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Late Mail: Big changes as key figure ruled out

Adam O'Brien has confirmed his nib Newcastle Knights team for the Round 12 clash with the Sea Eagles at McDonald Jones Stadium this afternoon.

Kurt Mann comes out of the side, leaving Simi Sasagi as the team's 18th man.

Connor Watson shifts from the bench to five-eighth, while Josh King comes into the 17 from the reserves.

Inside the team meeting with a twist


18. Tex Hoy

2. Starford To'a

3. Enari Tuala

4. Bradman Best 

5. Brayden Musgrove

14. Connor Watson 

7. Phoenix Crossland

8. David Klemmer

9. Jayden Brailey (c) 

10. Daniel Saifiti (c) 

11. Tyson Frizell

12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 

13. Mitch Barnett


15. Jacob Saifiti 

16. Sauaso Sue

17. Brodie Jones 

19. Josh King

18th Man:

20. Simi Sasagi

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