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The Newcastle Knights have a number of forced changes ahead of the NSW Cup preliminary final against the Mounties at Leichhardt Oval at 3.10pm.

Nathan Ross was a late withdrawal due to a rib cartilage injury seeing Joe Tapine move into the centres while Pat and Chanel Mata'utia were unable to play due to knee injuries.

Meanwhile, George Ndaira starts at five-eight after Carlos Tuimavave returned to New Zealand for family reasons. 


1. Jake Mamo, 2. Honeti Tuha, 3. Kerrod Holland, 12. Joseph Tapine, 5. Ken Tofilau, 14. George Ndaira, 7. Jaelen Feeney, 8. Damian Sironen, 9. Danny Levi, 10. Sam Mataora, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 20. Jacob Saifiti, 13. Clint Newton. Interchange: 16. Michael Steele , 17. Josh King, 18. Marvin Filipo, 27. Tama Koopu.


1. Jack Ahearn, 2. Stewart Mills, 3. Mitch Cronin, 4. Jeremy Hawkins, 5. Brenko Lee, 6. Josh McCrone, 7. Mitch Cornish, 8. Kyle O'Donnell, 9. Glen Buttris, 10. Mark Nicholls, 11. Patrick Mago, 12. Mitch Barnett, 13, Joel Edwards. Interchange: 14. Rhys Kennedy, 15. Jeff Lynch, 16. Sam Duggan, 17. Clay Priest.