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Dragons halfback Brett Firman has overcome a hamstring injury to play in the club's must-win round 25 Telstra Premiership clash with the Knights at Oki Jubilee Stadium on Sunday.
Firman, 21, was withdrawn just hours before last Friday's 22-14 loss to Melbourne, and was sorely missed. He replaces Dean Byrne who filled the gap last week.
Dragons coach Nathan Brown is confident centre Mark Gasnier will play despite soreness in his quad. Gasnier, 22, thought he had re-injured the muscle which had sidelined him for four weeks prior to the Storm game, but he had just pulled up sore.
The only other change is the addition of Mathew Head to the bench of five (one to be omitted), in place of Craig Stapleton. The bench also includes John Cross, who was named on the interchange list early last week but not selected to play.
TEAM LIST - Sunday, August 31 - Oki Jubilee Stadium 3pm NRL: DRAGONS V KNIGHTS; 1pm Premier League: Dragons v Knights
NRL (Rd 25) Coach: Nathan Brown
1 Ben HORNBY 2. Nathan BLACKLOCK 3. Mark GASNIER 4. Matt COOPER 5. Ben CREAGH 6. Shaun TIMMINS 7. Brett FIRMAN 8. Chris LEIKVOLL 9. Mark RIDDELL 10. Luke BAILEY 11. Brent KITE 12. Lance THOMPSON (c) 13. Dean YOUNG INTERCHANGE 14. Ashton SIMS 15. John CROSS 16. Henry PERENARA 17. Damien BOWER 18. Mathew HEAD *ONE TO BE OMITTED
Premier League (Rd 21) Coach: Michael Potter
1. Mark CHRISTENSEN 2. Hassan SALEH 3. Chris NERO 4. John WILSHERE 5 Etuate UAISELE 6. Lachlan RUSSELL 7. Dean BYRNE (c) 8. Ian DONNELLY 9. Peter ELLIS 10. Craig STAPLETON 11. Justin POORE 12. Gary McBRIDE 13. Ryan POWELL INTERCHANGE 14. Jason ELLEM 15. Mark DALLE CORT 16. Shannon FISH 17. Brendan WALL 18. Bryan NORRIE 20. Robbie SIMPSON