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Friday late mail: Round 20

All the injury news and likely team changes heading into the 20th round of the Telstra Premiership season.

Roosters: Chris Smith and Nat Butcher have dropped out of the extended squad with the Roosters to welcome back State of Origin stars Blake Ferguson, Mitchell Pearce and Dylan Napa. Boyd Cordner remains sidelined with a calf injury.

Knights: Expected to be 1-17, with Shaun Kenny-Dowall making his club debut up against his old Roosters teammates.

Sharks: Sam Tagataese and Joseph Paulo drop off the extended bench with Jeremy Latimore set to get the final spot on the interchange.

Rabbitohs: Aaron Gray has been ruled out again with injury with Braidon Burns replacing him on the wing. Adam Reynolds will play despite a thumb sprain.

Panthers: No changes expected for Penrith, with Bryce Cartwright returning from injury via the Intrust Super Premiership.

Titans: Kane Elgey is expected to be rested as he returns from a sternum injury with Tyrone Roberts and Ashley Taylor to remain in the halves.

Raiders: No changes expected at this stage, with Shannon Boyd and Luke Bateman passed fit to play and outside back Michael Oldfield set to start the game on the bench.

Storm: Curtis Scott could be a late inclusion in the centres at the expense of Young Tonumaipea.

Cowboys: Antonio Winterstein remains in doubt with a calf injury after failing to see out last week's match, with Javid Bowen on standby.

Warriors: Expected to be 1-17, with Mason Lino taking on the halfback role in the absence of the injured Shaun Johnson.

Dragons: No changes expected, with Tyson Frizell a confirmed starter after sitting out last week's game following Origin III.

Sea Eagles: No changes expected.

Wests Tigers: No changes expected.

Eels: Should be 1-17, with Manu Ma'u returning in the second row.


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