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The Newcastle Knights have finalised their squad for the Round 18 match against the Canberra Raiders.

Jarrod Mullen, Tyrone Roberts, Jeremy Smith, Kade Snowden and David Fa'alogo all return to the line-up, as named on Tuesday, in what is a huge boost for the red and blues.

Dane Gagai has recovered from his debut appearance in State of Origin on Wednesday night to take his place in the centres.

Joe Tapine also makes his first NRL start in the second row, replacing the suspended Beau Scott while Pat Vaivai moves into the starting side with Smith moving to the bench in his return match from a sternum injury.


1. Kurt Gidley (c), 2. James McManus, 3. Sione Mata'utia, 4. Dane Gagai, 5. Akuila Uate, 6. Jarrod Mullen, 7. Tyrone Roberts, 8. Kade Snowden, 9. Tyler Randell, 10. Korbin Sims, 16. Joseph Tapine, 12. Tariq Sims, 18. Pat Vaivai. Bench: 13. Jeremy Smith, 14. Danny Levi, 15. David Fa'alogo, 17. Sam Mataora.


1. Jack Wighton, 2. Edrick Lee, 3. Jarrod Croker (c), 4. Sisa Waqa, 5. Jordan Rapana, 6. Blake Austin, 7. Sam Williams, 8. Paul Vaughan, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. David Shillington, 11. Josh Papalii, 12. Iosia Soliola, 13. Shaun Fensom. Bench: 14. Kurt Baptiste, 15. Jarrad Kennedy, 16. Frank-Paul Nuuausala, 17. Shannon Boyd.

The match kicks off at 7.53pm at GIO Stadium.