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Ahead of the Newcastle Knights' Round 8 match, head coach Nathan Brown, Korbin Sims, Robbie Rochow and James McManus attended the Nobbys dawn service. 

The players were also joined by opponents Manly Sea Eagles in laying wreaths during the service. 

Playing on ANZAC Day is considered to be an incredible honour for the players.

For Newcastle Knights' joint-captain, Tariq Sims, Monday's match will be the second in a row he has played on ANZAC Day in the Club's commemorative ANZAC jersey. 

“We should all consider ourselves lucky to be playing on such a tremendous day,” he said.

“It’s such a great day and last year we were lucky enough to play on the same day.

“This year to go around and play it again with those great jersey that we have and play our arch rivals, Manly, it’s going to be a tremendous day."

Coach Nathan Brown acknowledged the significance of the match falling on ANZAC Day and expects the occasion to provide inspiration to the players. 

“The crowd that turned up last time was quite amazing for a team that was last on the ladder, to have 22,000 people was great, so if we can get that type of crowd on ANZAC Day it will definitely help.

“We are at home, it is a great occasion being ANZAC Day... it carries a lot of emotions for a lot of people for a lot of good reasons.”

“I think more significantly, it’s ANZAC Day and that carries more weight than anything,” Brown added. 

“It will be a tough game, but as we are all aware, a home game definitely seems to be a place where we seem to play well, at our home ground which is good. 

“The history of ANZAC Day is a big day for all of Australia and I think all the games that take part on ANZAC Day will carry that extra weight.”


The Newcastle Knights will hold a commemorative service pre-game at Hunter Stadium from 1.50pm. 

RSL and Legacy will be fundraising at the game with the Club encouraging Members and fans to support their efforts.