There's been no shortage of interest in our boys this week.

Preparing for another big game, the nib Newcastle Knights attracted plenty of media attention and we've pulled together the best of it in case you missed any of the news.

Here's what our boys got up to this week:

How Ponga shocked Brown and changed Knights style

Nathan Brown knew Kalyn Ponga was going to be special but not like this.

The nib Newcastle Knights mentor revealed on NRL360 how in one training session, Ponga changed his plan of attack for the 2018 season.

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Having signed the ace from North Queensland, Brown had planned on using Ponga in a second man type role in attack.

That was, until he saw his newest recruit in action.

"When he came to us, we weren't looking to change him drastically from what he was doing in North Queensland because he was a young kid and had enough expectation on him," Brown explained.


"We watched him at training and thought 'holy', we really need to look at how we use this kid because he's not your standard number one.

"He needs to get the ball early and play a little bit more like Laurie Daley and these blokes played.

"We learned that from just watching him at training. We modified how we used him a bit, but no one taught Kalyn Ponga what to do, Kalyn Ponga does what he does."


'Never been more passionate about being a success'

Herman Ese'ese has not only credited his move to the nib Newcastle Knights for making him a better player but also improving him as a person.

The forward, who recently made his representative debut for New Zealand, has a burning desire to take things to a new level at the Club.

"I have had a few homes in recent years with stints with the Bulldogs, the Broncos and now the Knights. I value the time I spent at each of these clubs and have learnt and am still learning plenty," Ese'ese wrote in a column for Exclusive insight.

"However, the biggest lesson I have learnt is to get 'the balance' right between what I am doing on and off the field.

"I have never been more passionate about being a success in the NRL. But I also know that if I am happy off the field then I am a bigger chance of being successful on it.

"That is why I am rapt with my new home at Newcastle. The club, the coaching staff, my teammates are all fantastic. I also know that when I come off the field I am surrounded by the people I love – my partner and my family.

"Moving from Brisbane to Newcastle was relatively easy for me. I could see the career advantages.

"However, my partner's job, family and friends were all in Brisbane.

"My family had also moved to Brisbane and were really enjoying the lifestyle there.

"For them all, especially my partner, to be so supportive and make the move with me meant so much."