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7pm AEDT: Thanks for visiting the NRL.com Daily Blog today. There will be a new blog starting at 7am on Thursday morning as attention turns towards the Sharks-Dragons match that will start round two of the Telstra Premiership.
6.44pm AEDT: Need help with your tipping this weekend? Here's NRL.com reporter Katie Brown's "lock of the week" ... Roosters. They'll be embarrassed by their form against Wests Tigers last week. The club has too much pride to lose two in a row.
6.05pm AEDT: Click here to watch a video preview of tomorrow night's Sharks v Dragons clash.
5.49pm AEDT: Cameron Smith has spoken of the time he knew Billy Slater would make it in the NRL.
4.48pm AEDT: Need help with your tipping this weekend? Here's NRL.com reporter Zac Bailey's "lock of the week" ... Storm. Given Billy Slater is returning from injury and it's his 300th game, the occasion will be too much for the Tigers. Slater also has a 100 percent winning record in milestone matches. He was victorious in his 1st, 50th, 100th, 150th, 200th and 250th NRL matches.
4.15pm AEDT: Josh Dugan has spoken to NRL.com's Hayley Byrnes about his new life at the Sharks.
4pm AEDT: Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan's anger is still simmering over the claims made by Cowboys player Gavin Cooper earlier in the week.
3.33pm AEDT: Need help with your tipping this weekend? Here's NRL.com reporter Joel Gould's "lock of the week" .. Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs It may seem like a big call against the Roosters, but the Bulldogs would have beaten any other side in the NRL last week against the Storm with their performance and if they can replicate it they should win. The Bulldogs forwards have gone back to that straight, hard and aggressive mode of the Dogs of War.
3.20pm AEDT: Former NRL coach Matthew Elliott has spoken with NRL.com's Steve Turner in this week's Coach's Corner
2.20pm AEDT: Need help with your tipping this weekend? Here's NRL.com reporter Dan Walsh's "lock of the week" ... Penrith Panthers. "Panthers - Souths are still working out their new attacking structure but now have to do so without Adam Reynolds. Too big an ask for the rookie Doueihi."
1.55pm AEDT: Newcastle Knights co-captain Jamie Buhrer is in doubt for Sunday's clash with the Canberra Raiders, according to coach Nathan Brown.
1.50pm AEDT: Here's Sharks coach Shane Flanagan on Josh Dugan sharing the fullback role with Valentine Holmes this week:
"He has trained well today, he has trained in a couple of positions today. They will share the role tomorrow, there is no secret about it, you can't keep secrets in football.
"I think it will work well, we did it in the trials so it is nothing new.
"They will swap at different stages. Duges is a big body and we don't expect him to play 80 minutes at the level I want him to play at fullback.
"There is a lot of work to be done there so it gives me the chance to flip him on to the centre and move my centre out to the wing."
1.30pm AEDT: Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has confirmed Valentine Holmes and Josh Dugan will switch between fullback and the wing against the Dragons this weekend.
1.10pm AEDT: Still mulling over your NRL Fantasy trades for the week? Have a listen to this week's NRL Fantasy Podcast for the best buys and sells ahead of round two.
12.45pm AEDT: The St George Illawarra Dragons will face off against their old teammate Josh Dugan this week and they are ready for him to make a switch to fullback if Valentine Holmes switches to the wing to cover for the injured Sione Katoa.
12.25pm AEDT: Time for a lunchtime read? NRL.com's Michael Chammas' weekly column is on how close James Tedesco came to signing with the Bulldogs for 2018.
11.40am AEDT: Dominant halves were the key men for the winning NRL sides in round one, and here are the numbers that prove it.
11am AEDT: Josh Dugan v Paul Vaughan. It's on!
10:43 AEDT: Need help with your tipping this weekend? Here's NRL.com reporter Chris Kennedy's "lock of the week" ... Melbourne Storm. The Wests Tigers were mighty impressive last week in edging out the Roosters but backing it up against a team that looks almost invincible is too big an ask. They'll give a good account of themselves and maybe keep it close for 50-60 minutes but the Storm will be too strong in the final quarter.
10:22 AEDT: Canberra Raiders hooker Siliva Havili has revealed a pre-game text from Josh Hodgson calmed his nerves before his impressive club debut on ther weekend.
9:50am AEDT: News out of the Sydney Roosters who have announced the immediate signing of former Raiders hooker Kurt Baptiste for the remainder of 2018. He trained with the club on Monday but can't play this week and will likely get a run in reserve grade in round three. Meanwhile five-eighth Luke Keary has come through training unscathed and is set to play as named this week.
9.30am AEDT: Warriors recruit Tohu Harris has praised the influence on Blake Green on the side in their round one win over the Rabbitohs.
8.30am AEDT: Broncos forward Korbin Sims says criticism of the Brisbane pack after last week's loss to the Dragons has been taken as a personal jab by all the team's forwards, and they are desperate to prove a point against rivals North Queensland on Friday night.
7.50am AEDT: Barnstorming Cowboys forward Coen Hess says he's added to his arsenal of weapons since bursting onto the scene with a string of tries in 2017.
7.30am AEDT: As Storm superstar Billy Slater prepares to play his 300th NRL game, see what the man himself describes as the six greatest moments of his career.
7am AEDT: Missing out on Johnathan Thurston's 300th game last week, Michael Morgan is racing the clock to be fit for the huge local derby against the Brisbane Broncos.
7am AEDT: After a disappointing round one loss, the pressure is on the Brisbane Broncos as Anthony Milford sets his sights on restarting his running game.
7am AEDT: Eager to make a switch to the back-row in the off-season, Brisbane Broncos winger Corey Oates says his desire to do so was not selfish of him.
7am AEDT: There is plenty of discussion surrounding NRL Fantasy with the major talking point being a broken jaw to popular choice, Sharks winger Sione Katoa. Here is a breakdown and analysis on who replaces him as well as all games for round 2.
7am AEDT: In case you missed it yesterday, the teams for round 2 were all named in what shapes up to be an entertaining round of footy.