Will Pearsall played his first game in the red and blue in Saturday's trial against Wentworthville.

Coach Nathan Brown has named a 20-man squad for Saturday’s Round 9 match against the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium.

Will Pearsall is named to play at five-eighth following a hamstring injury to Jarrod Mullen, while Pat Mata’utia returns in place of injured brother Peter Mata’utia.

Pauli Pauli is available for selection after serving a one-week suspension and joins an extended bench along with Under 20s five-eighth Brock Lamb, Jack Stockwell and Mickey Paea.

While named, prop Sam Mataora was issued with a dangerous contact charge on Tuesday. A decision to accept or challenge the charge will be made by 12 noon on Wednesday.

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Saturday April 30 – Round 9
Sydney Roosters v Newcastle Knights
Kick off: 5.30pm
Venue: Allianz Stadium