A spotlight will shine on the Newcastle Knights’ talent during this weekend’s representative round with a total of 11 Knights selected across the four games.
Knights Beau Scott, James McManus, Tyrone Roberts, Jarrod Mullen, Robbie Rochow, Darius Boyd, Korbin Sims, Dave Fa’alogo and under 20 players Jaelene Feeney, Sione Mata’utia and Jake Mamo will fly the red and blue flag in their representative sides throughout the weekend.
Winger Darius Boyd has gained selection in the Australian Kangaroo side to take on the New Zealand Kiwis in the ANZAC test to be played on Friday evening.
Beau Scott received an enormous honour after being named captain of the Country Origin side to take on rivals City in Dubbo on Sunday.
Scott is proud to lead the Country team and believes it’s a great chance for players to return to the bush and encourage the next generation of stars to chase their NRL goals.
"I started from humble beginnings playing for the Picton Magpies, so to go back to your roots and be able to represent and captain country is very special and it means a lot, because it’s where it all starts," he said this week.
The Country Origin side is set to benefit from Tyrone Roberts’ and Jarrod Mullen’s impressive combination in the halves and the speed and power of James McManus, who this week reflected on his connection to country Australia.
Robbie Rochow was called into the side on Tuesday increasing the Club’s representation to five.
Friendships will be set aside for three NYC Knights who are set pit themselves against each other in the under 20s State of Origin played in Penrith on Saturday.
Jake Mamo and Sione Mata'utia will line-up for NSW on the wing and centre respectively, while Jaelen Feeney has been chosen at halfback for Queensland.
The Newcastle Knights’ staff is also contributing to the success of the representative sides.
Danny Buderus has embraced his role as assistant coach of the Country Origin side revelling the opportunity to work with a team that reflects his rural heritage.
Knights’ assistant coach, Rick Stone is at the helm for Fiji, when they take on Samoa on Saturday night to secure a spot in the Four Nations.
Stone has fostered a passion for the Fijian side since first taking up a head-coaching role in 2011 and believes the game is vitally important to players and the country.
He has already heaped praise on Knights front rower, Korbin Sims who has taken on a dominant role in the Fijian team.
Sims will go head-to head with Knights’ Dave Fa’alogo who gained selection in the Samoan team.
The Knights’ Scott Barker has apart of the football staff for the Australian team to play New Zealand onFriday.
Australia v New Zealand, live from 7.30pm on Channel Nine (QLD and NSW)
U20s NSW v QLD, live at 5.30pm on Fox Sports
Pacific Test Fiji v Samoa, live at 7.30pm on Fox Sports
Country v City, kick off 3pm, delayed coverage from 4pm on Channel Nine