Clint Newton made his NRL debut in Round 7 of the 2001 season, coming off the bench for the Newcastle Knights in a 45-24 victory over the Warriors.
That was the beginning of a long career, with Newton playing more than 100 games for the Knights, as well as successful stints with the Melbourne Storm, Penrith Panthers and English club Hull KR.
Newton also represented the United States in their 2013 Rugby League World Cup campaign, playing on four occasions. Newton was eligible to play for the USA after he was born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina whilst his professional golfing father was competing in the 1981 US Open.
With 273 first grade games to his name, Newton is one of the most respected figures in rugby league and was often found mentoring the next generation of players in the twilight of his career.
Since retiring, Newton has continued to work in rugby league as part of the RLPA, using his experience and respect within the game to advocate on behalf of players past, present and future.
Clint spoke to us during the week and you can check out his tips for Round 3 below!
Thursday, March 22
Storm v Cowboys
AAMI Park, 7.50pm
“I think Melbourne will be smarting after last week, while I think last week’s game might have taken a bit out of the Cowboys. You like to think Melbourne will bounce back from last week.”
Tip: Storm by 6
Friday, March 23
Bulldogs v Panthers
ANZ Stadium, 6.00pm
“Canterbury is taking a little bit of time to get used to the combinations. I think Penrith will get plenty out of the gutsy last two wins.”
Tip: Panthers by 8
Wests Tigers v Broncos
Campbelltown Stadium, 7.50pm
“There is some really great energy in the Wests Tigers at the moment and I’m liking the combination between Brooks and Benji. It’s a tough trip down to Campbelltown for the Broncos.”
Tip: Wests Tigers by 4
Saturday, March 24
Raiders v Warriors
GIO Stadium, 3.00pm
“The Warriors don’t have a great record at Canberra but they’re a team that has got a lot of confidence and energy, particularly Issac Luke getting out of dummy half. Canberra will still be hard to beat down there.”
Tip: Warriors by 10
Rabbitohs v Sea Eagles
ANZ Stadium, 5.30pm
“Pretty awesome display last week by Manly against Parramatta and I think they have the forward pack to match it with the Rabbitohs’ big pack.”
Tip: Sea Eagles by 4
Eels v Sharks
ANZ Park, 7.35pm
“I think the Eels will bounce back and bounce back hard. They’ve got a great roster and I think Brad will have worked through a number of areas that were disappointing last week.”
Tip: Eels by 6
Sunday, March 25
Titans v Dragons
Clive Berghofer Stadium, 4.10pm
“The Dragons are playing some really good, tough footy. I thought that was a really big win last week to come from behind against Cronulla. The combination of Hunt and Widdop and the forwards should take out it in a tight one.”
Tip: Dragons by 2
Roosters v Knights
Allianz Stadium, 6.30pm
“This tip is probably more heart than head. I think the Knights will go down there and really have a crack at the title contenders. Plenty of energy and getting forward well but the control from the Newcastle spine has been arguably the best combination for the season across all clubs.”
Tip: Knights by 6
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