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Knights name big guns for Dragons trial

The nib Newcastle Knights will roll out their strongest available squad to face St George Illawarra this weekend. 

The Knights battle it out with the Dragons in Wollongong on Saturday in their first pre-season trial match for 2019.

Coach Nathan Brown has named a 28-man squad for the game.

Brown: 'It's not about the position they play, it's about the style'

New recruits David Klemmer, Tim Glasby, James Gavet, Kurt Mann, Jesse Ramien, Mason Lino and Edrick Lee have all been selected which means they will wear the red and blue for the first time.

In another first, Kalyn Ponga, Mitchell Pearce, Connor Watson and Danny Levi will have the opportunity to link as a spine.  

Hymel Hunt was left out of the squad due to a hamstring injury.

Hunt out for Dragons trial

Squad list: 

Aidan Guerra

Brodie Jones

Beau Fermor

Connor Watson

Daniel Saifiti

Danny Levi

David Klemmer

Edrick Lee

Herman Ese’ese

James Gavet

Josh King

Jacob Gagai

Jamie Buhrer

Jesse Ramien

Kalyn Ponga

Kurt Mann

Lachlan Fitzgibbon

Mitchell Pearce

Mason Lino

Mitch Barnett

Nathan Ross

Pasami Saulo

Phoenix Crossland

Sione Mata’utia

Star To’a

Shaun Kenny-Dowall

Tim Glasby

Tex Hoy


New timings of trial at WIN Stadium, Wollongong:

Gates open: 2:15pm

Intrust Super Premiership NSW kick-off: 2:30pm

NRL kick-off: 4pm


Members and fans who can't get to the game, the NRL match will be live streamed on the Knights website from kick-off. Click here.