Nathan Brown has cut two players from his extended bench ahead of the nib Newcastle Knights’ season opener against Cronulla.
Brodie Jones and Josh King fall out of the side and will line up in the Canterbury Cup NSW which will act as the curtain raiser to the NRL game on Friday night.
Brown will drop another two players from the bench one hour prior to kick-off but expects his team will line-up 1-17.
“As a whole, the 17 we’ve named, we felt they’ve earned the right to play this week,” Brown said.
“We expect them to put in a good performance.”
Old guard welcomes the new
1. Connor Watson, 2. Edrick Lee, 3. Jesse Ramien, 4. Hymel Hunt, 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 6. Kalyn Ponga, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Danny Levi, 10. James Gavet, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Sione Mata'utia, 13. Tim Glasby. Interchange: 14. Kurt Mann, 15. Aidan Guerra, 16. Mitch Barnett, 17. Daniel Saifiti, 18. Jamie Buhrer, 19. Herman Ese'ese
Friday, 15th March 2019 at McDonald Jones Stadium
Gates open at 3.30pm
Canterbury Cup Newcastle Knights kick-off at 3.45pm
NRL Newcastle Knights v Cronulla Sharks at 6pm
Broadcast live on Fox League (Ch 502)