Knights in the news: Captain's challenge, Meaney position switch?

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:

WILL MEANEY FACE COWBOYS?

Nathan Brown will consider shuffling his backline to accommodate Nick Meaney in the NRL side.

With Kalyn Ponga poised to return from injury against North Queensland, Brown may look at moving some puzzle pieces in order to keep Meaney in the team.

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Meaney is two for two in the top grade and scored a try and set one up on the weekend.

"That's definitely something we can look at," Brown said of moving Meaney.

"We spoke to Nick before he signed with Canterbury about the possibility of trying him in the centres and the wing, but fullback was his dream position and, as we said, it's not going to happen at this club is the shorter part of your career.

"So, Canterbury was a good option for him, but it is something we'll look at, and there's no reason why he couldn't do a good job."

CAPTAIN'S CHALLENGE TO OFFSET REFEREE ERRORS

Nathan Brown has suggested the NRL implement the captain's challenge system as a way to quash the ruckus around refereeing and the use of the bunker.

This system is nothing new.


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The 20s competition used the idea for an entire season, while the NRL trialled the system in Newcastle's loss to St George Illawarra two years ago.

Brown said the captain's challenge reduced the reliance on the video officials.

"There was no chance of [either side] playing play-offs so the importance of the game was minimal," Brown told the Sunday Footy Show.


"But the video ref never came into the game at all. Our captain was saying 'we didn't want to challenge it because we thought it was a try'.

"The game flowed, it never stopped at all. There was no controversy."

SIONE'S FAVE POSITION

Sione Mata'utia moved into the backrower in 2017 before shifting to the centres this year.

Having experience in so many roles, including the wing and fullback, Mata'utua has revealed the challenge coach Nathan Brown has issued the young star as he looks to build consistency in his game.


"At the start of my career fullback-centre was probably my position," Mata'utia told KOFM.

"Getting a taste of a little bit more workload and being in the game more, at times earlier in my career I found myself not being in the games in the centres.

"In the backrow, I really enjoy it. I was making a lot of tackles.

"I was really pushing myself and it was honestly a big challenge for myself to try and play some consistent footy at a high level for 80 minutes. That was the challenge Browny brought to me.

"At times I was dropping in and out. That's the challenge I want to accept for the future. At this point in time Browny has me as centre. Just as long as I'm playing some footy, I'll be happy."

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