Linnett ruled out for Cowboys

North Queensland have been struck a blow ahead of their NRL semi-final against Brisbane with centre Kane Linnett ruled out.

Javid Bowen has been named to make his ninth first grade appearance after Linnett failed to overcome a torn calf muscle.

Meanwhile Canberra have named hooker Josh Hodgson (ankle) and five-eighth Blake Austin (broken hand) to take on Penrith but their classy No.9 remains in serious doubt.

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