nib Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown has confirmed his side to face North Queensland at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Sione Mata'utia moves onto the wing, in place of Kurt Mann who is shifted to the bench.
This change sees Sione pair with Hymel Hunt on the left flank.
1. Kalyn Ponga, 16, Sione Mata'utia, 3. Hymel Hunt, 4. Tautau Moga, 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 6. Mason Lino, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Connor Watson, 10. Daniel Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Mitch Barnett, 13. Josh King. Interchange: 2. Kurt Mann, 14. Jacob Saifiti, 15. Herman Ese'ese, 17. Aidan Guerra