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Eight North Queensland Toyota Cowboys will be involved in the opening round of the 2014 Intrust Super Cup season this weekend.

Once their five-day camp on the Gold Coast is over, three Cowboys will link up with the Mackay Cutters who open the defence of their premiership against Easts at Stadium Mackay on Saturday night, while another five Cowboys will line up for Northern Pride against Sunshine Coast at Barlow Park in Cairns late on Saturday afternoon.

Hooker Anthony Mitchell and prop Sam Hoare have been named in the Cutters’ starting pack with John Asiata to come off the interchange bench along with fellow Cowboys Tyson Martin and Dan Beasley.

New signing Matthew Wright will make his ISC debut at fullback for the Pride with Javid Bowen to play his first senior game on the wing.

Ricky Thorby and Ethan Lowe have been included in the starting pack, while Cameron King has been named on the bench which also features last year’s North Queensland NYC captain Jack Svendsen and former Cowboy Blake Leary.

Northern Pride: 1. Matthew Wright 2. Justin Castellaro 3. Brett Anderson 4. Davin Crampton 5. Javid Bowen 6. Shaun Nona 7. Sam Obst 20. Alex Starmer 9. Jason Roos 10. Ricky Thorby 11. Ethan Lowe 12. Tyrone McCarthy 13. Ben Spina 14. Cameron King 15. Blake Leary 21. Latu Fifita 17. Brent Oosen 18. Jack Svendsen 19. Semi Tadulala. Coach: Jason Demetriou.

Mackay Cutters: 1. Liam Taylor 2. James Uhatafe 3. Josh Benjamin 4. Chris Ulugia 5. Justin Tavae 6. Doug Hewitt 7. Tom Rouse 8. Sam Hoare 9. Anthony Mitchell 10. Karl Davies 11. Dean Webster 12. Chris Gesch 13. Jason Schirnack 14. Dave Petersen 15. Dan Beasley 16. John Asiata 17. Tyson Martin. Coach: Kim Williams.

Acknowledgement of Country

North Queensland Cowboys respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.