NRL team list: Round 3 v Sharks

Incumbent Queensland and Australian No.13 Josh McGuire has been named to replace injured superstar Jason Taumalolo at lock for the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys Round 3 showdown with the Cronulla Sharks at 1300SMILES Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

McGuire’s shift to lock is one of a number of changes made by head coach Paul Green with Ben Hampton, Jake Clifford and Corey Jensen all named to make their first NRL appearances of 2019.

Clifford will partner skipper Michael Morgan in the halves, with Te Maire Martin moving to fullback.

Jordan Kahu shifts from fullback to form a new centre pairing with Hampton, while Jensen has been named on the interchange.

Coen Hess returns to the starting side after moving to the bench in Round 2 and will partner Gavin Cooper in the second row.

Second-rower Shane Wright and teenage middle forward Peter Hola make their first appearances in Green’s 21-man squad for 2019, named in the reserves alongside centres Justin O’Neill and Enari Tuala.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 4.30pm (AEST).

Cowboys team to play Sharks:

1. Te Maire Martin

2. Nene Macdonald

3. Jordan Kahu

4. Ben Hampton

5. Javid Bowen

6. Jake Clifford

7. Michael Morgan (C)

8. Matt Scott

9. Jake Granville

10. Jordan McLean

11. Gavin Cooper

12. Coen Hess

13. Josh McGuire

Interchange

14. John Asiata

15. Corey Jensen

16. Mitch Dunn

17. Francis Molo

Reserves

18. Shane Wright

19. Justin O’Neill

20. Peter Hola

21. Enari Tuala