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Coach making tough choices

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys head coach Paul Green has made a host of changes to his 21-man squad to face the Warriors at 1300SMILES Stadium on Friday evening.

Fullback Michael Morgan returns to the side after being rested for the Round 14 clash in Darwin and will replace Lachlan Coote who drops out of the squad.

Centre Justin O'Neill moves to the extended bench with Kane Linnett promoted to the starting side after two encouraging performances in his return from a pre-season pec injury.

Winger Antonio Winterstein has been rested and is replaced by Javid Bowen.

Scott Bolton returns after missing the past fortnight with a rib cartilage injury and will partner co-captain Matt Scott in the front row with Sam Hoare reverting to the interchange.

Queensland stars Gavin Cooper and Coen Hess return to the starting side after beginning the Eels clash from the bench due to the quick back-up from State of Origin.

After a sensational performance for the Northern Pride in the Queensland Cup last weekend, Ben Hampton has fought his way back into the side and will partner forwards Shaun Fensom, Corey Jensen and Hoare on the interchange.

O'Neill joins forwards Ethan Lowe, Mitchell Dunn and Francis Molo on the extended bench.

Friday's game kicks off at 6pm.

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v New Zealand Warriors
Round 15, 2018 NRL Telstra Premiership
6pm, Friday 15 June, 1300SMILES Stadium

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1. Michael Morgan
2. Kyle Feldt
3. Enari Tuala
4. Kane Linnett
5. Javid Bowen
6. Te Maire Martin
7. Johnathan Thurston (C)
8. Matthew Scott (C)
9. Jake Granville
10. Scott Bolton
11. Gavin Cooper
12. Coen Hess
13. Jason Taumalolo

14. Ben Hampton
15. Shaun Fensom
16. Corey Jensen
17. Sam Hoare

18. Justin O'Neill
19. Ethan Lowe
20. Mitchell Dunn
21. Francis Molo

Acknowledgement of Country

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