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The Newcastle Knights has made a number of forced changes for Sunday's Round 23 match against the New Zealand Warriors at Hunter Stadium.

Akuila Uate (knee) and Willie Mason (sick) are both out. Sione Mata'utia returns to NRL, replacing Uate on the wing. David Fa'alogo shifts into the starting side reducing the five-man bench to four.

Travis Waddell moves into the starting line-up with Adam Clydsdale shifting to the bench.


1. Kurt Gidley (c), 2. Chanel Mata'utia, 3. Dane Gagai, 4. Joey Leilua, 20. Sione Mata'utia, 6. Jarrod Mullen, 7. Tyrone Roberts, 8. Kade Snowden, 14. Travis Waddell, 18. David Fa'alogo, 11. Beau Scott, 12. Robbie Rochow, 13. Jeremy Smith. Bench: 9. Adam Clydsdale, 15. Korbin Sims, 17. Adam Cuthbertson, 19. Chris Houston.


1. Sam Tomkins, 2. David Fusitua, 3. Ngani Laumape, 4. Ben Henry, 5. Manu Vatuvei, 6. Chad Townsend, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. Jacob Lillyman, 9. Thomas Leuluai, 10. Suaia Matagi, 11. Ben Mataulino, 12. Jason Bukuya, 13. Simon Mannering (c). Bench: 14. Feleti Mateo, 15. Sam Rapira, 16. Sione Lousi, 17. Nathan Friend.

The match kicks off at 2pm. Follow @NRLKnights on Twitter for live updates.