The Auckland Nines has been a launching pad for some of the brightest talents in the game in recent seasons. Michael Carayannis runs his eye over the uncapped NRL players who are expected to take the tournament by storm.
Newcastle firebrand Tariq Sims knows he needs to hose down the fire if he wants to keep his brand off the shelves.
With the Auckland Nines only a month away, first-year Newcastle coach Nathan Brown is still looking for players to add to this year's NRL roster.
A second-half strike by Victory's Ben Khalfallah secures 1-0 win over the Jets at Hunter Stadium.
Newcastle halfback Trent Hodkinson will have the shackles released as the Knights explore allowing their star recruit to play on either side of the field.
Chris Houston appears to have played his last game for the Knights after being told he does not feature in the plans of new coach Nathan Brown.
Alex McKinnon has begun a new role at the Newcastle Knights in the recruitment department.
He may have just hung up the boots, but Clint Newton will continue to be a voice for the next generation of players after earning a spot on the NRL's competition rules committee.
Mick Potter could resurrect his NRL coaching career as part of Nathan Brown's staff at Newcastle.
Knights hooker Adam Clydsdale will continue his career in Canberra next season.
Injured former Newcastle Knights player posted a video on his Instagram account on Saturday evening that reveals encouraging progress in his rehabilitation from a "devastating spinal injury".
Newcastle Knights secured their first second-tier title in 20 years with a 20-10 victory over Central Coast rivals Wyong in a spiteful NSW Cup grand final at Parramatta Stadium on Sunday.
The plan seemed foolproof. Take two competitive but financially embattled football franchises, unite them under one banner.
Newcastle have confirmed the appointment their chairman, Brian McGuigan, leaked last week with former Dragons coach Nathan Brown taking over the reins for the next three years.
Their finals experiences in the NRL were very different, but Kurt Gidley and David Simmons each bowed out with utmost respect.
An all-in brawl left junior Panthers cheerleaders screaming in fear they would be trampled as the battle for the wooden spoon boiled over.
The loser of Saturday's Penrith-Newcastle clash will earn the tag of the best "worst" team in NRL history
The six big talking points heading into the final round of the NRL with the wooden spoon and finals spots on the line.