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Knights v Titans Round 16 NRL team list

nib Newcastle Knights NRL Head Coach, Adam O’Brien, has named his 22-man squad for Friday’s battle against the Gold Coast Titans at McDonald Jones Stadium. 

Captain Kalyn Ponga was ruled out after suffering a head knock in Game II, 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.

Tex Hoy comes into the team at fullback.

Recovery Report: Ponga and Saifiti updates

Dane Gagai has been named to back-up from Origin while Daniel Saifiti and Bradman Best are part of the extended squad.

The match is part of the NRL's annual Beanie for Brain Cancer Round with clubs, players and fans uniting to raise money for brain cancer research alongside the Mark Hughes Foundation.

Support the cause and get your beanies for the game at

See below for the team:


1. Tex Hoy - Hunter Imaging

2. Edrick Lee - Hunter City Motor Group

3. Dane Gagai - Allara Learning

4. Enari Tuala - NBN News

5. Dominic Young - Taylors Outdoor Power Equipment

6. Anthony Milford - Sydney Direct Fresh Produce

7. Adam Clune - Guardian Safety Solutions

8. David Klemmer - M&J Chickens

9. Chris Randall - Century 21 Novocastrian

10. Jacob Saifiti - Brydens Lawyers

11. Tyson Frizell - Greg Tapp Printing

12. Mitchell Barnett - East Coast Building & Pest

13. Kurt Mann - A Plus Contracting


14. Simi Sasagi - PalmerBet

15. Leo Thompson - The Wests Group

16. Mathew Croker - Accolade Wines

17. Pasami Saulo - Triple M

Extended Bench:

18. Jake Clifford

19. Lachlan Fitzgibbon

20. Bradman Best

21. Hymel Hunt

22. Daniel Saifiti