Robert Dillon

Robert Dillon

A sports journalist since 1986 at the Newcastle Herald and Canberra Times (four years), Robert has covered 16 seasons of NRL-level rugby league, three rugby league tours of England, Test matches, Origins, grand finals, international and Sheffield Shield cricket, Wimbledon, A-League soccer and all manner of sport at grassroots level. His stories appear across the Fairfax Media network.

Danny Wicks helps Parramatta Eels to victory on emotional return to Newcastle

Robert Dillon Eels forward Danny Wicks was up against his former Knights teammates for the first time since being released from jail. It was always going to be an emotional occasion.

Newcastle Knights defeat Penrith Panthers to record best start to season in 13 years

Winning feeling: Chris Houston of the Knights scores at Hunter Stadium.

Robert Dillon Newcastle are the NRL's new outright leaders and only undefeated team after a 26-14 triumph against Penrith at Hunter Stadium on Saturday.

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Newcastle Knights maintain perfect start with nailbiting victory over Gold Coast Titans

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22:  Joseph Leilua of the Knights is tackled by James Roberts of the Titans during the round three NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Newcastle Knights at Cbus Super Stadium on March 22, 2015 on the Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Robert Dillon Newcastle continued their best start to any NRL season since 2006 when they conjured their third come-from-behind triumph in as many weeks in beating Gold Coast 20-18.

Newcastle Knights unaware of Beau Scott's possible early departure

Robert Dillon Knights chief executive Matt Gidley says speculation that representative forward Beau Scott is interested in leaving Newcastle at the end of the season is ‘‘the first I’ve heard of...

Newcastle Knights fight back to beat North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville

Crunch time: Rory Kostjasyn of the Cowboys feels the wrath of Beau Scott.

Robert Dillon Newcastle Knights fight back for brave 16-14 NRL win over North Queensland in Townsville.

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Newcastle Knights forwards ready to muscle up against North Queensland Cowboys monster pack

Seasoned campaigner: Knights veteran David Fa'alogo.

Robert Dillon A heavyweight pack will not necessarily guarantee North Queensland an advantage in Saturday's showdown in Townsville, according to Knights veteran David Fa'alogo.

Dane Gagai steals the show as Newcastle Knights stride past New Zealand Warriors

On the burst: Dane Gagai.

Robert Dillon Knights centre Dane Gagai pressed his claims for Queensland Origin selection - and a new contract - with a starring role in Newcastle's gutsy 24-14 win against the Warriors at Hunter Stadium on...

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Newcastle Knights rookie Joseph Tapine to face court on assault charge

Charged: Knights rookie Joseph Tapine.

Sam Rigney, Robert Dillon and Brett Keeble The Newcastle Knights are facing another assault scandal after rookie forward Joseph Tapine was charged over an incident that left a man with a broken jaw.

Hunter Valley vigneron Brian McGuigan to lead Newcastle Knights' board of directors

Moving in: Brian McGuigan.

Robert Dillon Six years after he was first touted as a potential Newcastle Knights chairman, Hunter Valley vigneron Brian McGuigan is set to take charge of the club’s new-look board of directors.

Darius Boyd released by Newcastle Knights

Released by mutual consent: Darius Boyd.

Robert Dillon Darius Boyd’s enigmatic stint with Newcastle reached full-time on Friday night when the club announced he had been released by mutual consent, freeing up the cash to immediately sign forwards...

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Newcastle Knights still interested in jailed forward Russell Packer

Uncertain future: jailed forward Russell Packer.

Robert Dillon Incoming Knights coach Rick Stone has revealed the club is interested in offering Russell Packer a chance at NRL redemption once the controversial forward has been released from jail.

Fists fly as Newcastle Knights farewell Wayne Bennett with thumping win over St George Illawarra Dragons

Dane Gagai

Robert Dillon The Newcastle Knights provided coach Wayne Bennett with a farewell worth celebrating with a season-ending 40-10 win against St George Illawarra at Hunter Stadium on Sunday.

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Newcastle Knights chairman Paul Harragon falls on his sword

Departing: Knights chairman Paul Harragon.

Robert Dillon Paul Harragon will stand aside as Newcastle Knights chairman within a matter of weeks but believes the club is well placed to reinvent itself in ''the Newcastle way''.

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Broncos coach Anthony Griffin shows Wayne Bennett what his men can do

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 23: Ben Barba of the Broncos celebrates after scoring a try during the round 24 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Newcastle Knights at Suncorp Stadium on August 23, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Robert Dillon Anthony Griffin might be out of a job at the end of the season and his team still need a minor miracle to reach the NRL play-offs.

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Sione Mata'utia scores three tries as Newcastle Knights topple New Zealand Warriors

Defence: The Warriors get a rare hand on Newcastle's Sione Mata'utia, who scored three tries in yesterday's tight encounter.

Robert Dillon Teenage tyro Sione Mata'utia scored a sensational hat-trick as the Newcastle Knights ambushed the Warriors 28-22 at Hunter Stadium on Sunday.

Willie Mason told he won't be at Newcastle Knights for 2015 NRL season

On the lookout: Willie Mason is looking for a new club after being told he won't be retained at Newcastle next year.

Robert Dillon Willie Mason is in the market for his fifth NRL club after learning that the Newcastle Knights do not intend to retain him beyond this season.

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No Stone to be left unturned, Knights go back to the future with coach

Back in the hot seat: Rick Stone

Robert Dillon Almost five years since he was first appointed as Newcastle coach, Rick Stone has been reinstated to the position he reluctantly surrendered.

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Newcastle Knights beat Melbourne Storm as Kurt Gidley scores with post-siren goal in NRL thriller

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Robert Dillon Newcastle skipper Kurt Gidley kicked a goal after the siren to give Newcastle a stunning 32-30 win against Melbourne at Hunter Stadium on Saturday night.

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Chris Houston returns for Newcastle Knights in NRL clash against Melbourne Storm

Suprise visitor: Serial gatecrasher Peter Hore, right, dropped in on Chris Houston's press conference.

Robert Dillon Like several of his Newcastle Knights teammates, Chris Houston will be playing for keeps in Saturday night’s daunting clash with Melbourne Storm at Hunter Stadium.

League

South Sydney Rabbitohs hammer Newcastle Knights in Cairns

Rub it in: Chris McQueen scores for the Rabbitohs against the Knights.

Robert Dillon Master coach Wayne Bennett suffered his heaviest defeat in three seasons at the Knights when South Sydney hammered hapless Newcastle 50-10 in Cairns.

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