McManus returns for Round 25
have named an 18-man team for Saturday's Round 25 game against North Queensland at Dairy Farmers Stadium.by NRL
have named an 18-man team for Saturday's Round 25 game against North Queensland at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
Knights winger James McManus returns to the line-up after missing five games due to a fractured eye socket injury he sustained in Round 19.
Recently in a Knights Insider interview, coach Wayne Bennett was asked about the imminent return of McManus and what it meant for his in-form replacement Kevin Naiqama.
"James has earned his place in the team and injury is just a part of the game," Bennett responded.
"When someone else comes up and does an excellent job, that just shows they will have a lot of opportunities.
"But you don't discard those that have served you well, and through misfortune or injury have lost their place."
Naiqama, who has played the last five games, has been named 18th man in an otherwise unchanged line-up.
NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS at Dairy Farmers Stadium, 7.30pm.
Referees: Ben Cummins, Brett Suttor
COWBOYS: Matthew Bowen, Ashley Graham, Brent Tate, Kane Linnett, Antonio Winterstein, Johnathan Thurston [c], Michael Morgan, Matthew Scott [c], Aaron Payne, James Tamou, Gavin Cooper, Glenn Hall, Dallas Johnson. Subs: Anthony Mitchell, Ricky Thorby, Ashton Sims, Scott Bolton, Joel Riethmuller (one to be omitted).
KNIGHTS: Darius Boyd, James McManus, Dane Gagai, Timana Tahu, Akuila Uate, Jarrod Mullen, Tyrone Roberts, Kade Snowden, Danny Buderus [c], Willie Mason, Chris Houston, Alex McKinnon, Neville Costigan. Subs: Rob Rochow, Zeb Taia, Adam Cuthbertson, Zane Tetevano, Kevin Naiqama (one to be omitted).
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