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Team Tips, Round 23, ins and outs, team selections, Mitchell Moses, return, Eels, Latrell Mitchell injury, Campbell Graham return, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dylan Edwards fitness

Eels coach Brad Arthur has revealed star halfback Mitch Moses is “a good chance” of returning from a finger injury this week.

Meanwhile, there’s mixed messages surrounding the fitness of Latrell Mitchell after he left training early with a groin complaint.

The Panthers could be set for a huge fullback boost and Titans coach Justin Holbrook has a big headache on his hands with a young gun itching for a return.

Read on for all the NRL Team Tips for Round 23.

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THURSDAY AUGUST 18

South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Penrith Panthers at Accor Stadium, 7.50pm AEDT

Last week’s Rabbitohs team: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Jaxson Paulo 4. Isaiah Tass 5. Izaac Thompson 6. Cody Walker 19. Dean Hawkins 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Hame Sele 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Siliva Havili 17. Davvy Moale 18. Taane Milne

Team Tips: Latrell Mitchell left training early on Monday with his right groin iced according to the SMH. The star fullback was said to have immediately consulted club medical staff before taking no further part. Coach Jason Demetriou said his marquee man was “just resting” due to the back-to-back short turnarounds. “We’ve got back-to-back short turnarounds, he had his biggest numbers for the season on the weekend (against Parramatta) in terms of running loads, so we’re just resting him up,” Demetriou said. “He got through the main stuff defensively that we wanted him to get through. It wasn’t worth risking him. He’s tight there (in the groin), and when they’re tight we won’t push it.” Mitchell suggested he would miss the grand final rematch, saying in an Instagram comment that the “Ferrari in tha (sic) garage,” however News Corp journalist Phil Rothfield told NRL 360 that he received a message from Mitchell’s manager, Mat Rose, who said he is “OK.” Meanwhile, young gun Lachlan Ilias is a strong chance of returning after suffering a hamstring injury in training last week. Fox Sports News’ Cody Kaye revealed Ilias has been “moving freely” and is expected to play.

Demetriou praised Dean Hawkins who filled in at halfback and Souths could opt to rest their key playmaker for another week. Star centre Campbell Graham will also return from a facial injury according to the SMH, after completing training in his preferred position. Tom Burgess will also return after suffering a groin injury and could displace Mark Nicholls or Davvy Moale off the bench.

Last week’s Panthers team: 18. Charlie Staines 5. Brian To’o 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 17. Sunia Turuva 6. Jaeman Salmon 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Matt Eisenhuth 12. Liam Martin 22. Viliame Kikau 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 20. Robert Jennings

Team Tips: Coach Ivan Cleary revealed star fullback Dylan Edwards wanted to play against the Storm in Round 22, but he didn’t believe it was worth the risk. Edwards is a chance to return while Liam Martin is set for a sideline stint after suffering an ankle injury. Chris Smith will likely come into the starting side from reserve grade. Taylan May is also unlikely to return.

FRIDAY AUGUST 19

North Queensland Cowboys vs Warriors at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, 6.00pm AEDT

Last week’s Cowboys team: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Coen Hess 9. Reece Robson 10. Reuben Cotter 11. Tom Gilbert 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Jordan McLean 15. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 16. Luciano Leilua 17. Griffin Neame

Team Tips: Star winger Kyle Feldt is due to return from a hamstring injury, likely shifting Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow back to the bench and Jamayne Taunoa-Brown from the starting 17.

Last week’s Warriors team: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Viliami Vailea 4. Marcelo Montoya 5. Edward Kosi 6. Daejarn Asi 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Tohu Harris 11. Euan Aitken 12. Jack Murchie 15. Bunty Afoa 13. Josh Curran 14. Freddy Lussick 16. Eliesa Katoa 22. Tom Ale

Team Tips: Interim head coach Stacey Jones revealed he was pleased with Daejarn Asi’s performance in the halves in Round 22 and the young gun will likely remain. But Chanel Harris-Tavita is due to return from a knee injury. The 23-year-old will likely slot into the utility role, shifting Freddy Lussick off the bench. Aaron Pene and Jesse Arthars are also due to return, potentially shifting Viliami Vailea or Marcelo Montoya out of the side and Tom Ale off the bench.

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Brisbane Broncos vs Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium, 7.55pm AEDT

Last week’s Broncos team: 1. Te Maire Martin 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 21. Delouise Hoeter 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Ezra Mam 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Flegler 9. Billy Walters 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Riki 19. Ryan James 13. Kobe Hetherington 14. Jake Turpin 15. Rhys Kennedy 16. Corey Jensen

Team Tips: Playmaker Albert Kelly is due to return from a Lisfranc injury but will unlikely break into the starting side due to young gun Ezra Mam’s form. Meanwhile, Teui Robati may be a chance to slot onto the bench returning from an arm injury.

Last week’s Storm team: 1. Nick Meaney 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Xavier Coates 6. Cameron Munster 7. Cooper Johns 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Harry Grant 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 12. Kenny Bromwich 15. Tui Kamikamica 14. Brandon Smith 11. Tom Eisenhuth 13. Josh King 16. Chris Lewis 17. Tyran Wishart

Team Tips: Craig Bellamy revealed Jahrome Hughes is eager to return but Storm medical staff may keep him on ice for another week due to a shoulder injury. Felise Kaufusi may also return after taking a week off following the death of his father. If Kaufusi returns he will likely shift Tom Eisenhuth back to the bench. Bellamy also revealed he is planning to deploy marquee player Cameron Munster at fullback dependent on the opposition. Therefore, expect Nick Meaney to be named in the No.1 jersey and the pair swap dependent on the situation.

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SATURDAY AUGUST 20

Parramatta Eels vs Canterbury Bulldogs at CommBank Stadium, 3.00pm AEDT

Last week’s Eels team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Tom Opacic 5. Waqa Blake 6. Dylan Brown 7. Jakob Arthur 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali’i 13. Ryan Matterson 14. Ofahiki Ogden 15. Bryce Cartwright 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Marata Niukore

Team Tips: In a huge boost for the Eels, coach Brad Arthur told NRL 360 that Mitchell Moses is pushing for a return from a finger injury this week. “He trained today and I’ll be naming him in the team,” Arthur said. “He needs to get through everything this week, but he’s a real good chance. I probably won’t be able to confirm that until after our last session, but he’s keen and confident in getting himself right to play.” Bailey Simonsson is also a chance of returning from a hamstring injury, likely pushing Waqa Blake to centre and Tom Opacic out of the side.

Last week’s Bulldogs team: 1. Jake Averillo 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Aaron Schoupp 4. Braidon Burns 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Max King 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Jackson 16. Harrison Edwards 13. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 12. Jackson Topine 14. Zach Dockar-Clay 15. Joe Stimson 17. Chris Patolo

Team Tips: Tevita Pangai Junior is a chance of returning after taking personal leave in Round 22, which will likely see Chris Patolo or Harrison Edwards drop out of the team.

Manly Sea Eagles vs Cronulla Sharks at 4 Pines Park, 5.30pm AEDT

Last week’s Sea Eagles team: 1. Reuben Garrick 2. Jason Saab 20. Brad Parker 4. Tolutau Koula 5. Christian Tuipulotu 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 17. Josh Aloiai 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Andrew Davey 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Dylan Walker 8. Toafofoa Sipley 15. Ben Trbojevic 18. Josh Schuster

Team Tips: Front row enforcer Sean Keppie is due to return from a shoulder injury, likely shifting Martin Taupau from the starting side and Josh Schuster from the starting 17. Meanwhile, Jason Saab’s knee injury could end his season, meaning Morgan Harper or Alfred Smalley could take up a spot on the wing.

Last week’s Sharks team: 1. Kade Dykes 2. Lachlan Miller 3. Jesse Ramien 22. Matt Ikuvalu 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Braydon Trindall 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 19. Royce Hunt 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Dale Finucane 10. Braden Hamlin-Uele 14. Teig Wilton 15. Cameron McInnes 21. Jesse Colquhoun

Team Tips: Gun playmaker Matt Moylan is due to return from a quad injury in a straight swap for Braydon Trindall. Meanwhile, star centre Siosifa Talakai is a chance to be fit after pulling out of his side’s Round 22 clash late with a shoulder niggle. if he returns, Talakai will take the place of Matt Ikuvalu, while Connor Tracey’s return could see Lachlan Miller drop out of the 17.

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Sydney Roosters vs Wests Tigers at Sydney Cricket Stadium, 7.35pm AEDT

Last week’s Roosters team: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph Suaalii 6. Luke Keary 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Matthew Lodge 11. Angus Crichton 12. Nat Butcher 13. Victor Radley 14. Connor Watson 15. Egan Butcher 16. Drew Hutchison 17. Terrell May

Team Tips: Star prop Lindsay Collins is due to return from concussion protocols, shifting Matt Lodge from the starting side and Terrell May off the bench. Siosiua Taukeiaho could also return from a facial injury, likely shifting Jared Waerea-Hargreaves to the bench in place of Egan Butcher.

Last week’s Tigers team: 1. Daine Laurie 2. Brent Naden 3. James Roberts 4. Asu Kepaoa 5. Starford To’a 6. Adam Doueihi 7. Jock Madden 8. James Tamou 9. Fa’amanu Brown 10. Zane Musgrove 12. Kelma Tuilagi 18. Luke Garner 13. Joe Ofahengaue 14. Fonua Pole 15. Austin Dias 16. Thomas Freebairn 17. Tyrone Peachey

Team Tips: Luke Brooks is nearing a return from a calf injury but will likely be given another week to prove his fitness after a calf injury.

SUNDAY AUGUST 21

St George Illawarra Dragons vs Gold Coast Titans at Wollongong Stadium, 2.00pm AEDT

Last week’s Dragons team: 21. Cody Ramsey 2. Mathew Feagai 1. Moses Mbye 4. Zac Lomax 5. Tautau Moga 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 8. Jack de Belin 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Josh Mcguire 12. Jaydn Su’A 3. Jack Bird 13. Michael Molo 15. Aaron Woods 16. Tyrell Fuimaono 17. Billy Burns

Team Tips: Young gun Jayden Sullivan could return from a shoulder injury, likely slotting into the utility role on the bench in place of Billy Burns.

Last week’s Titans team: 1. Jayden Campbell 2. Sosefo Fifita 3. Phillip Sami 4. Brian Kelly 5. Patrick Herbert 6. AJ Brimson 7. Tanah Boyd 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 9. Erin Clark 22. Jarrod Wallace 11. David Fifita 12. Beau Fermor 13. Isaac Liu 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 14. Greg Marzhew 15. Herman Ese’ese 17. Sam McIntyre

Team Tips: Skipper Tino Fa’asuamaleaui will return after missing his side’s Round 21 win due to the birth of his daughter. Jarrod Wallace is the likely man to make way. Coach Justin Holbrook has a big call on his hands with the pairing of AJ Brimson and Tanah Boyd firing in Toby Sexton’s absence. Expect the Gold Coast spine to remain the same after a rout of the Sea Eagles.

Newcastle Knights vs Canberra Raiders at McDonald Jones Stadium, 4.05pm AEDT

Last week’s Knights team: 1. Tex Hoy 2. Enari Tuala 3. Dane Gagai 4. Bradman Best 5. Dominic Young 6. Anthony Milford 7. Adam Clune 15. Jacob Saifiti 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Brodie Jones 13. Mathew Croker 14. Phoenix Crossland 16. Pasami Saulo 17. Simi Sasagi 19. Sauaso Sue

Team Tips: David Klemmer is a strong chance of returning after being ruled out, flaring up an old knee injury. Sauaso Sue will likely make way from the starting 17. Meanwhile, Chris Randall could slot onto the bench in place of Phoenix Crossland, returning from an ankle injury.

Last week’s Raiders team: 1. Xavier Savage 2. Albert Hopoate 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Zac Woolford 10. Emre Guler 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Adam Elliott 14. Tom Starling 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Corey Harawira-Naera

Team Tips: Elliott Whitehead escaped charge for an awkward tackle on Dragons prop Blake Lawrie. Star prop Joseph Tapine is “a chance” to return according to Raiders assistant Brett White is the post-match press conference.

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