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NRL team list: Round 22 v Newcastle

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys vice-captain Jordan McLean has been named to return from a calf injury for Saturday’s showdown with the Newcastle Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium.

McLean was a late withdrawal from Paul Green’s team to face the Broncos in Round 21 after picking up a minor calf complaint at captain’s run.

The 27-year-old will have a new front-row partner in Matt Scott, who has been named to start in place of the suspended Josh McGuire.

Jordan Kahu will also make his injury return, coming on to the wing for Gideon Gela-Mosby.

Kahu has been on the sidelines since suffering a facial fracture against the Roosters in Round 17.

Young gun Reuben Cotter has been named to make his third NRL appearance. The talented dummy-half will start from the interchange alongside forwards John Asiata, Scott Bolton and Francis Molo.

Peter Hola reverts back to the reserves after a promising NRL debut against Brisbane and is joined by fellow forwards Tom Gilbert and Corey Jensen as well as outside back Murray Taulagi.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 3pm.

Cowboys team to play Knights:

1.    Scott Drinkwater

2.    Kyle Feldt

3.    Coen Hess

4.    Tom Opacic

5.    Jordan Kahu

6.    Michael Morgan (C)

7.    Jake Clifford

8.    Matt Scott

9.    Jake Granville

10.  Jordan McLean (VC)

11.  Gavin Cooper

12.  Shane Wright

13.  Jason Taumalolo


14.  Reuben Cotter

15.  John Asiata

16.  Scott Bolton

17.  Francis Molo


18.  Peter Hola

19.  Tom Gilbert

20.  Corey Jensen

21.  Murray Taulagi

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