Late Mail Saturday: Eels, Sharks final team lists
All the latest team news on who's in and out for round 3 of the Telstra Premiership, the likely team changes plus the casualty ward for all 16 clubs below.
South Sydney Rabbitohs v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, Saturday 5.30pm AEDT at ANZ Stadium
Rabbitohs: Jason Clark and Kyle Turner were the two players to drop out when the squad was reduced from 21 to 19 players 24-hours out from kick-off. Greg Inglis will take his place in the Rabbitohs line-up after leaving the field early against the Panthers. "We're really confident he'll be back this week," football manager Mark Ellison told Rabbitohs TV.
Sea Eagles: Jack Gosiewski and Darcy Lussick were dropped from the squad 24-hours out from kick-off. The Sea Eagles are unsurprisingly unchanged after their huge win over the Eels on Sunday.
Parramatta Eels v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Saturday 7.35pm AEDT at ANZ Stadium
Eels: Kane Evans will start the match, with Daniel Alvaro dopping back to the bench. Jarryd Hayne is set to shift to fullback as Parramatta look to bounce back from last week's 54-0 loss to Manly. "He's moved back there at training," Eels playmaker Corey Norman told Big Sports Breakfast on Thursday. "We had our big session yesterday and he moved back there." Cameron King will need to pass final cognitive tests to take his place in the Eels line-up. David Gower and Kaysa Pritchard were dropped off the bench 24 hours prior to kick-off, with Suaia Matagi and Peni Terepo omitted an hour before the game started.
Sharks: Kurt Dillon and Edrick Lee have been dropped off the bench an hour from kick-off. Coach Shane Flanagan on Friday said Paul Gallen would be a definite starter despite concerns about a foot injury. Matt Moylan (hamstring) and Luke Lewis (foot) have been ruled out. Moylan has been replaced in the 21-man squad by Trent Hodkinson, who will make his first NRL appearance as a Shark. Jack Williams and Luke Lewis were dropped from the bench 24 hours prior to kick-off.
Flanagan said Lewis should be fit to play Melbourne next week. Kyle Flanagan has been named to make his return for Cronulla's feeder club, Newtown, in the Intrust Super Premiership after breaking his thumb in the pre-season. Sione Katoa was back around Sharks training earlier on Wednesday with the winger on the road to recovery after breaking his jaw in round one. According to the Sharks website, Katoa underwent a successful surgical procedure in Townsville to repair two fractures in his jaw before flying home the next day, and while it is near impossible to fast-track a return to the field with an injury of this type, hopes are high that the Sharks emerging star will be available for selection somewhere closer to round six.
Gold Coast Titans v St George Illawarra Dragons, Sunday 3.10pm AEST (4.10pm AEDT) at Clive Berghofer Stadium
Titans: Halfback Ashley Taylor is set to make his return from injury after missing last week's loss to the Warriors, having trained well on Thursday. Jarrod Wallace will play his first game of the season after being named on the bench, but Brennan admitted the Maroons prop could be a bit undone with no pre-season match fitness. AJ Brimson and Tyronne Roberts-Davis were the two players dropped off the reserves bench 24 hours out from kick-off.
Dragons: The Dragons have no injuries and travel to Toowoomba on Thursday to prepare for their clash with the Titans. Paul McGregor's side is expected to be 1-17. Reece Robson and Blake Lawrie were removed from the reserves bench 24 hours out from kick-off.
Sydney Roosters v Newcastle Knights, Sunday 6.30pm AEDT at Allianz Stadium
Roosters: Mitch Aubusson is expected to take his place despite a nasty head gash in last Friday's big win over the Bulldogs. Recruit Reece Robinson will replace the injured Daniel Tupou on the wing. Kurt Baptiste and Mitchell Cornish were dropped from the reserves list 24 hours out from kick-off.
Knights: Knights coach Nathan Brown says Mitch Barnett has passed tests to date but will need overcome final protocol in a bid to play the Roosters on Sunday night. Jamie Buhrer trained for the first time on Wednesday and is likely to take his place in the 17. Danny Levi and Luke Yates were dropped from the reserves list 24 hours out from kick-off.
Round 3 NRL casualty ward
Tevita Pangai Jnr (hamstring, scans to confirm extent)
Andre Savelio (knee, season)
Jordan Kahu (jaw, round 9-12)
Corey Oates (hip, scans to confirm extent)
Joey Leilua (ankle, round 3 - fitness test)
Charlie Gubb (groin, indefinite)
Josh Hodgson (knee, light running, round 18)
Joseph Tapine (finger, round 3 - doubtful)
Josh Cleeland (ankle, indefinite)
Sione Katoa (broken jaw, round 6)
Luke Lewis (foot, round 3 - TBC)
Braden Uele (ribs, round 4)
Matt Moylan (ankle)
Gold Coast Titans
Jack Stockwell (shoulder, round 4)
Manly Sea Eagles
Dylan Walker (leg/ankle, round 4/5)
Darcy Lussick (ankle)
Sandor Earl (knee, season)
Kenny Bromwich (back)Jahrome Hughes (shoulder, round 4)
Felise Kaufusi (hamstring, round 4)
Dylan Phythian (ACL, round 6)
North Queensland Cowboys
Josh Chudleigh (knee, indefinite)
Shaun Fensom (leg, round 4)
Kane Linnett (pectoral, indefinite)
Lachlan Coote (hamstring, round 4)
Clint Gutherson (knee, round 8)
Cameron King (concussion, round 3 - TBC)
Brad Takairangi (eye socket, round 10)
Nathan Cleary (knee, scans to confirm extent)
Tyrone May (knee, running, round 5)
Sam McKendry (knee, season)
Tyrone Phillips (pectoral, round 10)
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (jaw, round 7)
South Sydney Rabbitohs
Campbell Graham (hand, indefinite)
Greg Inglis (concussion, round 3 - TBC)
Adam Reynolds (knee, round 4-5)
Tyrell Fuimaono (dislocated toe, indefinite)
St George Illawarra Dragons
Daniel Tupou (pectoral, round 13-15)
Gerard Beale (leg, round 8)
Isaiah Papali'i (knee, round 8)
Nathaniel Roache (neck, season)
Simon Mannering (shoulder, round 4)
Jacob Liddle (shoulder, round 4)
Tui Lolohea (knee, round 4)
Josh Reynolds (hamstring, round 5)
Benji Marshall (ankle, in moonboot, had scans)