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Asiata returns to NRL action

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys premiership-winning forward John Asiata will make his first appearance since Round 7 in Saturday night's clash with the Raiders at GIO Stadium.

Asiata was feared to be out for the season after tearing a pec against the Titans early in the season, but is set to return to the field in just 12 weeks after being named in Paul Green's starting side for the Canberra encounter.

The 25-year-old replaces co-captain Matt Scott in the front-row with the Cowboys veteran failing to overcome an ongoing neck issue.

Queensland State of Origin stars Gavin Cooper and Coen Hess have also been named in Green's starting side, but their availability will depend on their recovery from Wednesday night's series finale against NSW.

Shane Wright holds his spot on the bench after a promising season debut against South Sydney in Round 16 and is joined on the interchange by Ben Hampton, Shaun Fensom and Corey Jensen.

Centre Justin O'Neill, forwards Ethan Lowe, Mitchell Dunn and Francis Molo as well as halfback Jake Clifford make up the reserves list.

Saturday's game kicks off at 7.30pm.

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Canberra Raiders
Round 18, 2018 NRL Telstra Premiership
7.30pm, Saturday 14 July, GIO Stadium

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1. Lachlan Coote
2. Kyle Feldt
3. Enari Tuala
4. Kane Linnett
5. Antonio Winterstein
6. Te Maire Martin
7. Johnathan Thurston (C)
8. John Asiata
9. Jake Granville
10. Scott Bolton
11. Gavin Cooper
12. Coen Hess
13. Jason Taumalolo
14. Ben Hampton
15. Shaun Fensom
16. Shane Wright
17. Corey Jensen
18. Justin O'Neill
19. Ethan Lowe
20. Mitchell Dunn
21. Francis Molo
23. Jake Clifford 

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.