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Cowboys team list: Round 13 v Roosters

Jamal Shibasaki has been named to make his NRL debut in the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys clash with the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Born and bred in Townsville, Shibasaki is the brother of Cowboy No.306 Gehamat and is in his first season with the Cowboys’ NRL squad.

The 18-year-old was named Mal Meninga Cup Player of the Year in 2023 and has spent the early rounds of this season with the Mackay Cutters in the Queensland Cup splitting time between second row and middle forward.

Shibasaki has been named on the interchange alongside Harrison Edwards, who returns for his second game in Cowboys colours.

Tom Chester and Braidon Burns have been recalled for Queensland Origin stars Valentine Holmes and Murray Taulagi at centre and wing respectively.

Jake Clifford has been named at five-eighth in place of Tom Dearden in what will be Clifford’s second game since rejoining his home club.

Newly minted life member Jake Granville will make his first appearance at his preferred position at NRL level this season, with Reece Robson named at hooker for NSW.

Kulikefu Finefeuiaki and Tom Mikaele return to the starting side for Jeremiah Nanai and Reuben Cotter respectively.

Chad Townsend will captain the side in the absence of Cotter and Dearden.

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Cowboys team to play Roosters:

1. Scott Drinkwater

2. Kyle Feldt

3. Tom Chester

4. Viliami Vailea

5. Braidon Burns

6. Jake Clifford

7. Chad Townsend (c)

8. Jordan McLean

9. Jake Granville

10. Griffin Neame

11. Heilum Luki

12. Kulikefu Finefeuiaki

13. Tom Mikaele


14. Sam McIntyre

15. Harrison Edwards

16. Jamal Shibasaki

17. Jason Taumalolo


18. Kaiden Lahrs

19. Tom Duffy

20. Emarly Bitungane

21. Jai Hansen

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.