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Friday late mail: Round 25

All the latest team changes, injury news and rumours ahead of Round 25 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.

Raiders: No late changes expected as the Raiders look to keep their slim finals chances alive with a win over the Knights.

Knights: Should also be as per program with Nathan Ross to return from a back injury.

Wests Tigers: Luke Brooks is out with a hamstring injury, but should be right to play next week. Jack Littlejohn will start and Joel Edwards looks set to join the bench.

Cowboys: North Queensland are set to be boosted by the return of Gavin Cooper with the back-rower included on the interchange 24 hours out from kick-off. Lachlan Coote is still a chance to be named as well after remaining in the reserves when the squad was cut to 19.

Titans: Jarrod Wallace is Gold Coast's main concern with the prop battling a knee injury. Jarryd Hayne will be fit to play after overcoming an ankle complaint.

Bulldogs: Regular starters Josh Reynolds, Sam Kasiano and Greg Eastwood were all named among the reserves on Tuesday and are a good chance to play. If all three are fit Chase Stanley, Danny Fualalo and Francis Tualau are most likely to make way.

Storm: No late changes expected.

Rabbitohs: Sam Burgess remains touch-and-go but should play, with David Tyrrell the man most likely to join the 17 if the Souths skipper is ruled out.

Sharks: Expected to be 1-17.

Roosters: Should be as per program.

Warriors: Despite being named to start on Tuesday Kieran Foran is no certainty to face his former club as he contends with a back issue. With Ata Hingano and Mason Lino still in the squad, Foran could make way. Shaun Johnson is right to go after his knee was put through its paces in full training.

Sea Eagles: No late changes expected for Manly.

Panthers: Trent Merrin could be a chance to return to the starting side after he was eased back from injury via the bench. Sione Katoa will provide cover for Peter Wallace who returned ahead of schedule from a broken hand.

Dragons: Paul McGregor declared Tyson Frizell and Nene Macdonald would be fine to play if they made it through the captain's run, with Will Matthews and Kalifa Faifai Loa waiting in the wings if the pair aren't fit in time.


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