ROUND 1 is here and we will have all the changes and late mail from our team of rugby league experts.

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KNIGHTS V SEA EAGLES

FRIDAY, 6PM (AEDT), MCDONALD JONES STADIUM

Knights: 1 Kalyn Ponga, 2 Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 3 Sione Mata'utia, 4 Tautau Moga, 5 Nathan Ross, 6 Connor Watson, 7 Mitchell Pearce (c), 8 Herman Ese'ese, 9 Slade Griffin, 10 Jacob Lillyman, 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12 Aidan Guerra, 13 Mitchell Barnett. Interchange: 14 Brock Lamb, 15 Chris Heighington, 16 Jamie Buhrer (c), 17 Daniel Saifiti, 18 Ken Sio, 19 Jacob Saifiti, 20 Daniel Levi, 21 Luke Yates

Players cut: To come

Late mail: It's understood Connor Watson will play 80 minutes despite Brock Lamb being on the bench. Watson may spend time at hooker. Mitchell Barnett (shoulder) returns from injury after missing the trials.

Sea Eagles: 1 Tom Trbojevic, 2 Jorge Taufua, 3 Matthew Wright, 4 Brian Kelly, 5 Akuila Uate, 6 Lachlan Croker, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans (c), 8 Addin Fonua-Blake, 9 Apisai Koroisau, 10 Martin Taupau, 11 Joel Thompson, 12 Curtis Sironen, 13 Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14 Lewis Brown, 15 Shaun Lane, 16 Frank Winterstein, 17 Kelepi Tanginoa, 18 Bradley Parker, 19 Jackson Hastings, 20 Jack Gosiewski, 21 Lloyd Perrett

Players cut: To come

Late mail: To come

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COWBOYS V SHARKS

FRIDAY, 8.05PM (AEDT), 1300SMILES STADIUM

Cowboys: 1 Ben Hampton, 2 Kyle Feldt, 3 Justin O'Neill, 4 Javid Bowen, 5 Antonio Winterstein, 6 Michael Morgan, 7 Johnathan Thurston (c), 8 Matthew Scott (c), 9 Jake Granville, 10 Jordan McLean, 11 Gavin Cooper, 12 Ethan Lowe, 13 Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: 14 Te Maire Martin, 15 Coen Hess, 16 Scott Bolton, 17 John Asiata, 18 Corey Jensen, 19 Kyle Laybutt, 20 Francis Molo, 21 Enari Tuala

Players cut: To come

Late mail: The Cowboys have suffered a major casualty ahead of tonight's opening round clash against the Cronulla Sharks with superstar playmaker Michael Morgan ruled out through injury.

In a significant blow to Johnathan Thurston's 300th NRL match celebrations at 1300Smiles Stadium, the 2017 Dally M halfback of the Year has succumbed to an abdominal strain.

The Cowboys are confident Morgan will be fit to recover in time for their blockbuster derby with the Brisbane Broncos in round two.

Morgan's omission will force coach Paul Green into a backline re-shuffle of his line-up with Te Maire Martin set to partner the man of the moment Thurston, in the halves.

Having already lost outside backs Lachlan Coote (hamstring) and Kane Linnett (pec), the shock omission of Morgan is yet another ill-timed and unwanted alteration to the Cowboys attacking capabilities.

Their opposition Cronulla aren't without their injury concerns either.

Veteran backrower Luke Lewis is out of the match after suffering an ankle injury during the captains run.

Bench forward Kurt Capewell will now start the match in the absence of Lewis.

- DAVID RICCIO AND PETER BADEL

Sharks: 1 Valentine Holmes, 2 Sosaia Feki, 3 Josh Dugan, 4 Ricky Leutele, 5 Sione Katoa, 6 Matthew Moylan, 7 Chad Townsend, 8 Andrew Fifita, 9 Jayden Brailey, 10 Matthew Prior, 11 Luke Lewis, 12 Wade Graham, 13 Paul Gallen (c). Interchange: 14 Jayson Bukuya, 15 James Segeyaro, 16 Avagalu Seumanufagai, 17 Joseph Paulo, 18 Kurt Capewell, 19 Kurt Dillon, 20 Aaron Gray, 21 Trent Hodkinson

Players cut: To come

Late mail: The Sharks will lose 309 games of experience after veteran Luke Lewis was ruled out of the clash after rolling his ankle during Cronulla's Captain's Run. Josh Dugan (jaw) is right to go despite picking up an injury in the final trial. Trent Hodkinson will miss out on Cronulla's top 17 squad for Friday's season opener against North Queensland. The Daily Telegraph can reveal Hodkinson won't travel with the Sharks to Townsville or play for the club's NSW Intrust Super Premiership team, with coach Shane Flanagan preferring to give the veteran half more time to build his fitness.

The 29-year-old joined Cronulla from Newcastle in early February and Flanagan says the former NSW Origin halfback will benefit greatly from extra hours on the training paddock.

He says Hodkinson's fitness is fine, including his well-documented knees, but he faces a tough task to crack the NRL side with Matt Moylan and Chad Townsend ahead of him in the halves pecking order.

- Matt Logue

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WESTS TIGERS V ROOSTERS

SATURDAY, 4.30PM (AEDT), ANZ STADIUM

Wests Tigers: 1 Tuimoala Lolohea, 2 Corey Thompson, 3 Esan Marsters, 4 Kevin Naiqama, 5 Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, 6 Josh Reynolds, 7 Luke Brooks, 8 Russell Packer, 9 Pita Godinet, 10 Ben Matulino, 11 Christopher Lawrence, 12 Robert Rochow, 13 Elijah Taylor. Interchange: 14 Benji Marshall, 15 Alex Twal, 16 Michael Chee Kam, 17 Matthew Eisenhuth, 18 Matt McIlwrick, 19 David Nofoaluma, 20 Timothy Grant, 21 Taane Milne

Players cut: To come

Late mail: Benji Marshall will definitely make his long-awaited return to the Wests Tigers after shaking off a calf complaint.

Marshall got through Friday morning's captain's run and will wear the No. 14 against the Sydney Roosters.

It will be his first game for the Tigers in more than 1600 days after being squeezed out and spending stints with the Auckland Blues, St George Illawarra and Brisbane.

Coach Ivan Cleary also confirmed Marshall welcomed his first son, with the pin-up missing both of the Tigers trials to make sure he did not miss the birth.

Meanwhile, Tui Lolohea will assume goal-kicking duties for the Tigers. The fullback and centre Esan Marsters have been working with sharpshooter Brett Hodgson, but Lolohea will get first crack against the Sydney Roosters on Saturday afternoon.

- Christian Nicolussi

Roosters: 1 James Tedesco, 2 Daniel Tupou, 3 Latrell Mitchell, 4 Joseph Manu, 5 Blake Ferguson 6 Mitchell Cornish, 7 Cooper Cronk, 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 9 Jake Friend (c), 10 Sio Siua Taukeiaho, 11 Boyd Cordner (c), 12 Mitchell Aubusson, 13 Isaac Liu. Interchange: 14 Dylan Napa, 15 Zane Tetevano, 16 Ryan Matterson, 17 Victor Radley,

18 Reece Robinson, 19 Luke Keary, 20 Nat Butcher, 21 Lindsay Collins

Players cut: To come

Late mail: Roosters coach Trent Robinson says five-eighth Luke Keary could play against the Tigers on Saturday.

Keary wasn't named in Tuesday's starting line-up due to a broken jaw, but Robinson said he may play if he gets through Friday's captain's run.

Robinson also confirmed the Roosters have signed former Canberra hooker Kurt Baptise.

He said the deal for Baptise is set to be finalised next week.

- Matt Logue

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RABBITOHS V WARRIORS

SATURDAY, PERTH STADIUM, 7PM (AEDT), PERTH STADIUM

Rabbitohs: 1 Alex Johnston, 2 Richie Kennar, 3 Dane Gagai, 4 Greg Inglis (c), 5 Robert Jennings, 6 Cody Walker, 7 Adam Reynolds, 8 Thomas Burgess, 9 Damien Cook, 10 Mark Nicholls, 11 John Sutton, 12 Angus Crichton, 13 Sam Burgess. Interchange: 14 Cameron Murray, 15 Tyrell Fuimaono, 16 George Burgess, 17 Tevita Tatola, 18 Robbie Farah, 19 Jason Clark, 20 Hymel Hunt, 21 Adam Doueihi

Players cut: To come

Late mail: Adam Reynolds shrugged off any ankle complaints after completing training with the Rabbitohs in Perth on Thursday. The Rabbitohs look set to be 1-17 with the likes of Robbie Farah, Hymel Hunt and Jason Clark training separately with the extended squad. Cameron Murray (quad) and Alex Johnston (ribs) are also right to go.

- Michael Carayannis

Warriors: 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c), 2 David Fusitu'a, 3 Peta Hiku, 4 Solomone Kata, 5 Ken Maumalo, 6 Blake Green, 7 Shaun Johnson, 8 James Gavet, 9 Issac Luke, 10 Adam Blair, 11 Isaiah Papali'i, 12 Tohu Harris, 13 Ligi Sao. Interchange: 14 Sam Cook, 15 Leivaha Pulu, 16 Sam Lisone, 17 Bunty Afoa, 18 Jazz Tevaga, 20 Mason Lino, 21 Agnatius Paasi 22 Anthony Gelling

Players cut: To come

Late mail: To come

BULLDOGS V STORM

SATURDAY, PERTH STADIUM, 9.05PM (AEDT), PERTH STADIUM

Bulldogs: 1 Moses Mbye, 2 Brett Morris, 3 Josh Morris, 4 Will Hopoate, 5 Marcelo Montoya, 6 Matthew Frawley, 7 Kieran Foran, 8 Aaron Woods, 9 Michael Lichaa, 10 David Klemmer, 11 Josh Jackson (c), 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 13 Danny Fualalo. Interchange: 14 Adam Elliott, 15 Aiden Tolman, 16 Greg Eastwood, 17 Jeremy Marshall-King, 19 Asipeli Fine, 20 Kerrod Holland, 21 Francis Tualau, 23 John Olive

Players cut:

Late mail: Aaron Woods (hamstring) will play despite missing the trials. Adam Elliott is a chance to start at lock in place of Danny Fualalo.

Storm: 1 Cameron Munster, 2 Suliasi Vunivalu, 3 Will Chambers, 4 Curtis Scott, 5 Josh Addo-Carr, 6 Ryley Jacks, 7 Brodie Croft, 8 Jesse Bromwich, 9 Cameron Smith (c), 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 11 Felise Kaufusi, 12 Ryan Hoffman, 13 Dale Finucane. Interchange: 14 Tim Glasby, 15 Kenny Bromwich, 16 Christian Welch, 17 Joe Stimson, 18 Young Tonumaipea, 19 Tui Kamikamica, 20 Sam Kasiano, 21 Billy Walters

Players cut:

Late mail:

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PANTHERS V EELS

SUNDAY, 4.10PM (AEDT), PANTHERS STADIUM

Panthers: 1 Dylan Edwards, 2 Josh Mansour, 3 Waqa Blake, 4 Tyrone Peachey, 5 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 6 James Maloney, 7 Nathan Cleary, 8 James Tamou, 9 Peter Wallace (c), 10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 11 Viliame Kikau, 12 Isaah Yeo, 13 Trent Merrin. Interchange: 14 Corey Harawira-Naera, 15 Sam McKendry, 16 Moses Leota, 17 James Fisher-Harris, 18 Sione Katoa, 19 Tim Browne, 20 Christian Crichton, 21 Jarome Luai

Players cut:

Late mail: Penrith winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak looks almost certain to take his place against Parramatta on Sunday afternoon after his right ankle survived another tough training hitout.

- Christian Nicolussi

Eels: 1 Bevan French, 2 Josh Hoffman, 3 Michael Jennings, 4 Jarryd Hayne, 5 Kirisome Auva'a, 6 Corey Norman, 7 Mitchell Moses, 8 Daniel Alvaro, 9 Cameron King, 10 Tim Mannah (c), 11 Manu Ma'u, 12 Tepai Moeroa, 13 Nathan Brown. Interchange: 14 Beau Scott (c), 15 Brad Takairangi, 16 Suaia Matagi, 17 Kane Evans, 18 Will Smith, 19 Kenny Edwards, 20 David Gower, 21 Kaysa Pritchard

Players cut:

Late mail: The club has confirmed Clint Gutherson (ACL) won't be back until round eight.

TITANS V RAIDERS

SUNDAY, 6.30PM (AEDT), CBUS SUPER STADIUM

Titans: 1 Michael Gordon, 2 Anthony Don, 3 Dale Copley, 4 Konrad Hurrell, 5 Phillip Sami, 6 Kane Elgey, 7 Ashley Taylor, 8 Jai Arrow, 9 Nathan Peats, 10 Leilani Latu, 11 Kevin Proctor, 12 Ryan James (c), 13 Bryce Cartwright. Interchange: 14 Mitch Rein, 15 Max King, 16 Will Matthews, 17 Morgan Boyle, 18 Joe Greenwood, 19 Jai Whitbread, 20 Tyronne Roberts Davis, 21 Aj Brimson

Players cut:

Late mail: The Titans have two sessions to go but Jai Arrow (ribs), Kevin Proctor (throat) and Anthony Don (shoulder) are all on track to play.

Raiders: 1 Jack Wighton, 2 Nick Cotric, 3 Jarrod Croker (c), 4 Joseph Leilua, 5 Jordan Rapana, 6 Aidan Sezer, 7 Sam Williams, 8 Junior Paulo, 9 Siliva Havili, 10 Shannon Boyd, 11 Josh Papalii, 12 Joseph Tapine, 13 Elliott Whitehead. Interchange: 14 Blake Austin, 15 Luke Bateman, 16 Dunamis Lui, 17 Iosia Soliola, 18 Charlie Gubb, 19 Brad Abbey, 20 Royce Hunt, 21 Craig Garvey

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