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Behind enemy lines: Round 25

Nathan Brown has named his Newcastle Knights side to face St George Illawarra Dragons this Saturday at McDonald Jones Stadium, including 20-year-old hooker Tom Starling who is set to make his NRL debut (pending NRL approval).

Changes include Jamie Buhrer named to start in his regular position of backrow and Jack Cogger returns to the halves. Kalyn Ponga has been left out of the squad with Brown opting to rest the fullback-five-eighth due to an ongoing ankle issue.

Retirees Chris Heighington and Jacob Lillyman have been named on the bench in what will be the final NRL game of their careers.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Knights is number 1 Nick Meaney
    Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Matthew Dufty
  • Winger for Knights is number 2 Ken Sio
    Winger for Dragons is number 2 Nene Macdonald
  • Centre for Knights is number 3 Sione Mata'utia
    Centre for Dragons is number 3 Zac Lomax
  • Centre for Knights is number 4 Cory Denniss
    Centre for Dragons is number 4 Timoteo Lafai
  • Winger for Knights is number 5 Shaun Kenny-Dowall
    Winger for Dragons is number 5 Jordan Pereira
  • Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Jack Cogger
    Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Kurt Mann
  • Halfback for Knights is number 7 Mitchell Pearce
    Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt

Forwards

  • Prop for Knights is number 8 Herman Ese'ese
    Prop for Dragons is number 8 James Graham
  • Hooker for Knights is number 9 Danny Levi
    Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Cameron McInnes
  • Prop for Knights is number 10 Daniel Saifiti
    Prop for Dragons is number 10 Leeson Ah Mau
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Jamie Buhrer
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Tyson Frizell
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Aidan Guerra
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims
  • Lock for Knights is number 13 Mitchell Barnett
    Lock for Dragons is number 13 Jack de Belin

Interchange

  • Interchange for Knights is number 14 Tom Starling
    Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Jeremy Latimore
  • Interchange for Knights is number 15 Chris Heighington
    Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Jai Field
  • Interchange for Knights is number 17 Josh King
    Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Blake Lawrie
  • Interchange for Knights is number 19 Pasami Saulo
    Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Luciano Leilua

Match Officials

  • Referee: Henry Perenara
  • Referee: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Touch Judge: Jeff Younis
  • Touch Judge: Rohan Best
  • Video Referee: Luke Patten
  • Senior Review Official: Jared Maxwell

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