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NRL team list: Round 4 v Sharks

Nineteen-year-old forward Tom Gilbert has been named to make his NRL debut for the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys in Saturday night’s clash with the Cronulla Sharks at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

Gilbert, a product of the Cowboys Academies Program, joined North Queensland’s NRL squad in 2019 and was named Queensland Cup Rookie of the Year and Lock of the Year as an 18-year-old.

A hard-working middle forward, Gilbert first signed with North Queensland as a 15-year-old and has spent the previous two seasons playing for Cowboys feeder club Townsville Blackhawks. 

Club stalwart Gavin Cooper returns to the side after missing the victory over the Titans with a calf complaint.

Cooper and Gilbert will both start from the interchange.

Jason Taumalolo will miss the Sharks showdown due to a knee injury, with Josh McGuire moving to lock and Francis Molo promoted to the starting side to partner skipper Jordan McLean in the front row.

Saturday night’s game kicks off at 7.35pm.

Cowboys team to play Sharks:

1.         Valentine Holmes

2.         Kyle Feldt

3.         Justin O’Neill

4.         Esan Marsters

5.         Ben Hampton

6.         Scott Drinkwater

7.         Jake Clifford

8.         Francis Molo

9.         Jake Granville

10.       Jordan McLean (C)

11.       Mitch Dunn

12.       Coen Hess

13.       Josh McGuire


14.       Reece Robson

15.       John Asiata

16.       Tom Gilbert

17.       Gavin Cooper


18.       Corey Jensen

19.       Shane Wright

20.       Tom Opacic

21.       Reuben Cotter

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