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Ultimate Guide: NRL Round 3 preview

The nib Newcastle Knights will return home to take on the Melbourne Storm this Sunday night.

The side is fired up to play in front of the Knights faithful, aiming to kickstart the 2024 season with a win on home soil.

The two coaches have named their squads for the battle with all three grades set to play across the day at McDonald Jones Stadium.


Date: Sunday 24 March

Gates/Fan Zone open: 1:45pm

Jersey Flegg Cup kick-off: 2:00pm

NSW Cup kick-off: 3:45pm

NRL kick-off: 6:15pm

Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle

Theme: Multicultural Round

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Since: 1988

Played: 46

Knights: 16

Storm: 30

Elliott: 'There's a few roles I need to play'


Team Lists


  • Fullback for Knights is number 1 Kalyn Ponga
    Fullback for Storm is number 1 Ryan Papenhuyzen
  • Winger for Knights is number 2 Thomas Jenkins
    Winger for Storm is number 2 Will Warbrick
  • Centre for Knights is number 3 Dane Gagai
    Centre for Storm is number 3 Reimis Smith
  • Centre for Knights is number 4 Bradman Best
    Centre for Storm is number 4 Nick Meaney
  • Winger for Knights is number 5 Enari Tuala
    Winger for Storm is number 5 Xavier Coates
  • Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Tyson Gamble
    Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Jonah Pezet
  • Halfback for Knights is number 7 Jack Cogger
    Halfback for Storm is number 7 Tyran Wishart


  • Prop for Knights is number 8 Jacob Saifiti
    Prop for Storm is number 8 Tui Kamikamica
  • Hooker for Knights is number 9 Phoenix Crossland
    Hooker for Storm is number 9 Harry Grant
  • Prop for Knights is number 10 Leo Thompson
    Prop for Storm is number 10 Josh King
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Tyson Frizell
    2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Eliesa Katoa
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Kai Pearce-Paul
    2nd Row for Storm is number 22 Shawn Blore
  • Lock for Knights is number 13 Adam Elliott
    Lock for Storm is number 13 Trent Loiero


  • Interchange for Knights is number 14 Jayden Brailey
    Interchange for Storm is number 14 Kane Bradley
  • Interchange for Knights is number 15 Daniel Saifiti
    Interchange for Storm is number 15 Tepai Moeroa
  • Interchange for Knights is number 20 Mat Croker
    Interchange for Storm is number 16 Chris Lewis
  • Interchange for Knights is number 21 Dylan Lucas
    Interchange for Storm is number 17 Alec MacDonald


  • Replacement for Knights is number 18 Brodie Jones
    Replacement for Storm is number 18 Grant Anderson

Match Officials

  • Referee: Grant Atkins
  • Touch Judge: Wyatt Raymond
  • Touch Judge: Matt Noyen
  • Senior Review Official: Liam Kennedy

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In team news, Jack Cogger has moved to halfback with Jayden Brailey brought into the squad for his first appearance of the season, named in jersey 14.

On the wing, Enari Tuala re-joins the squad replacing Greg Marzhew in the starting line-up.

Marzhew is set to undergo wrist surgery on a fractured scaphoid and will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks.

For the Storm, with Jahrome Hughes suspended, Tyran Wishart moves from the bench to halfback and Kane Bradley joins the interchange.

Prop Christian Welch is also sidelined after failing a HIA last week so Tepai Moeroa joins the bench.


This week, the Club will celebrate Multicultural Round recognizing the diverse cultures at the Knights and broader community.

On gameday, we'll have special cultural performances before NRL kick-off and at half-time.

The players will also showcase their cultural heritage, wearing their national flags on team run-out and at full-time.

KP's Māori Heritage


Kalyn Ponga v Ryan Papenhuyzen: Two of the games best fullbacks will light up McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday night.

Captain Kalyn has averaged 174 run metres to start the season and has kicked six from six with the boot.

The Knights will come up against Papenhuyzen who returned to his best last round against the Warriors with two tries and seven tackle breaks.

The No.1 battle will go along way to deciding the result of the match come Sunday night.


A gritty Knights side were defeated at the death by the North Queensland Cowboys last start.

The team were beaten by a point in golden point as they chase their first win of the campaign.

Melbourne have won their opening two games including a 30-26 win over the Warriors last round.


Both sides have executed the most short drop-outs to start the season with four each.

Dane Gagai sits second on the NRL stats ladder after the opening two games for tackle breaks with 14, one behind leader Brisbane forward Payne Haas.

Melbourne lead the competition after two rounds with 31 dummy-half runs.