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Veteran winger Antonio Winterstein has been ruled out of this Friday’s National Rugby League preliminary final against the Cronulla Sharks at Allianz Stadium.

The in-form outside back is still recovering from a rib injury and will miss a second game after being a late withdrawal in the team’s elimination final game against the Brisbane Broncos last week.

Winterstein’s usual left edge partner, centre Kane Linnett, has been named in Paul Green’s 17.

Javid Bowen – who filled in for Linnett in the centres against the Broncos – will shift on to the wing.

Friday’s preliminary final at Allianz Stadium kicks off at 7.55pm with the winner advancing to the 2016 NRL Grand Final.

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Cronulla Sutherland Sharks
Preliminary Final, 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series
7.55pm, Friday 23 September, Allianz Stadium

1. Lachlan Coote
2. Kyle Feldt
3. Justin O’Neill
4. Kane Linnett
5. Javid Bowen
6. Michael Morgan
7. Johnathan Thurston (c)
8. Matt Scott (c)
9. Jake Granville
10. James Tamou
11. Gavin Cooper
12. Coen Hess
13. Jason Taumalolo

14. Rory Kostjasyn
15. John Asiata
16. Scott Bolton
17. Ben Hannant

Coach: Paul Green

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.