Late Mail: Pearce, Ponga primed as final 17 confirmed

nib Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown has confirmed his Round 22 NRL team for Friday's match against the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.

Mitchell Pearce (corked leg) and Kalyn Ponga (ankle) are both fit and will take the field which means Pearce will play his 250th NRL game.

The Knights are unchanged from the starting 17 named on Tuesday with Luke Yates and Nick Meaney dropping off the extended bench.

Pasami Saulo will become Knight number 300 when he makes his NRL debut by way of the bench.


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TEAM

1. Kalyn Ponga
2. Ken Sio
3. Sione Mata'utia
4. Cory Dennis
5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
6. Jack Cogger
7. Mitchell Pearce ©
8. Herman Ese'ese
9. Danny Levi
10. Daniel Saifiti
11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon
12. Mitchell Barnett
13. Aidan Guerra

14. Jamie Buhrer ©
15. Chris Heighington
16. Pasami Saulo
17. JJ Felise

Friday, August 10 – Round 22
Warriors v Newcastle Knights
Kick-off: 6pm
Venue: Mt Smart Stadium