After the success of last year's Australian half back
pairing of Chris Birch and Mike Hobbs, Thunder have been inconsistent in the playmaking department this year.
Coach Dean Thomas said: "I have quality options at both half back
and hooker and cannot wait for people to make their mind up.
Chris Birch, 20, a former Australian champion kick boxer and utilty forward Luke Georgeson will link up with the Tynesiders next month.
Nine of their players got into the line up: Noel Hickie in the full back line, Eamon Kennedy and Peter Barry in the half backs
, Andy Comerford in midfield, Denis Byrne and Henry Sheflin at half forward, with Charlie Carter and DJ Carey in the last line of attack and the elusive Joe Deane sneaking in at 15.
The reigning man of steel will also be pitting his wits up against fellow England half back
Danny Brough, and the pair are likely to be competing for the scrum half spot in Steve McNamara's starting 13.
Stamp was originally named at centre half back
but has been omitted for disciplinary reasons.
The half back
is in a rich seam of form for the Giants, who are fourth in the Engage Super League and booked their place in the last 16 of the Carnegie Challenge Cup with an impressive 40-12 win over Hull KR.
Played most of his hurling in the half back
line but accommodated in the corner.
DEJECTED: it was agony for all the Giants at Wembley, but especially for the injured half back
Two of the half forwards (usually Cavlan and Dooher) basically operate in the half back
WANTED MAN: Wakefield Trinity half back
McGrath and the Waterford half back
line are the launching pad for the Decies and if they can get enough good ball into the inside line, Waterford will profit.
Conran believed that Liam Dunne was a "banker" for a spot in the half back
line alongside Cork centre back Ronan Curran and Kilkenny star JJ Delaney - but the selectors instead plumped for Cork star Sean Og O'hAilpin, named out of position at right-half back