NRL 2022, Late Mail, Round 21, Team changes, updates and official news, injuries and details ahead of this week's Telstra Premiership matches - petsitterbank

NRL 2022, Late Mail, Round 21, Team changes, updates and official news, injuries and details ahead of this week’s Telstra Premiership matches

All the Late Mail for Round 21 of the 2022 NRL Telstra Premiership.

NRL Late Mail: Round 21

Sea Eagles v Eels, Friday 7.55pm at 4 Pines Park

Sea Eagles: A late switch with Martin Taupau to start at prop and Toafofoa Sipley going back to the bench. The Sea Eagles have Jason Saab, Christian Tuipulotu, Tolutau Koula, Haumole Olakau’atu and Toafofoa Sipley back in the starting side but Sean Keppie (shoulder) remains sidelined. Josh Schuster is 18th Man. Ethan Bullemor came into the 17th on Thursday with Morgan Boyle going out.

Eels: The Eels are 1-17 with no late changes. Jake Arthur takes over at halfback for the injured Mitch Moses in the only change to the squad that took care of the Panthers in Round 20. Center Waqa Blake will make his 150th NRL appearance.

Rabbitohs v Warriors, Saturday 3pm at Sunshine Coast Stadium

Rabbitohs: After being named to return from a finger injury earlier in the week, Taane Milne has dropped out 24 hours before kick-off, with Jaxson Paulo the new center. NSW Cup leading try scorer Izaac Thompson will replace Paulo and make his NRL debut on the Rabbitohs wing. Bench forward Tom Burgess (suspended) is out, replaced by Mark Nicholls. The other new face on the interchange is Blake Taaffe, who is recalled for his first game since Round 15. Kodi Nikorima is out.

Warriors: Euan Aitken has been moved from the back row to the centers in place of Adam Pompey who drops to the reserves. Five-eighth Chanel Harris-Tavita is out with a knee injury so Wayde Egan moves from hooker to the No.6 jersey and Freddy Lussick has been promoted to start in the No.9.

Aaron Pene (illness), Bayley Sironen (eye socket) and Jack Murchie (parental leave) all return in the pack. Josh Curran goes to the bench and Jazz Tevaga drops out with a shoulder injury. Taniela Otukolo will play his first game since round 13 on the bench. No changes for the Warriors in Friday’s 24-hour update.

Raiders v Panthers, Saturday 5.30pm at GIO Stadium

Raiders: Xavier Savage has been ruled out with an ankle injury in Friday’s 24-hour update and Albert Hopoate steps in as the new fullback. Jordan Rapana returns from suspension. Adam Elliott hurt his hip against the Titans but has been named to start at lock.

Panthers: Star back-rower Viliame Kikau has been ruled out with a hip injury, which sees Christopher Smith start in the second row and Sunia Turuva join the bench. Sean O’Sullivan is the new No.7 and Jaeman Salmon comes into the starting side at five-eighth. Origin center Stephen Crichton returns from the nasty ear cut he suffered against the Sharks and back-up hooker Mitch Kenny (knee) is also back on deck.

Sharks v Dragons, Saturday 7.35pm at PointsBet Stadium

Sharks: Royce Hunt is listed among the reserves after suffering a shoulder injury last week and could get a call-up closer to kick-off. Kade Dykes debuts at fullback in place of Will Kennedy, who faces 5-6 weeks on the sideline after undergoing ankle surgery. Dykes’ father Adam and grandfather John also played for the Sharks.

Dragons: No changes expected for coach Anthony Griffin after he stuck with the same 17 that went down to the Cowboys. The Dragons have won only two from 11 against top-eight opposition in 2022.

Bulldogs v Cowboys, Sunday 2pm at Salter Oval, Bundaberg

Bulldogs: Coach Mick Potter goes with the same 17 that downed the Knights but Raymond Faitala-Mariner could be a late call-up after missing Round 20 with a rib injury. The Bulldogs are chasing two wins in a season against the Cowboys for the first time since 2009.

Cowboys: Coach Todd Payten expects veteran winger Kyle Feldt to miss just one week with a hamstring injury with his place taken by Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow. Reuben Cotter successfully returned from injury last week and could move into the starting side on game day after being named on the bench.

Wests Tigers v Knights, Sunday 4.05pm at Campbelltown Stadium

Wests Tigers: Youngster Fonua Pole gets his second crack in the starting side as the replacement for Jackson Hastings (ankle). At 26, Wests Magpies NSW Cup captain Tom Freebairn will make his NRL debut off the bench.

knights: Utility Kurt Mann is listed among the reserves and could be a late inclusion after a quad injury kept him out for three games. Prop David Klemmer was overlooked for disciplinary reasons, replaced by Jacob Saifiti.

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