Twenty-year-old forward Peter Hola will make his NRL debut in tonight’s XXXX Derby clash between the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys and Brisbane Broncos.
A 2017 Junior Kiwis representative, Hola has starred in his first season of senior football for the Northern Pride in the Queensland Cup in 2019.
The Marist Saints Auckland junior was signed by the Cowboys at the 2016 New Zealand Schoolboys Rugby League carnival.
Hola replaces Jordan McLean in the 17 after the Cowboys vice-captain picked up a calf injury during captain’s run.
Retiring veteran Matt Scott starts in the front row in what will be his 31st and final XXXX Derby.
The rest of the side is as announced by head coach Paul Green on Tuesday.
Tonight’s game kicks off at 7.50pm
Cowboys team to play Broncos:
2. Kyle Feldt
3. Coen Hess
4. Tom Opacic
6. Michael Morgan (C)
8. Josh McGuire
15. Matt Scott
11. Gavin Cooper
12. Shane Wright
13. Jason Taumalolo
14. John Asiata
16. Scott Bolton
17. Francis Molo
18. Peter Hola