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Cowboys team list: Round 14 v Storm

Representative second-rower Jeremiah Nanai returns from suspension to battle the Melbourne Storm at Queensland Country Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The 20-year-old has been sidelined since Round 9, missing North Queensland’s previous four games. Nanai has been named on the interchange with Heilum Luki and Luciano Leilua continuing in the second row.

North Queensland’s three State of Origin representatives, Murray Taulagi, Valentine Holmes and Reuben Cotter, have been named in the reserves and will be assessed upon their return home on Thursday afternoon.

Maroons 18th man Tom Dearden has been named at five-eighth after missing last weekend’s clash with Parramatta.

New recruit Semi Valemei replaces last week’s debutant Rob Derby, who picked up a minor quad injury at training on Tuesday morning, on the wing. Valemei could be in-line for a Cowboys debut, pending the fitness of Taulagi.

Co-captain Jason Taumalolo has been named in the reserves as he closes in on a return from injury.

Sunday’s game kicks off at 4.05pm

>>> Payten on Origin quartet, Nanai's return & the wing spot

Cowboys team to play Storm:

1. Scott Drinkwater

2. Kyle Feldt

3. Zac Laybutt

4. Peta Hiku

5. Semi Valemei

6. Tom Dearden

7. Chad Townsend (c)

8. Jordan McLean

9. Reece Robson

10. Coen Hess

11. Luciano Leilua

12. Heilum Luki

13. Jake Granville


14. Jack Gosiewski

15. Jeremiah Nanai

16. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown

17. Griffin Neame


18. Kulikefu Finefeuiaki

19. Brendan Elliot

20. Jason Taumalolo

21. Ben Hampton

22. Valentine Holmes

23. Reuben Cotter

24. Murray Taulagi

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.