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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.
The former Kiwis captain has been included in the starting 13 by coach Ivan Cleary while teenager Patrick Ah Van has been called in to replace injured winger Manu Vatuvei.
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.
Geyer has been added to the Storm's bench for the grand final re-match, while Michael Crocker will join him on the interchange with Clint Newton handed a starting position.
Brisbane have several injury concerns ahead of the must-win game, with Test stars Justin Hodges (hamstring) and Tonie Carroll (shoulder) in doubt.
Manly's Adam Cuthbertson has been handed his first starting jersey, covering the loss of Australian Test prop Brent Kite in Saturday's qualifying final against South Sydney at Brookvale Oval.
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.
O'Meley replaces suspended Kiwi Test star Sonny Bill Williams, with Willie Mason shifted into the back row for the clash with the Cowboys.
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.