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Injury Update: Ponga ruled out

nib Newcastle Knights Captain, Kalyn Ponga, has been ruled out of this Friday's Round 16 clash against the Gold Coast Titans at McDonald Jones Stadium.

The Knights and Queensland fullback was taken from the field after a tackle from New South Wales halfback Nathan Cleary in the 71st minute of Sunday’s State of Origin match in Perth, with the Bunker determining the effects met the requirements of a category one concussion.

Category one protocols require Ponga to sit out for a seven day period, meaning he will be unavailable for the match against the Titans.