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NRL 2024 team news, Late Mail, Round 12 team news, team changes, team rosters, latest team updates and injury news for this week’s games

The Sea Eagles will be left without Tolutau Koula for Friday night’s clash against the Storm, while the Warriors have withdrawn Addin Fonua-Blake for violating club rules.

Broncos Duo Reece Walsh and Billy Walters Both are set to return to give Kevin Walters’ team a boost ahead of their derby against the Titans, while the Cowboys could also welcome back Kyle Feldt.

NRL Late Mail: Round 12

Bulldogs vs Dragons, Thursday at Accor Stadium

Bulldogs: A change on Wednesday with Kurt Mann replaced in the starting lineup by Josh Curran, with Jake Turpin added to the bench. After being hospitalized with a staph infection last week that caused him to miss the Magic Round, Jaeman Salmon returns to the lineup and will start in the second row.

Dragons: Luciano Leilua will finally return from injury after having an extra week of preparation with the bye in Round 11. He joins the bench in place of Ben Murdoch-Masila, who returns to the 18th spot. No changes to the update 24 hours on Wednesday.

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Cowboys vs Wests Tigers, Friday at Queensland Country Bank Stadium

Cowboys: Kyle Feldt has been named in the reserve and will be monitored in training before a decision is made on his availability, but is set to return from an ankle injury. His inclusion would see Braidon Burns leave in the only change from the team that beat the Rabbitohs in the Magic Round.

Western Tigers: Justin Matamua joins the team and starts at lock, with Alex Twal returning to the bench, but could swap with Fonua Pole on game day. Declan Casey and Josh Feledy are the new faces in the injury-hit Wests Tigers backline, who have stayed north of the border in Queensland in the run-up to the game following their Magic Round loss to the Dolphins.

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Sea Eagles v Storm, Friday at 4 Pines Park

Sea Eagles: Tolutau Koula has been ruled out with a shoulder problem and will be replaced by rookie Lehi Hopoate, and coach Anthony Seibold has yet to decide how his defensive line will be reorganized. Jason Saab (shoulder) is on track to return sooner than expected, while Jaxson Paulo remains on hold after being named in the reserves. Nathan Brown (quad) is expected to play after being named on the bench.

Storm: Jahrome Hughes has been named to return from a calf injury and replaces Cam Munster (groin), although whether he actually plays may not be known until later in the week. Melbourne have the option to give him a couple more weeks’ rest if necessary, given they have a bye in Round 13, but they have not named any recognized halves in the reserves with Grant Anderson on the bench.

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Raiders vs Roosters, Saturday at GIO Stadium

Assailants: No changes are expected. Jordan Rapana and prop Joseph Tapine are set to start after receiving monetary fines for charges picked up in Round 11.

Roosters: Joey Manu returns from concussion protocol and returns Junior Pauga to the reserves. Victor Radley is set to get a head start and Naufahu Whyte comes into the mix, with Nat Butcher returning to the expanded squad along with fellow forward Siua Wong.

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Sharks vs Panthers, Saturday at PointsBet Stadium

Sharks: Braydon Trindall is back in the reserves as he looks to return to a team that has already won seven in a row, but coach Craig Fitzgibbon will be reluctant to make too many changes to his in-form side.

Panthers: Scott Sorensen is promoted to the starting team after returning from a knee injury via the bench in Magic Round, while Liam Henry’s return sees Luke Garner leave the team.

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Rabbitohs v Eels, Saturday at Accor Stadium

Rabbits: Big changes in the halves with Jack Wighton set to partner Cody Walker and Dion Teaupa dropping to 18th. Jacob Host’s return from suspension in the back row sees Siliva Havili move to the bench with Michael Chee Kam in the centers after that it was confirmed that he would return from a calf discomfort.

Eels: Ryan Matterson’s return from illness is the only change so far for the Eels, who could make a number of late changes as interim coach Trent Barrett looks to put his stamp on the side. Star running back Mitch Moses remains sidelined with the foot injury that has kept him out since Round 3, as does captain Clint Gutherson.

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Broncos vs Titans, Sunday at Suncorp Stadium

Broncos: Two big inclusions with fullback Reece Walsh (knee) and hooker Billy Walters (wrist) back, while Payne Haas (toe) is also expected to play after battling an injury last week. A final decision on the trio will be made at the team’s final training session on Saturday.

Titans: Kieran Foran is listed among the reserves as he looks to return from a hamstring injury and will be monitored throughout the week. He would replace Tom Weaver if named, but the veteran playmaker is more likely to return in Round 14 after the club’s Round 13 bye. With Jaimin Jolliffe sidelined with a pectoral injury, Josiah Pahulu will start at front row and Joe Stimson will join the bench.

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Warriors vs Dolphins, Sunday at Go Media Stadium

Warriors: The club announced on Thursday that Addin Fonua-Blake was withdrawn from Round 12 following a breach of club standards. It comes as the club regains the services of Marata Niukore (foot), Freddy Lussick (concussion) and Rocco Berry (hand). Fullback Taine Tuaupiki is uncertain about playing as he awaits the birth of his first child this week.

Dolphins: Max Plath’s return from concussion protocols pushes Kenny Bromwich to the bench and Kurt Donoghoe to the reserves in the only change to the team that beat Wests Tigers in the Magic Round.

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