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:
2. Kyle Feldt
5. Ben Hampton
8. Francis Molo
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
Your chance to send a message to the boys
It’s been a long few weeks for the boys stuck in the bubble between training and home.
Even though you can’t be there cheering them on, you can be with them in spirit by sending them a message.
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We’re stronger together North Queensland – thanks for sending a message from your home to ours!
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