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Coach Todd Payten has made two changes to his North Queensland Toyota Cowboys NYC team to take on the Sharks at 1300SMILES Stadium this afternoon.

Fullback Yamba Bowie has again been ruled out with a hamstring injury, with utility Kyle Laybutt moving from the bench to fullback.

In the forwards, bench prop Viliame Kikau is out with concussion, with Mitchell Dunn and Trey Kemp coming on to the bench from outside of the 17-man squad originally named.

The young Cowboys are in second place on the NYC ladder with 23 points (10 wins, three losses, one draw and a bye), three points adrift of the Penrith Panthers and equal with the Brisbane Broncos, but ahead of the table on points differential.

Today’s round 16 game kicks off at 1pm at 1300SMILES Stadium.

COWBOYS NYC: 14. Kyle Laybutt 2. Gideon Mosby 3. Akeripa Tia Kilifi 4. Conor Carey 5. Scott Schulte 6 Ty Carucci 7. Cooper Bambling 8. Braden Uele 9. Andrew Niemoeller 10. Ross Bella 11. Bill Cullen 12. Temone Power 13. Kieran Quabba (c). Interchange: 15. Jordan Kenworthy 16. David Munro 18. Mitchell Dunn 19. Trey Kemp.

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