Jersey Flegg coach Todd Lowrie has named a 17-man squad for the match against the Manly Sea Eagles on Saturday at Cessnock Sportsground.
The Jersey Flegg Cup is back after a ten-year absence following the cessation of the Under 20s National Youth Competition.
With a number of players going up to ISP this year, it’s a different look squad for Lowrie in 2018, although the fullback position is occupied by Matt Cooper who made it his own last year.
A new halves combination will form in Nash Birch and Hayden Loughrey, while Tom Starling, who trained with the top squad in pre-season and competed in Reserve Grade in parts of last year, will play a starting role in the number nine.
There will be six new players set to make their Club debuts including Henry-Siriah Fuimaono in the number eight, Brandon Russell starting at lock and Joe Bromage on the bench.
1. Matt Cooper, 2. Lachlan Farr, 3. Brayden Musgrove, 4. Mitch Andrews, 5. Justin Worley, 6. Nash Birch, 7. Hayden Loughrey, 8. Henry-Siriah Fuimaono, 9. Tom Starling, 10. Jirah Momoisea, 11. Kurtis Dark, 12. Beau Fermor, 13. Brandon Russell. Interchange: 14. Tevita Alifa, 15. Joe Bromage, 16. Luke Huth, 17. Matthew Croker.
Saturday March 10 – Round 1 Jersey Flegg
Newcastle Knights v Manly Sea Eagles
Jersey Flegg kick-off: 3pm
Venue: Cessnock Sportsground