during the round 26 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on September 3, 2017 in Newcastle, Australia.

Coach Nathan Brown has named a 17-man team for Saturday’s sold out trial match against the Parramatta Eels.

“A good performance this week can help people start the year in first grade,” Brown said on Tuesday.

“There are some spots that we’re pretty settled on and regardless of how certain people go this week, those guys need to know the coach has got confidence in them.

“One average team performance is not going to dictate team selection but on the other hand, for a lot of our other younger players that have had an easier run into first grade, they need to understand to be a good first grader, you’ve got to play consistently well for long periods, week in week out.”

Knights Team

  1. Kalyn Ponga
  2. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
  3. Sione Mata’utia
  4. Tautau Moga
  5. Nathan Ross
  6. Connor Watson
  7. Mitchell Pearce
  8. Daniel Saifiti
  9. Slade Griffin
  10. Jacob Lillyman
  11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon
  12. Aidan Guerra
  13. Herman Ese’ese
  14. Danny Levi
  15. Chris Heighington
  16. Jamie Buhrer
  17. Jacob Saifiti


  1. Looks like a competitive team. I wonder what players Andrew Johns will talk into heading up to Newcastle at seasons end from the Sydney Roosters?

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