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Cowboys team list: Round 13 v Titans

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys Head Coach Todd Payten has named Brendan Elliot to make his club debut in Thursday night’s XXXX Derby showdown with the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium.

Elliot will become Cowboy No.303 when he lines up on the wing against the Titans.

The 28-year-old was working as a carpenter before signing with the Cowboys in January and made an instant impression on the coaching staff.

Elliot’s inclusion on the wing sees Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow move to centre to replace Valentine Holmes, who is unavailable due to Origin duties.

Tom Dearden, Reuben Cotter and Jeremiah Nanai are also unavailable after being selected by Queensland.

Ben Hampton returns for his first NRL appearance of 2022, replacing Dearden at five-eighth.

Co-captain Jason Taumalolo returns from a knee injury at lock, with Coen Hess moving to the front-row slot vacated by Cotter.

Heilum Luki starts in the second row in place of Nanai.

Connelly Lemuelu has been named on the interchange, joining Jake Granville, Jamayne Taunoa-Brown and Griffin Neame.

Thursday’s game kicks off at 7.50pm.

>>> Payten on Elliot's club debut, Hampton's return & HTF's shift to centre

Cowboys team to play Titans:

1.    Scott Drinkwater

2.    Brendan Elliot

3.    Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow

4.    Peta Hiku

5.    Murray Taulagi

6.    Ben Hampton

7.    Chad Townsend (c)

8.    Jordan McLean

9.    Reece Robson

10.  Coen Hess

11.  Tom Gilbert

12.  Heilum Luki

13.  Jason Taumalolo (c)

Interchange

14.  Jake Granville

15.  Connelly Lemuelu

16.  Jamayne Taunoa-Brown

17.  Griffin Neame

Reserves

18.  Ben Condon

19.  Kane Bradley

20.  Brendan Frei

22.  Riley Price

23.  Jake Bourke

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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