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NYC coach Aaron Payne has made one change to his team to take on Cronulla in this afternoon’s 2016 under-20s season-opener at 1300SMILES Stadium.

New recruit Reuben Cotter, wearing the No.19 jersey, will start at hooker in place of Brandon Smith.

The rest of the team will line up as per program.

The game kicks off at 4.05pm.

COWBOYS: 1 Kalyn Ponga, 2 Gideon Gela-Mosby, 3 Bacho Salam, 4 Nathan Traill, 5 Marcus Jensen, 6 Ty Carucci, 7 Cooper Bambling, 8 Ross Bella, 19 Reuben Cotter, 10 Nicholas Brown, 11 Coen Hess (c), 12 Cody Grills, 13 Jordan Kenworthy. Interchange: 14 Calum Gahan, 15 Kaleb Fuimaono, 16 Darryn Schonig, 17 Emry Pere.

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.