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Cowboys team list: Round 1 v Bulldogs

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys Head Coach Todd Payten has named a full-strength squad for Sunday’s season-opening showdown with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

Tom Dearden has won the race to partner new skipper Chad Townsend in the halves for Round 1.

Dearden was tremendous in the trial victory over the Broncos and has been named in the No.6 jersey for the first time in his NRL career.

>>> Payten on Dearden in 6, JTB starting and our bench

Townsend, Peta Hiku and Jamayne Taunoa-Brown are set to make their Cowboys debuts in the Bulldogs clash.

Hiku has been named at centre, while Taunoa-Brown has completed an impressive pre-season with a starting front-row berth alongside Coen Hess.

Co-captain Jason Taumalolo returns for his first action of 2022 after missing the trial games with a minor hamstring complaint.

Taumalolo has been named at lock, with young guns Heilum Luki and Jeremiah Nanai rounding out the back row.

Utility Reuben Cotter joins forwards Jordan McLean, Mitch Dunn and Tom Gilbert on the interchange.

Sunday’s game kicks off at 5.15pm and members and fans attending the game are encouraged to dig deep for the Tongan Volcano Disaster Fundraiser. Members of the Pasifika Communities Townsville will be stationed at various entry point accepting donations.

Cowboys team to play Bulldogs:

1.    Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow

2.    Kyle Feldt

3.    Valentine Holmes

4.    Peta Hiku

5.    Murray Taulagi

6.    Tom Dearden

7.    Chad Townsend (c)

8.    Jamayne Taunoa-Brown

9.    Reece Robson

10.  Coen Hess

11.  Heilum Luki

12.  Jeremiah Nanai

13.  Jason Taumalolo (c)


14.  Reuben Cotter

15.  Jordan McLean

16.  Mitch Dunn

17.  Tom Gilbert


18.  Jake Granville

19.  Scott Drinkwater

20.  Griffin Neame

21.  Brendan Elliot

22.  Ben Condon

23.  Connelly Lemuelu

24.  Daejarn Asi

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.