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The Toyota North Queensland Cowboys have named an 18-man squad for their trial match against the Sharks at the Mackay Showgrounds on Saturday, February 19.
Head coach Graham Murray has named a strong side which will include QLD Origin and Australian representatives Matt Bowen and Matt Sing as well as new recruits Carl Webb, Johnathan Thurston and Justin Smith.
David Myles and Chris Sheppard retain their positions in the halves after strong showings in the club's first trial against the Comets.
New Zealand Tri-series skipper Paul Rauhihi has the captaincy for this clash and after a great off-season is ready to go.
Queensland State Of Origin utility Paul Bowman has also had a great off season. Infact it is the first off season he has been able to have in a couple of years as he has been hampered with injury but Bowman is looking better and fitter then ever.
Matt Bowen's cousin Brenton will fill the vacant wing spot left open by Ty Williams who went under the knife in the off season. Williams is expected to be back in the first few rounds but will have to fight to get his spot back after a great performance against the Comets by Brenton.
The North Queensland Young Guns will play in the curtain raiser against the Mackay Sea-Eagles. The main game will kick off at 7.30 pm.
Toyota Cowboys 1 Matt Bowen 2 Brenton Bowen 3 Josh Hannay 4 Paul Bowman 5 Matt Sing 6 David Myles 7 Chris Sheppard 8 Paul Rauhihi ? 9 Aaron Payne 10 Shane Tronc 11 Steve Southern 12 Carl Webb 13 Luke O'Donnell Bench 14 Johnathan Thurston 15 Rod Jensen 16 Leigh McWilliams 17 Justin Smith 18 Mitchell Sargent
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