Late mail: Knights confirm starting side

Nathan Brown has finalised his trial squad.

The nib Newcastle Knights face St George Illawarra in their first trial game for 2019 with Danny Levi starting at hooker.

Connor Watson is the fullback, with Kalyn Ponga and Mitchell Pearce in the halves.

Sione Mata’utia finds himself in the centres with Tautau Moga and Hymel Hunt sidelined with injuries.

David Klemmer starts in the front-row alongside fellow new recruit James Gavet.

Nathan Ross will miss the match due to a dislocated finger. 

TEAM

1. Connor Watson, 2. Edrick Lee, 3. Jesse Ramien, 4. Sione Mata’utia, 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 6. Kalyn Ponga, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Danny Levi, 10. James Gavet, 11. Mitch Barnett, 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 13. Aidan Guerra.

Interchange: 14. Kurt Mann, 15. Tim Glasby, 16. Herman Ese’ese, 17. Daniel Saifiti.

Extended bench: 18. Starford To’a, 19. Brodie Jones, 20. Tex Hoy, 21. Beau Fermor, 23. Jacob Gagai, 24. Josh King, 9. Jamie Buhrer, 8. Pasami Saulo, 7. Phoenix Crossland, 26. Mason Lino, 13. Jirah Momoisea, 10. Sam Stone.