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NRL Late Mail: Round 16

All the latest team changes and rumours ahead of Round 16 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.

‌Warriors: Kieran Foran is out of Friday's clash with a quad injury. Ata Hingano will start in his place.

Bulldogs: Brett Morris has failed to recover from multiple injuries sustained in Origin II, with Kerrod Holland to come in on the wing. Josh Jackson and David Klemmer will be assessed but should be fine to play.

‌Wests Tigers: James Tedesco (ankle) is out, with Kevin Naiqama moving to fullback and Malakai Watene-Zelezniak joining the 17 on the wing. Captain Aaron Woods should be fine to play.

Titans: Chris McQueen has been a late scratching with a neck injury. Joe Greenwood will start in the back-row, with Nathan Peats, Jarryd Hayne and Jarrod Wallace all expected to be fit to face Wests Tigers.

‌Cowboys: Johnathan Thurston won't play in what would've been his 300th NRL appearance, with Kyle Laybutt or new signing Te Maire Martin to replace the champion halfback. Michael Morgan, Coen Hess and Gavin Cooper are all expected to play.

Panthers: No late changes expected, 1-17.

‌Raiders: Canberra's lone Origin rep Josh Papalii should be fine to back up from Wednesday night.

Broncos: While yet to be confirmed Darius Boyd is set to miss an extended period after he sustained a thumb injury in Game Two. Matt Gillett and Josh McGuire could be rested, with Jai Arrow and Jaydn Su'A waiting in the wings.

‌Roosters: Boyd Cordner will miss his side's clash with the Storm after picking up a calf injury in Game Two. Ryan Matterson is the man most likely to start in his place. Mitchell Pearce and Blake Ferguson should be fine to back up.

Storm: There will be a mass reshuffle for the Storm with the club confirming on Thursday that Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Will Chambers will all sit out Round 16. Curtis Scott is likely to start in the centres, with Brandon Smith, Slade Griffin and Brodie Croft all likely to join the 17. Tim Glasby will be fine to back up following his Queensland debut.

‌Dragons: Tyson Frizell could miss the Red V's tussle with the Knights, not named in the 17 on Tuesday and still carrying a rib injury. There will be a new face starting at lock with Jack de Belin suspended, while Josh Dugan should be fit to take his place at fullback after coming through Wednesday night without injury.

Knights: Nathan Brown is set to field an unchanged side, with two-try hero Dane Gagai set to back up following his exploits for Queensland.

‌Sharks: James Maloney is the player most in doubt for the Sharks, with their other NSW players set to back up.

Sea Eagles: Set to be unchanged, with NSW forward Jake Trbojevic fit to play.


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