Danny Buderus

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Wayne Bennett should have no say in his successor at Newcastle Knights

Robert Dillon Knights chief executive Matt Gidley quipped during the week that he hoped to recruit ‘‘a young Alex Ferguson’’ as replacement for soon-to-be-departed coach Wayne Bennett.

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State of Origin: Blues hooker Robbie Farah is at least equal of Maroons counterpart Cameron Smith

Robbie Farah at the Blues' team announcement on Tuesday.

Michael Carayannis Robbie Farah may have reluctantly come to terms with the fact that he will never usurp Cameron Smith of his Australian No.

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Queensland Maroons on cloud nine as Mal Meninga's men push for all-time greatness

Down and out: A ninth consecutive Origin series loss for NSW would put Queensland among the longest winning streaks in two-team competitions.

Michael Chammas Eight series in a row has Queensland on par with Australia's greatest Ashes domination over the old enemy, but just how far will the Maroons' dominance over NSW extend?

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Celebrating 100 State of Origins: Part One

Tommy Raudonikis

Wednesday’s State of Origin match at Suncorp Stadium will be the 100th since the interstate series was born in 1980.

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Celebrating 100 State of Origins: Part Three

Verbal joust: Greg Inglis and Paul Gallen during a heated exchange in game one of the 2013 series, which NSW won 14-6.

To celebrate 100 State of Origin matches, Fairfax spoke to 100 players about their best memory and the greatest moment in the history of the series. Part four will appear on Tuesday.

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Celebrating 100 State of Origins: Part Two

Andrew Johns embraces Anthony Minichiello after NSW won the 2005 State of Origin series.

To celebrate 100 State of Origin matches, Fairfax spoke to 100 players about their best memory and the greatest moment in the history of the series.

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Robbie Farah says he doesn't believe Cameron Smith is a better player

Second fiddle: NSW vice-captain Robbie Farah.

Brad Walter Robbie Farah refuses to admit his Queensland counterpart Cameron Smith is a better player, but the NSW vice-captain believes he will be unable to stake a genuine claim to be the first-choice...

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Sydney Roosters romp home to nullify Newcastle Knights

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Brett Keeble Sydney Roosters stormed home to get over the top of Newcastle at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

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Knights fuming at Jared Waerea-Hargreaves

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Ian McCullough Newcastle skipper Kurt Gidley has accused Sydney Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves of deliberately targeting opponents with his elbows.

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TV networks ready to listen to NRL's Nines proposal

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Brad Walter Channel Nine and Fox Sports would consider broadcasting a summer rugby league Nines circuit as former stars Brad Fittler, Matt Cooper and Nathan Fien threw their support behind the concept.

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Jarrod Mullen sidelined, Tyrone Roberts re-signs

Five-eighth Jarrod Mullen could miss up to four months of NRL action with a hamstring injury in a devastating blow to Newcastle's premiership hopes.

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Jarrod Mullen injury poses Newcastle Knights’ big problem

Jarrod Mullen

Just when Newcastle hoped their NRL pre-season from hell couldn’t get any worse, five-eighth Jarrod Mullen suffered what appeared to be a catastrophic injury at the Auckland Nines.

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NRL 2014: Sweet Sixteen

Josh Reynolds

Michael Chammas In two weeks' time it will be on for young and not-so young again when the competition proper kicks off.

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NRL 2014 Preview: Newcastle Knights

Michael Carayannis NRL 2014 Preview

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Jamal Idris ruled out for Panthers

Jamal Idris

James MacSmith Star centre Jamal Idris has been ruled out of Penrith's round one NRL match on Saturday with a hamstring injury.

Parramatta centre Willie Tonga benefits from Minichiello's mateship

Parramatta Eels centre Willie Tonga working hard at training.

Adrian Proszenko When Willie Tonga was down and considered bowing out, Anthony Minichiello was only a phone call away.

How the Knights turned the jeers into cheers

''I know our loyal followers will get along to support the boys after a pretty tough loss last week'': Danny Buderus.

Adrian Proszenko To appreciate just how far Newcastle have come, you have to think go back to another recent encounter against Canberra.

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Kurt Gidley: I'm not ready for Blues hooking role

Utility value: Kurt Gidley

Josh Leeson Knights captain Kurt Gidley does not believe he is ready to play hooker for NSW in the State of Origin series.

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Live: 2013 NRL Grand Final

NRL Grand Final

Michael Chammas Join LeagueHQ for full, live coverage of the 2013 NRL grand final.

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Newcastle Knights v Brisbane Broncos

Hunter Stadium, Newcastle, Friday 7.35pm (AEST)