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Round 15 NRL squad announcements

Official team lists, updates and injury news for the 15th round of the 2020 Telstra Premiership season.

Round 15 team lists

Eels v Storm, Thursday 7.50pm at Bankwest Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
    Fullback for Storm is number 1 Ryan Papenhuyzen
  • Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
    Winger for Storm is number 2 Sandor Earl
  • Centre for Eels is number 3 Michael Jennings
    Centre for Storm is number 3 Brenko Lee
  • Centre for Eels is number 4 Waqa Blake
    Centre for Storm is number 4 Justin Olam
  • Winger for Eels is number 5 Blake Ferguson
    Winger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
  • Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Dylan Brown
    Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Ryley Jacks
  • Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses
    Halfback for Storm is number 20 Cooper Johns

Forwards

  • Prop for Eels is number 8 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
    Prop for Storm is number 10 Christian Welch
  • Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
    Hooker for Storm is number 9 Brandon Smith
  • Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
    Prop for Storm is number 17 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
    2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Ryan Matterson
    2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
  • Lock for Eels is number 13 Nathan Brown
    Lock for Storm is number 13 Tino Faasuamaleaui

Interchange

  • Interchange for Eels is number 14 Ray Stone
    Interchange for Storm is number 14 Nicho Hynes
  • Interchange for Eels is number 15 Marata Niukore
    Interchange for Storm is number 15 Tom Eisenhuth
  • Interchange for Eels is number 16 Kane Evans
    Interchange for Storm is number 16 Albert Vete
  • Interchange for Eels is number 17 Oregon Kaufusi
    Interchange for Storm is number 21 Darryn Schonig

Eels: The Eels will line up 1-17 and are unchanged from last week as they seek to right the ship after the surprise loss to St George Illawarra. Prop Junior Paulo will be fine after a leg niggle. The Storm have outscored the Eels 96-10 in their past two clashes.

Will Smith and Brad Takairangi were omitted from the extended squad 24 hours before kick-off.

Andrew Davey and Haze Dunster were the final cuts an hour before game time.

Storm: With prop Jesse Bromwich suspended, Nelson Asofa-Solomona comes into the starting side and Darryn Schonig is promoted to the bench.

Jahrome Hughes was ruled out on Wednesday with a groin injury and his place is taken by Cooper Johns, who will make his NRL debut.

Sandor Earl replaces Suliasi Vunivalu (broken jaw) on the wing and Tino Fa'asuamaleaui starts at lock for Dale Finucane (calf), with Albert Vete joining the bench.

Marion Seve and Chris Lewis were the last two cut an hour before kick-off.

Winger Josh Addo-Carr has scored five tries in his past four games against the Eels.

Panthers v Sharks, Friday 6pm at Panthers Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan Edwards
    Fullback for Sharks is number 1 William Kennedy
  • Winger for Panthers is number 2 Josh Mansour
    Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sione Katoa
  • Centre for Panthers is number 3 Tyrone May
    Centre for Sharks is number 3 Josh Dugan
  • Centre for Panthers is number 4 Stephen Crichton
    Centre for Sharks is number 4 Jesse Ramien
  • Winger for Panthers is number 5 Brent Naden
    Winger for Sharks is number 5 Ronaldo Mulitalo
  • Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jarome Luai
    Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Matt Moylan
  • Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary
    Halfback for Sharks is number 20 Braydon Trindall

Forwards

  • Prop for Panthers is number 8 James Tamou
    Prop for Sharks is number 10 Aaron Woods
  • Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Apisai Koroisau
    Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Blayke Brailey
  • Prop for Panthers is number 10 James Fisher-Harris
    Prop for Sharks is number 13 Toby Rudolf
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Viliame Kikau
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Siosifa Talakai
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Liam Martin
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Wade Graham
  • Lock for Panthers is number 13 Isaah Yeo
    Lock for Sharks is number 15 Scott Sorensen

Interchange

  • Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Daine Laurie
    Interchange for Sharks is number 8 Braden Hamlin-Uele
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Spencer Leniu
    Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Connor Tracey
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Moses Leota
    Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Jack Williams
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Zane Tetevano
    Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Royce Hunt

Panthers: Penrith will start 1-17 after Mitch Kenny and Billy Burns were the last two players omitted from the squad. Brian To'o's return from an ankle injury delayed at least another week. 

To'o and Matt Burton were omitted from the extended squad 24 hours before kick-off. The Panthers have scored the first try in 13 consecutive games.

Sharks: In big news for the Sharks, halfback Shaun Johnson - who had been battling a groin injury - is out, with Braydon Trindall (No.20) to start at halfback. Johnson and Teig Wilton were the two players left out an hour before the match.

In late positional changes, Toby Rudolf will start at prop, Scott Sorensen at lock and Braden Hamlin-Uele from the interchange bench.

Briton Nikora and Bryson Goodwin dropped off the reserves list on Thursday night. Winger Sione Katoa has scored the most tries by a Sharks player (13) after 14 rounds since Andrew Ettingshausen in 1988.

Broncos v Dragons, Friday 7.55pm at Suncorp Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Darius Boyd
    Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Matthew Dufty
  • Winger for Broncos is number 2 Richard Kennar
    Winger for Dragons is number 2 Jordan Pereira
  • Centre for Broncos is number 3 Kotoni Staggs
    Centre for Dragons is number 3 Euan Aitken
  • Centre for Broncos is number 4 Jordan Kahu
    Centre for Dragons is number 4 Zac Lomax
  • Winger for Broncos is number 5 Herbie Farnworth
    Winger for Dragons is number 5 Mikaele Ravalawa
  • Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Anthony Milford
    Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Corey Norman
  • Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Tom Dearden
    Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Adam Clune

Forwards

  • Prop for Broncos is number 8 Joe Ofahengaue
    Prop for Dragons is number 8 Blake Lawrie
  • Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Issac Luke
    Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Ben Hunt
  • Prop for Broncos is number 10 Rhys Kennedy
    Prop for Dragons is number 10 Josh Kerr
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 David Fifita
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Tyson Frizell
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Ben Te'o
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 14 Jacob Host
  • Lock for Broncos is number 13 Patrick Carrigan
    Lock for Dragons is number 13 Cameron McInnes

Interchange

  • Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Cory Paix
    Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Kaide Ellis
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 15 Jordan Riki
    Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Korbin Sims
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Ethan Bullemor
    Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Paul Vaughan
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Jamil Hopoate
    Interchange for Dragons is number 18 Trent Merrin

Broncos: The Broncos are 1-17. With Payne Haas suspended and Tom Flegler out with a shoulder injury, Joe Ofahengaue and Rhys Kennedy form a new front-row pairing. Anthony Milford returns from a hamstring injury in the halves with Brodie Croft dropped. Jordan Kahu replaces Jesse Arthars in the backline with Herbie Farnworth shifting to wing.

Issac Luke starts at hooker for Jake Turpin, who has a broken hand. Ethan Bullemor and Jamil Hopoate are the new faces on the bench. Fullback Darius Boyd has a 25 percent winning record against the Dragons.

Sean O'Sullivan and Croft were omitted from the reserves list 24 hours before kick-off. Jesse Arthars and Pride Patterson-Robati were cut an hour before game time.

Dragons: Interim head coach Dean Young was forced to rejig his first team sheet after second-rower Tyrell Fuimaono was suspended by the judiciary on Tuesday night. Jacob Host moves from the bench into the starting side and Trent Merrin comes onto the interchange. 

Star prop Paul Vaughan has been recalled after his quarantine period ended for a COVID breach, taking Tristan Sailor's bench spot. The Dragons have won their past three games against the Broncos.

Eddie Blacker was cut from the reserves 24 hours before kick-off while Sailor and Brayden Wiliame were the last two omitted an hour before game time.

Titans v Raiders, Saturday 3pm at Cbus Super Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Titans is number 1 Alexander Brimson
    Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
  • Winger for Titans is number 5 Phillip Sami
    Winger for Raiders is number 2 Jordan Rapana
  • Centre for Titans is number 3 Brian Kelly
    Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
  • Centre for Titans is number 4 Young Tonumaipea
    Centre for Raiders is number 4 Curtis Scott
  • Winger for Titans is number 18 Corey Thompson
    Winger for Raiders is number 5 Nick Cotric
  • Five-Eighth for Titans is number 19 Tanah Boyd
    Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
  • Halfback for Titans is number 7 Jamal Fogarty
    Halfback for Raiders is number 7 George Williams

Forwards

  • Prop for Titans is number 8 Jarrod Wallace
    Prop for Raiders is number 15 Joseph Tapine
  • Hooker for Titans is number 9 Nathan Peats
    Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Siliva Havili
  • Prop for Titans is number 10 Jaimin Jolliffe
    Prop for Raiders is number 16 Ryan Sutton
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Keegan Hipgrave
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 John Bateman
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 17 Sam Stone
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
  • Lock for Titans is number 13 Moeaki Fotuaika
    Lock for Raiders is number 17 Corey Harawira-Naera

Interchange

  • Interchange for Titans is number 14 Tyrone Peachey
    Interchange for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
  • Interchange for Titans is number 15 Sam Lisone
    Interchange for Raiders is number 10 Dunamis Lui
  • Interchange for Titans is number 16 Beau Fermor
    Interchange for Raiders is number 13 Hudson Young
  • Interchange for Titans is number 20 Jai Whitbread
    Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Tom Starling

Titans: Ash Taylor (quad) has been replaced at five-eighth by Tanah Boyd. With skipper Kevin Proctor suspended for biting, Sam Stone has been called up to the second row. Jai Whitbread has been called onto Stone's interchange spot. Halfback Jamal Fogarty will captain the team for the first time.

Winger Anthony Don (rib cartilage) is out for a second straight week, replaced by Corey Thompson, but Phillip Sami is on track to return from his knee injury. Young Tonumaipea has shifted to centre for Dale Copley, who has been sidelined long term with a pectoral tear. 

With Jai Arrow (shoulder) out, Jarrod Wallace is starting at prop with Moeaki Fotuaika shifting to lock. Erin Clark dropped out of the squad on game day. The Titans have not defeated a top-eight team in over 12 months.

Raiders: Ryan Sutton, Joseph Tapine and Corey Harawira-Naera start in the forward pack with Dunamis Lui, Josh Papalii and Hudson Young to come off the bench. Lui will make his 150th NRL appearance.

Harley Smith-Shields and Matt Frawley dropped off the reserves list an hour before kick-off while Sam Williams and Kai O'Donnell were omitted from the squad on Friday.

Wests Tigers v Roosters, Saturday 5.30pm at Leichhardt Oval

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam Doueihi
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Matt Ikuvalu
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph Leilua
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Josh Morris
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses Mbye
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy Talau
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Brett Morris
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Luke Brooks
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Drew Hutchison
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Benji Marshall
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Kyle Flanagan

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Jake Friend
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Russell Packer
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Sitili Tupouniua
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Nat Butcher
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Isaac Liu

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Elijah Taylor
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Freddy Lussick
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Josh Reynolds
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Poasa Faamausili
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Alex Twal
    Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Daniel Fifita
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 19 Thomas Mikaele
    Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Lindsay Collins

Wests Tigers: Alex Twal and Thomas Mikaele move from the reserves to the interchange, with Sam McIntyre and Chris Lawrence omitted an hour before kick-off after Alex Seyfarth and Asu Kepaoa dropped out of the squad on Friday. Halfback Benji Marshall battled a minor ankle complaint last week but is fine. Tigers second-rower Luciano Leilua has scored four tries in three games at Leichhardt Oval.

Roosters: Brett Morris and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves are set to return from injury in place of Christian Tuipulotu and Mitch Aubusson (fractured wrist) with Nat Butcher shifting to the second row.

Lachlan Lam (ankle) and Luke Keary (ribs) are out with Drew Hutchison and Kyle Flanagan forming a new halves pairing. Freddy Lussick debuts on the bench. Ryan Hall and Max Bailey dropped off the reserves list on game day after Egan Butcher and Sam Walker were the two players left out 24 hours before the match. Robinson will reach the milestone of 200 games as Roosters coach.

Rabbitohs v Sea Eagles, Saturday 7.35pm at ANZ Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Latrell Mitchell
    Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Reuben Garrick
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Alex Johnston
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jorge Taufua
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Campbell Graham
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Brad Parker
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 22 Steven Marsters
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Moses Suli
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Jaxson Paulo
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Tevita Funa
  • Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody Walker
    Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Cade Cust
  • Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam Reynolds
    Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans

Forwards

  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Tevita Tatola
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Taniela Paseka
  • Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
    Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Danny Levi
  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Thomas Burgess
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 21 Addin Fonua-Blake
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Jaydn Su'A
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Curtis Sironen
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Bayley Sironen
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 15 Corey Waddell
  • Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron Murray
    Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic

Interchange

  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Mark Nicholls
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Keaon Koloamatangi
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Lachlan Croker
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Patrick Mago
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Sean Keppie
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 21 Kurt Dillon
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 20 Jack Gosiewski

Rabbitohs: A late change with Dane Gagai out of the side and his place in the centres taken by Steven Marsters, who came into the squad when the club was given an exemption to bring him into the squad for Jack Johns.

Bayley Sironen has been named to start in the second row in place of the suspended Liam Knight despite being hampered by a leg injury last week.

Corey Allan and Troy Dargan were the two players omitted the day before the game and Jed Cartwright was cut an hour before game time.

Rabbitohs winger Alex Johnston has scored 47 tries in 58 games at ANZ Stadium.

Sea Eagles: Addin Fonua-Blake passed his Friday fitness test and will make an early return from a knee injury in the front row in jersey No.21. Martin Taupau will revert to the bench and Haumole Olakau'atu drops out.

Joel Thompson won't play after having battled a gruesome tongue injury all week. Corey Waddell takes his spot in the starting side. An ACL injury to stand-in fullback Brendan Elliot means Reuben Garrick returns to the back with Jorge Taufua recalled on the wing. Thompson and Morgan Boyle were the two players left out 24 hours before the match.

Cade Cust will play despite some bumps last week, while Jack Gosiewski, who also copped some bruises, is on the bench. Jake Trbojevic has lost all eight NRL games at ANZ Stadium.

Bulldogs v Warriors, Sunday 2pm at ANZ Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Will Hopoate
    Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Nick Meaney
    Winger for Warriors is number 2 Adam Pompey
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Tim Lafai
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Hayze Perham
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Kerrod Holland
    Centre for Warriors is number 4 Peta Hiku
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Reimis Smith
    Winger for Warriors is number 5 George Jennings
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Kieran Foran
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi Nikorima
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Jack Cogger
    Halfback for Warriors is number 18 Paul Turner

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Ofahiki Ogden
    Prop for Warriors is number 8 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
    Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Karl Lawton
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Aiden Tolman
    Prop for Warriors is number 10 Lachlan Burr
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Matt Doorey
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Isaiah Papali'i
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Josh Jackson
    Lock for Warriors is number 13 Jazz Tevaga

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Sione Katoa
    Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Wayde Egan
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Luke Thompson
    Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Adam Blair
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Sauaso Sue
    Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Daniel Alvaro
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Jake Averillo
    Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Jack Murchie

Bulldogs: Canterbury will start 1-17 after Renouf To'omaga and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak were the last two players dropped from the squad. Will Hopoate is set to return from injury at fullback with Nick Meaney shifting to wing and Marcelo Montoya out. Hooker Jeremy Marshall-King, prop Aiden Tolman and round 14 debutant Matt Doorey all move into the run-on side with Sione Katoa and Luke Thompson to the bench, Josh Jackson at lock and Dylan Napa suspended.

Jake Averillo returns on the interchange. Chris Smith and Lachlan Lewis were omitted from the reserves list 24 hours before kick-off. The Bulldogs have conceded 70 points in their past two games.

Warriors: Paul Turner will make his NRL debut at halfback in changes announced an hour before kick-off. The absence of Chanel Harris-Tavita (concussion) created the opening in the starting side. After Harris-Tavita and Tom Ale also dropped out of the extended squad on Saturday, Josh Curran and Gerard Beale were the two men left out an hour before kick-off.

Hayze Perham gets his first game since round four, pushing Adam Pompey to wing with Patrick Herbert out. Eliesa Katoa is suspended, with Isaiah Papali'i in the second row. The Warriors have lost six of their past seven games at ANZ Stadium.

Knights v Cowboys, Sunday 4.05pm at McDonald Jones Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Knights is number 1 Kalyn Ponga
    Fullback for Cowboys is number 1 Scott Drinkwater
  • Winger for Knights is number 2 Starford To'a
    Winger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle Feldt
  • Centre for Knights is number 3 Enari Tuala
    Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Tom Opacic
  • Centre for Knights is number 4 Gehamat Shibasaki
    Centre for Cowboys is number 22 Justin O'Neill
  • Winger for Knights is number 5 Hymel Hunt
    Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
  • Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Blake Green
    Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Ben Hampton
  • Halfback for Knights is number 7 Mitchell Pearce
    Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Michael Morgan

Forwards

  • Prop for Knights is number 8 David Klemmer
    Prop for Cowboys is number 8 Josh McGuire
  • Hooker for Knights is number 9 Kurt Mann
    Hooker for Cowboys is number 14 Reuben Cotter
  • Prop for Knights is number 10 Jacob Saifiti
    Prop for Cowboys is number 10 Jordan McLean
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon
    2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Mitchell Dunn
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Aidan Guerra
    2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Coen Hess
  • Lock for Knights is number 13 Mitchell Barnett
    Lock for Cowboys is number 13 Jason Taumalolo

Interchange

  • Interchange for Knights is number 14 Phoenix Crossland
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 15 John Asiata
  • Interchange for Knights is number 15 Herman Ese'ese
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 17 Francis Molo
  • Interchange for Knights is number 16 Josh King
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 20 Corey Jensen
  • Interchange for Knights is number 17 Pasami Saulo
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 21 Jake Granville

Knights: Newcastle will start 1-17 after Brodie Jones and Tex Hoy were left out an hour before kick-off. Daniel Saifiti has succumbed to another knee injury with his brother Jacob to start at prop and Pasami Saulo returning on the bench. The Knights have won five of their past seven games on home soil.

Chris Randall and Jirah Momoisea were dropped off the extended bench 24 hours before kick-off.

Cowboys: Reece Robson (hamstring) and Emry Pere (back) are out, with Justin O'Neill replacing Connelly Lemuelu at centre, Reuben Cotter at hooker and Jake Granville and Corey Jensen joining the bench. Shane Wright and Jake Clifford were the two players omitted an hour before the match. The Cowboys have won five of their past six games against the Knights.