FOX NRL | NRL Teams: Round 23 2017 NRL news, early mail, team lists

The fullback only played 40 minutes last week due to hamstring tightness and is not expected to be risked.

“He’s got a strain. It would be silly for us at this time of the year to run the gauntlet,” coach Brad Arthur told Fox Sports.

“He’s touch and go for the weekend.

“I’d say we’ll err on the side of caution and give him a week’s rest but it’s not long-term.”

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The fullback will be monitored throughout the week but if the hamstring is still tight, he’ll sit out.

That could open the door for Josh Hoffman to return from a knee injury and into the first grade side.

Will Smith and Hoffman are both expected to be named in the 21 man squad to cover the role.

Meanwhile, Melbourne duo Tohu Harris and Cameron Munster are likely to be named to face the Roosters this weekend.

Cameron Munster of the Storm runs with the ball.
Cameron Munster of the Storm runs with the ball.Source: Getty Images

Harris has been sidelined for four weeks after suffering a shoulder injury against Parramatta.

He then re-aggravated the injury at training the following week and has been sidelined ever since.

Having lost some strength and mobility, the backrower has been training minus contact work and will need to complete the entire training load before being cleared to return.

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The Storm are hopeful his comeback will be against the Roosters but if not, he’ll be right to face Newcastle the following week.

The same goes for Cameron Munster.

Munster has a grade one, high ankle sprain and pushing to play on Saturday at AAMI Park.

Read on for the latest team news:


Thursday 10 August, 7.50pm at ANZ Stadium

Rabbitohs mail: Aaron Gray will return from a lower leg injury.

Bulldogs mail: Greg Eastwood (knee) is expected to be named in the 21 man squad.


Friday 11 August, 6pm at ANZ Stadium

Eels mail: Bevan French (hamstring) is likely to be rested with Josh Hoffman and Will Smith in the mix to wear the No.1. Tepai Moeroa returns after missing last week with a rib complaint.

Knights mail: Nathan Ross (back) is expected to miss the remained of the season with Peter Mata’utia his most likely replacement with Shaun Kenny-Dowall poised to return from a hamstring issue. “I would hope he’ll be right to play. The medical staff said it tightened up and we just didn’t want to risk him (against the Warriors),” coach Nathan Brown said of SKD. Joe Wardle (illness) is expected to replace Sam Stone.


Friday 11 August, 7.50pm at Suncorp Stadium

Broncos mail: Joe Ofahengaue (dangerous throw) is facing five weeks, reduced to three with an early guilty plea.

Sharks mail: James Maloney will be named to return from a broken hand. “He’s trained well and after (Saturday’s) performance we’re lucky to have him back. Jayden is the week after,” coach Shane Flanagan said of Maloney. Jack Bird (shoulder) is expected to miss the game with Kurt Capewell his likely replacement. Wade Graham (dangerous throw) can escape suspension with an early guilty plea.


Saturday 12 August, 3pm at UOW Jubilee Oval

Josh Dugan of the Dragons is injured.
Josh Dugan of the Dragons is injured.Source: Getty Images

Dragons mail: Jake Marketo (dangerous contact) can escape suspension with an early guilty plea. Josh Dugan (ankle) is in doubt and Russell Packer (knee) will miss another week. If Dugan is ruled out, Euan Aitken is likely to fill that void as he pushes to return from a shoulder injury. Kurt Mann is also an option.

Titans mail: Kevin Proctor (hamstring) is expected to return. Ashley Taylor (knee) is expected to be named but no certainty to play. “He’s got a medial problem … hopefully he’ll be OK but he could miss next week,” Neil Henry said.


Saturday 12 August, 5.30pm at AAMI Park

Storm mail: Tohu Harris (shoulder) and Cameron Munster (ankle) are a strong chance of returning this week.

Roosters mail: Boyd Cordner makes his comeback from a knee injury and Jake Friend is poised to return from a broken hand. Dan Tupou (groin) and Sio Siua Taukeiaho (finger) are both in doubt for the Roosters.


Saturday 12 August, 7.30pm at Pepper Stadium

Panthers mail: Matt Moylan (hamstring) will be named to make his return.

Te Maire Martin makes a tackle.
Te Maire Martin makes a tackle.Source: News Corp Australia

Cowboys mail: Te Maire Martin (knee) is likely to be named in the halves but in doubt which would open the door for Kyle Laybutt to come into the frame. Scott Bolton (elbow), Gavin Cooper (calf) and Antonio Winterstein (hamstring) are also in doubt. Kane Linnett (dangerous contact) can escape suspension with an early guilty plea. Javid Bowen is favourite to replace Winterstein.


Sunday 13 August, 2pm at Mt Smart Stadium

Warriors mail: David Fusitu’a (concussion) will need to pass the protocols to take the field this week. Ryan Hoffman (foot) is expected to return from injury.

Raiders mail: To come.


Sunday 13 August, 4pm at Leichhardt Oval

Tigers mail: Matt McIlwrick (dangerous throw) will escape suspension with an early plea.

Sea Eagles mail: Addin Fonua-Blake returns from suspension. Matt Wright is expected to be alright after a shoulder burner forced him from the field on Sunday. Brad Parker may make way for Brian Kelly who was rested on Sunday. Trent Barrett hinted the centre could return this week. “There were a couple of things creeping into his game that he needs to work on,” Barrett said of Kelly. “I didn’t play him with Blacktown for a reason. He was just looking a bit tired and needed a spell. He knows what he’s got to work on and I’ll help him with that and he’ll make his way back into the side.”

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