The nib Newcastle Knights will take on the Melbourne Storm in a full on NRL trial match in Albury on Saturday night.
After a strong showing from the NSW Cup squad last weekend, there will be plenty of eyes on how the Knights perform with a strong 23-man squad named for the clash with the premiers.
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS v MELBOURNE STORM
Date: Saturday, February 27
Location: Albury Sports Ground, Albury
Time: 4:45pm (NRL)
1. Tex Hoy, 2. Starford To'a, 3. Enari Tuala, 4. Bradman Best, 5. Gehamat Shibasaki, 6. Phoenix Crossland, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. Daniel Saifiti, 9. Jayden Brailey, 10. David Klemmer, 11. Tyson Frizell, 12. Mitch Barnett, 13. Connor Watson, Interchange: 14. Chris Randall, 15. Jacob Saifiti, 16. Sauaso Sue, 17. Josh King, 18. Simi Sasagi, 19. Brodie Jones, 20. Mat Croker, 21. Brayden Musgrove, 22. Pasami Saulo, 23. Dominic Young.
1. Ryan Papenhuyzen, 2. Dean Ieremia, 3. Reimis Smith, 4. Justin Olam, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Jahrome Hughes, 8. Jesse Bromwich (c), 9. Harry Grant, 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 11. Felise Kaufusi, 12. Kenny Bromwich, 13. Dale Finucane (c). Interchange: 14. Brandon Smith, 15. Christian Welch, 16. Tui Kamikamica, 17. Tom Eisenhuth.
WATCH IT LIVE
The match will be live streamed on newcastleknights.com.au from 4:45pm on Saturday.
OPENING HIT OUT
It's the day some fans have been waiting for nearly 12 months; The day Tyson Frizell finally pulls on the red and blue jersey.
Frizell will start in the back-row, with the forward pack selected at near-full strength for the hit out with the Premiers.
It won't be an easy start for the Test forward, coming up against an all-conjuring Melbourne engine-room boasting the likes of Nelson Asofa-Solomona and the Bromwich's.
All the less, all eyes will no doubt be on Frizell in his first game as a Newcastle Knight, while Summer signing Sauaso Sue will also make his Knights debut.
DOM EARNS HIS CHANCE
Towering Englishman Dominic Young was the name on everybody's lips following a sensational first hit out last week, and the young centre could be given the chance to further establish himself against one of the best teams in the world.
Young has been named in jersey No.23 following his performance last week, which yielded a try and impressive try assist against Cessnock.
There's no doubting the Storm will be at an entirely different level, and it will be interesting to see how much game time the 19-year-old receives.
Brayden Musgrove, Mat Croker, Brodie Jones and Passami Saulo also earned call-ups after strong outings last week.
Young: First hit out, improvement areas and that try
Readying for Round One
With plenty of high-profile names still in the recovery unit, there will be a number of players looking to push their case for Round One selection.
Gehamat Shibasaki gets his chance on the wing, while Phoenix Crossland will get a golden opportunity to throw his hand up for a spot in the halves.
Fans should also be excited to see what young gun Simi Sasagi can do, with the young Kiwi given a chance off the extended bench.
2:15pm: NSW Cup Kick Off
4:45pm: NRL Kick Off (Match Live-streamed)