Kalyn Ponga is back.

The nib Newcastle Knights fullback returns from a hamstring injury to face his former team North Queensland in their Round 20 clash in Townsville.

Ponga replaces Nick Meaney in the No.1 jersey with Meaney moving onto the extended bench.

In another boost for the Knights, Sione Mata'utia has made an unexpected return from a fractured eye socket. 

The comeback of Mata'utia means Cory Denniss slips out of the 17.

Jack Cogger joins the bench as cover for Connor Watson who has an ankle complaint


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TEAM

1. Kalyn Ponga
2. Ken Sio
3. Sione Mata'utia
4. Nathan Ross
5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
6. Connor Watson
7. Mitchell Pearce ©
8. Jacob Lillyman
9. Danny Levi
10. Daniel Saifiti
11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon
12. Mitch Barnett
13. Aidan Guerra

14. Jamie Buhrer ©
15. Chris Heighington
16. Josh King
17. Herman Ese'ese

18. Nick Meaney
19. Cory Denniss
20. Jack Cogger
21. JJ Felise

Friday, July 27 – Round 20

North Queensland Cowboys v Newcastle Knights
Kick-off: 6pm
Venue: 1300SMILES Stadium