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Knights v Raiders Round 23 NRL team list

nib Newcastle Knights NRL Head Coach Adam O'Brien has named his 22-man squad for our battle against the Canberra Raiders at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Knights will line up in a new specially designed high vis jersey to commemorate the 10-year partnership with NSW Mining.

Voice for Mining Family Day has become a perennial highlight on the local rugby league calendar, this year hosting a triple header, including the kick off to the Knights NRLW season against the Brisbane Broncos, directly after the NRL clash between the Knights and Raiders.

Bradman Best and Enari Tuala have been stood down from NRL selection due to disciplinary reasons. Both players failed to make the team bus on time on Sunday morning in Brisbane and will play NSW Cup on Sunday.

Krystian Mapapalangi will become Knights player number 333 when he makes his debut in the centres against the Raiders. The strong ball running 19-year-old back joined the Knights last year and has been in the top squad since the pre-season training.

David Klemmer has been named to return from a knee injury in the front row, Edrick Lee is back on the wing and Jacob Saifiti has been named to start at Lock Forward.

This week’s 50/50 charity partner is Round 23 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

The Community’s Own Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service proudly provides emergency aeromedical services 24-7 for the people of Northern NSW, including search, rescue and inter-hospital transfers.

Gates open and fan zone commences at 1.15pm with kick off times below:

1.30pm Knock-On-Effect NSW Cup Knights v Raiders

4.05pm NRL Knights v Raiders

6.10pm NRLW Knights v Broncos

See the team below:


1. Tex Hoy - Hunter Imaging

2. Edrick Lee - Hunter City Motor Group

3. Dane Gagai - Allara Learning

4. Krystian Mapapalangi - NBN News

5. Dom 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. Jayden Brailey (C) - Century 21 Novocastrian

10. Daniel Saifiti -  Brydens Lawyers

11. Tyson Frizell - Greg Tapp Printing

12. Brodie Jones - East Coast Building & Pest Services

13. Jacob Saifiti - A Plus Contracting


14. Phoenix Crossland - PalmerBet

15. Pasami Saulo - The Wests Group

16. Simi Sasagi - Accolade Wines

17. Mat Croker - Triple M

Extended Bench:

18. Sauaso Sue

19. Chris Randall

20. Jack Johns

21. Oryn Keeley

22. Hymel Hunt