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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

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Stone wields axe – Four cut

Knights coach Rick Stone has dropped four regular first-graders to the NSW Cup to put his underperforming team on notice that he has had enough of their mediocrity. After three straight losses, and one win from six home games, Newcastle’s premiership campaign is teetering on the brink of oblivion and Stone has responded by relegating halfback Scott Dureau, fullback Shannon McDonnell, utility forward Cameron Ciraldo and centre Keith Lulia to the second-tier Central Coast Centurions. Stone named NSW captain Kurt Gidley in his regular fullback position for the must-win game against Parramatta at EnergyAustralia Stadium on Monday night, and selected Ben Rogers and Jarrod Mullen in the halves. Returning from a two-game suspension, Rogers will play five-eighth and Mullen halfback in place of Dureau and Gidley, who have worn the No.7 jersey in Newcastle’s past two losses, to the Warriors and Panthers.

The Judiciary – Fallout

NEWCASTLE five-eighth Ben Rogers will miss two games after he was found guilty of a grade one dangerous throw charge at the NRL judiciary tonight. Rogers would have been given a two-week suspension even with the guilty plea so decided to fight the charge, arising from an incident in the 63rd minute of the Knights’ 23-6 loss to the Wests Tigers at EnergyAustralia Stadium on Friday night. The No.6 will now miss the round 13 trip to Penrith and the round 14 visit by the Warriors as the Knights have the bye this weekend.

South Sydney fullback Rhys Wesser has entered the early guilty plea to a high tackle charge and will escape suspension.

There were no charges out of Monday night’s 31-16 win by Penrith over Canterbury.

Knight’s Rogers facing 2 weeks

Newcastle Knights five-eighth Ben Rogers is facing two weeks on the sidelines after being charged by the NRL match review committee for a grade one dangerous throw. The incident happened in the 63rd minute of the Knights’ loss to the Wests Tigers on Friday night, and thanks to 72 carry-over points, Rogers will cop two weeks if he takes the early guilty plea.┬áIf he fights the charge and loses, he will also miss two matches. South Sydney fullback Rhys Wesser is the only other player to have been charged from the weekend’s action so far, but he will escape suspension.
Wesser was slapped with a grade-one careless high tackle from the third minute of the Rabbitohs’ loss to the Warriors, but due to his clean record he won’t miss a week whether he fights the charge or not.

Gidley to half, almost set in Stone

NEWCASTLE halfback Scott Dureau has paid the price for some substandard defence in the loss to the Gold Coast with skipper Kurt Gidley poised for a move into the halves this weekend. Despite again being named at halfback for the Knights yesterday, The Daily Telegraph has learnt that Dureau will be axed from the side to meet Sydney Roosters on Saturday night in Gosford. With Jarrod Mullen out for up to a month with a torn ankle ligament, coach Rick Stone will opt for a new-look scrumbase pairing against the Roosters. Gidley will move from fullback to halfback with Ben Rogers recalled at five-eighth. Shannon McDonnell was not named in the squad but will come into the starting side at fullback. Coach Stone has little or no depth to work with and now finds himself with Mullen joining a growing injury list that includes Adam MacDougall, Zeb Taia, Wes Naiqama and James McManus. MacDougall, Naiqama and McManus are due back within a week or two while Mullen and Taia will struggle to return before round 13.

More injury concerns to consider

In the NRL casualty ward there are 84 first-grade players worth more than $12 million who are out of action from between one week to the entire season. The figure was calculated using $150,000 as the average player wage. Some of those to consider are Tim Moltzen who will find out today if he is expected to be ruled out for the season, Club trainers immediately feared the 21-year-old had suffered a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament strain but are waiting for the results of yesterday’s scans before making a final diagnosis. Other concerns coming from the Cowboys v Tigers match include James Tamou (concussion) Gareth Ellis (Broken Nose, Tooth Loss) Aaron Payne (lateral ligament tear in ankle.) and Todd Payten (Calf). The Knights have also been dealt a serious blow in their bid to revive their sluggish 2010 season against the Cowboys on Saturday night. Six key players are battling injuries and in doubt. Captain Kurt Gidley (knee), Mat Hilder (shoulder), Daniel Tolar (shoulder), Evarn Tuimavave (ankle), Ben Rogers (elbow) and Scott Dureau (hip) are uncertain starters. Souths captain Roy Asotasi, who strained a knee on Saturday night, is a strong chance to be named to take on the Eels after he completed a full recovery session with teammates. Sydney City Roosters Hooker James Aubusson looks to looks to be sidelined for a month or more with a tear in his medial ligament on Sunday and no damage was done to the anterior cruciate ligament which kept him sidelined for the back end of 2009.

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.