Round 25 squad: Debutant named pending NRL approval

Round 25 squad: Debutant named pending NRL approval

Nathan Brown has named his nib Newcastle Knights side to face St George Illawarra in their Round 25 clash this Saturday at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Brown has named 20-year-old hooker Tom Starling to make his NRL debut pending NRL approval due to the fact that he is a Development List player.

With Lachlan Fitzgibbon ruled out with concussion, Jamie Buhrer has been named to start in his regular position of backrow.


That's not the only change Brown has made to his team as a result of injury.

Jack Cogger returns to the halves to partner Mitchell Pearce after Connor Watson re-injured his groin last week.

Kalyn Ponga has been left out of the squad with Brown opting to rest the fullback-five-eighth due to an ongoing ankle issue.

Retirees Chris Heighington and Jacob Lillyman have been named on the bench in what will be the final NRL game of their careers.


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TEAM

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

14. Tom Starling
15. Chris Heighington
16. Jacob Lillyman
17. Josh King

18. JJ Felise
19. Pasami Saulo
20. Brock Lamb
21. Luke Yates

Saturday, September 1 – Round 25
Knights v Dragons
Kick-off: 3pm
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium