Final team: Cowboys v Knights

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North Queensland Toyota Cowboys head coach Paul Green has made a late change to his team to take on the Newcastle Knights in Round 8 National Rugby League action tonight.

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Utility Ray Thompson will play his first footy of the 2017 season with Green bringing him into the side from the 21-man squad named on Tuesday.

Thompson, a veteran of 100-plus NRL games, has spent the first two months of the season battling a knee injury but has been cleared fit to play tonight.

Ben Hampton will be the 18th man.

The game kicks off at 5.30pm.

NRL COWBOYS: 1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Kyle Feldt, 3. Justin O’Neill, 4. Kane Linnett, 5. Antonio Winterstein, 6. John Asiata, 7. Michael Morgan, 8. Patrick Kaufusi, 9. Blake Leary, 10. Scott Bolton, 11. Gavin Cooper, 12. Coen Hess, 13. Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: 15. Ethan Lowe, 16. Ben Spina, 17. Corey Jensen, 19. Ray Thompson.