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NYC Head Coach Adam Hartigan has made one change to his side for tonight's season-opener against the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville.

Nick Newman has come into the starting side for the versatile Connor Watson, who will add an x-factor from the bench against at 1300 Smiles Stadium tonight.

The side is unchanged otherwise with young-gun Latrell Mitchell to make his first appearance of the season at fullback after being rested from the Trial period following his selection in the Australian Schoolboys Tour of the UK and France last year.

Roosters NYC (1-13):
 Latrell Mitchell, Johnny Tuivasa-Sheck, Paul Momirovski, Taane Milne, Joseph Manu, Jackson Hastings, Zac Nicholls, Richard Skelton, Nick Newman, Poasa Faamausili, Vincent Leuluai, Isaac Chrichton, Nat Butcher

Bench: Connor Watson, Sukamanu Raki, Misieli Vaikeli, Piki Rogers