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Gidley & Mason named in Knights 17-man team

Newcastle have named a 17-man team for their Round 8 game against Penrith on Monday night at Hunter Stadium.
Gidley & Mason named in Knights 17-man team
by NRL

Newcastle have named a 17-man team for their Round 8 game against Penrith on Monday night at Hunter Stadium.

Captain Kurt Gidley makes his return from injury following surgery in early April to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his right knee. He replaces youngster Tyrone Roberts at half-back.

After a NSW Cup game last weekend for the Knights, Willie Mason will make his return to the NRL after being named on the interchange bench. Mason comes in for Adam Cuthbertson.

Wes Naiqama, who played his first game last weekend in the NSW Cup since tearing cartilage in his knee in Round 3, replaces Junior Sa'u in the centres.

Evarn Tuimavave, who was a late inclusion for Richie Fa'aoso in Round 7, keeps his place in the team and will start the game.

Darius Boyd, James McManus, Akuila Uate, Jarrod Mullen, Chris Houston and Alex McKinnon all return from representative duties.

Newcastle Knights NRL Round 8:

1 Darius Boyd
2 James McManus
3 Wes Naiqama
4 Timana Tahu
5 Akuila Uate
6 Jarrod Mullen
7 Kurt Gidley [c]
8 Kade Snowden
9 Danny Buderus
10 Evarn Tuimavave
11 Chris Houston
12 Zeb Taia
13 Neville Costigan

14 Matt Hilder
15 Joel Edwards
16 Willie Mason
17 Alex McKinnon

Newcastle Knights v Penrith Panthers
Date: Monday April 30
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