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Most versatile team in the NRL?

Are the nib Newcastle Knights the most versatile team in the NRL?

It's quite possible. Such is the positional flexibility at the disposal of Nathan Brown.

The coach is blessed with options in almost every spot in his 17.

From key positions such as fullback, to his backline and even middles, most of the Knights roster is adaptable.


Take winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall, the towering flyer has previously represented New Zealand as a centre and winger.

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With size, strength and footwork, Kenny-Dowall could easily slot into either role.

The same could be said for new recruit Edrick Lee.

He's primarily played on the wing in recent seasons but is also experienced in the centres and even at fullback.


Sione Mata'utia started his first-grade career on the wing before playing fullback, centre and backrower.

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In 2018 he was a centre but following the arrival of Jesse Ramien from the Sharks and return of Tautau Moga from injury, Mata'utia could end back up in the backrow in 2019.

Nathan Ross made his NRL debut on the wing but played the bulk of his lower grade career at fullback and has filled that role for the Knights in previous seasons.

In 2018 he was primarily used in the centres.

New recruit, Hymel Hunt is also able to fill multiple roles.

During his time in Melbourne, the Gold Coast and South Sydney, Hunt has played several roles.

Normally a centre or winger, Hunt could even play in the backrow should he be called on.

The talk around fullback and five-eighth is a further example of the flexibility in the roster.

Connor Watson can play any role in the spine.

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He has previously.

He's expected to start the new season in either the No.6 or No.1 but can also play hooker.

Kalyn Ponga is a natural footballer and as creative as they come.

Whether he continues to ply his trade at fullback or partners Mitchell Pearce, his ability to create won't be compromised no matter what role he plays.


He could be the most adaptable player on the roster. If not, that tag is claimed by Jamie Buhrer.

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Buhrer is a backrower but has played some of his best football at lock.

He has spent plenty of time in the hooking role in recent seasons and is one the first player launched into the halves when there's an injury.

His ability to do a job was exemplified when he created the match winning play against the Tigers in early 2018.

With some many interchangeable players, it makes for hot competition ahead of the 2019 season.