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The story behind the Alex McKinnon Cup

A lot more than two points will be on the line when the nib Newcastle Knights take on the St George Illawarra Dragons this Sunday.

The winner will take home the Alex McKinnon Cup in homage to the inspiring former player.

The Knights will look to reclaim the important piece of silverware with the Dragons the current holders of the Cup.

McKinnon represented both Clubs during his NRL career.

The forward made his debut at the Red V where he made three appearances before returning home to the Hunter in 2012.

McKinnon played in 46 games for the red and blue over three seasons which included a run to the Preliminary Final in 2013.

Tragically, Alex's playing career came to an end in 2014 due to a spinal injury.

McKinnon's unbreakable spirit and determination captured the hearts of the rugby league world post his retirement.

Testament to the man, Alex continues to give back to his Club and region.

The two Clubs will acknowledge and pay tribute to an inspirational figure in their Round 6 fixture.

The Cup is contested on the first fixture of the season between the two Clubs.

Since it's beginning in 2015, the Dragons have won the silverware six times while the Knights have won the Cup once in 2020.