Plenty of teams could be making shake ups to their teams for magic round, while devastating news has broken on a South Sydney Rabbitohs star.
Here are all the latest rumours and news for Round 10.
Canterbury Bulldogs vs Newcastle Knights
There is a chance Trent Barrett could shake up his team for Friday’s clash with the Knights following their dismal display in the nation’s capital last week. Matt Dufty would seem most at risk, with a potential for Josh Addo-Carr or Jake Averillo to be named in the number one jumper. Other players could also be under pressure, while Chris Patolo is likely to return for Joe Stimson.
Adam O’Brien has confirmed in shock news that Dane Gagai could return two weeks early from a fractured cheekbone if conversations with doctors go well on Tuesday. That would likely see Edrick Lee drop out of the side, with Enari Tuala pushing back out to the wing.
Adam Clune and Phoenix Crossland will also be in calculations to return, from a knee injury and personal reasons respectively, although O’Brien has hinted at the fact Tex Hoy could remain in his position.
Elsewhere, Tyson Frizell, Brodie Jones, Jirah Momoisea, Sauaso Sue and Mitch Barnett could all return. Barnett from suspension and Frizell from illness are the two almost certainties to slot back into the team. Jack Johns is out with a broken arm, which will see Frizell come in for a straight swap, while Barnett will likely play at lock, with Leo Thompson on the bench and Mathew Croker dropping out of the side. Sue, Jones and Momoisea will all be in calculations for two bench spots which are currently occupied by Pasami Saulo and Simi Sasagi.
Manly Sea Eagles vs Brisbane Broncos
Manly Sea Eagles
Expect Morgan Harper to make way for a returning Haumole Olakau’atu, with Ben Trbojevic shifting to the centres to fill the vacancy and make way for the returning New South Wales Origin bolter. Josh Schuster is also set to race the clock with a calf injury and could come into the starting side for Ethan Bullemor, which would push Kurt De Luis out of the side.
Payne Haas and Kurt Capewell should both be named to return for the Broncos. That would likely see Corey Jensen go back to the bench, with Rhys Kennedy falling out of the side, while TC Robati would be a straight swap and lose his spot in the 17. Jake Turpin is also due back, but whether he can force either Billy Walters or Cory Paix out of the side remains to be seen, while Brendan Piakura is fit but likely to return through the QLD Cup.
New Zealand Warriors vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
New Zealand Warriors
Tohu Harris has previously stated he is targeting a return around this week and could come back into the side, which would see Jazz Tevaga go back to the bench and likely Ben Murdoch-Masila or Jack Murcbhie drop out of the side. They could yet be granted a reprieve however if Euan Aitken fails to pass concussion protocols.
Elsewhere, Jason Demetriou has confirmed Kodi Nikorima will come straight into the side for this week's clash after his mid-season transfer, most likely playing in the 14 role. That will mean he replaces Siliva Havili on the bench. Havili could yet keep his spot in the team though if Murray is out, starting at lock. Thomas Burgess is also expected to return from a back spasm, with Trent Peoples likely to drop out and Davvy Moale to play from the bench.
Gold Coast Titans vs St George Illawarra Dragons
Gold Coast Titans
Justin Holbrook has promised changes after yet another loss to the Sydney Roosters last week. Phillip Sami is likely to return from injury with Greg Marzhew the likely casualty, while Will Smith and Toby Sexton could have their positions called into question by Tanah Boyd and Paul Turner after an average showing in the halves. Kevin Proctor is another who could struggle to hold his spot.
St George Illawarra Dragons
No changes are expected for the Dragons, although a loss could create questions around the return of Tyrell Sloan after Moses Mbye was left grabbing at thin air on one occasion last Sunday.
Melbourne Storm vs Penrith Panthers
Ryan Papenhuyzen will miss the biggest match of the year to date with a hamstring injury. Craig Bellamy has indicated Tyran Wishart could serve as his replacement at fullback, although Nick Meaney could also play at the back. The coach also indicated Jahrome Hughes and Cameron Munster aren't out of the question. If Meaney moves to fullback, Dean Ieremia or Will Warbrick would come in on the wing. Reimis Smith is also out with a torn pectoral muscle, which could see Jack Howarth or Marion Seve come in to the side.
Cronulla Sharks vs Canberra Raiders
Big changes for the Sharks, with William Kennedy and Jesse Ramien to both miss a few weeks with suspension. Lachlan Miller could well find himself at fullback on debut, although any of Sione Katoa, Ronaldo Mulitalo or Nicho Hynes could yet switch to the back. Mulitalo missed last week so would be a straight swap, although if he is still out then Mawene Hiroti could play on the wing for Katoa to play at fullback. If Craig Fitzgibbon elects to move Nicho Hynes to the back, then Braydon Trindall is the likely starter in the halves. Hiroti could still be in line to play by replacing Ramien in the centres.
Jarrod Croker will miss a few weeks after suffering a shoulder injury against Canterbury, while Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad is also racing the clock. It's thought Sebastian Kris will be promoted to the starting side for Croker, while Xavier Savage will either play at fullback or on the wing to replace Nicoll-Klokstad - with Jordan Rapana to wear the number one if Savage is selected on the wing.
Sydney Roosters vs Parramatta Eels
Sam Verrills is out with a fractured collarbone, and Trent Robinson has already confirmed Connor Watson will return from a throat injury to replace him. Lindsay Collins has also been hit with a one-game suspension, which will see Siosiua Taukeiaho promoted to the starting team and likely Daniel Suluka-Fifita join the bench.