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The Newcastle Knights has made a number of forced changes for Saturday's Round 22 match against the Melbourne Storm.

Jarrod Mullen failed to recover from an abdominal strain while Beau Scott has been ruled out due to concussion.

Kurt Gidley shifts from fullback back into the halves, with Sione Mata'utia returning to NRL to play fullback. Chris Houston, who plays his 150th NRL game, replaces Beau Scott in the second-row.

As coach Wayne Bennett has done the past few weeks, Travis Waddell starts at hooker with Adam Clydsdale shifting to the bench.


20. Sione Mata'utia, 2. Chanel Mata’utia, 3. Dane Gagai, 4. Joey Leilua, 5. Akuila Uate, 1. Kurt Gidley (c), 7. Tyrone Roberts, 8. Kade Snowden, 14. Travis Waddell, 10. Willie Mason, 19. Chris Houston, 12. Robbie Rochow, 13. Jeremy Smith. Bench: 9. Adam Clydsdale, 15. Korbin Sims, 17. Adam Cuthbertson, 18. David Fa’alogo.


1. Billy Slater, 2. Sisa Waqa, 3. Will Chambers, 4. Mahe Fonua, 5. Marika Koroibete, 6. Ben Roberts, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Cameron Smith (c), 10. Bryan Noorie, 11. Kevin Proctor, 12. Ryan Hoffman, 13. Ryan Hinchcliffe. Bench: 14. Tim Glasby, 15. Tohu Harris, 16. Kenneath Bromwich, 20. Junior Moors.

The match kicks off at 5.30pm. Follow @NRLKnights on Twitter for match updates.