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Squad Update: Ponga ruled out of Tigers clash

nib Newcastle Knights NRL Head Coach, Adam O'Brien, has reduced his squad to 19 ahead of tomorrow's Round 2 clash with the Wests Tigers at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Fullback and Team Captain, Kalyn Ponga, has been ruled out of the match with a knee injury.

After suffering a knock against the Roosters, Ponga couldn't reach match fitness ahead of Sunday's Allan McMahon Shield fixture.

Local junior, Tex Hoy, comes in at fullback having played 17 games in the No.1 position across the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Pasami Saulo, Dylan Lucas, Brayden Musgrove and Daniel Saifiti come off the extended bench with Mat Croker named as 18th man.

Jacob Saifiti will run out for his 100th NRL match in the highly-anticipated homecoming for the men's side.

A bumper crowd is expected for the historic triple-header at McDonald Jones Stadium with $5 for every person in attendance going to the Red Cross Flood Appeal.

See the team below:

S2, LVL 6: Mann's 150th. Getaway with Randall.


20. Tex Hoy

2. Dominic Young

3. Dane Gagai

4. Bradman Best

5. Enari Tuala

6. Jake Clifford

7. Adam Clune 

8. David Klemmer

9. Chris Randall 

10. Jacob Saifiti 

11. Tyson Frizell 

12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon

13. Kurt Mann


14. Phoenix Crossland

15. Mitchell Barnett

16. Leo Thompson

17. Jirah Momoisea

Extended Bench:

18. Mathew Croker

21. Simi Sasagi