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Posted by RLPA

February 02, 2016

Bowen back in the saddle in Auckland

The North Queensland Cowboys squad for the Auckland Nines will welcome back to the field Matty Bowen along with 13 players from the 2015 NRL Telstra Premiership-winning team.

Bowen, 33, has returned to work at the Cowboys in a community role after two years in England where he helped Wigan to consecutive Super League grand finals. The Nines will be a playing farewell appearance for the 270 game veteran.

National Youth Competition single-season try-scoring record-holder Gideon Gela-Mosby – who scored 39 four-pointers in the Cowboys’ 2015 under-20s campaign – and his NYC teammate Coen Hess are also in the 18-man squad.

The Cowboys’ Nines team is playing in the Rangitoto Pool against the Knights, West Tigers and the Panthers.

2016 NRL Auckland Nines squad:

  1. Matthew Bowen
  2. Kyle Feldt
  3. Justin O’Neill
  4. Kane Linnett
  5. Antonio Winterstein
  6. Lachlan Coote
  7. Ray Thompson
  8. John Asiata
  9. Jake Granville
  10. James Tamou
  11. Gavin Cooper (c)
  12. Ethan Lowe
  13. Jason Taumalolo
  14. Michael Morgan
  15. Rory Kostjasyn
  16. Coen Hess
  17. Matthew Wright
  18. Gideon Gela-Mosby

Photo: Matty Bowen makes his return to the Cowboys for the Nines (

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