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Ponga rested: Round 13 squad reduction

Nathan Brown has cut three players from his squad ahead of the nib Newcastle Knights’ Round 13 clash against South Sydney.

Kalyn Ponga will be rested following his tireless performance for Queensland in State of Origin on Wednesday night. 

Mason Lino moves into the 17, although his position is yet to be confirmed.

Forwards Jacob Saifiti and Josh King have dropped out of the team. 

Pasami Saulo and Tautau Moga remain on the extended bench with the final 17 set to be announced one-hour prior to kick-off.

100 games: The best of Sione Mata'utia


21. Mason Lino, 2. Edrick Lee, 3. Hymel Hunt, 4. Jesse Ramien, 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 6. Kurt Mann, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Connor Watson, 10. Daniel Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Mitch Barnett, 13. Tim Glasby. Interchange: 14. Jamie Buhrer, 15. Herman Ese'ese, 16. James Gavet, 17. Sione Mata'utia, 19. Pasami Saulo, 20. Tautau Moga 


Friday, June 7 at ANZ Stadium

NRL kick-off: 6pm