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Sharks captain Paul Gallen was a late exclusion in Round 23.

The injury news and likely team changes ahead of the opening week of the 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series.

Broncos v Titans

Broncos: Centre Tom Opacic has been ruled out, with rookie Jonus Pearson to come into the side on the wing and Jordan Kahu switching to centre. Josh McGuire, Andrew McCullough and Alex Glenn have been cleared to play despite carrying niggling injuries.

Titans: The Titans are expected to be 1-17.


Raiders v Sharks

Raiders: Blake Austin won't be back this week but is aiming to return from a broken hand in Canberra's next game. The team is expected to line up as named.

Sharks: Update: Sharks captain Paul Gallen is in some doubt with a back injury he sustained during training in the lead up to Saturday's match. If Gallen is ruled out, 18th man Kurt Capewell is likely to join the final 17. Chris Heighington (concussion) and Ricky Leutele (shoulder) have both been cleared to play.


Storm v Cowboys

Storm: Nelson Asofa-Solomona and possibly Felise Kaufusi are set to come into the 17 to face North Queensland, with Ben Hampton and Christian Welch likely to drop off the bench.

Cowboys: Update: Matt Scott has passed a fitness test and will play, with no changes expected for the Cowboys.


Panthers v Bulldogs

Panthers: Penrith should be 1-17.

Bulldogs: No changes expected, with Brett Morris to line up at fullback for the first time this season and Sam Kasiano returning from suspension.



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