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The Newcastle Knights and Newcastle Rugby League have teamed up to assist in growing the game of rugby league locally through the 2016 District Club Ambassador Program.

As a part of this initiative, Newcastle Knights players have been appointed ambassadors across nine Newcastle Rugby League Clubs in the aim of building stronger ties between the two important community organisations.

The partnership this year kicked off with Knights representatives attending and supporting the Newcastle Rugby League season launch and continues through the Back to the Juniors event which will see the Newcastle Knights’ full playing squad and coaching staff head out to local clubs on Wednesday afternoon.

Local rugby league clubs Maitland, Kurri Kurri, Central Newcastle, Wests, Souths, Lakes, Macquarie, Port Stephens and Cessnock will host the NRL players for meet and greets and football skills clinics. 

Later in the season, the Knights will continue to focus on grassroots football and will take part in a School Blitz visiting a raft of local primary and high schools. 

The Newcastle Knights will attend the junior clubs from 5pm to 6.30pm on Wednesday July 20.


Central Newcastle Central Charlestown St John Oval (Bula St Charlestown) Jake Mamo
David Bhana
Dane Gagai
Western Suburbs Various Harker Oval TBC Jarrod Mullen
Danny Levi
William Pearsall
Luke Yates
South Newcastle South Newcastle Learmonth Park (Alexander Street Hamilton South) Sione Mata’utia
Chanel Mata’utia
Pat Mata’utia
Lachlan Fitzgibbon
Kurri Kurri Kurri Kurri Kurri Sportsground (Allworth St) Sam Mataora
Nathan Ross
Jack Cogger
Plus Nathan Brown
Cessnock Cessnock Cessnock Sportsground (Vincent St) Tyler Randell
Akuila Uate
Bradie Smith
Josh King
Plus Danny Buderus
Maitland Various Coronation Oval (South Street Telarah) Brock Lamb
Mickey Paea
Robbie Rochow
Jeremy Smith
Macquarie Various Keith Barry Oval (Awaba Road Toronto) Pauli Pauli
Korbin Sims
Jaelen Feeney
Jack Stockwell
Port Stephens TBA TBA Mitch Barnett
Brendan Elliot
Peter Mata'utia
Lakes United Valentine Croudace Bay Ovals (Parklea Avenue) Trent Hodkinson
Daniel Saifiti
Chris Adams
Kade Snowden
Jacob Saifiti