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Round 19 Late Mail: Knights, Dragons finalise teams

All the Late Mail team news for this week's Telstra Premiership matches.

Knights v Dragons, Sunday 4.05pm at McDonald Jones Stadium

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.