2017 NRL Draw

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  1. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    The draw will be announced this morning, It will be posted here as soon as possible
  2. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    ROUND 1

    Thursday, March 2

    Sharks v Broncos, Southern Cross Group Stadium, 8.05pm

    Friday, March 3

    Bulldogs v Storm, Belmore Stadium, 6pm
    Rabbitohs v Wests Tigers, ANZ Stadium, 8:05pm

    Saturday, March 4

    Dragons v Panthers, UOW Jubilee Oval, 4.30pm
    Cowboys v Raiders, 1300Smiles Stadium, 7pm
    Titans v Roosters, CBus Super Stadium, 9pm

    Sunday, March 5

    Warriors v Knights, Mt Smart Stadium, 2pm
    Sea Eagles v Eels, Brookvale Oval, 4pm

    ROUND 2

    Thursday, March 9

    Roosters v Bulldogs, Allianz Stadium, 8.05pm

    Friday, March 10

    Warriors v Storm, Mt Smart Stadium, 6pm
    Broncos v Cowboys, Suncorp Stadium, 8.05pm

    Saturday, March 11

    Knights vs. Titans, McDonald Jones Stadium, 3pm
    Sea Eagles v Rabbitohs, Brookvale Oval, 5.30pm
    Raiders v Sharks, GIO Stadium, 7.30pm

    Sunday, March 12

    Wests Tigers v Panthers, Campbelltown Stadium, 4pm
    Dragons v Eels, WIN Stadium, 6:30pm

    ROUND 3

    Thursday, March 16

    Storm v Broncos, AAMI Park, 8:05pm

    Friday, March 17

    Bulldogs v Warriors, Forsyth Barr Stadium, 6pm
    Titans v Eels, CBus Super Stadium, 8:05pm

    Saturday, March 18

    Knights v Rabbitohs, McDonald Jones Stadium, 4.30pm
    Panthers v Roosters, Pepper Stadium 7pm
    Cowboys v Sea Eagles, 1300Smiles Stadium, 9pm

    Sunday, March 19

    Raiders v Wests Tigers, GIO Stadium, 4pm
    Sharks v Dragons, Southern Cross Group Stadium, 6.30pm

    ROUND 4

    Thursday, March 23

    Rabbitohs v Roosters, ANZ Stadium, 8:05pm

    Friday, March 24

    Panthers v Knights, Pepper Stadium, 6pm
    Broncos v Raiders, Suncorp Stadium, 8.05pm

    Saturday, March 25

    Sea Eagles v Bulldogs, Brookvale Oval, 4:30pm
    Eels v Sharks, ANZ Stadium, 7pm
    Titans v Cowboys, CBus Super Stadium, 9pm

    Sunday, March 26

    Wests Tigers v Storm, Leichhardt Oval, 4pm
    Dragons v Warriors, UOW Jubilee Oval, 6.30pm

    ROUND 5

    Thursday, March 30

    Bulldogs v Broncos, ANZ Stadium, 8:05pm

    Friday, March 31

    Roosters v Sea Eagles, Allianz Stadium, 6pm
    Cowboys v Rabbitohs, 1300Smiles Stadium, 8.05pm

    Saturday, April 1

    Sharks v Knights, Southern Cross Group Stadium, 3pm
    Raiders v Eels, GIO Stadium, 5:30pm
    Storm v Panthers, AAMI Park, 7.30pm

    Sunday, April 2

    Warriors v Titans, Mt Smart Stadium, 2pm
    Wests Tigers v Dragons, ANZ Stadium, 4pm

    ROUND 6

    Thursday, April 6

    Broncos v Roosters, Suncorp Stadium, 7.50pm

    Friday, April 7

    Knights v Bulldogs, McDonald Jones Stadium, 6pm
    Panthers v Rabbitohs, Pepper Stadium, 7.50pm

    Saturday, April 8

    Sea Eagles v Dragons, Brookvale Oval, 3pm
    Titans Raiders, CBus Super Stadium, 5.30pm
    Cowboys v Wests Tigers, 1300Smiles Stadium, 7.30pm

    Sunday, April 9

    Warriors v Eels, Mt Smart Stadium, 2pm
    Storm v Sharks, AAMI Park, 4pm

    ROUND 7

    Friday, April 14

    Bulldogs v Rabbitohs, ANZ Stadium, 4pm
    Knights v Roosters, McDonald Jones Stadium, 6pm
    Broncos v Titans, Suncorp Stadium, 7.50pm

    Saturday, April 15

    Sea Eagles v Storm, Brookvale Oval, 3pm
    Raiders v Warriors, GIO Stadium, 5.30pm
    Dragons vs. Cowboys, WIN Stadium, 7.30pm

    Sunday, April 16

    Panthers v Sharks, Pepper Stadium, 4pm

    Monday, April 17

    Eels v Wests Tigers, ANZ Stadium, 4pm

    ROUND 8

    Friday, April 21

    Raiders v Sea Eagles, GIO Stadium, 6pm
    Rabbitohs v Broncos, ANZ Stadium, 7.50pm

    Saturday, April 22

    Eels v Panthers, ANZ Stadium, 3pm
    Cowboys v Knights, 1300Smiles Stadium, 5.30pm
    Sharks v Titans, Southern Cross Group Stadium, 7.30pm

    Sunday, April 23

    Wests Tigers v Bulldogs, ANZ Stadium, 4pm

    Tuesday, April 25

    Roosters v Dragons, Allianz Stadium, 4pm
    Storm v Warriors, AAMI Park, 7pm

    ROUND 9

    Thursday, April 27

    Broncos v Panthers, Suncorp Stadium, 7.50pm

    Friday, April 28

    Rabbitohs v Sea Eagles, Allianz Stadium, 6pm
    Cowboys v Eels, 1300Smiles Stadium, 7.50pm

    Saturday, April 29

    Titans v Knights, CBus Super Stadium, 3pm
    Bulldogs v Raiders, ANZ Stadium, 5.30pm
    Wests Tigers v Sharks, Leichhardt Oval, 7.30pm

    Sunday, April 30

    Warriors v Roosters, Mt Smart Stadium, 2pm
    Dragons v Storm, WIN Stadium, 4pm

    ROUND 10

    Thursday, May 11

    Bulldogs v Cowboys, ANZ Stadium, 7.50pm

    Friday, May 12

    Dragons v Sharks, UOW Jubilee Oval, 6pm
    Tigers v Rabbitohs, ANZ Stadium, 7.50pm

    Saturday, May 13

    Panthers v Warriors, Pepper Stadium, 3pm
    Storm v Titans, Suncorp Stadium, 5.30pm
    Sea Eagles v Broncos, Suncorp Stadium, 7.50pm

    Sunday, May 14

    Knights v Raiders, McDonald Jones Stadium, 2pm
    Roosters v Eels, Allianz Stadium, 4pm

    ROUND 11

    Thursday, May 18

    Sharks v Cowboys, Southern Cross Group Stadium, 7.50pm

    Friday, May 19

    Warriors v Dragons, FMG Stadium, Waikato, 6pm
    Broncos v Tigers, Suncorp Stadium, 7.50pm

    Saturday, May 20

    Titans v Sea Eagles, CBus Super Stadium, 5.30pm
    Eels v Raiders, ANZ Stadium, 7.30pm

    Sunday, May 21

    Knights v Panthers, McDonald Jones Stadium, 2pm
    Bulldogs v Roosters, ANZ Stadium, 4pm
    Rabbitohs v Storm, NIB Stadium, 6.30pm

    ROUND 12

    Friday, May 26

    Rabbitohs v Eels, ANZ Stadium, 7.50pm

    Saturday, May 27

    Warriors v Broncos, Mt Smart Stadium, 5.30pm
    Sharks v Bulldogs, Southern Cross Group Stadium, 7.30pm

    Sunday, May 28

    Raiders v Roosters, GIO Stadium, 4pm

    Byes: Cowboys, Dragons, Knights, Panthers, Sea Eagles, Storm, Wests Tigers, Titans

    ROUND 13

    Friday, June 2

    Storm v Knights, AAMI Park, 6pm
    Eels v Warriors, ANZ Stadium, 7.50pm

    Saturday, June 3

    Dragons v Wests Tigers, ANZ Stadium, 3pm
    Roosters v Broncos, Allianz Stadium, 5.30pm
    Cowboys v Titans, 1300Smiles Stadium, 7.30pm

    Sunday, June 4

    Sea Eagles v Raiders, Brookvale Oval, 2pm
    Bulldogs v Panthers, ANZ Stadium, 4pm

    Byes: Rabbitohs, Sharks

    ROUND 14

    Thursday, June 8

    Sharks v Storm, Southern Cross Group Stadium, 7.50pm

    Friday, June 9

    Sea Eagles v Knights, Brookvale Oval, 6pm
    Broncos v Rabbitohs, Suncorp Stadium, 7.50pm

    Saturday, June 10

    Titans v Warriors, CBus Super Stadium, 3pm
    Panthers v Raiders, Carrington Park, 5.30pm
    Eels v Cowboys, TIO Stadium, 7.30pm

    Sunday, June 11

    Tigers v Roosters, Campbelltown Stadium, 4pm

    Monday, June 12

    Bulldogs v Dragons, ANZ Stadium, 4pm

    ROUND 15

    Friday, June 16

    Rabbitohs v Titans, ANZ Stadium, 7.50pm

    Saturday, June 17

    Storm v Cowboys, AAMI Park, 5.30pm
    Sharks v Wests Tigers, Southern Cross Group Stadium, 7.30pm

    Sunday, June 18

    Eels v Dragons, ANZ Stadium, 4pm

    Byes: Broncos, Bulldogs, Knights, Panthers, Raiders, Roosters, Sea Eagles, Warriors

    ROUND 16

    Friday, June 23

    Warriors v Bulldogs, Mt Smart Stadium, 6pm
    Wests Tigers v Titans, Campbelltown Stadium, 7.50pm

    Saturday, June 24

    Cowboys v Panthers, 1300Smiles Stadium, 3pm
    Raiders v Broncos, GIO Stadium, 5.30pm
    Roosters v Storm, Adelaide Oval, 7.30pm

    Sunday, June 25

    Dragons v Knights, UOW Jubilee Oval, 2pm
    Sharks v Sea Eagles, Southern Cross Group Stadium, 4pm

    Byes: Eels, Rabbitohs

    ROUND 17

    Thursday, June 29

    Eels v Bulldogs, ANZ Stadium, 7.50pm

    Friday, June 30

    Titans v Dragons, CBus Super Stadium, 6pm
    Broncos v Storm, Suncorp Stadium, 7.50pm

    Saturday, July 1

    Roosters v Sharks, Central Coast Stadium, 3pm
    Sea Eagles v Warriors, NIB Stadium, 5.30pm
    Raiders v Cowboys, GIO Stadium, 7.30pm

    Sunday, July 2

    Knights v Tigers, McDonald Jones Stadium, 2pm
    Rabbitohs v Panthers, ANZ Stadium, 4pm

    ROUND 18

    Friday, July 7

    Roosters v Rabbitohs, Allianz Stadium, 7.50pm

    Saturday, July 8

    Panthers v Sea Eagles, Pepper Stadium, 5.30pm
    Storm v Eels, AAMI Park, 7.30pm

    Sunday, July 9

    Bulldogs v Knights, Belmore Stadium, 4pm

    Byes: Broncos, Cowboys, Dragons, Raiders, Sharks, Wests Tigers, Titans, Warriors

    ROUND 19

    Friday, July 14

    Warriors v Panthers, Mt Smart Stadium, 6pm
    Raiders v Dragons, GIO Stadium, 7.50pm

    Saturday, July 15

    Knights v Broncos, McDonald Jones Stadium, 5.30pm
    Titans v Sharks, CBus Super Stadium, 7.30pm

    Sunday, July 16

    Sea Eagles v Wests Tigers, Brookvale Oval, 2pm
    Rabbitohs v Cowboys, Cairns Stadium, 4pm

    Byes: Bulldogs, Eels, Roosters, Storm

    ROUND 20

    Thursday, July 20

    Broncos v Bulldogs, Suncorp Stadium, 7.50pm

    Friday, July 21

    Roosters v Knights, Allianz Stadium, 6pm
    Sharks v Rabbitohs, Southern Cross Group Stadium, 7.50pm

    Saturday, July 22

    Panthers v Titans, Pepper Stadium, 3pm
    Raiders v Storm, GIO Stadium, 5.30pm
    Cowboys v Warriors, 1300Smiles Stadium, 7.30pm

    Sunday, July 23

    Dragons v Sea Eagles, WIN Stadium, 2pm
    Wests Tigers v Eels, ANZ Stadium, 4pm

    ROUND 21

    Warriors v Sharks, Mt Smart Stadium
    Knights v Dragons, McDonald Jones Stadium
    Rabbitohs v Raiders, ANZ Stadium
    Roosters v Cowboys, Allianz Stadium
    Storm v Sea Eagles, AAMI Park
    Panthers v Bulldogs, Pepper Stadium
    Eels v Broncos, ANZ Stadium
    Titans v Tigers, CBus Super Stadium

    ROUND 22

    Dragons v Rabbitohs, Sydney Cricket Ground
    Knights v Warriors, McDonald Jones Stadium
    Titans v Broncos, CBus Super Stadium
    Sharks v Raiders, Southern Cross Group Stadium
    Sea Eagles v Roosters, Brookvale Oval
    Bulldogs v Eels, ANZ Stadium
    Cowboys v Storm, 1300Smiles Stadium
    Panthers v Tigers, Pepper Stadium

    ROUND 23

    Eels v Knights, ANZ Stadium
    Dragons v Titans, UOW Jubilee Oval
    Storm v Roosters, AAMI Park
    Panthers v Cowboys, Pepper Stadium
    Warriors v Raiders, Mt Smart Stadium
    Rabbitohs v Bulldogs, ANZ Stadium
    Broncos v Sharks, Suncorp Stadium
    Tigers v Sea Eagles, Leichhardt Oval

    ROUND 24

    Rabbitohs v Warriors, ANZ Stadium
    Knights v Storm, McDonald Jones Stadium
    Roosters v Tigers, Allianz Stadium
    Cowboys v Sharks, 1300Smiles Stadium
    Raiders v Panthers, GIO Stadium
    Eels v Titans, ANZ Stadium
    Broncos v Dragons, Suncorp Stadium
    Bulldogs v Sea Eagles, ANZ Stadium

    ROUND 25

    Raiders v Knights, GIO Stadium
    Warriors v Sea Eagles, Mt Smart Stadium
    Sharks v Roosters, Southern Cross Group Stadium
    Storm v Rabbitohs, AAMI Park
    Panthers v Dragons, Pepper Stadium
    Broncos v Eels, Suncorp Stadium
    Tigers v Cowboys, Campbelltown Stadium
    Titans v Bulldogs, CBus Super Stadium

    ROUND 26

    Roosters v Titans, Allianz Stadium
    Sea Eagles vs. Panthers, Brookvale Oval
    Storm v Raiders, AAMI Park
    Knights v Sharks, McDonald Jones Stadium
    Tigers v Warriors, Leichhardt Oval
    Cowboys v Broncos, 1300Smiles Stadium
    Eels v Rabbitohs, ANZ Stadium
    Dragons v Bulldogs, ANZ Stadium
  3. KnightsForever

    KnightsForever Michael Hagan

    Feb 19, 2011
    Very tough draw for us, but I believe we will win more than 1 match all season next year.
  4. Lord of the Skraelings

    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Jun 27, 2010
    Chairman of Marathon Stadium Forums.
    Where I reside at.
    I've seen nicer draws!
  5. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    How tough is your team's draw?

    Thu 24 Nov, 2016, 11:04am
    By Dominic Brock
    , Production Editor , NRL.com

    There is no easy draw in the NRL Telstra Premiership – but some are arguably harder than others.

    NRL.com have analysed the fixture list of all 16 clubs for the 2017 season to come up with a "toughness" rating for each team's draw.

    Here's how it works: we've ranked each opponent based on their 2016 finish – minor premiers Melbourne being worth 16 points, while wooden spooners Newcastle are worth one point.

    Then we've used those numbers to analyse each club's draw.

    More games against tough opponents will lead to a high "toughness" score, while more games against weaker opponents will lead to a low score.

    Of course, player movements mean teams change each year – some get better, some get worse – so we've also run the numbers based on 2017 premiership betting.

    We've then combined those two sets of numbers to come up with a toughness ranking for all 16 fixture lists.

    These rankings don't take into account every factor in what makes a "tough" draw. Some teams will travel more than others (the Warriors, Cowboys and Storm will always travel much more than the league's Sydney-based teams, for example).

    Some teams will play a string of games at home or away, or face strong teams during the State of Origin period.

    The amount of time between games is another factor this system ignores.

    Still, for a quick snapshot, here's how each club's draw is ranked – from toughest to easiest – in 2017.

    1. Rabbitohs (168 points)
    2. Cowboys (164)
    3. Knights (162)
    4. Raiders (155)
    5. Sharks (145)
    6. Warriors (145)
    7. Dragons (139)
    8. Titans (137)
    9. Panthers (137)
    10. Sea Eagles (132)
    11. Wests Tigers (130)
    12. Roosters (128)
    13. Storm (123)
    14. Broncos (119)
    15. Eels (115)
    16. Bulldogs (110)

    The toughest draw belongs to the South Sydney Rabbitohs, who rank at the top of the list both according to 2016 rankings and to 2017 premiership betting.

    They play premiership contenders the Storm, Cowboys, Broncos and Panthers twice each, with only a single game against lower-ranked clubs like Newcastle and St George Illawarra.

    By contrast, the Bulldogs only play nine of their 24 matches against teams that played finals football in 2016, and will be forced to face premiership heavyweights Melbourne, Canberra and Cronulla just once each.

    The Eels meanwhile have the "easiest" draw according to the current premiership betting odds, with two games each against the three least fancied NRL clubs (the Knights, Dragons and Wests Tigers).

    Does a difficult draw matter? Yes and no.

    Sure, playing a tougher run of opponents could make a difference for teams vying to clinch a finals spot who are on the edge of the top eight.

    On the other hand, teams that do make the finals will arguably be more battle-hardened if they've got there by beating the best of the best on a regular basis.

    There's much more to the NRL draw than the quality of opposition teams though.


  6. ryan.berger.56

    ryan.berger.56 Todd Bates

    Dec 29, 2014
    What a decent draw, we haven't had this many Friday night games in my memory which is great! And a few Sunday 4 pm games too.
    And we have two byes over origins and the thurs week we play Broncos who will be without a bunch of players.
    Not a bad draw
  7. cowboyman

    cowboyman Mark Hughes

    Nov 15, 2012
    Most of your Friday night games are the guinea pig timeslot of 6pm where I bet majority of clubs would of requested to not be slotted in that game. Probably won't do crowd numbers any good compared to a normal Friday night kick off time.
  8. Lord of the Skraelings

    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Jun 27, 2010
    Chairman of Marathon Stadium Forums.
    Where I reside at.
    Do we know if they are on FTA or Fox those games?
  9. cowboyman

    cowboyman Mark Hughes

    Nov 15, 2012
    Highly doubt FTA unless 9 and the NRL have used their brains to get them put on GEM or GO as the news would be on that time but every game is shown live on Fox regardless anyway.
  10. EASBay17

    EASBay17 Jason Allen

    Jan 27, 2011
    isnt the friday 6pm slot used to replace the monday night games. In that case it should now be foxsports timeslot.
  11. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    2017 NRL draw a hit for Knights

    Thu 24th November, 11:15AM
    For it’s 30th season on the Sacred Ground of McDonald Jones Stadium, the nib Newcastle Knights has an exciting schedule of games guaranteed to excite fans.

    Following the official announcement of the 2017 NRL season’s first 20 rounds, it has been revealed that the Club will take on the Sydney Roosters on Good Friday, host three of last year’s top four teams, plus round out the home season by playing reigning premiers the Cronulla Sharks on Old Boys Day.

    McDonald Jones Stadium will also host the South Sydney Rabbitohs in Round 3 and the Brisbane Broncos on a Saturday evening in Round 19.

    “Matches against these clubs always draw strong attendances, and we are delighted to have the 2016 premiers playing in Newcastle on Old Boys Day,” Chief Operating Officer Wendy Carmichael said.

    “We will build an entertaining game day experience around this draw which will engage and reward our fans.” Carmichael added.

    Of the 12 matches scheduled for McDonald Jones Stadium in 2017, seven will be against teams that made it into the finals last year.

    Three matches will be played on Saturday, three on Sunday and two on a Friday, one of those falling on the Good Friday public holiday.

    From a football point of view, CEO Matt Gidley said the 2017 draw benefits the players as well.

    “As a player you want to test yourself against the best the game has to offer in front of your own fans, and our draw certainly provides that,” Gidley explained.

    In addition to the Sharks, Rabbitohs, Broncos and Roosters, the Knights will also host the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in Round 6 and an entertaining Penrith Panthers side in Round 11.

    The schedule is family friendly with a number of weekend afternoon games, and the two Friday evening games will be a must for all Knights fans.

    “We’re excited about the season ahead and the Club has made some strong signings this off-season,” Gidley said.

    “With the first 20 rounds of the draw finalised, we look forward to sharing 2017 and our 30th year with our fans, Members, corporate partners and sponsors.”

    Knights Members and fans, you can now sync the draw to your calendar to ensure you never miss a minute of the action by clicking HERE.

    Become a 2017 Member HERE.

    Secure 2017 Corporate Hospitality HERE.


  12. Lord of the Skraelings

    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Jun 27, 2010
    Chairman of Marathon Stadium Forums.
    Where I reside at.
    Bugger was excited at all the Friday games we had an the exposure helping us sponsors wise. ALAS!
  13. Joshhh

    Joshhh OnARampageFuelledByGod

    Feb 21, 2010
    New Lambton, Newcastle
    When I saw all those Friday night games, I knew there had to be something wrong.
  14. ryan.berger.56

    ryan.berger.56 Todd Bates

    Dec 29, 2014
    Yeah I realised after I posted that Friday 6pm games are on fox, but at least we have consistent turn overs!
  15. ryan.berger.56

    ryan.berger.56 Todd Bates

    Dec 29, 2014
    Also, didn't know we changed our stadium name...maybe I did and I forgot, either way I liked hunter better
  16. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    Brown analyses 2017 draw

    Thu 24th November, 04:19PM
    With the 2017 draw now locked in, Knights TV sat down with coach Nathan Brown to discuss the challenges and opportunities that next year will throw up.

    Brown’s first impressions

    “I think it’s exciting,” Brown said of next year’s fixtures.

    “But with the draw at this stage there may be sides that did really well last year but won’t do so well next year, and vice versa.”

    With the Knights playing six of last year’s top eight twice, the draw looks like a tough assignment at first.

    But the fortunes of different teams shift from year to year, and Brown says it’s a hard task to predict who will be finishing in the top eight at this early stage.

    “Sometimes it is hard to get a gauge early on of who’s going to be a top eight side, and who’s not,” he explained.

    “But what we do know in the NRL these days is that every game is a hard game.”

    On the start of the season

    First up in 2017, the Knights will be jetting off to New Zealand to take on the Warriors.

    It’s a tough first assignment, but Brown sees it as a good opportunity for the young team to show how they’ve developed over the pre-season.

    “I think it’s a great opportunity to be honest with you,” he said.

    “I’m sure there will be a big crowd and the Warriors obviously have a very strong team.

    “To go over there and start the season I think will be a really good opportunity for our squad to show signs that we’ve made a big improvement.”

    On the four home games in six weeks following Round 1
    Following the Round 1 away match in Auckland, the red and blues will play four of their next six games at McDonald Jones Stadium.

    That will provide Knights fans and early opportunity to support their team, and Brown says the team wants to repay the faith shown last year.

    “With the loyalty that the fans showed last year, we’d love all of our home performances to be good,” he said.

    “We want to reward the fans that showed faith last year, and again we want to put down a marker that we have improved.”

    On hosting the reigning premiers on Old Boys Day

    At the other end of the season, the Knights will be hosting the Cronulla Sharks on Old Boys Day in Round 26.

    This is sure to be one of the must-see matches of the season, as Brown’s young team takes on 2016’s premiers.

    “The fact that Cronulla are premiers probably adds a little bit to it,” Brown said.

    “Obviously as a player I came here a lot, and Old Boys Day is always a big day in Newcastle.

    “The fact that it’s against the Sharks next year is a bonus.”

    On how the new signings will help shape the squad

    The recruitment of Jamie Buhrer, Rory Kostjasyn, Ken Sio and Josh Starling provides some good depth and quality experience, with the four players bringing nearly 400 games of NRL experience to the Club.

    Brown says they have already had a big impact on the 2017 pre-season, and thinks they will accelerate the development of the team.

    “The new signings, in particular the ones that have had their fair share of experience, have brought a lot to the table,” he said.

    “Not only experience out on the paddock, but in amongst video sessions and individual development.

    “Those players brought to the Club were brought for more than just their experience on the field, and they’re going to help the young guys develop.”


  17. Beatell

    Beatell Dean Carney

    Jun 28, 2016
    Talk about kicking us while we're down.

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