Knights v Bulldogs Round 17 NRL team

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.

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.  

NRL TEAM

1. Connor Watson - O'Bryan Electrical & Solar 

2. Hymel Hunt - Wellman Strata

3. Kurt Mann - BSC

4. Jesse Ramien - Newcastle Financial Planning Group

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

Interchange:

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 

DETAILS

Friday, July 12 at McDonald Jones Stadium

NRL kick-off: 7.55pm