The Newcastle Knights has made a number of changes for Sunday’s match against the St George Illawarra Dragons at Jubilee Oval.

Lachlan Fitzgibbon (player number 261) and Nathan Ross (player number 262) will make their NRL debuts while Joseph Tapine returns to the team.

Tariq Sims (shoulder), David Fa’alogo (neck) and Chanel Mata’utia miss the Round 21 encounter.

NEWCASTLE

1. Kurt Gidley (c), 2. Jake Mamo, 3. Sione Mata’utia, 4. Dane Gagai, 18. Nathan Ross, 6. Carlos Tuimavave, 7. Tyrone Roberts, 8. Kade Snowden, 9. Adam Clydsdale, 10. Korbin Sims, 11. Beau Scott, 16. Chris Houston, 13. Jeremy Smith. Bench: 14. Tyler Randell, 17. Clint Newton, 19. Joseph Tapine, 20. Lachlan Fitzgibbon.

ST GEORGE

1. Josh Dugan, 20. Dylan Farrell, 3. Euan Aitken, 4. Peter Mata'utia, 5. Jason Nightingale, 6. Gareth Widdop, 7. Benji Marshall, 8. Leeson Ah Mau, 9. Mitch Rein, 17. Will Matthews, 11. Tyson Frizell, 12. Joel Thompson, 13. Mike Cooper. Bench: 10. Ben Creagh, 14. Jack de Belin, 15, Jake Marketo, 16. Craig Garvey.

The match kicks off at 2pm.