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In The News: O'Brien podcast, Room-mates on the tools

There’s been no shortage of interest in our boys this week.

The nib Newcastle Knights attracted plenty of media attention and we’ve pulled together some of it in case you missed it.

Ponga: The experience that humbled me

AOB Podcast Appearance

Knights Head Coach Adam O’Brien hasn’t wasted any time making his mark on the Club.

After his initial two NRL games at the helm, O’Brien is yet to taste defeat.

It has made him an instant fan-favourite, and now those fans can get to know him better thanks to his appearance on the Toohey’s News Podcast.

The podcast is hosted by well-known Newcastle Herald scribe Barry Toohey and is the perfect opportunity to get to know our Head Coach in an intimate one on one interview.

In it, O’Brien opens up on his time in isolation, how the team is shaping up for the remainder of 2020 and his vision for the Club moving forward.

"I'm not one to talk about rebuilds," he tells Toohey.

"I don't look too far back and don't look too far forward.

"I think there is a competitive team there right now.

"I want McDonald Jones Stadium to have that formidable reputation again that if you come here - even if you do manage to come away with a win - you're going to play a competitive and tough footy team."

Listen to the full interview here!

Ponga and Watson hit the tools

With little to do over the isolation period, Connor Watson and Kalyn Ponga have turned to a new activity to keep them both fit and busy.

Rather than lock themselves in their shared home gym, the housemates instead hit the tools in Ponga’s father’s backyard.

The labouring work may have assisted the duo’s fitness, however both Watson and Ponga admitted to Channel Seven’s Michelle Bishop that the lifestyle isn’t for them.

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“Dad told us we were coming over to do half the job, then he made us do double the work,” Ponga said.

“We sucked at the start, Connor was literally using his hands to shovel dirt.”

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