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Knights v Warriors Round 1 NRL team list

nib Newcastle Knights coach Adam O’Brien has named his NRL team for the season opener.

The Knights host the Warriors at McDonald Jones Stadium with Kurt Mann in the hotly contested No.6 jersey. 

With Bradman Best recovering from an ankle injury and Tautau Moga playing Canterbury Cup, Enari Tuala and Gehamat Shibasaki line-up in the centres to make their Knights debuts.

Pearce: Captain's challenge and Warriors threat

Kalyn Ponga is at fullback in what will be his 50th NRL game, with Jayden Brailey donning the No.9 jersey for the first time.


Herman Ese'ese will start the game at lock, which means Mitch Barnett starts in the backrow while Sione Mata'utia recovers from a knee injury.

Jacob Saifiti joins Tim Glasby, Aidan Guerra and Connor Watson on the bench.

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1. Kalyn Ponga brought to you by - East Coast Building and Pest

2. Edrick Lee brought to you by - Reflections Holiday Parks

3. Enari Tuala brought to you by - O'Bryan Electrical & Solar

4. Gehamat Shibasaki brought to you by - Westfield Kotara

5. Hymel Hunt brought to you by - Kelly Suzuki Cardiff

6. Kurt Mann brought to you by - Greg Tapp Printing

7. Mitchell Pearce brought to you by - Wellman Strata

8. David Klemmer brought to you by - M&J Chickens

9. Jayden Brailey 

10. Daniel Saifiti brought to you by - Port Hunter Conveyors

11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 

12. Mitch Barnett brought to you by - MusclePharm

13. Herman Ese'ese brought to you by - Allara Learning


14. Connor Watson brought to you by - NBN News

15. Jacob Saifiti brought to you by - Mine Super

16. Tim Glasby brought to you by - Triple M 102.9

17. Aidan Guerra brought to you by - Brydens Lawyers

18. Pasami Saulo

19. Starford To'a

20. Mason Lino

21. Brodie Jones


Date: Saturday, March 14

Gates open: 12.30pm

Jersey Flegg: N/A

Canterbury Cup: 12:40pm

NRL kick-off: 3pm