The Newcastle Knights has named a 19-man squad for Sunday’s round two match against the Canberra Raiders.
Captain Kurt Gidley shifts to fullback to replace the injured Darius Boyd while Travis Waddell moves to starting hooker.
Boyd suffered a low grade two hamstring strain and is expected to be sidelined for two to three weeks.
Matt Minto and Jake Mamo, who are yet to make their NRL debut, are named on an extended bench, which includes the addition of David Fa’alogo.
Gidley and Tyrone Roberts have been named to play after they passed their CogSports test on Tuesday. While they are symptom free they will continue to follow NRL protocol to gain clearance to play in Sunday’s game.
NRL: 1. Kurt Gidley (c), 2. James McManus, 3. Dane Gagai, 4. Joey Leilua, 5. Aku Uate, 6. Michael Dobson, 7. Tyrone Roberts, 8. Kade Snowden, 9. Travis Waddell, 10. Willie Mason, 11. Beau Scott, 12. Robbie Rochow, 13. Jeremy Smith. Bench: 14. Alex McKinnon, 15. Chris Houston, 16. David Fa'alogo, 17. Adam Cuthbertson, 18. Matt Minto, 19. Jake Mamo.
Three games are scheduled for round two at Hunter Stadium, with NYC kicking off at 2pm, followed by NSW Cup at 4.15pm before the main game at 6.30pm.
NSW Cup and NYC team lists to follow.
Newcastle Knights v Canberra Raiders
Gates open: 1.45pm
NSW Cup: 4.15pm
Venue: Hunter Stadium
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