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Adam Reynolds has been cleared to take on the Sea Eagles. Picture: Phil Hillyard

THE Panthers have given flyer Dallin Watene-Zelezniak another week to recover from his mid-February foot surgery, cutting him from their 19-man squad to play the Tigers on Sunday.

In other Late Mail:

* BRYCE Cartwright is set to take his place for the Panthers after assuring coaching staff he is right to play despite the abortion scandal;

* A rib injury has forced Jai Field out of the Dragons 19.

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TIGERS v PANTHERS

4pm AEDT Sunday at Campbelltown Stadium

Tigers: 1. James Tedesco 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Kevin Naiqama 4. Michael Chee-Kam 5. Moses Suli 6. Mitchell Moses 7. Luke Brooks 8. Aaron Woods (c) 9. Matt McIlwrick 10. Ava Seumanufagi 11. Sausao Sue 12. Chris Lawrence 13. Elijah Taylor. Interchange: 14. Tim Grant 15. Josh Aloai 16. Jamal Idris 17. Jack Littlejohn 18. Joel Edwards 21. Wesley Lolo

Players cut from squad: Justin Hunt and Jordan Rankin

Late Mail: Young winger Moses Suli (cramps) is a certain starter despite leaving the field early last week. James Tedesco (stomach), Elijah Taylor (ear), Luke Brooks (back/hamstring) and Mitchell Moses (heel) are also right to go. Matt Ballin (ACL) returns in NSW Cup this week, while Jacob Liddle (shoulder) is aiming for round four.

Panthers: 1. Matt Moylan (c) 2. Dean Whare 3. Waqa Blake 4. Tyrone Peachey 5. Dylan Edwards 6. Te Maire Martin 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Peter Wallace 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11. Bryce Cartwright 12. Isaah Yeo 13. Trent Merrin. Interchange: 14. James Fisher-Harris 15. Leilani Latu 16. Tim Browne 17. Moses Leota 18. Sitaleki Akauola 21. Viliame Kikau

Players cut from squad: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Mitch Rein

Late Mail: Bryce Cartwright is set to take his place after assuring coaching staff he is right to play despite the abortion scandal. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has been given another week to recover from his mid-February foot surgery despite talk earlier in the week he may return ahead of schedule.

DRAGONS v EELS

6.30pm AEDT Sunday at WIN Stadium

Dragons: 1. Josh Dugan 2. Nene Macdonald 3. Euan Aitken 4. Tim Lafai 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Josh McCrone 8. Russell Packer 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Joel Thompson 13. Jack De Belin. Interchange: 14. Tariq Sims 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Jacob Host 18. Kurt Mann 19. Taane Milne 21. Hame Sele

Players cut from squad: Jai Field and Luciano Leilua

Late Mail: Kurt Mann replaces Jai Field in the 17. Field is out with a rib injury. Luciano Leilua also drops out of the initial 21.

Eels: 1. Bevan French 2. Semi Radradra 3. Michael Jennings 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Josh Hoffman 6. Clint Gutherson 7. Corey Norman 8. Suaia Matagi 9. Kaysa Pritchard 10. Tim Mannah (c) 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Beau Scott. Interchange: 14. Nathan Brown 15. Rory O’Brien 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Frank Pritchard 18. David Gower 19. Cameron King

Players cut from squad: George Jennings and Marata Niukore

Late Mail: David Gower is expected to win the final bench spot over Rory O’Brien, with Kaysa Pritchard to again play 80 minutes. George Jennings and Marata Niukore have dropped off the extended bench.

ROOSTERS v BULLDOGS

8.05pm AEDT Thursday at Allianz Stadium

Roosters: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Blake Ferguson 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Luke Keary 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend (c) 10. Dylan Napa 11. Boyd Cordner (c) 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Aidan Guerra. Interchange: 16. Ryan Matterson 17. Connor Watson 20. Zane Tetevano 17. Chris Smith

Players cut from squad: Dale Copley, Isaac Liu, Joseph Manu

Late Mail: Kane Evans was a late withdrawal with a calf injury, replaced by Chris Smith on the bench. Isaac Liu (shoulder) is out, replaced by recruit Zane Tetevano on the bench.

Bulldogs: 1. Will Hopoate 2. Brett Morris 3. Josh Morris 4. Brenko Lee 5. Kerrod Holland 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Moses Mbye 8. Aided Tolman 9. Michael Lichaa 10. James Graham (c) 11. Josh Jackson 12. Greg Eastwood 13. David Klemmer. Interchange: 14. Sam Kasiano 15. Danny Fualalo 16. Adam Elliott 17. Raymond Faitala-Mariner

Players cut from squad: Francis Tualau, Craig Garvey, Brad Abbey, Matt Frawley

Late Mail: The Bulldogs are 1-17, with Moses Mbye to play despite nursing knee and elbow injuries.

WARRIORS v STORM

6pm AEDT Friday at Mt Smart Stadium

Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c) 2. Tuimoala Lolohea 3. David Fusitu’a 4. Solomone Kata 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Mafoa’aeata Hingano 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Albert Vete 9. Issac Luke 10. Charlie Gubb 11. Bunty Afoa 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Simon Mannering. Interchange: 14. Erin Clark 15. Jacob Lillyman 16. Sam Lisone 17. Bodene Thompson

Players cut from squad: Isaiah Papali’i, Mason Lino, Manu Vatuvei, James Gavet

Late Mail: Issac Luke (ribs), Simon Mannering (neck) and Charlie Gubb (concussion) will all play after failing to finish last week. Kieran Foran (shoulder) won’t be ready for his much-anticipated return in round three. There is talk he may not play until round eight, but the club says they are hopeful of having their star signing on board for round four or five. Ben Matulino (knee) is not expected back until round 10 following a post-surgery infection.

Storm: 1. Cameron Munster 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Cheyse Blair 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Ryley Jacks 7. Cooper Cronk 14. Christian Welch 9. Cameron Smith (c) 10. Jordan McLean 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane. Interchange: 8. Tim Glasby 15. Joe Stimson 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 19. Vincent Leuluai

Players cut from squad: Brodie Croft, Curtis Scott, Young Tonumaipea, Mark Nicholls

Late Mail: Christian Welch starts at prop ahead of Tim Glasby and Vincent Leuluai comes in on the bench. Young Tonumaipea and Mark Nicholls drop out of the squad.

BRONCOS v COWBOYS

8.05pm AEDT Friday at Suncorp Stadium

Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd (c) 2. Corey Oates 3. James Roberts 4. Tautau Moga 5. Jordan Kahu 6. Anthony Milford 7. Ben Hunt 8. Korbin Sims 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Adam Blair 11. Sam Thaiday 12. Matt Gillett 13. Josh McGuire. Interchange: 14. Alex Glenn 15. Tevita Pangai 16. Herman Ese’ese 17. Jai Arrow

Players cut from squad: Joe Ofahengaue, Kodi Nikorima, Benji Mashall George Fai

Late Mail: Benji Marshall trained strongly with the Broncos on Thursday and will be 18th man for his new club tonight. The ex-Kiwi Test captain was slated to play for Redcliffe against the CQ Capras in their Intrust Super Cup clash on Saturday in Rockhampton. However, Marshall will not play for the Dolphins. He is expected to instead make his Intrust Super Cup debut next weekend. With Broncos utility Alex Glenn (concussion) still to be assessed by doctors, there is scope for Marshall to make his Broncos debut off the bench at Suncorp Stadium.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if he did,” Green said when asked if Bennett could blood Marshall.

Meanwhile, Tautau Moga came through Brisbane’s captain’s run unscathed on Thursday after failing to finish training last Sunday following a suspected heart scare. Broncos medicos ruled out a serious condition, putting it down to illness and stress, and Moga showed no ill-effects during the captain’s run.

Broncos teammate Josh McGuire failed to train on Tuesday with a minor injury but the Maroons hardman ran with the squad on Thursday, after signing a four-year contract extension on Wednesday. Alex Glenn (concussion) has been cleared.

Read the full story on Benji Marshall by Travis Meyn at The Courier-Mail

Cowboys: 1. Lachlan Coote 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Kane Linnett 5. Antonio Winterstein 6. Michael Morgan 7. Johnathan Thurston (c) 8. Matt Scott 9. Jack Granville 10. Scott Bolton 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Ethan Lowe 13. Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: 14. Ben Hampton 15. John Asiata 16. Coen Hess 17. Patrick Kaufusi

Players cut from squad: Gideon Mosby-Gela, Kalyn Ponga, Shaun Fensom, Javid Bowen

Late Mail: North Queensland coach Paul Green has confirmed winger Antonio Winterstein will return from injury in Friday night’s NRL blockbuster. Javid Bowen had been on standby for Winterstein, who missed the Cowboys’ season opening extra-time win against Canberra with an ankle injury. But Green on Thursday confirmed the Cowboys would be as per program with Bowen, Shaun Fensom, Gideon Mosby-Gela and prodigy Kalyn Ponga cut from the interchange. “He brings that experience. There will be a big game atmosphere which can overawe some young players — it’s good to have him back,” Green said of Winterstein.

Tyronne Roberts-Davis will debut for the Titans. Picture: David Clark

Tyronne Roberts-Davis will debut for the Titans. Picture: David ClarkSource:News Corp Australia

KNIGHTS v TITANS

3pm AEDT Saturday at McDonald Jones Stadium

Knights: 1. Brendan Elliot 2. Ken Sio 3. Dane Gagai 4. Peter Mata’utia 5. Nathan Ross 6. Brock Lamb 7. Trent Hodkinson (c) 8. Daniel Saifiti 9. Danny Levi 10. Josh Starling 11. Sione Mata’utia 12. Jamie Buhrer 13. Mitch Barnett. Interchange: 14. Luke Yates 15. Jack Stockwell 16. Sam Stone 17. Jacob Saifiti

Players cut from squad: Tyler Randell, Anthony Tupou, Chanel Mata’utia and Josh King

Late Mail: The Knights are 1-17, with Brendan Elliot named to replace unlucky youngster Dylan Phythian (ACL) at fullback.

Titans: 1. Jarryd Hayne 2. Anthony Don 12. Chris McQueen 4. Konrad Hurrell 21 Tyronne Roberts-Davis 6. Kane Elgey 7. Ashley Taylor 8. Jarrod Wallace 14. Karl Lawton 10. Ryan James (c) 11. Kevin Proctor (c) 17. Joe Greenwood 13. Leivaha Pulu. Interchange: 9. Tyrone Roberts 15. Nathaniel Peteru 16. Agnatius Paasi 20. Eddy Pettybourne

Players cut from squad: Max King, Dan Sarginson, William Zillman and Pat Vaivai

Late Mail: Titans teenager Tyronne Roberts-Davis will make his NRL debut today, while centre Dan Sarginson has been ruled out with a knee injury.

Chris McQueen moves into the centres, Karl Lawton into the starting hooker spot and English recruit Joe Greenwood into the back row.

Roberts-Davis, a cousin of Broncos speedster James Roberts, will start on the left wing in place of William Zillman (calf). Titans co-captain Kevin Proctor has been cleared to play after recovering from a shoulder injury.

Read more on teen Titans flyer Tyronne Roberts-Davis Travis Meyn at Courier Mail

Adam Reynolds has been cleared to take on the Sea Eagles. Picture: Phil Hillyard

Adam Reynolds has been cleared to take on the Sea Eagles. Picture: Phil HillyardSource:News Corp Australia

SEA EAGLES v RABBITOHS

5.30pm AEDT Saturday at Lottoland

Sea Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Dylan Walker 4. Brian Kelly 5. Akuila Uate 6. Blake Green 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (c) 8. Brenton Lawrence 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Nate Myles 11. Frank Winterstein 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14. Cameron Cullen 15. Lewis Brown 16. Jarrad Kennedy 21. Bill Bainbridge

Players cut from squad: Jackson Hastings, Matthew Wright, Shaun Lane and Jonathan Wright.

Late Mail: Bill Bainbridge replaces Shaun Lane on the bench but no other changes for the Sea Eagles following the losses of Addin Fonua-Blake, Martin Taupau (both suspension) and Lloyd Perrett (eye socket) earlier in the week. .

Rabbitohs: 1. Alex Johnston 2. Braidon Burns 3. Hymel Hunt 18. Robert Jennings 5. Bryson Goodwin 6. Cody Walker 21. Adam Reynolds 8. Zane Musgrove 9. Robbie Farah 15. Jason Clark 11. John Sutton 12. Kyle Turner 13. Sam Burgess (c). Interchange: 14. Damien Cook 16. Angus Crichton 17. Robert Rochow 20. George Burgess

Players cut from squad: Dave Tyrell, Luke Kelly, Siosifa Talaki and Anthony Cherrington.

Late mail: In a major boost for South Sydney following skipper Greg Inglis’ season-ending ACL injury, Adam Reynolds has been cleared to take on the Sea Eagles.

The premiership-winning playmaker was expected to miss up to four weeks, but he received a clearance from the club’s medical staff after completing the captain’s run on Friday.

Robert Jennings will make his club debut, replacing Siosifa Talaki.

George Burgess has earned a spot on the bench.

— Matt Logue

RAIDERS v SHARKS

7.30pm AEDT at GIO Stadium

Raiders: 1. Jack Wighton 2. Nick Cotric 3. Elliott Whitehead 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Blake Austin 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Junior Paulo 9. Josh Hodgson (c) 10. Shannon Boyd 11. Josh Papalii 12. Iosia Soliola 13. Luke Bateman. Interchange: 14. Adam Clydsdale 15. Dunamis Lui 16. Jeff Lima 17 Scott Sorensen.

Players cut from squad: Makahesi Makatoa, Lachlan Croker, Jordan Turner and Zac Santo

Late Mail: The Raiders will be 1-17, with Scott Sorensen confirmed to make his club debut off the bench. Jack Wighton (stomach bug) will start after being a late scratching last week, while Junior Paulo (suspension) is another big in.

Sharks: 3. Jack Bird 2. Sosaia Feki 19. Kurt Capewell 4. Ricky Leutele 5. Edrick Lee 6. James Maloney 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Luke Lewis 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen (c). Interchange: 14. Jayson Bukuya 15. Chris Heighington 20. Joseph Paulo 21. Jeremy Latimore

Players cut from squad: Sam Tagataese, Gerard Beale, Fa’amanu Brown and Tony Williams

Late Mail: Cronulla have suffered yet another blow to their fullback stocks with Gerard Beale ruled out. Jack Bird will wear the No. 1 after Beale suffered a hamstring injury on Tuesday. Coach Shane Flanagan has refused to rush back Valentine Holmes with Kurt Capewell coming into the side.

Originally published as NRL Late Mail: DWZ given extra week