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Knights at the Nines: Who to look out for this weekend

With the Downer Rugby League World Cup Nines tournament kicking off at Bankwest Stadium tomorrow night, nib Newcastle Knights fans everywhere will be keeping a keen eye on our players who are competing at the tournament.

The competition promises to be a highlight of the 2019 season, with some of the games best attacking players coming out to showcase their talent in the alternative format.

Here are our men and women competing in this years tournament.

Kalyn Ponga

One of the main draw-cards of the entire tournament, Ponga will be set to explode into the competition after over a month off following the conclusion of the season.

The shorter and faster game format almost seems to be made for the 21-year-old live-wire, who starred in the 2017 edition of the Club Nines for North Queensland. This will also mark his first appearance in the green and gold, with an eye to securing a place in the international arena long-term.

There's no doubt his ankle-breaking footwork and blinding speed will be on show, with the reduced number of players on the field allowing him even more space to dazzle fans.

Hannah Southwell

She may be just 20-years-old, however Hannah Southwell has already achieved so much in the women's game.

The damaging second rower has played in the last two State of Origin games, helping the Blues to two convincing wins over the Maroons. She has also played twice for the Jillaroos and was crucial to the CRL Newcastle team's victory in the Harvey Norman Women's Premiership grand final.

She will shape to be near-unstoppable in the green and gold this weekend.

Danny Levi

The crafty No.9 will be crucial to the Samoan cause if they are to threaten at the Nines this weekend.

With elite ball-playing skills and deceptive speed out of dummy-half, Levi will look to finish an interrupted year on a high by playing a starring role for his country.

Isabelle Kelly

One of the best female players on the planet, Isabelle Kelly will line up for Australia off the back of a stellar season.

The 2018 Golden Boot winner represented CRL Newcastle in their winning Harvey Norman Women's Premiership campaign and has featured in the past four State of Origin games, winning all of them.

Kelly will shape as one of the most damaging players in the four-team women's tournament this weekend, with her speed and deceptive strength making her a real threat on the green and gold edge.