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Cowboys team list: Round 8 v Eels

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys co-captain Chad Townsend is set to make his 200th NRL appearance in Saturday’s showdown with the Parramatta Eels at Darwin’s TIO Stadium.

The 31-year-old has made an immediate impact in his first season in North Queensland and was named captain before playing a game for the club.

On top of his seven appearances for the Cowboys, Townsend made 146 for the Sharks and 46 for the Warriors over the course of 12 NRL seasons.

Cowboys Head Coach Todd Payten has named an unchanged 17 for the Eels clash.

Scott Drinkwater remains at fullback after a terrific performance in the victory over the Titans.

Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow has been named in the reserves for the second consecutive week as he nears closer to returning from a knee injury. The 20-year-old will again be monitored at training throughout the week with a decision to be made on his availability later in the week.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 7.05pm (7.35pm QLD).

>>> Payten on Tabuai-Fidow, Gilbert & Townsend's 200th

Cowboys team to play Eels:

1.    Scott Drinkwater

2.    Kyle Feldt

3.    Valentine Holmes

4.    Peta Hiku

5.    Murray Taulagi

6.    Tom Dearden

7.    Chad Townsend (c)

8.    Jordan McLean

9.    Reece Robson

10.  Coen Hess

11.  Heilum Luki

12.  Jeremiah Nanai

13.  Jason Taumalolo (c)


14.  Jake Granville

15.  Tom Gilbert

16.  Reuben Cotter

17.  Griffin Neame


18.  Jamayne Taunoa-Brown

19.  Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow

20.  Connelly Lemuelu

21.  Ben Condon

22.  Emry Pere

23.  Brendan Elliot

24.  Ben Hampton

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.