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Henry, the new Knight in shining armour

The Knights have ended weeks of speculation by naming new recruit Beau Henry at five-eighth for Newcastle’s opening round clash of the NRL against Penrith. Henry and Ben Rogers had been duelling for the No.6 spot but the former Dragon won out and will partner Jarrod Mullen in the halves for the Knights. “Working with Jarrod has been great,” Henry said. “Each day we’re combining better, learning each others’ game and hopefully we can show this to our fans on Sunday afternoon.” “My whole family will be in Penrith to watch me play, they’ve put in the hard work since I was playing juniors so I’m really glad that I can make my debut in front of them.” Henry, 21, was the 2009 Toyota Cup Player of the Year for St George Illawarra but suffered a setback in 2010 with a shoulder injury. However, the Wollongong junior underwent surgery and worked overtime in the off-season to start at the Knights on the front foot. “I’ve worked hard in the last eight months as I came back from a shoulder reconstruction,” he said. “I didn’t think that I would be ready for Round 1 so to be ahead of schedule is something I’m happy about.” Continue reading

McDonnell in doubt for Knights

Newcastle Knights’ fullback Shannon McDonnell is in doubt for Saturday night’s do-or-die clash against St George Illawarra at EnergyAustralia Stadium after suffering a hamstring injury at training. McDonnell, who has been a revelation for the Knights at fullback this season, limped off the training paddock on Tuesday afternoon with a hamstring strain and will be racing the clock to be fit for this weekend’s crucial fixture. “He had a little twinge in his hammy there so I suppose we won’t really know for 24 hours now or even a little bit longer just how he is,” Knights coach Rick Stone told the media on Tuesday afternoon. “It’s always tough trying to get everyone to the post every week but hopefully it’s not too serious, and he’ll be able to do something by Thursday.” If McDonnell is unable to play, Stone has a couple of options at his disposal. He could move State of Origin representative Kurt Gidley back to the custodian role and bring Scott Dureau to partner Jarrod Mullen in the halves. But with Gidley and Mullen striking up a formidable combination in the past few weeks, a more likely scenario would see Wes Naiqama come in as a straight swap for the Number 1 jersey. Stone said there were two other injury concerns with Gidley and Adam MacDougall carrying minor medical complaints but he was 100 per cent confident both would pay this weekend. “Doogs (Adam MacDougall) has a slight concussion, so his training has been lighter than usual, and Kurt has a wrist injury we are trying to nurse him through, but there are no other major concerns apart from Shannon.”

Mad Dog out for up to a month

Newcastle Knights Centre Adam MacDougall could miss up to a month on the sidelines after dislocating his thumb in Mondays loss to the Panthers. MacDougall suffered the injury only minutes into the second half but refused to be replaced and saw out the rest of the match which the Panthers won with a try 46 seconds from fulltime. MacDougall will see a specialist in Sydney tomorrow to find out the extent of the injury.“It’s still partially dislocated and there is a chance it could also be broken but I won’t know until after I see the surgeon,’’he said.“There is a possibility I could have to stabilise it with a pin or hopefully, I can just miss a week or two and play with a brace.’ Knights coach Rick Stone is expected to call either Wes Naiqama or Keith Lulia into the starting side for MacDougall. Injured skipper Kurt Gidley is a further week away from making his comeback from injury.

Lowrie called up for Knights clash

Melbourne has made one change for Saturday night’s away clash with Newcastle, naming Todd Lowrie for his club debut in place of injured back-rower Ryan Hoffman. The dual premiership player, who missed the 2008 grand final after hurting his ankle late in the season, is expected to be sidelined for between four and six weeks after scans confirmed a grade two medial strain. Lowrie, however, is no certainty to line up as he continues his recovery from the groin strain he picked up in the World Club Challenge win over Leeds Rhinos a fortnight ago. The former Parramatta forward, who played against Melbourne in last year’s premiership decider, has been named for the second week in a row but a final decision on his fitness won’t be made until closer to the game. Rising star Kevin Proctor, who came into the starting line-up last week when Lowrie failed to come up, will start again this time in the No.12 jersey, with Ryan Tandy retaining his spot on the bench in the 17-man squad. Storm coach Craig Bellamy is still unable to consider Cooper Cronk (groin/hip), Brett White (shoulder), Sika Manu (broken leg), Chase Stanley (shoulder), Atelea Vea (back) or Sione Kite (shoulder) because of injury.

The Knights may welcome back hooker Isaac De Gois and centre Adam MacDougall after both missed last weekend’s upset win over the Bulldogs with knee injuries but inspirational skipper Kurt Gidley (hamstring) will sit out again and isn’t expected back until at least next week.Also certain to miss the match are James McManus (foot) and Ben Rogers (dislocated elbow) while Junior Sau (rib strain) and Marvin Karawana (knee) both suffered injuries last weekend and the club is waiting on the results of scans before confirming if either will be sidelined.