Friday late mail: Round 23

The injury news and rumours, line-up updates and expected team changes heading into the weekend's Telstra Premiership matches.‌ 

‌‌‌Eels: Utility Will Smith has been named to start at fullback for Bevan French, with both French and Hoffman cut from the 21-man squad 24 hours out from kick-off. Corey Norman could still start at the back with Smith shifting to the halves.

Knights: No late changes expected for the visiting Newcastle outfit.

Broncos: There shouldn't be any late changes to the 17, but after starting at dummy-half last week expect Sam Thaiday to move Ben Hunt to the bench when the final side is named an hour before kick-off.

Sharks: Should be as per program for Paul Gallen's 300th Telstra Premiership appearance.

Dragons: Despite injuring his ankle last week Josh Dugan is set to face Gold Coast. If the NSW and Australia centre isn't fit in time to play on Saturday, Taane Milne and Kurt Mann are in line to start in the centres.

Titans: Halfback Ash Taylor hasn't trained all week with a knee injury he picked up in the loss to the Broncos. After being named to start on Tuesday, coach Neil Henry confirmed Taylor will travel to Sydney with the squad and is still a chance to take on the Dragons.

Storm: Expected to line up as per program. Coach Craig Bellamy said on Friday that Cameron Munster (ankle) is a chance to return next week, but might not feature until Round 25. Tohu Harris (shoulder) could return in Round 24.

Roosters: No late changes anticipated.

Panthers: Matt Moylan remains a week-to-week prospect but is unlikely to face North Queensland this week.

Cowboys: No late changes expected.

Warriors: Should be 1-17 with Issac Luke to start from the bench. Ryan Hoffman will return for his first game in over a month.

Raiders: No late changes expected.

 

‌Wests Tigers: Should be 1-17.

Sea Eagles: Despite picking up a shoulder injury in the win over the Roosters, winger Matt Wright should be fit to take his place. If he's ruled out Brian Kelly or Jonathan Wright will join the backline.