Panthers Ready For Friday Night

Penrith Panthers coach John Lang has the luxury of naming a near full strength team to take on the Newcastle Knights at Penrith Stadium this Friday night.

The noticable abscence is star centre , Ryan Girdler, who is still recovering from injury.

The 2003 Premiers have kept most of their formidable forward pack and the clash with the Knights big pack is eagerly awaited.

The team is : 1. Rhys Wesser, 2. Brett Howland, 3. Luke Lewis, 4. Paul Whatuira, 5. Luke Rooney, 6. Preston Campbell, 7. Craig Gower (c), 8. Joel Clinton, 9. Luke Priddis, 10. Martin Lang, 11. Joe Galuvao, 12. Tony Puletua, 13. Trent Waterhouse. Interchange: 14. Ben Ross, 15. Shane Rodney, 16. Luke Swain, 17. Danny Galea.