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Ricky Thorby (knee): The front-rower tore the medial ligament in his left knee during the Northern Pride’s win against the CQ Capras on Saturday. He will be out for between two and four weeks.

• Patrick Kaufusi (pectoral): Unfortunately the young forward faces six months on the sideline after tearing his pec in the first half of the season-opening NYC game on Saturday evening. He will undergo surgery this weekend.

Lachlan Coote (knee): After rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the opening game of the NRL Auckland Nines, the fullback underwent knee reconstruction surgery and is now on a physio and upper body weights program.

• Hezron Murgha (knee): The fullback has increased his running, weights and agility program following his reconstruction surgery at the end of last season. He is now six months into his rehabilitation but is not expected to return to the playing field until mid-season.

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.