Edrick Lee is back, replacing cousin Brenko who scored four tries last week, while Shaun Fensom also travelled with the team and could be a late inclusion on the bench.
Titans: Superstar Jarryd Hayne didn't complete training on Wednesday with a calf injury but is expected to play. Ashley Taylor (hip/groin) returns after being rested last week.
Panthers: No changes expected at this stage.
Sharks: Paul Gallen has been pulled from the last two games with a calf complaint but he'll be a certainty to line up against the Roosters. The Sharks desperately want a win to erase four weeks without one. Valentine Holmes will also play despite some ankle issues.
Roosters: Mitchell Aubusson is expected to be replaced at centre by Dale Copley.
Warriors: No changes, with Solomone Kata set to return, while Shaun Johnson will play despite carrying a quad injury that has hampered him in recent weeks.
Wests Tigers: No changes expected.
Knights: Jarrod Mullen returns at five-eighth for Will Pearsall. Cory Denniss replaces the suspended Nathan Ross on the wing. Danny Levi (back) had surgery on Monday and is replaced by Pat Mata'utia. Sione Mata'utia also returns in the back row, Korbin Sims shifts to prop and Josh King occupies Mickey Paea's bench spot.
Rabbitohs: Adam Reynolds should be right to play despite suffering an injury last week.
Eels: Brad Takairangi (hamstring) returns in the centres for Vai Toutai. Beau Scott and Tepai Moeroa return in the back row. Peni Terepo and Kenny Edwards drop back to the bench as a result. Danny Wicks starts at prop in place of the suspended Rory O'Brien.
Dragons: Benji Marshall has been dropped with Drew Hutchison named at halfback. Tim Lafai makes his return in the centres for the suspended Taane Milne. Russell Packer (shoulder and hip) is also out, with Leeson Ah Mau named to start and Jacob Host set to feature from the interchange.
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