CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28: Jake Friend of the Roosters passes during the round 12 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Sydney Roostrers at GIO Stadium on May 28, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Team Talk: Round 23

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Canterbury Bulldogs

Aaron Gray is expected to return to the side this weekend in place of Campbell Graham while Greg Eastwood will return to the Bulldogs’ 21-man squad.

Parramatta Eels v Newcastle Knights

The high-flying Eels are likely to rest Bevan French after he pulled up with a sore hamstring from last weekend’s win with Josh Hoffman and Will Smith in the running for French’s number one jersey. Tepai Moeroa will return from a rib injury.

Nathan Brown hopes Shaun Kenny-Dowell will be right to go this week after not being risked last weekend while Nathan Ross’s (out for the season with back injury) replacement is up in the air. Peter Mata’utia is the favourite, however, Dane Gagai and Brendan Elliot are also in the running.

Brisbane Broncos v Cronulla Sharks

The Broncos accepted Joe Ofahengaue’s three-week suspension (dangerous throw) which leaves him out until the final round of the home and away season with Jai Arrow set to take his spot.

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James Maloney will return in a huge boost for the Sharks, however, Jack Bird is a near certainty to miss the game against his future side after dislocating his shoulder on the weekend. Kurt Capewell will take his place in the centres.

St George Illawarra Dragons v Gold Coast Titans

Josh Dugan will be named as the Dragons look to pile on the misery for the Titans. Euan Aitken, despite requiring surgery at seasons end, is hopeful of pushing through the pain barrier and will push his case for a return this week.

Kevin Proctor will return to the Titans side, however, Ashley Taylor remains in doubt after picking up a knock to his knee last week.

Melbourne Storm v Sydney Roosters

The Storm will look to bolster their squad by including Tohu Harris and Cameron Munster in their top of the table clash.

Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend will return for the Roosters as they look to return to the winner’s list. Daniel Tupou’s groin injury will keep him out for six weeks.

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Penrith Panthers v North Queensland Cowboys

Matt Moylan returns for the arguably the hottest team in the competition as rookie Tyrone May drops out.

While the Cowboys’ injury woes have worsened with Scott Bolton (elbow), Gavin Cooper (calf), Antonio Winterstein (hamstring) and Te Maire Martin (knee) all in doubt.

New Zealand Warriors v Canberra Raiders

Ryan Hoffman is set to return from a calf injury which would push Simon Mannering to lock, Bunty Afoa to the right edge with Jazz Tevaga or Isaiah Papalii out of the side. David Fusitu’a must pass a concussion test if he is to line up in the side.

The Raiders are expected to go in unchanged after their best performance of 2017.

Wests Tigers v Manly Sea Eagles

The Tigers are set to have the same 17 while the Sea Eagles welcome back Addin Fonua-Blake. Brian Kelly could return to the side after being rested on the weekend.

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