North Queensland Toyota Cowboys skipper Jason Taumalolo and fellow forwards Francis Molo and Lachlan Burr have been named to return for Friday night’s clash with the Manly Sea Eagles at Lottoland.
Taumalolo and Burr missed the victory over the Warriors through suspension, while Molo was sidelined with concussion.
Burr and Molo will start from the interchange, while Taumalolo resumes his usual position at lock, which pushes Coen Hess to the second-row.
Hess, Valentine Holmes and Kyle Feldt are part of the Queensland squad for the State of Origin series opener on Wednesday and will be assessed on Thursday.
Tom Dearden has been named to make his Cowboys debut after joining the club last week. Dearden will become Cowboy No.295 and partner the in-form Scott Drinkwater in the halves.
Peter Hola retains his spot on the interchange after an impressive season debut against the Warriors. Hola is joined on the interchange by Burr, Molo and dummy-half Jake Granville.
Utility Kyle Laybutt makes his first appearance in the NRL team list for 2021. Laybutt returned to the Cowboys on a training block in the pre-season and impressed Cowboys Head Coach Todd Payten to the point his training block was extended until the end of the season.
Friday night’s game kicks off at 6pm.
Cowboys team to play Sea Eagles:
2. Kyle Feldt
3. Javid Bowen
7. Tom Dearden
8. Tom Gilbert
9. Reece Robson
10. Jordan McLean
11. Shane Wright
12. Coen Hess
13. Jason Taumalolo (c)
14. Jake Granville
15. Peter Hola
16. Lachlan Burr
17. Francis Molo
18. Justin O’Neill
19. Ben Condon
20. Daejarn Asi
21. Corey Jensen
22. Kyle Laybutt