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Cowboys team list: Round 17 v Rabbitohs

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys Head Coach Todd Payten has made a host of changes to his side with Valentine Holmes, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow and Francis Molo unavailable due to Queensland commitments for Friday night’s clash with South Sydney.

Daejarn Asi will play his first NRL game for 2021, replacing Holmes at fullback. Asi played five games at the back end of the 2020 season, splitting his time between five-eighth and centre, but will don the No.1 for the first time his NRL career on Friday night.

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Connelly Lemuelu returns from a broken thumb at centre in a straight swap for Tabuai-Fidow. Lemuelu has been sidelined since Round 11, but had nailed down a spot in Payten’s side before injuring his hand.

Tom Gilbert has been named on the interchange despite still being in isolation due to the COVID-19 case on Magnetic Island. Gilbert continues to follow advice from QLD Health and the NRL, but it is hoped he will be permitted to leave isolation in the coming days.

Twenty-one-year-old outside back Michael Bell makes his first appearance in Payten’s 21-man squad. Bell has been named in the reserves alongside Peter Hola, Kane Bradley and Ben Condon.

Friday’s game kicks off a 7.55pm.

Cowboys team to play Rabbitohs:

1.     Daejarn Asi

2.     Kyle Feldt

3.     Javid Bowen

4.     Connelly Lemuelu

5.     Murray Taulagi

6.     Scott Drinkwater

7.     Tom Dearden

8.     Coen Hess

9.     Reece Robson

10.  Jordan McLean

11.  Shane Wright

12.  Mitch Dunn

13.  Jason Taumalolo (c)

Interchange

14.  Jake Granville

15.  Tom Gilbert

16.  Lachlan Burr

17.  Heilum Luki

Reserves

18.  Peter Hola

19.  Michael Bell

20.  Ben Condon

21.  Kane Bradley