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North Queensland Cowboys coach Neil Henry is confident he has enough quality depth in his squad to cover the loss of two starting forwards to suspension this week.

The Cowboys will be without prop James Tamou and second-rower Gavin Cooper for the match against Canberra, giving Ashton Sims and Scott Bolton their chance to return to the starting line-up.

Leeson Ah Mau and Ricky Thorby come on to the interchange bench, while Isaak Ah Mau (Leeson's older brother) will be the Cowboys' 18th man.

Henry said that while the enforced changes made it a "little bit difficult", it came at a time when playing stocks were in a reasonably healthy state.

"Depth-wise we're okay. It's disappointing to lose James (to a club-imposed suspension) as he has been strong up front, but we're about setting the standards here and that decision's been made."

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