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Cowboys team list: Round 9 v Dolphins

Viliami Vailea has been named to make his North Queensland Toyota Cowboys debut in Saturday’s XXXX Derby showdown with The Dolphins at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

The 21-year-old is set to become Cowboy No.315, replacing Tom Chester, who is facing a month on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury, at centre.

Vailea is in his first campaign with the Cowboys, joining the club after appearing in 17 games for the Warriors over the course of three seasons following his NRL debut in 2021.

Fresh off inking a five-year contract extension, Heilum Luki will make his return from ankle surgery against The Dolphins.

Luki, who has been sidelined since Round 2, has been named on the interchange in place of Jake Granville, who reverts to the reserves.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 7.35pm

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Cowboys team to play Dolphins:

1. Scott Drinkwater

2. Kyle Feldt

3. Valentine Holmes

4. Viliami Vailea

5. Semi Valemei

6. Tom Dearden (c)

7. Chad Townsend

8. Jordan McLean

9. Reece Robson

10. Griffin Neame

11. Kulikefu Finefeuiaki

12. Jeremiah Nanai

13. Reuben Cotter (c)


14. Heilum Luki

15. Tom Mikaele

16. Sam McIntyre

17. Jason Taumalolo


18. Jake Granville

19. Jake Clifford

20. Harrison Edwards

21. Jamal Shibasaki

22. Jaxon Purdue

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.