Sunday afternoon footy returns to Newcastle as the nib Newcastle Knights host the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at McDonald Jones Stadium.
The team will look to keep their finals hopes alive and leapfrog the Bulldogs on the ladder with a result on Sunday after a last start loss to the Sydney Roosters.
As part of the NRL's Women in League Round, the Knights players will wear their 2022 WIL jersey to demonstrate their dedication to the ongoing growth of women's involvement on and off the field.
This is your Ultimate Guide to the Newcastle Knights Round 20 fixture against the Bulldogs, brought to you by Hunter City Motor Group.
nib NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS v CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Date: Sunday, July 31, 2022
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
Brailey: Reaction to Roosters defeat and next man up
GAME DAY INFORMATION
Gates/Fan Zone open: 12:30pm
Game Day Itinerary: See here
Theme: NRL Women in League Round
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Membership: 3 Game Membership
Merchandise: Show your colours
50/50 Charity Raffle: Dress for Success
Match Day sponsor: Brydens Lawyers
Match: Knights v Bulldogs
Round 20 -
Fullback for Knights is number 1 Tex HoyFullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Jake Averillo
Winger for Knights is number 18 Simi SasagiWinger for Bulldogs is number 2 Jacob Kiraz
Centre for Knights is number 3 Dane GagaiCentre for Bulldogs is number 3 Aaron Schoupp
Centre for Knights is number 4 Enari TualaCentre for Bulldogs is number 4 Braidon Burns
Winger for Knights is number 21 Dominic YoungWinger for Bulldogs is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Anthony MilfordFive-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Matt Burton
Halfback for Knights is number 20 Jake CliffordHalfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Kyle Flanagan
Prop for Knights is number 8 David KlemmerProp for Bulldogs is number 8 Max King
Hooker for Knights is number 9 Jayden BraileyHooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
Prop for Knights is number 10 Daniel SaifitiProp for Bulldogs is number 10 Paul Vaughan
2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Tyson Frizell2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Jackson Topine
2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Mitchell Barnett2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 15 Tevita Pangai Junior
Lock for Knights is number 13 Brodie JonesLock for Bulldogs is number 13 Josh Jackson
Interchange for Knights is number 14 Phoenix CrosslandInterchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Zach Dockar-Clay
Interchange for Knights is number 15 Jacob SaifitiInterchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Joe Stimson
Interchange for Knights is number 16 Pasami SauloInterchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Chris Patolo
Interchange for Knights is number 17 Mat CrokerInterchange for Bulldogs is number 22 Harrison Edwards
Replacement for Knights is number 23 Krystian MapapalangiReplacement for Bulldogs is number 20 Kurtis Morrin
- Referee: Chris Butler
- Touch Judge: Darian Furner
- Touch Judge: Dave Munro
- Senior Review Official: Kasey Badger
UPDATE: In two late changes, Dom Young returns from a rib injury on the wing for Hymel Hunt while Simi Sasagi comes in for Edrick Lee.
For the Bulldogs, Tevita Pangai Junior starts in the second row for Corey Waddell, who was found guilty of dangerous contact at the judiciary on Tuesday night and hit with a five-match ban. Rookie Harrison Edwards will make his NRL debut off the interchange.
TUESDAY: Knights Head Coach Adam O'Brien named his 22-man squad for our Round 20 clash with the Canterbury Bulldogs.
Tex Hoy will replace skipper Kalyn Ponga at fullback, while Mitch Barnett moves into the back-row and Brodie Jones was named to start at lock-forward.
Ponga on current fitness and returning from Origin experience
Phoenix Crossland will retain his bench spot after a late call-up last week, along with a recall for Mat Croker who joins Pasami Saulo and Jacob Saifiti on the bench.
For the Bulldogs, Jake Averillo (COVID protocols) returns in the No.1 jersey so Declan Casey goes to the reserves list. Back-rower Raymond Faitala-Mariner has been sidelined with a rib cartilage injury so Josh Jackson goes to lock and Jackson Topine comes into the side in the second row.
WOMEN IN LEAGUE ROUND
The National Rugby League launched the 2022 Harvey Norman Women in League Round this week, calling on the whole Rugby League community to recognise, celebrate and support women at all levels across the game.
This year’s theme is ‘Play Your Part to Change the Story’, highlighting that everyone has an important role to play in driving increased opportunities for women, both on and off the field.
As part of this year’s Women in League Round, each of the 16 NRL clubs nominates a role model who is playing their part for women in Rugby League.
The role models will be celebrated in broadcast coverage and at the eight NRL matches from Thursday 28 July to Sunday 31 July.
The Newcastle Knights role model for this round is our NRLW Wellbeing Manager, Holly Fuda.
The Knights went down 42-12 to the Sydney Roosters last start at home.
Sitting in 14th position on the ladder, the red and blue sit eight points away from the top eight with six games remaining in the regular season.
On the other side, the travelling team sit in 12th spot having won three of their last five.
The Bulldogs defeated the Gold Coast Titans 36-26 in Round 19.
Edrick Lee v Josh Addo-Carr: Knights winger Edrick Lee will have a battle on his hands coming up against Bulldogs flyer, Josh Addo-Carr.
Lee has scored a try in seven of his last nine fixtures to have 11 for the season so far.
The 29-year-old has made 40 tackle breaks and 10 line breaks since his return from injury in Round 6.
Addo-Carr has 14 tries for the season and recently scored a hat-trick in the Bulldogs win over the Titans.
The Knights have won the last three fixtures against the Bulldogs including a 16-6 win in Magic Round this year.
Dom Young has been named in the extended squad, and earned a place among the NRL's elite group of speedsters last weekend after being clocked on the Telstra Tracker at a remarkable 38 kilometres per hour in Round 18's loss to the Sea Eagles.
Bulldogs forward Tevita Pangai Junior leads the NRL for offloads with 41.