Newcastle aiming to make it three wins in a row as prepare for St George Illawarra.
Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett has added Timana Tahu to an extended bench for the Newcastle Knights in the only change to their side to play St George Illawarra.
Tahu played NSW Cup last week on his return from a foot injury and could put pressure on current centres Anthony Quinn and Alex McKinnon.
As per last week’s late change, Kurt Gidley has been retained at hooker, while Beau Scott is out for an indefinite time has he continues to struggle with groin injuries in his career.
After their breakthrough win last round against their neighbors Cronulla, coach Steve Price has confirmed Cameron King (knee, round nine) is out, with Leeson Ah Mau, Daniel Vidot and Jack de Belin coming onto an extended bench.
Michael Weyman is still some weeks away from returning from a knee injury while exciting young star Josh Drinkwater could come into team calculations soon after being named to return from a shoulder injury in NSW Cup.
Dragons: Gerard Beale, Brett Morris, Chase Stanley, Matt Cooper, Jason Nightingale, Jamie Soward, Nathan Fien, Dan Hunt, Mitch Rein, Jack Stockwell, Tyson Frizell, Ben Creagh, Trent Merrin. Interchange: Bronson Harrison, Matt Prior, Leeson Ah Mau, Daniel Vidot, Jack de Belin, Michael Henderson
Knights: Darius Boyd, James McManus, Anthony Quinn, Alex McKinnon, Akuila Uate, Jarrod Mullen, Tyrone Roberts, Kade Snowden, Kurt Gidley, Willie Mason, Robbie Rochow, Chris Houston, Jeremy Smith. Interchange: Danny Buderus, Neville Costigan, Adam Cuthbertson, David Fa’alogo, Timana Tahu