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Cowboys team list: Round 1 v Dolphins

Zac Laybutt has won the race for the vacant right centre spot in Todd Payten’s Round 1 squad for the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys season-opening showdown with The Dolphins at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Laybutt will partner Cowboys veteran Kyle Feldt on the right edge, with Murray Taulagi and Valentine Holmes to continue their lethal left-side combination.

Heilum Luki is due for his maiden Round 1 starting berth, partnering Jeremiah Nanai in the second row.

Sam McIntyre and Kulikefu Finefeuiaki have claimed the final two interchange spots on the back of impressive Pre-Season Challenge performances.

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Sunday’s fixture marks the first official outing for new Cowboys skippers Tom Dearden and Reuben Cotter, with Dearden to become the youngest captain in club history at just 22-years-old.

Sunday’s game kicks off at 3pm (QLD).

Cowboys team to play Dolphins:

1. Scott Drinkwater

2. Kyle Feldt

3. Valentine Holmes

4. Zac Laybutt

5. Murray Taulagi

6. Tom Dearden (c)

7. Chad Townsend

8. Jordan McLean

9. Reece Robson

10. Jason Taumalolo

11. Heilum Luki

12. Jeremiah Nanai

13. Reuben Cotter (c)


14. Jake Granville

15. Griffin Neame

16. Sam McIntyre

17. Kulikefu Finefeuiaki


18. Tom Chester

19. Tom Mikaele

20. Semi Valemei

21. Jack Gosiewski

22. Jake Clifford

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.