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Squad Update: Pearce out

nib Newcastle Knights Head Coach, Adam O'Brien, has reduced his squad to 19 players for tomorrow night's clash with Melbourne at CBus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast.

Jirah Momoisea and Simi Sasagi come out of the side this week.

Mitchell Pearce has been ruled out, with Phoenix Crossland granted a special exemption to come into the team in jersey No.22.

The remainder of the side is unchanged to the side named on Tuesday afternoon.

The team will be confirmed one hour prior to kick off tomorrow.


1. Kalyn Ponga 

2. Dom Young 

3. Kurt Mann 

4. Enari Tuala 

5. Hymel Hunt 

6. Jake Clifford

22. Phoenix Crossland

8. Jacob Saifiti

9. Jayden Brailey (c)

10. Daniel Saifiti (c) 

11. Tyson Frizell 

12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon

13. Mitch Barnett


14. Connor Watson

15. David Klemmer 

16. Josh King 

17. Brodie Jones 

Extended Bench:

18. Jack Johns

20. Tex Hoy