Late Mail: Brown confirms final 17 for Cowboys clash

nib Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown has confirmed his Round 20 NRL team for Friday's match against North Queensland at 1300SMILES Stadium.

Kalyn Ponga will take the field in the No.1.

Having overcome a hamstring injury, the livewire picked up an ankle issue during the week but passed a fitness test.


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Connor Watson was ruled out earlier this week after failing to complete the final training session and has been replaced in the halve by Jack Cogger.

Nick Meaney and JJ Felise drop off the bench.

TEAM

1. Kalyn Ponga
2. Ken Sio
3. Sione Mata'utia
4. Nathan Ross
5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
20. Jack Cogger
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

Friday, July 27 – Round 20
North Queensland Cowboys v Newcastle Knights
Kick-off: 6pm
Venue: 1300SMILES Stadium