Newcastle Knights

Knights, Dragons play for McKinnon Cup

4:53 PM   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.

Knights claim biggest scalp of winning spree

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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Twelve months on, Alex continues to rise

Alex McKinnon.

Brett Keeble   Why me? It is the question Alex McKinnon has asked himself every day, several times a day, since he regained consciousness from the tackle that ended his career but united a game.

Knights maintain perfect start against 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.

Knights unaware of Scott's possible early departure

Parting ways: Beau Scott (left) says he wants to leave the Knights at the end of the season.

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 it’’.

Sione wants to play entire career at Newcastle

Sione Mata'utia

Brett Keeble   Sione Mata'utia, who has played just nine NRL games but has already created history as Australia's youngest-ever Test representative, wants to play for the Knights for the rest of his career.

Mata'utia brothers re-sign with Knights

Rising star: Sione Mata'utia will stay in Newcastle.

Brett Keeble   Newcastle have re-signed the Mata'utia brothers - Sione, Chanel and Pat - for three more NRL seasons, keeping the trio at the club until the end of 2018.

Thurston feared neck injury after Scott tackle

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 13:  Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys is tackled by Matt Gillett of the Broncos during the NRL 1st Elimination Final match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos at 1300SMILES Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Townsville, Australia.  (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Michael Carayannis   Johnathan Thurston feared he may have suffered a neck injury after being the victim of a dangerous tackle by Newcastle players and believes they should have known better considering the injury suffered by Alex McKinnon.

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Knights' Scott poised for shock return to Sydney

Scott free: Beau Scott is keen to return to Sydney.

Adrian Proszenko   NSW forward Beau Scott is likely to make a shock return to Sydney, with St George Illawarra and Wests Tigers among the clubs jostling for his signature.

Match review chief says Scott tackle unacceptable but not dangerous throw

Centre of controversy: Knights forward Beau Scott.

James MacSmith   The NRL has conceded Johnathan Thurston was put at an "unacceptable risk of injury" in an ugly tackle by Beau Scott, despite the Newcastle back-rower avoiding suspension for the contentious hit.

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Scott can escape ban despite charge from Thurston tackle

Charged: Knights forward Beau Scott.

Michael Carayannis   Newcastle forward Beau Scott can escape a suspension despite being charged over his controversial lifting tackle on Johnathan Thurston during the Knights' win in Townsville on Saturday night.

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Scott and Houston to face suspension over tackle

Beau Scott tackle on Johnathan Thurston - screengrab

Michael Chammas   Newcastle duo Beau Scott and Chris Houston are likely to face sanction over a dangerous tackle on Cowboys skipper Johnathan Thurston on Saturday night.

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White 'lucky to escape' injury after wrestling flip tackle

Brumbies halfback Nic White is flipped by Queensland Reds flanker Liam Gill.

Chris Dutton   ACT Brumbies scrumhalf Nic White admits he was "lucky to escape unscathed" after Liam Gill's WWE brain explosion, but says it's unfair to compare the incident which resulted in close mate Alex McKinnon breaking his neck last year.

Knights fight back to beat 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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Green says 'someone needs to protect players'

Rough treatment: Johnathan Thurston.

Steve Mascord   North Queensland coach Paul Green said captain Johnathan Thurston was targeted in the loss to Newcastle and referred to Knights Beau Scott and Jeremy Smith in saying "those guys are good at it".

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Knights forwards to muscle up Cowboys monsters

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.

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 Saturday.

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Uate says he's back to his best

196. Akuila Uate (Newcastle Knights)

Brett Keeble   Newcastle's all-time leading try-scorer Aku Uate feels like he is back to peak form and fitness after struggling through the most frustrating season of his NRL career.

From Kangaroos to 18th man for Knights

Missing out: Sione Mata'utia of the Newcastle Knights.

Brett Keeble   Knights coach Rick Stone has named Dane Gagai and Joey Leilua in the centres and teenager Sione Mata'utia on the bench in an 18-man squad for Newcastle's NRL season-opener against New Zealand Warriors at Hunter Stadium on Saturday.

Stone remains undecided on Knights

Former and future coach: Newcastle mentor Rick Stone.

Newcastle coach Rick Stone remains unsettled on his first choice line-up just four days out from the Knights' NRL season opener.