Brisbane Broncos winger Jharal Yow Yeh will continue his slow and steady comeback towards NRL football with feeder club Norths Devils in Round 2 of the Intrust Super Cup.
Many thought the 24-year-old would never return to the football field after sustaining a sickening compound fracture of the ankle against South Sydney in Round 4, 2012.
However, he has shown remarkable character and resilience to battle his way through 10 rounds of surgery and countless hours of rehab and will look to use the Intrust Super Cup as a stepping stone back into the Broncos side.
Yow Yeh returned to the playing field in the FOGS Cup last April with the Devils and although he has lost some of his noted speed and agility as a result of his injury, which may eventually see him shift to the centres or back row later in his career, he’ll line up wearing his familiar No.5 jersey on Sunday.
Norths are looking to build upon last weekend’s 22-16 win over Ipswich when they welcome the Burleigh Bears to Bishop Park.
Another winger looking to fight for his place back in the NRL is the Gold Coast Titans’ Steve Michaels, who will appear for Burleigh and could line up opposite Yow Yeh.
Burleigh has also named Titans Anthony Don, Siuatonga Likiliki, Matthew Beddow and Mark Ioane as they chase another two points after accounting for the Central Capras 36-24 in Round 1.
Souths Logan Magpies will play their first match of the ISC season against the Sunshine Coast Falcons after receiving a bye in week one.
Magpies coach Josh Hannay has named four players from the Canberra Raiders with hooker Mitch Cronin, prop Sam Mataora, five-eighth Jack Ahearn and former Titans winger Jordan Rapana all travelling north to take on Ivan Henjak’s men.
The Mackay Cutters travel even further north than the Magpies; in fact, they’ll need to pack their passports, as they head to the jungle surrounds of Kalabond Oval at Kokopo in Papua New Guinea to take on the Hunters.
Coming off an impressive 24-18 debut win against the Redcliffe Dolphins in Round 1, the Hunters have made one change for their first game at home with Joe Bruno moving into the front row at the expense of Gonzela Urakusie.
Mackay have named three North Queensland Cowboys in their side with Anthony Mitchell, Sam Hoare and John Asiata all looking to lasso the Hunters.
There are a further five Cowboys in action this weekend for Northern Pride with Ricky Thorby, Javid Bowen, Ethan Lowe, Cameron King and Matt Wright all poised to play against the Capras in Rockhampton.
For the full list of Round 2 Intrust Super Cup teams click here.