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Knights v Broncos Round 21 NRL team list

nib Newcastle Knights Head Coach, Adam O'Brien, has named his 21-man squad for Thursday night's clash with Brisbane.

Mitchell Pearce will return to the team for the first time since Round 16 after recovering strongly from a hamstring complaint in recent weeks.

Pearce will partner Jake Clifford in the halves, with Clifford trotting out for his 50th NRL game.

Jayden Brailey has been rested, allowing Chris Randall to play his first NRL game since April.

Kalyn Ponga will captain the team for the first time, starting at fullback.

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1. Kalyn Ponga (c) - Allara Learning

2. Enari Tuala - A Plus Contracting

3. Kurt Mann - M&J Chickens

4. Bradman Best - East Coast Building and Pest

5. Hymel Hunt - Accolade Wines

6. Jake Clifford - Fast Fuel Meals

7. Mitchell Pearce - Kelly Suzuki Cardiff

8. Jacob Saifiti - Mine Super

9. Chris Randall - Musclepharm

10. Daniel Saifiti - Greg Tapp Printing

11. Tyson Frizell - Wellman Strata

12. Mitch Barnett - Hunter Imaging

13. Connor Watson - Brydens Lawyers


14. Sauaso Sue - Taylors Outdoor Power Equipment

15. David Klemmer - NBN News

16. Josh King - Triple M 102.9

17. Brodie Jones - Reflections Holiday Parks

Extended Bench:

18. Phoenix Crossland

19. Lachlan Fitzgibbon

20. Starford To'a

21. Jack Johns

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