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NRL Late Mail: Souths flyer’s injury plunges backline into turmoil; Raiders make changes

South Sydney star Campbell Graham is out of his side’s finals clash with Penrith.
South Sydney star Campbell Graham is out of his side’s finals clash with Penrith.

Storm star Dale Finucane will return from a calf injury in time for the preliminary final.

Meanwhile, Raiders forward Ryan Sutton has failed to return from a knee injury and they have made other late switches.

Read on for all of the late mail ahead of this weekend’s preliminary finals.

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Prelim finals: INs and OUTs

Prelim finals: INs and OUTs

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FRIDAY

Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders at Suncorp Stadium, 7.50pm AEDT

Melbourne Storm team: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Brenko Lee 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 17. Nicholas Hynes 18. Dale Finucane

Players cut: 16. Tom Eisenhuth 19. Paul Momirovski 20. Ryley Jacks 21. Chris Lewis

Canberra Raiders team: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Semi Valemi 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Jordan Rapana 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papalii 14. Siliva Havili 16. Hudson Young 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine 9. Tom Starling 10. Iosia Soliola 15. Dunamis Lui 17. Corey Harawira-Naera

Players cut: 20. Ryan Sutton 21. Michael Oldfield 18. Sam Williams 19. Matthew Timoko

Late Mail: Storm Lock Dale Finucane (calf) has been sidelined since Round 14, but is going to return in place of Tom Eisenhuth. Canberra have Siliva Havili starting alongside Hudson Young with Tom Starling and Iosia Soliola back to the bench.

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SATURDAY

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

Penrith Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Brent Naden 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Moses Leota 17. Zane Tetevano 18. Mitch Kenny 20. Matt Burton

Players cut: 19. Dean Whare 21. Jack Hetherington

South Sydney Rabbitohs team: 1. Corey Allan 2. Alex Johnston 16. Jed Cartwright 4. Dane Gagai 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’A 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Cameron Murray 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Liam Knight 17. Keaon Koloamatangi 19. Hame Sele 20. Troy Dargan 21. Patrick Mago

Players cut: 3. Campbell Graham 18. Steven Marsters

Late Mail: The Panthers have replaced suspended forward Viliame Kikau with Kurt Capewell, which brings Specer Leniu onto the bench. For the Rabbitohs Jaydn Su’A is expected to start after overcoming a knee injury suffered against the Eels. Campbell Graham came off early against the Eels and is out for the Rabbitohs after failing a fitness test due to a groin complaint. Jed Cartwright is expected to start with Steven Marsters cut from the squad.

Campbell Graham (groin) OUT for Rabbitohs. Jed Cartwright to start. #NRL

— Travis Meyn (@travismeyn) October 16, 2020

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