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Team changes, news and updates
The New Zealand Warriors have been given a boost ahead of their final with Parramatta on Friday night with Test prop Ruben Wiki to return from a rib injury.
Parramatta coach Michael Hagan has made no changes to the side that belted Brisbane last Sunday.
Down south, Melbourne premiership player Matt Geyer will come back from a rib injury when the Storm host reigning premiers Brisbane in a qualifying final at Olympic Park on Sunday.
Brisbane have several injury concerns ahead of the must-win game, with Test stars Justin Hodges (hamstring) and Tonie Carroll (shoulder) in doubt.
Sea Eagles veterans Steve Menzies, Chris Hicks and Luke Williamson are all due to make comebacks from injury and have been added to coach Des Hasler's squad.
South Sydney coach Jason Taylor has made no changes to his side which lost to the Sydney Roosters last week. Taylor has named David Fa'alogo pending an NRL judiciary hearing, with Manase Manuokafoa on standby should the Kiwi Test forward be suspended by the panel.
Test prop Mark O'Meley has been recalled for the Bulldogs' side to play North Queensland in a qualifying final at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville on Saturday night.
North Queensland coach Graham Murray has today named the same side which beat the Bulldogs 38-32 last Friday.
Meanwhile, premiership-winning utility back Daniel Fitzhenry has not yet decided on his future despite Hull Kingston Rovers trumpeting his arrival, according to the Wests Tigers.
The Rovers had announced that Fitzhenry had been released by his NRL club and agreed to a two-year deal and expected Tigers teammate Ben Galea to join him by the end of the week.
However, Wests Tigers recruitment manager Warren McDonnell says Fitzhenry and Galea remain contracted to the club for 2008.