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Newcastle Herald
Max McKinney

Newcastle name NRL debutant for clash with Canberra

The Newcastle Knights have named 19-year-old Krystian Mapapalangi to make his NRL debut against Canberra Raiders on Sunday.

Mapapalangi will start in the centres after Bradman Best and Enari Tuala were dropped from the side for failing to meet team standards.

Edrick Lee returns on the wing in place of Tuala.

Experienced prop David Klemmer has also been named to make his return from a knee injury.

Klemmer and both Saifiti brothers have been named to start the game with Jacob Saifiti named at lock.

Krystian Mapapalangi. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Starting side (vs Canberra)

1 Tex Hoy

2 Edrick Lee

3 Dane Gagai

4 Krystian Mapapalangi

5 Dom Young

6 Anthony Milford

7 Adam Clune

8 David Klemmer

9 Jayden Brailey (C)

10 Daniel Saifiti

11 Tyson Frizell

12 Brodie Jones

13 Jacob Saifiti

Interchange bench

14 Phoenix Crossland

15 Pasami Saulo

16 Simi Sasagi

17 Mat Croker

Extended match squad

18 Sauaso Sue

19 Chris Randall

20 Jack Johns

21 Oryn Keeley

22 Hymel Hunt

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