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North Queensland Toyota Cowboys Under-20s coach Aaron Payne has finalised his team for today’s Round 24 National Youth Competition match against ladder leaders the Cronulla Sharks.

Prop Emry Pere (knee injury) returns to the team, as does Nathan Traill, who comes into the fullback spot for Kalyn Ponga (NRL call-up).

In a late change, back-rower Hiale Roycroft (knee) returns to the field after a lengthy injury layoff.

He will slot straight into the back row, with Cody Maughan moving to the centres.

Payne will be looking for another strong showing from his team this weekend following their 40-16 win over the Penrith Panthers last start.

The game kicks off at 5.10pm at 1300SMILES Stadium.

COWBOYS NYC: 1. Nathan Traill, 2. Michael Carroll, 11. Cody Maughan, 4. Kurt Wiltshire, 5. Murray Taulagi, 6. Mitch Dunn (c), 7. Jake Clifford, 8. Kaleb Fuimaono, 9. Kyle Paterson, 10. Connor Luhan, 18. Hiale Roycroft, 12. Ryan Lloyd, 13. Corey Horsburgh. Interchange: 14. Sam Murphy, 15. Jayden Stephens, 16. Emry Pere, 17. Jack Lote.

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