nib Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown has named his team for the Round 17 clash against Canterbury-Bankstown on Friday.
With the State of Origin series decider set for Wednesday night, the Knights have named Mitchell Pearce for the McDonald Jones Stadium match-up.
Josh King will start alongside James Gavet in the middle, with Jamie Buhrer starting in the backrow for the injured Lachlan Fitzgibbon.
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Sione Mata'utia is on the other edge after playing centre last week.
Phoenix Crossland has been retained on the bench for what will be his second NRL match, with Origin representatives Tim Glasby, David Klemmer and Daniel Saifiti on the extended bench.
1. Connor Watson - O'Bryan Electrical & Solar
2. Hymel Hunt - Wellman Strata
3. Kurt Mann - BSC
4. Jesse Ramien - Newcastle Financial Planning Group
Round 17 team projection
5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall - Triple M
6. Mason Lino - M&J Chickens
7. Mitchell Pearce - Brydens Lawyers
8. James Gavet - Mine Super
9. Danny Levi - Redicrete
10. Josh King - Kelly Trotter Motor Group
11. Jamie Buhrer - Port Hunter Conveyors
12. Sione Mata'utia - NBN
13. Herman Ese'ese - Jennings Print
14. Jacob Saifiti - Triple M
15. Pasami Saulo - Kelly Trotter Motor Group
16. Phoenix Crossland - O'Bryan Electrical & Solar
17. Aidan Guerra - Port Hunter Conveyors
18. Tautau Moga
19. David Klemmer
20. Daniel Saifiti
21. Tim Glasby
22. Brodie Jones
23. Chris Randall
Friday, July 12 at McDonald Jones Stadium
NRL kick-off: 7.55pm