Newcastle Knights

Raiders chasing Knights centre Leilua

Lee Gaskin   The Canberra Raiders have "expressed some interest" in luring Knights centre Joey Leilua.

McManus in Blues mix as Knight banks on specialists

On the run: James McManus of the Knights makes a break against the Gold Coast Titans last month.

Adam Pengilly   James McManus has a near faultless record of playing some part in a State of Origin series after representing Country - and the Newcastle winger is hoping Laurie Daley sticks with specialists for the series opener.

Rick Stone hopes rest will help team reset

Stunned: Jarrod Mullen left the field five minutes before half-time suffering concussion.

Brett Keeble   Knights coach Rick Stone hopes a week off will help his frustrated team regroup and refocus.

Thurston masterclass sinks Newcastle Knights

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25:  Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys is tackled by Tariq Sims of the Knights  during the round eight NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the North Queensland Cowboys at Hunter Stadium on April 25, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Brett Keeble   North Queensland overcame the loss of two key players in the opening minutes to outlast Newcastle 26-24 in a topsy-turvy ANZAC Day battle at Hunter Stadium.

Newcastle Knight Sione Mata'utia could go from NSW Cup to Country

Country chance: Newcastle Knights young gun Sione Mata'utia.

Adrian Proszenko   The rollercoaster career of Sione Mata'utia could take another turn with the Newcastle young gun a chance of being plucked for the Country side from the NSW Cup.

Parramatta coach Brad Arthur 'cranky' despite win

Eels Tim Mannah, left, Nathan Peats, centre, and Anthony Watmough  celebrate a try against the Knights.

Michael Carayannis   A win is not enough to bring a smile to Parramatta coach Brad Arthur's face, Knights coach Rick Stone threatens to axe players.

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Eels overcome away jitters to beat Newcastle

Eels team-mates celebrate a try during their clash against the Knights in Newcastle.

Michael Carayannis   Parramatta have helped ease their diabolical away record by handing Newcastle their third consecutive defeat, beating the Knights 28-22 at Hunter Stadium on Sunday.

Wicks crosses another bridge on road to redemption

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 19: Danny Wicks of the Eels leaves thde ground with blood on his face during the round seven NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Parramatta Eels at Hunter Stadium on April 19, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

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.

Mata'utia clan unite to help victims of assault

Brothers in arms: (From left) Chanel, Peter and Sione Mata'utia.

Adrian Proszenko   Peter Mata'utia first saw the images of Newcastle local Tibor Racsits and his 12-year-old daughter Kiara being set upon by a gang of youths on Facebook.

Danny Wicks to face former club Newcastle

Facing his former club: Danny Wicks.

Adrian Proszenko   Not since Sonny Bill Williams has anyone had to wait five years to take on their former NRL club.

Barba injured as Sharks beat Knights

Painful exit: Sharks five-eighth Ben Barba is assisted from the field.

Michael Carayannis   Cronulla players last walked off Remondis Stadium to a chorus of boos with the fans soured by their 10th consecutive home loss.

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Fifita's tackle "didn't look good" according to Flanagan

Offload: Sharks prop Andrew Fifita looks to pass during the round six clash with the Newcastle Knights at Remondis Stadium.

Michael Carayannis   Andrew Fifita's first half dangerous throw tackle "didn't look good" according to Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan.

Knights unsure about Barba in Sharks comeback

Unpredictable: Ben Barba.

Brett Keeble   Knights skipper Kurt Gidley is expecting the unexpected when Cronulla X-factor Ben Barba returns from suspension against Newcastle at Remondis Stadium on Friday night.

Dragons defence ends Knights' winning ways

Bruising night: Josh Dugan was forced from the field after sustaining a blow to the chin.

Michael Carayannis   Newcastle’s Beau Scott could be a big name casualty for the Knights whose unbeaten start to the season was ended by St George Illawarra in wet conditions on Saturday night.

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A mother’s pride in her family of loyal Knights

Happy family: Mrs Mata’utia with her sons Pat, Sione and Chanel at Nobbys Beach.

Brett Keeble   Matalena Mata'utia's eyes well with tears, and not because of the howling nor'easter blowing sand and grit from nearby Nobbys Beach.

The plan to keep the Knights on top

Leading from the front: Newcastle five-eighth Jarrod Mullen.

Brad Walter   To move forward from the Nathan Tinkler era, the Knights have turned to their past and produced a mission statement that outlines the culture of the club and the way the team is expected to play.

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Tyler Randell enjoying perfect start

Dream start: Tyler Randell.

Brett Keeble   Even when he does not play, Knights all-rounder Tyler Randell is still a lucky charm.

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Eels lock in Hopoate on three-year deal - now for Beau Scott

Will Hopoate

Adrian Proszenko   Will Hopoate is poised to extend his stay at Parramatta for a further three seasons in a huge boost ahead of the Easter Monday blockbuster against Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium.

Knights, Dragons play for McKinnon Cup

New role: Alex McKinnon now has an off-field job with the Knights.

Alex McKinnon will be on the Hunter Stadium sidelines on Saturday when his two NRL clubs, Newcastle and St George Illawarra, fight it out for a trophy named in his honour.