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Captain Trent Barrett will be back at five-eighth and Mark Riddell will start in the second row in their return to the Dragons for the local derby against the Sharks at Oki Jubilee Stadium this Sunday.
Barrett missed last week?s loss to the Roosters because of a shoulder injury sustained against the Broncos a week earlier, while Riddell served a one-week suspension and nursed a bruised foot.
Riddell will take Thompson?s place in the second row, with Thompson likely to be out for up to four more weeks with an ankle injury.
Ben Hornby returns to fullback from five-eighth, while Dean Young will start at lock in place of Shaun Timmins, who had surgery today on a fractured cheekbone.
A five-man bench has been named (one to be omitted), including Ashton Sims, who hasn?t played since round 15 against the Tigers because of knee surgery.
1. Ben HORNBY 2. Nathan BLACKLOCK 3. John CARLAW 4. Matt COOPER 5. Reece SIMMOND 6. Trent BARRETT ? 7. Mathew HEAD 8. Brent KITE 9. Lincoln WITHERS 10. Jason RYLES 11. Mark RIDDELL 12. Ben CREAGH 13. Dean YOUNG 14. Ashton SIMS 15. Michael HENDERSON 16. Bryan NORRIE 17. Tony JENSEN 18. Aaron WHEATLEY
*One to be omitted