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Gasnier Rejoins the St.George Bank Dragons Line-up to Play Knights
International centre Mark Gasnier is one of two new faces in a reshuffled St.George Bank Dragons team named today to play the Knights in their round four Telstra Premiership clash at WIN Stadium this Sunday.
Gasnier has not played since round one after missing the win against the Warriors because of personal problems and the loss to Melbourne last week after being chosen in Premier League.
He replaces David Howell who will play Premier League, while Sims returns after missing one game with a twisted knee.
Sims will start at prop allowing Lance Thompson to move back to his regular second row spot and Mark Riddell to return to hooker.
Ryan Powell, who started at hooker last week, has been named on a six-man bench (with two to be omitted), along with Justin Poore, Brent Kite, Michael Howell, Lincoln Withers and Ben Creagh. Kite, Howell and Withers played off the bench last week, while Poore was omitted from the line-up and Creagh scored a hat-trick of tries in Premier League.
NRL (Rd 4) v Knights at 3pm, Sun April 4 WIN Stadium Coach: Nathan Brown
1. Ben HORNBY 2. Nathan BLACKLOCK 3. Mark GASNIER 4. Matt COOPER 5. Reece SIMMONDS 6. Trent BARRETT (c) 7. Mathew HEAD 8. Luke BAILEY 9. Mark RIDDELL 10. Ashton SIMS 11. Dean YOUNG 12. Lance THOMPSON 13. Shaun TIMMINS
14. Justin POORE 15. Brent KITE 16. Michael HOWELL 17. Lincoln WITHERS 18. Ben CREAGH 19. Ryan POWELL * TWO TO BE OMITTED
Premier League (Rd 4) v Knights at 1pm, Sun April 4 WIN Stadium Coach: Michael Potter
1. Clint GREENSHIELDS 2. Andrew FREW 3. David HOWELL 4. John OLZARD 5. John CARLAW 6. Aaron GORRELL (C) 7. Lachlan RUSSELL 8. David TANGATA-TOA 9. Wade HUMPHREYS 10. Michael HENDERSON 11. Henry PERENARA 12. Willie LEYSHON 13. Tony JENSEN
15. Bryan NORRIE 16. Stacey KATU