The Panthers welcome back Taylan May in a reshuffled backline, while Scott Sorensen has been replaced on the bench due to a calf injury for their clash with Souths.
Storm halfback Jahrome Hughes and Eels counterpart Mitchell Moses are no certainties to play in Round 23, while the Rabbitohs have made a call on Latrell Mitchell.
Read on for the NRL Early Mail for Round 23.
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South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Penrith Panthers at Accor Stadium, 7.50pm AEDT
Rabbitohs team: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Isaiah Tass 4. Campbell Graham 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray 14. Taane Milne 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Siliva Havili 17. Hame Sele 18. Blake Taaffe 20. Davvy Moale
Players cut: 19. Dean Hawkins 21. Shaq Mitchell 22. Izaac Thompson
Early Mail: Latrell Mitchell left training with a groin injury during the week, but has been cleared to play, according to The Daily Telegraph. “He’s fine, got through the whole captain’s run. We were never in any doubt so it’s good to see him get out there and do the session. He’ll be good to go,” Souths coach Jason Demetriou told The Telegraph. Lachlan Ilias is set to return to the halfback role, while Campbell Graham makes his comeback from a cheekbone injury in the centres.
Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 5. Brian To’o 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 20. Taylan May 6. Jaeman Salmon 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Matt Eisenhuth 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Charlie Staines 19. J’maine Hopgood 2. Sunia Turuva 21. Chris Smith
Players cut: 15. Scott Sorensen 18. Robert Jennings 22. Kurt Falls
Early Mail: Taylan May returns on the wing in jersey No.20 with Sunia Turuva dropping to the reserves. Scott Sorensen is out due to a calf injury with J’maine Hopgood joining the bench. Dylan Edwards is expected to overcome his sternum injury to take his place at fullback. Second-rower Liam Martin was named to make a miraculous return from an ankle injury. Winger Taylan May was named in the reserves but is not expected to play against Souths.
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FRIDAY AUGUST 19
North Queensland Cowboys vs Warriors at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, 6.00pm AEDT
Cowboys team: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Reuben Cotter 11. Tom Gilbert 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 15. Luciano Leilua 16. Coen Hess 17. Griffin Neame 18. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 19. Ben Hampton 20. Jake Granville 21. Brendan Elliot 22. Connelly Lemuelu
Early Mail: Winger Kyle Feldt returns from a hamstring injury, with Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow switching to the bench and Jamayne Taunoa-Brown moves to 18th Man.
Warriors team: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Viliami Vailea 4. Marcelo Montoya 5. Edward Kosi 6. Daejarn Asi 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Tohu Harris 11. Euan Aitken 12. Jack Murchie 13. Bunty Afoa 14. Freddy Lussick 15. Tom Ale 16. Eliesa Katoa 17. Josh Curran 18. Chanel Harris-Tavita 20. Dunamis Lui 21. Jackson Frei 22. Adam Pompey 23. Rocco Berry
Early Mail: The Warriors are set to be 1-17, with Chanel Harris-Tavita the only likely late inclusion after being named in the reserves.
Brisbane Broncos vs Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium, 7.55pm AEDT
Broncos team: 1. Te Maire Martin 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Delouise Hoeter 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Ezra Mam 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Flegler 9. Billy Walters 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Riki 13. Kobe Hetherington 14. Jake Turpin 15. Rhys Kennedy 16. Corey Jensen 17. Ryan James 18. Jordan Pereira 19. Cory Paix 20. Tyson Gamble 21. Xavier Willison 22. Zac Hosking
Early Mail: Lock Kobe Hetherington will need to pass concussion protocols after copping a head knock last week, with Xavier Willison and Zac Hosking on standby.
Storm team: 1. Nick Meaney 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Young Tonumaipea 4. Justin Olam 5. Xavier Coates 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Harry Grant 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Tom Eisenhuth 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Josh King 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Chris Lewis 17. Tyran Wishart 18. Alec MacDonald 19. Jayden Nikorima 20. Grant Anderson 21. Jordan Grant 22. Trent Loiero
Early Mail: Halfback Jahrome Hughes has been named, but is no certainty to return, according to The Daily Telegraph. “I have named Jahrome in the team but with all due respect I won’t be taking any chances with him,” Storm coach Craig Bellamy told The Telegraph. If he is ruled out Cooper Johns will come in at halfback. Cameron Munster could switch to fullback with Nick Meaney starting at five-eighth as happened last week against the Panthers.
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SATURDAY AUGUST 20
Parramatta Eels vs Canterbury Bulldogs at CommBank Stadium, 3.00pm AEDT
Eels team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Tom Opacic 5. Waqa Blake 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali’i 13. Ryan Matterson 14. Ofahiki Ogden 15. Bryce Cartwright 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Marata Niukore 18. Makahesi Makatoa 19. Bailey Simonsson 20. Jakob Arthur 21. Sean Russell 22. Elie El Zakhem
Early Mail: Mitchell Moses was named to return from a broken finger at No.7, but is no certainty to play, according to The Daily Telegraph. “I’m not too sure if I’ll play,” Moses told the Telegraph. “We’ll just have to take it day by day at the moment.” If he is ruled out Jacob Arthur will fill in at halfback. Bailey Simonsson is a chance to return from a hamstring injury after being named in the reserves, which would see Waqa Blake shift to centre and Tom Opacic drop out.
Bulldogs team: 1. Jake Averillo 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Aaron Schoupp 4. Braidon Burns 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Max King 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Harrison Edwards 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Josh Jackson 14. Zach Dockar-Clay 15. Joe Stimson 16. Jackson Topine 17. Chris Patolo 19. Declan Casey 20. Bailey Biondi-Odo 21. Brandon Wakeham 22. Luke Thompson 23. Tevita Pangai Junior
Early Mail: Enforcers Luke Thompson (concussion) and Tevita Pangai Jr (personal leave) are expected to come into the 17 after being named in the reserves, with Chris Patolo and Joe Stimson likely to make way.
Manly Sea Eagles vs Cronulla Sharks at 4 Pines Park, 5.30pm AEDT
Sea Eagles team: 1. Reuben Garrick 2. Tolutau Koula 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper 5. Christian Tuipulotu 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Andrew Davey 13. Dylan Walker 14. Ben Trbojevic 15. Josh Schuster 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Toafofoa Sipley 18. Kurt De Luis 19. Kaeo Weekes 20. Zac Fulton 21. James Roumanos 22. Jacob Sykes
Early Mail: Dylan Walker has been named at lock, but could be a late swap to the bench, with Ben Trbojevic or Josh Schuster to start in the back row.
Sharks team: 1. Kade Dykes 2. Lachlan Miller 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Connor Tracey 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Royce Hunt 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Dale Finucane 14. Teig Wilton 15. Cameron McInnes 16. Aiden Tolman 17. Andrew Fifita 18. Braydon Trindall 19. Jesse Colquhoun 20. Matt Ikuvalu 21. Kayal Iro 22. Luke Metcalf
Early Mail: Connor Tracey (head knock) and Matt Moylan (quad) return with Matt Ikuvalu and Braydon Trindall dropping out.
Sydney Roosters vs Wests Tigers at Sydney Cricket Stadium, 7.35pm AEDT
Roosters team: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph Suaalii 6. Luke Keary 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Matthew Lodge 11. Angus Crichton 12. Nat Butcher 13. Victor Radley 14. Connor Watson 15. Egan Butcher 16. Drew Hutchison 17. Terrell May 18. Kevin Naiqama 19. Fletcher Baker 20. Oliver Gildart 21. Ben Thomas 22. Siua Wong
Early Mail: Fletcher Baker could be a late inclusion for Terrell May after being named in the reserves.
Tigers team: 1. Daine Laurie 2. Brent Naden 3. Starford To’a 4. Asu Kepaoa 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Adam Doueihi 7. Jock Madden 8. James Tamou 9. Fa’amanu Brown 10. Zane Musgrove 11. Luke Garner 12. Kelma Tuilagi 13. Joe Ofahengaue 14. Fonua Pole 15. Austin Dias 16. Thomas Freebairn 17. Alex Seyfarth 18. Jake Simpkin 19. Kitione Kautoga 20. Brandon Tumeth 21. Junior Pauga 22. Tyrone Peachey
Early Mail: Kitione Kautoga is a chance to come into the 17 after being named in the reserves.
SUNDAY AUGUST 21
St George Illawarra Dragons vs Gold Coast Titans at Wollongong Stadium, 2.00pm AEDT
Dragons team: 1. Cody Ramsey 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Moses Mbye 4. Zac Lomax 5. Tautau Moga 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 8. Jack de Belin 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Josh Mcguire 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Jack Bird 14. Tyrell Fuimaono 15. Aaron Woods 16. Michael Molo 17. Billy Burns 18. Jaiyden Hunt 19. Jayden Sullivan 20. Francis Molo 21. Tyrell Sloan 22. Jackson Ford
Early Mail: Jayden Sullivan is a chance to return from a shoulder injury after being named in the reserves.
Titans team: 1. Jayden Campbell 2. Sosefo Fifita 3. Phillip Sami 4. Brian Kelly 5. Patrick Herbert 6. AJ Brimson 7. Tanah Boyd 8. Jaimin Jolliffe 9. Erin Clark 10. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 11. David Fifita 12. Beau Fermor 13. Isaac Liu 14. Greg Marzhew 15. Herman Ese’ese 16. Moeaki Fotuaika 17. Sam McIntyre 18. Corey Thompson 19. Jarrod Wallace 20. Toby Sexton 21. Paul Turner 22. Klese Haas
Early Mail: Halfback Toby Sexton was again named in the reserves, but is unlikely to force his way into a winning side.
Newcastle Knights vs Canberra Raiders at McDonald Jones Stadium, 4.05pm AEDT
Knights team: 1. Tex Hoy 2. Edrick Lee 3. Dane Gagai 4. Krystian Mapapalangi 5. Dominic Young 6. Anthony Milford 7. Adam Clune 8. David Klemmer 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Brodie Jones 13. Jacob Saifiti 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Pasami Saulo 16. Simi Sasagi 17. Mathew Croker 18. Sauaso Sue 19. Chris Randall 20. Jack Johns 21. Oryn Keeley 22. Hymel Hunt
Early Mail: Winger Edrick Lee is set to return from a foot injury for Enari Tuala and Krystian Mapapalangi will debut at centre for the suspended Bradman Best. Prop David Klemmer is expected to line up after overcoming a knee injury.
Raiders team: 1. Xavier Savage 2. Nick Cotric 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Zac Woolford 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Adam Elliott 14. Tom Starling 15. Emre Guler 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Corey Harawira-Naera 18. Albert Hopoate 19. Ata Mariota 20. Matt Frawley 21. Ryan Sutton 22. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
Early Mail: Prop Joseph Tapine (ribs) is expected to play, with Emre Guler switching to the bench.