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Cowboys team list: Round 22 v Tigers

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys Head Coach Todd Payten has named Jeremiah Nanai and Griffin Neame to make their NRL debuts against the Wests Tigers at Queensland Country Bank Stadium on Saturday evening.

Eighteen-year-old Nanai and 20-year-old Neame are both products of the Cowboys Academy system and are in their first seasons with the NRL squad.

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Nanai was just 17 when he joined the Cowboys’ top squad for his first pre-season in November. A Cairns Kangaroos junior, Nanai played the majority of his junior football as a second-rower, but also has the ability to play middle forward or centre.

A former Junior Kiwis rep, Neame grew up in Greymouth on New Zealand’s South Island before relocating to North Queensland as a 17-year-old.

A hulking middle forward, Neame had been in stellar form for the Townsville Blackhawks prior to the pausing of the Queensland Cup competition.

Two weeks after making his maiden fullback appearance in the NRL, Jake Granville will start at centre for the first time at the top level.

Granville’s inclusion sees Ben Hampton shift from centre to the wing. Daejarn Asi also comes into the side at right centre, replacing Connelly Lemuelu, who shifts to the reserves.

Francis Molo returns to the starting side after being rested last week, with Tom Gilbert reverting to the interchange.

Youngster Ben Condon replaces injured Cowboys skipper Jason Taumalolo in the second row.

Cowboys team to play Tigers:

1.    Valentine Holmes

2.    Kyle Feldt

3.    Daejarn Asi

4.    Jake Granville

5.    Ben Hampton

6.    Scott Drinkwater

7.    Tom Dearden

8.    Francis Molo

9.    Reece Robson

10.  Jordan McLean (c)

11.  Ben Condon

12.  Heilum Luki

13.  Coen Hess

Interchange

14.  Tom Gilbert

15.  Jeremiah Nanai

16.  Mitch Dunn

17.  Griffin Neame

Reserves

18.  Peter Hola

19.  Connelly Lemuelu

20.  Shane Wright

21.  Laitia Moceidreke

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.

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