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Late Mail: Halves change for Souths showdown

nib Newcastle Knights Head Coach, Adam O'Brien, has confirmed his 17 for tonight's big clash with South Sydney at Stadium Australia.

Phoenix Crossland comes out of the team, leaving Gehamat Shibasaki as this week's 18th man.

Connor Watson will start at five-eighth, allowing Mat Croker to play his second NRL game off the bench.

New recruit Jake Clifford will shuffle from five-eighth to halfback to cover Crossland's absence.

Sauaso Sue has also been shifted into the starting side, with Mitch Barnett to be used off the bench.

There are no further changes to the squad as per yesterday's 24 hour update.

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TEAM LIST:

1. Tex Hoy

2. Enari Tuala

3. Kurt Mann

4. Bradman Best

21. Dom Young

14. Connor Watson

6. Jake Clifford

8. Jacob Saifiti

9. Jayden Brailey

10. Daniel Saifiti

11. Brodie Jones

12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon

15. Sauaso Sue

Interchange:

13. Mitch Barnett

16. Josh King 

17. Jack Johns

20. Mat Croker

18th Man:

18. Gehamat Shibasaki

Here. We. Come.