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Newcastle set to RiseForAlex

In a show of solidarity, all NRL clubs have chosen to support the RiseForAlex Fund in both Rounds 19 and 20, enabling the fans to make donations by purchasing a RiseForAlex wristband which will be sold at venues across this weekend and next.

This weekend’s centrepiece will be a celebration on Sunday, July 20 in Newcastle, hosted at Hunter Stadium with Alex as the special guest.

Gates at Hunter Stadium will open at 11am and upon arrival members and fans will be entertained in a specially created RiseForAlex precinct showcasing live music, radio broadcasts and family friendly activities. A celebration for Alex will take place in the stadium pre-match and during half time, with full details still to be announced.

Family tickets for this weekend’s round of the NRL Telstra Premiership start from just $50, with junior passes accepted at most venues (excluding Eels and Rabbitohs at Pirtek).

Fans attending the Knights v Titans match are encouraged to arrive early.

To get your ticket for Sunday's game, CLICK HERE.

Game day information

Sunday July 20, Round 19
Newcastle Knights v Gold Coast Titans
Gates open: 11.00am        
NYC kick off: 11.15am          
NRL kick off: 2.00pm

How you can Rise for Alex in Round 19:

  • The NRL will be donating one dollar to the RiseForAlex Fund for every Rugby League fan who attends any match during Round 19.
  • Fans can make donations by purchasing a RiseForAlex wristband that will be sold at all matches across the RiseForAlex Round (Round 19 & 20).
  • Fans can also make donations online at or by texting RiseForAlex to 0498 555 555.
  • The NRL Footy Show, along with Telstra, will open up the lines for donations with a call centre from 8.30pm AEST on July 17. Telephone: 1800 441 991.
  • 150 Telstra volunteers and players from several clubs will answer calls during the night.
  • The Daily Telegraph will donate one dollar from every newspaper sold on Saturday 19 July.

The RiseForAlex Fund has been established to provide ongoing financial and medical support to the Newcastle Knights forward and is independently managed by a board of directors.

Broadcast partners

The NRL’s broadcast partners Fox Sports, 2GB and Triple M have also contributed support to the RiseForAlex round. 

Precinct entertainment

The Hunter Stadium precinct will be transformed this Sunday, as Alex McKinnon returns to Newcastle and watches his Knights teammates take on the Titans for the centrepiece match of the RiseForAlex Round.

Thanks to Sony Music, Jessica Mauboy, Jai Waetford and Taylor Henderson will all RiseForAlex as they perform as part of the activities at Hunter Stadium and welcome Alex home for the first time since his injury in March this year.  

The precinct area will also have rides, jumping castles, dodgem cars, a coaching clinic, face painting, photo booths, food stalls and other live performances.


Membership packs for all Members who renewed or joined before midnight on Wednesday July 9, should now have arrived via post, or collected by the Member.

Those who join after Thursday July 10 will need to collect a temporary ticket for access to the game against the Gold Coast Titans on Sunday July 20 as well as the Sydney Roosters game on Friday July 25. Temporary tickets will need to be collected from the Membership Box Office. Member card and packs will then be mailed out and will arrive before the Round 22 home game against the Melbourne Storm on Saturday August 9.

Members who can’t make it to the game on Sunday are encouraged to lend their Membership pass to a friend or family member to gain access as for every person through the gate, the NRL will donate $1 to the RiseForAlex Fund.

Pick up Member inclusions before game day to avoid queues

Membership inclusions are available for collection now from the Hunter Sports Superstore and Members are encouraged to pick them up prior to game day to avoid queues at the Superstore.