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Eels rookie Bevan French was the 2016 Downer Auckland Nines top try scorer with eight tries.

The Newcastle Knights and Parramatta Eels have both made team changes ahead of Monday night's clash at Hunter Stadium.

For Newcastle, Tyler Randell, Josh King and Korbin Sims move into the starting pack, with Danny Levi and Daniel Saifiti dropping back to the bench and Jeremy Smith ruled out through injury. Lachlan Fitzgibbon gets the final bench spot.

The Eels have made some changes too with Daniel Alvaro replacing Junior Paulo at prop, while Vai Toutai is out of the backline with Bevan French making his debut on the wing.

Newcastle Knights
1 Jake Mamo
2 Cory Denniss
3 Sione Mata'utia
4 Nathan Ross
5 Akuila Uate
6 Jaelen Feeney
7 Trent Hodkinson
8 Sam Mataora
14 Tyler Randell
16 Joshua King
11 Tariq Sims
12 Pauli Pauli
15 Korbin Sims
9 Danny Levi
10 Daniel Saifiti
17 Mickey Paea
20 Lachlan Fitzgibbon
Parramatta Eels
1 Michael Gordon
2 Semi Radradra
5 Clinton Gutherson
4 Bradley Takairangi
19 Bevan French
6 Corey Norman
7 Kieran Foran
18 Daniel Alvaro
9 Isaac De Gois
10 Danny Wicks
11 Manu Ma'u
12 Beau Scott
13 Tepai Moeroa
14 Kaysa Pritchard
15 Peni Terepo
16 David Gower
17 Kenneth Edwards

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