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NRL team list: Round 15 v Dragons

Scott Drinkwater has been named to play fullback in his North Queensland Toyota Cowboys debut against the St George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium on Friday night.

The 22-year-old only joined the Cowboys on Monday, but head coach Paul Green has wasted no time drafting the skilful fullback into his side.

Drinkwater’s inclusion sees Jordan Kahu move to the centres to partner the in-form Tom Opacic and Enari Tuala shift to the wing.

Cowboys skipper Michael Morgan will wear the No.6 for the first time in 2019, with Green opting to leave young gun Jake Clifford at halfback.

Scott Bolton starts in the front-row in place of the suspended Josh McGuire and will partner Jordan McLean, who returns from a hamstring injury.

Shane Wright has been named to start in the second row with Coen Hess remaining on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Interchange hooker Kurt Baptiste will miss the remainder of the season after tearing an ACL playing for PNG last weekend, allowing youngster Reuben Cotter to come into the side for his second NRL appearance.

Cotter is joined on the interchange by forwards John Asiata, Corey Jensen and Francis Molo.

Matt Scott has been named on the reserves as he attempts to return from a shoulder injury and is joined by forwards Peter Hola and Emry Pere as well as outside back Javid Bowen.

Friday’s game kicks off at 6pm.

Cowboys team to play Dragons:

1.    Scott Drinkwater

2.    Kyle Feldt

3.    Jordan Kahu

4.    Tom Opacic

5.    Enari Tuala

6.    Michael Morgan (C)

7.    Jake Clifford

8.    Scott Bolton

9.    Jake Granville

10.  Jordan McLean (VC)

11.  Gavin Cooper

12.  Shane Wright

13.  Jason Taumalolo


14.  Reuben Cotter

15.  John Asiata

16.  Corey Jensen

17.  Francis Molo


18.  Peter Hola

19.  Javid Bowen

20.  Matt Scott

21.  Emry Pere

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.