North Melbourne has named an unchanged line-up for the first time this season as it prepares to take on Essendon on Sunday.

David Noble has elected not to alter the formula which saw his side gain its first victory of 2021 in its comeback win over Hawthorn.

North’s backline is finally seeing some stability as Jack Ziebell and Ben McKay improve in their roles every week.

Jy Simpkin and Ben Cunnington will be hoping for a repeat of the midfield performance last week which saw them combine for a massive 27 clearances, while Trent Dumont continues to find fitness after a long injury layoff.

Cam Zurhaar has returned to form in the forward line, kicking 6 goals in his last two games, while Taylor Garner retains his place in the 22 after an impressive three-goal performance last week.

One of Will Phillips, Tristan Xerri, Atu Bosenavulagi and Bailey Scott will be named as medical substitute.