Maligned halfback Chris Sandow will play his first NRL game for Parramatta since round 17 last year in the Eels’ clash with Penrith on Saturday.
Sandow was named in coach Brad Arthur’s side on Tuesday after impressing for Wentworthville in the NSW Cup.
Goalkicking woes dogged the Eels in their last minute round three loss against Manly on Sunday and Sandow’s recall will address that.
Luke Kelly has struggled to spark the Eels attack so far this season and he makes way for Sandow.
Sandow last played first grade for the Eels under former coach Ricky Stuart in their 50-10 thrashing to Manly on July 8 last year.
Peter Wallace (groin) returns for Penrith.
Meanwhile Souths coach Michael Maguire is punting on NRL rookie Apisai Koroisau to fill Issac Luke’s role at hooker, as the Kiwi No.9 faces an extended stint on the sidelines due to a shoulder injury.
Maguire named Koroisau on Tuesday to make his NRL debut against Canberra at ANZ Stadium on Sunday. The 21-year-old played four games for Fiji at last year’s World Cup.
Luke injured his shoulder in Souths’ 25-16 loss to Wests Tigers on Friday and is expected to miss up to 10 weeks.
George Burgess has been named as the Rabbitohs seek a downgrade on his grade two high tackle on James Tedesco at the judiciary on Wednesday.
Luke Burgess has been dropped with Kyle Turner, Kirisome Auva’a and Nathaniel Neale all named on an extended bench.
Greg Inglis is included in the Souths 17, after being knocked out against the Tigers.
Shaun Fensom returns from suspension to bolster Canberra.
Newcastle forward Korbin Sims moves onto the Knights bench in place of Alex McKinnon who broke his neck in the club’s loss to Melbourne on Monday.
Manly have named star playmaker Kieran Foran for Friday’s grand final rematch against premiers the Sydney Roosters. But the Kiwi representative admitted he was unlikely to play due to an ongoing calf complaint that ruled him out of Sunday’s last gasp win over Parramatta.
“I will see how it goes day to day but at the moment it is not looking good,” he said.
If Foran is out, Jamie Lyon will likely move to five-eighth and Tony Satini will come off the bench and play centre.
Liam Fulton has been left out of the Wests Tigers’s side to play the Warriors on Saturday after suffering his second concussion of the year against Souths.