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Cowboys team list: Round 18 v Roosters(2)

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys Head Coach Todd Payten has named Queensland State of Origin trio Valentine Holmes, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow and Francis Molo to back-up for Saturday’s clash with the Sydney Roosters at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

The Maroons trio will line-up in the series finale at the Gold Coast on Wednesday night and will be assessed upon their return to North Queensland.

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Holmes and Tabuai-Fidow return at fullback and centre respectively, which sees Daejarn Asi and Javid Bowen drop out of the side. Connelly Lemuelu remains at centre after an impressive return from injury last weekend.

Molo has been named to start at prop, with Coen Hess reverting to the interchange.

Peter Hola returns for his first NRL appearance since Round 14, replacing fellow young gun Heilum Luki, who will miss the match through suspension, on the interchange.

The match will also mark a night of milestones for two Cowboys veterans.

Fan favourite Jake Granville will celebrate his 150th game for the club, becoming just the 16th player to reach the mark, while prop Jordan McLean will play his 150th NRL match.

Saturday’s match kicks off at 5.30pm.

Cowboys team to play Roosters:

1.    Valentine Holmes

2.    Kyle Feldt

3.    Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow

4.    Connelly Lemuelu

5.    Murray Taulagi

6.    Scott Drinkwater

7.    Tom Dearden

8.    Francis Molo

9.    Reece Robson

10.  Jordan McLean

11.  Shane Wright

12.  Mitch Dunn

13.  Jason Taumalolo (c)


14.  Jake Granville

15.  Tom Gilbert

16.  Coen Hess

17.  Peter Hola


18.  Lachlan Burr

19.  Javid Bowen

20.  Ben Condon

21.  Daejarn Asi

22.  Kane Bradley

Acknowledgement of Country

North Queensland Cowboys respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.