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Official team lists, updates and injury news for the 19th round of the 2020 Telstra Premiership season.

Round 19 teams lists

Rabbitohs v Bulldogs, Thursday 7.50pm at ANZ Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Corey Allan
    Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Will Hopoate
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Alex Johnston
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Campbell Graham
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Reimis Smith
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Steven Marsters
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Tim Lafai
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Jaxson Paulo
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Jayden Okunbor
  • Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody Walker
    Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Jake Averillo
  • Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam Reynolds
    Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Lachlan Lewis

Forwards

  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Liam Knight
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Aiden Tolman
  • Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
    Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Thomas Burgess
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Luke Thompson
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Jaydn Su'A
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Josh Jackson
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Bayley Sironen
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
  • Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron Murray
    Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Chris Smith

Interchange

  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Mark Nicholls
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Brandon Wakeham
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Jed Cartwright
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Renouf To'omaga
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Hame Sele
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Sione Katoa
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Keaon Koloamatangi
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Sauaso Sue

Rabbitohs: The Rabbitohs are 1-17. Jaxson Paulo will return on the wing for the suspended Dane Gagai and Hame Sele has replaced Patrick Mago on the bench. Prop Junior Tatola has been named on the extended bench after missing last round with a knee injury but he was cut from the squad on Wednesday along with Cory Denniss.

Five-eighth Cody Walker will play despite a leg niggle last week. Troy Dargan, who stepped into the halves when Walker was suspended earlier this season, was named in the reserves and cut an hour before kick-off along with Mago. 

The Rabbitohs have won five of their past six games against the Bulldogs.

Bulldogs: The Bulldogs are 1-17. Tim Lafai has returned at centre with Dallin Watene-Zelezniak moving to the wing and Nick Meaney dropped. With back-rower Matt Doorey injured, Chris Smith will start at lock and Josh Jackson on an edge. Luke Thompson (calf soreness) is expected to return after being named at prop.

Renouf To'omaga has dropped to the bench alongside the recalled Sione Katoa with Dean Britt the 18th man. Captain Jackson will make his 200th NRL appearance.

Meaney and James Roumanos were omitted from the squad 24 hours before kick-off. Britt and Tuipulotu Katoa were omitted an hour before kick-off. 

Cowboys v Panthers, Friday 6pm at Queensland Country Bank Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Cowboys is number 1 Valentine Holmes
    Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan Edwards
  • Winger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle Feldt
    Winger for Panthers is number 2 Josh Mansour
  • Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Murray Taulagi
    Centre for Panthers is number 3 Brent Naden
  • Centre for Cowboys is number 14 Daejarn Asi
    Centre for Panthers is number 4 Stephen Crichton
  • Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
    Winger for Panthers is number 5 Brian To'o
  • Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Scott Drinkwater
    Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jarome Luai
  • Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Jake Clifford
    Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary

Forwards

  • Prop for Cowboys is number 8 Corey Jensen
    Prop for Panthers is number 8 Moses Leota
  • Hooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reuben Cotter
    Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Mitch Kenny
  • Prop for Cowboys is number 10 Jordan McLean
    Prop for Panthers is number 10 James Fisher-Harris
  • 2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Mitchell Dunn
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Viliame Kikau
  • 2nd Row for Cowboys is number 16 Tom Gilbert
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Liam Martin
  • Lock for Cowboys is number 13 Francis Molo
    Lock for Panthers is number 13 Isaah Yeo

Interchange

  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 11 Gavin Cooper
    Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Tyrone May
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 15 Emry Pere
    Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Spencer Leniu
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 17 Ben Condon
    Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Kurt Capewell
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 18 Jason Taumalolo
    Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Jack Hetherington

Cowboys: North Queensland have made one late change with Tom Gilbert being promoted to start in the second row and veteran Gavin Cooper sliding back to the bench. Jake Granville and Ben Hampton were the final omissions from the match-day 17.

Jason Taumalolo (calf) makes his return to action after training well on Wednesday and being added to the 17-man squad on Thursday. His inclusion hasn't come at the expense of debutant Ben Condon, who will start on the bench.

Murray Taulagi has replaced Justin O'Neill at centre while Corey Jensen is set to start at prop with Francis Molo moving to lock for the suspended Josh McGuire.

John Asiata is also suspended with Emre Pere and debutant Ben Condon called up on the bench. Peter Hola and Marsters were the two men to drop out on Thursday.

The Cowboys have lost all four games against top-four opponents in 2020.

Panthers: Penrith are 1-17 after Billy Burns and Matt Burton were the final cuts from the match-day squad. Mitch Kenny has replaced hooker Api Koroisau, who is being rested after his head knock last week. Props James Tamou and Zane Tetevano have also been afforded a break. Moses Leota will start in the front row while Kurt Capewell and Jack Hetherington, in his first game back from a Warriors loan deal, have joined the bench.

Dean Whare and Charlie Staines were cut from the reserves 24 hours before kick-off.

The Panthers have won only one of their past seven games in Townsville.

Eels v Broncos, Friday 7.55pm at Bankwest Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
    Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Darius Boyd
  • Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
    Winger for Broncos is number 2 Corey Oates
  • Centre for Eels is number 3 Michael Jennings
    Centre for Broncos is number 3 Kotoni Staggs
  • Centre for Eels is number 4 Waqa Blake
    Centre for Broncos is number 4 Herbie Farnworth
  • Winger for Eels is number 5 Blake Ferguson
    Winger for Broncos is number 5 Richard Kennar
  • Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Jai Field
    Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Tyson Gamble
  • Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses
    Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Tom Dearden

Forwards

  • Prop for Eels is number 8 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
    Prop for Broncos is number 8 Joe Ofahengaue
  • Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
    Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Issac Luke
  • Prop for Eels is number 16 Kane Evans
    Prop for Broncos is number 10 Ben Te'o
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Ryan Matterson
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 David Fifita
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 15 Andrew Davey
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Alex Glenn
  • Lock for Eels is number 13 Nathan Brown
    Lock for Broncos is number 13 Patrick Carrigan

Interchange

  • Interchange for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
    Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Cory Paix
  • Interchange for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
    Interchange for Broncos is number 15 Jamil Hopoate
  • Interchange for Eels is number 14 Will Smith
    Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Xavier Coates
  • Interchange for Eels is number 17 Oregon Kaufusi
    Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Ethan Bullemor

Eels: Kane Evans and Andrew Davey have come into the starting side an hour before kick-off with Junior Paulo and Shaun Lane going to the bench.

Reed Mahoney will play after he got through the side's final training run on Friday morning. The Eels have outscored the Broncos 92-6 in their past two clashes.

Haze Dunster and Stefano Utoikamanu were cut from the reserves 24 hours before kick-off. George Jennings and Daniel Alvaro were the last two cuts an hour before kick-off.

Broncos: The Broncos are 1-17. An all-new front row with hard-working prop Payne Haas out for family reasons and Rhys Kennedy suspended. Ben Te'o and Joe Ofahengaue are set to take their places.

Five-eighth Sean O'Sullivan has been dropped. Brodie Croft was poised to return but suffered a head knock at training so Tyson Gamble will start in the halves. Jamil Hopoate and Ethan Bullemor are back on the interchange.

O'Sullivan and Pride Petterson-Robati were omitted 24 hours before kick-off. Jesse Arthars and Kobe Hetherington were cut an hour before game time.

The Broncos are one point away from having the worst defensive record in the club’s history in the regular season.

Sea Eagles v Titans, Saturday 3pm at Lottoland

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 21 Tom Trbojevic
    Fullback for Titans is number 1 Alexander Brimson
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 1 Tevita Funa
    Winger for Titans is number 2 Anthony Don
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Brad Parker
    Centre for Titans is number 3 Treymain Spry
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Morgan Harper
    Centre for Titans is number 4 Young Tonumaipea
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Albert Hopoate
    Winger for Titans is number 5 Corey Thompson
  • Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Lachlan Croker
    Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Ashley Taylor
  • Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans
    Halfback for Titans is number 7 Jamal Fogarty

Forwards

  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
    Prop for Titans is number 8 Jarrod Wallace
  • Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Danny Levi
    Hooker for Titans is number 9 Mitch Rein
  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 14 Morgan Boyle
    Prop for Titans is number 10 Moeaki Fotuaika
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Jack Gosiewski
    2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Kevin Proctor
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Curtis Sironen
    2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Sam Stone
  • Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic
    Lock for Titans is number 13 Tyrone Peachey

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 5 Abbas Miski
    Interchange for Titans is number 14 Tanah Boyd
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Corey Waddell
    Interchange for Titans is number 15 Jai Arrow
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Sean Keppie
    Interchange for Titans is number 16 Sam Lisone
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Taniela Paseka
    Interchange for Titans is number 17 Jai Whitbread

Sea Eagles: Tom Trbojevic (hamstring) has been cleared to play his first game since round six by Des Hasler. He will start at fullback, Tevita Funa switches to the wing, with Abbas Miski reverting to the interchange. 

Taniela Paseka has been promoted to prop for Addin Fonua-Blake (knee), who has been left out of the team 24 hours from kick-off along with reserve winger Reuben Garrick.

Haumole Olakau'atu and Ben Trbojevic dropped off the extended bench on game day. The Sea Eagles have scored 64 points in their past two games.

Titans: Captain Kevin Proctor will return from suspension in the second row in place of the injured Beau Fermor while Tanah Boyd has replaced Erin Clark on the bench. Strike centre Brian Kelly (ankle) has been included on the reserves and is a chance to return, with Treymain Spry likely to drop out if he does.

Reserves duo Nathan Peats and Toby Sexton were omitted from the squad on Friday. Darius Farmer and Brian Kelly were omitted from the reserves list an hour before kick-off.

The Titans are aiming for four consecutive wins for the first time since 2014.

Storm v Wests Tigers, Saturday 5.30pm at Sunshine Coast Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Storm is number 1 Nicho Hynes
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam Doueihi
  • Winger for Storm is number 2 Suliasi Vunivalu
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Storm is number 3 Brenko Lee
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph Leilua
  • Centre for Storm is number 4 Justin Olam
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Chris Lawrence
  • Winger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Asu Kepaoa
  • Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Josh Reynolds
  • Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Benji Marshall

Forwards

  • Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
  • Hooker for Storm is number 9 Cameron Smith
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry Grant
  • Prop for Storm is number 15 Tino Faasuamaleaui
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Thomas Mikaele
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Sam McIntyre
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
  • Lock for Storm is number 13 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 15 Matthew Eisenhuth

Interchange

  • Interchange for Storm is number 16 Tom Eisenhuth
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Zane Musgrove
  • Interchange for Storm is number 17 Tui Kamikamica
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Russell Packer
  • Interchange for Storm is number 18 Brandon Smith
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Luke Garner
  • Interchange for Storm is number 20 Max King
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 21 Jacob Liddle

Storm: Christian Welch and Isaac Lumelume were the first cuts from the Melbourne squad 24 hours out from kick-off. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui is Welch's replacement at prop after his COVID-19 breach saw him stood down by the club. 

Brandon Smith and Max King join the bench, with Ryley Jacks and Paul Momirovski dropping out of the extended squad on game day.

Fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen is out for another week as he manages an achilles injury. The Storm have won 17 consecutive games in Queensland.

Wests Tigers: Alex Twal is sidelined with illness so Matt Eisenhuth starts at lock and Jacob Liddle joins the bench. Tommy Talau and Michael Chee-Kam dropped off the reserves list an hour before kick-off. Jock Madden was the other player omitted from the 21-man squad on Friday.

Joey Leilua has replaced Talau at centre and Josh Reynolds is set to take over from suspended halfback Luke Brooks. Sam McIntyre has been named in the back row with Luke Garner to the bench. Russell Packer and Zane Musgrove earned bench call-ups with Elijah Taylor and Jacob Liddle dropped.

Wests Tigers have defeated the Storm in two of their past three clashes.

Roosters v Sharks, Saturday 7.35pm at Sydney Cricket Ground

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Roosters is number 1 Joseph Manu
    Fullback for Sharks is number 1 William Kennedy
  • Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
    Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sione Katoa
  • Centre for Roosters is number 3 Josh Morris
    Centre for Sharks is number 3 Josh Dugan
  • Centre for Roosters is number 4 Mitchell Aubusson
    Centre for Sharks is number 4 Jesse Ramien
  • Winger for Roosters is number 5 Brett Morris
    Winger for Sharks is number 5 Ronaldo Mulitalo
  • Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
    Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Connor Tracey
  • Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Kyle Flanagan
    Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Shaun Johnson

Forwards

  • Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
    Prop for Sharks is number 8 Braden Hamlin-Uele
  • Hooker for Roosters is number 14 Freddy Lussick
    Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Blayke Brailey
  • Prop for Roosters is number 10 Lindsay Collins
    Prop for Sharks is number 10 Aaron Woods
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Briton Nikora
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 15 Angus Crichton
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Siosifa Talakai
  • Lock for Roosters is number 13 Isaac Liu
    Lock for Sharks is number 13 Toby Rudolf

Interchange

  • Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Nat Butcher
    Interchange for Sharks is number 15 Jack Williams
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Sonny Bill Williams
    Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Andrew Fifita
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 18 Poasa Faamausili
    Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Royce Hunt
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 19 Drew Hutchison
    Interchange for Sharks is number 18 Scott Sorensen

Roosters: Trent Robinson on Friday said Boyd Cordner would not play against Sharks. Cordner is "feeling fine" but the club is taking a cautious approach, opting to give him an extra week off after his head knock last weekend. Angus Crichton comes into the starting side.

Hooker Jake Friend will also be rested and his place is taken by Freddy Lussick.

Poasa Faamausili and Drew Hutchison have been added to the bench.

James Tedesco is being rested with Joseph Manu at fullback while Mitch Aubusson will play his club record-breaking game at centre.

Prop Siosiua Taukeiaho has also been given a spell with Jared Waerea-Hargreaves returning in his place. Lindsay Collins will start in the front row. Daniel Fifita and Matt Ivukalu were the last players cut before kick-off.

The Roosters have scored 100 points across their past two games at the SCG.

Sharks: Teig Wilton dropped off the interchange bench on Friday and his place is taken by Scott Sorensen. Billy Magoulias was the other player cut 24 hours before kick-off. Bryson Goodwin and Braydon Trindall were trimmed from the reserves an hour prior to kick-off.

Prop Aaron Woods dislocated a finger against the Warriors but should be fine. The Sharks will make their first appearance at the SCG since 1987.

Raiders v Warriors, Sunday 2pm at GIO Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
    Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
  • Winger for Raiders is number 2 Semi Valemei
    Winger for Warriors is number 2 Adam Pompey
  • Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Adam Keighran
  • Centre for Raiders is number 4 Jordan Rapana
    Centre for Warriors is number 4 Peta Hiku
  • Winger for Raiders is number 5 Nick Cotric
    Winger for Warriors is number 5 Hayze Perham
  • Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi Nikorima
  • Halfback for Raiders is number 7 George Williams
    Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Chanel Harris-Tavita

Forwards

  • Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
    Prop for Warriors is number 8 Lachlan Burr
  • Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Siliva Havili
    Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Karl Lawton
  • Prop for Raiders is number 10 Dunamis Lui
    Prop for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 John Bateman
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 10 Isaiah Papali'i
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Jack Murchie
  • Lock for Raiders is number 13 Joseph Tapine
    Lock for Warriors is number 13 Jazz Tevaga

Interchange

  • Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Tom Starling
    Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Wayde Egan
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Ryan Sutton
    Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Adam Blair
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Hudson Young
    Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Tom Ale
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Corey Harawira-Naera
    Interchange for Warriors is number 18 Josh Curran

Raiders: Canberra will start 1-17 after Matt Frawley and Matt Timoko were the two players dropped from the squad an hour before kick-off. Prop Sia Soliola's return from a facial fracture has been delayed by another week, with Soliola and Sam Williams omitted from the reserves list 24 hours before kick-off.

Siliva Havili is named to start at hooker with Tom Starling going to the bench. The Raiders have scored 34 points or more in four of their past five games.

Warriors: Tohu Harris and Isaiah Papali'i have swapped their prop and second-row positions in the starting side and Paul Turner and Gerard Beale were the last two players omitted from the squad.

With the team now mathematically out of the finals running and the loan players departing, plus prop Jamayne Taunoa-Brown suspended, Adam Keighran will start at centre with Hayze Perham replacing George Jennings on the wing.

Lachlan Burr will start at prop with Tom Ale to debut off the bench. Josh Curran was promoted to the bench on Saturday with Eliesa Katoa (hand) and Rocco Berry dropping out of the extended squad. The Warriors have won three of their past five games against the Raiders.

Knights v Dragons, Sunday 4.05pm at McDonald Jones Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Knights is number 1 Kalyn Ponga
    Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Matthew Dufty
  • Winger for Knights is number 5 Starford To'a
    Winger for Dragons is number 2 Jordan Pereira
  • Centre for Knights is number 3 Enari Tuala
    Centre for Dragons is number 4 Zac Lomax
  • Centre for Knights is number 4 Hymel Hunt
    Centre for Dragons is number 20 Brayden Wiliame
  • Winger for Knights is number 22 Gehamat Shibasaki
    Winger for Dragons is number 5 Cody Ramsey
  • Five-Eighth for Knights is number 20 Mason Lino
    Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Corey Norman
  • Halfback for Knights is number 7 Mitchell Pearce
    Halfback for Dragons is number 9 Ben Hunt

Forwards

  • Prop for Knights is number 8 David Klemmer
    Prop for Dragons is number 8 Kaide Ellis
  • Hooker for Knights is number 9 Chris Randall
    Hooker for Dragons is number 13 Cameron McInnes
  • Prop for Knights is number 10 Daniel Saifiti
    Prop for Dragons is number 10 Paul Vaughan
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Tyson Frizell
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Aidan Guerra
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 14 Tariq Sims
  • Lock for Knights is number 13 Mitchell Barnett
    Lock for Dragons is number 12 Jackson Ford

Interchange

  • Interchange for Knights is number 14 Phoenix Crossland
    Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Josh Kerr
  • Interchange for Knights is number 15 Jacob Saifiti
    Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Blake Lawrie
  • Interchange for Knights is number 16 Herman Ese'ese
    Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Max Feagai
  • Interchange for Knights is number 17 Sione Mata'utia
    Interchange for Dragons is number 19 Tyrell Fuimaono

Knights: Tex Hoy is out with a hamstring injury, with Mason Lino starting at five-eighth. Pasami Saulo also dropped out of the squad 24 hours before kick-off. 

Gehamat Shibasaki replaces Edrick Lee in Newcastle's 21-man squad after the club had a player exemption approved on Friday. Lee will miss the match to attend to a private matter.

Josh King and Tautau Moga were the two players omitted an hour before the match. 

Kalyn Ponga will return from a rest at fullback but hooker Kurt Mann is suspended. Chris Randall starts at dummy-half and Phoenix Crossland joins the interchange. Hymel Hunt has earned a start at centre and Mitch Barnett will return at lock with Jacob Saifiti dropping to the pine and Josh King at 18th man.

The Knights have won their past four games at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Dragons: Euan Aitken and Adam Clune are out with hamstring injuries, with Brayden Wiliame to start in the centres, Ben Hunt at halfback, Cameron McInnes at hooker, Tariq Sims in the second row, Jackson Ford at lock and Tyrell Fuimaono on the interchange.

Eddie Blacker and Jayden Sullivan were the two players left out an hour before the match.

Young centre Max Feagai will make his debut from the interchange. The Dragons have won eight of their past 10 games against the Knights.