North Queensland Toyota Cowboys NYC coach Aaron Payne is set to welcome livewire No.1 Kalyn Ponga back to the team when the under-20s host the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Friday night.

Ponga has been named in his customary fullback position after two weeks as custodian for the club’s NRL team – with the return from injury of first-choice fullback Lachlan Coote to first grade, Ponga moves back to the National Youth Competition outfit.

Ponga’s expected return to NYC footy means Nathan Traill moves back to the wing, while Kurt Wiltshire shifts back into the extended 23-man squad.

This will be the young Cowboys' first game in a fortnight after their round 4 match against the Titans was postponed after a flight cancellation left them unable to get to the venue in Cudgen, in far northern New South Wales, on time.

The team is undefeated in 2017 after winning their first three matches of the season.


North Queensland Toyota Cowboys NYC v South Sydney Rabbitohs NYC
4.50pm, Friday 31 March, 1300SMILES Stadium

1. Kalyn Ponga
2. Michael Carroll
3. Enari Tuala
4. Bacho Salam
5. Nathan Traill
6. Mitch Dunn (c)
7. Jake Clifford
8. Kaleb Fuimaono
9. Calum Gahan
10. Emry Pere
11. Cody Maughan
12. Hiale Roycroft
13. Corey Horsburgh

Interchange
14. Duarne Dempsey
15. Jack Glossop
16. Connor Luhan
17. Jack Lote

Reserves
18. Sam Murphy
19. Kurt Wiltshire
20. Ryan Lloyd
21. Solomon Vasuvulagi
22. Oscar Carter
23. Peter Hola