GIDLEY IN SERIOUS DOUBT FOR KNIGHTS CLASH WITH THE COWBOYS

The visiting Prince William could be a surprise spectator at the Knights clash with the Cowboys in Townsville this Saturday night, after North Queensland sent a request to Buckingham Palace.

Exactly which 17 Newcastle players will hit the field is uncertain, with captain Kurt Gidley’s back injury still the major concern.

Matt Hilder moves to hooker in place of the injured Isaac De Gois, while Ben Rogers will provide relief from the bench.