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Knights halfback Trent Hodkinson.

The Newcastle Knights and Wests Tigers have finalised their line-ups for the Round 17 Telstra Premiership clash.

Trent Hodkinson and Joe Wardle join the Knights' starting backline with Brendan Elliot and Brock Lamb dropping out, while Sam Stone and Josh Starling take the final two spots on the bench.

James Tedesco is out for the Tigers with an ankle injury meaning Kevin Naiqama moves to fullback and Malakai Watene-Zelezniak comes in on the wing. Kyle Lovett is also out with Joel Edwards starting in the back row and Alex Twal joining the bench.

Knights
1 Nathan Ross
2 Ken Sio
3 Dane Gagai
4 Peter Mata'utia
15 Joe Wardle
20 Trent Hodkinson
7 Jaelen Feeney
8 Daniel Saifiti
9 Danny Levi
10 Josh King
11 Sione Mata'utia (c)
12 Lachlan Fitzgibbon
13 Mitchell Barnett

Interchange: 
14 Jamie Buhrer
17 Jacob Saifiti
19 Sam Stone
21 Josh Starling

Wests Tigers
5 Kevin Naiqama 
2 David Nofoaluma
3 Esan Marsters
4 Moses Suli
18 Malakai Watene Zelezniak 
6 Tuimoala Lolohea
7 Luke Brooks
8 Aaron Woods (c)
9 Jacob Liddle
10 Ava Seumanufagai
11 Sauaso Sue
20 Joel Edwards
13 Elijah Taylor

Interchange: 
14 Matthew Eisenhuth
16 Michael Chee-Kam
17 Matt McIlwrick
21 Alex Twal

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