North-Queensland Cowboys head coach Paul Green named a strong 19-man squad ahead of our clash with them at Allianz Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Minus Jake Granville, the side looks near identical to the side that faced the Brisbane Broncos in last year's Grand Final.

Led by Captain Jonathon Thurston, the Cowboys will be looking to stay in touch with the top four after a loss in Round 22 to the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval. 

The Roosters will have a big job on their hands if they're to manage Thurston's men, but will be well and truly boosted with the return of Mitchell Pearce and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

THE COWBOYS LINE-UP

1. Lachlan Coote
2. Kyle Feldt
3. Justin O’Neill
4. Kane Linnett
5. Antonio Winterstein
6. Michael Morgan
7. Johnathan Thurston (c)
8. Matt Scott (c)
9. Ray Thompson
10. James Tamou
11. Gavin Cooper
12. Ethan Lowe
13. Jason Taumalolo  

Interchange:
14. Rory Kostjasyn
15. John Asiata
16. Scott Bolton
17. Patrick Kaufusi
18. Coen Hess
19. Javid Bowen