Jake Mamo was the star for Newcastle as they clinched a tight 15-14 win over Penrith in the second round of matches at the Downer NRL Auckland Nines.
Penrith made the perfect start to the 2016 Downer NRL Auckland Nines campaign with a 23-7 win over the Wests Tigers.
An unexpected injury has handed new Penrith recruit Suaia Matagi the chance to not only head home to Auckland but to play his fist minutes in Penrith colours.
His ball-playing ability will be on show this weekend but Panthers young gun Te Maire Martin says his focus will be on defence at the Downer NRL Auckland Nines.
With no NRL Telstra Premiership fixtures or trials, January is supposed to be one of the more quiet months on the rugby league calendar.
With his first full pre-season since 2011 almost behind him, Panthers forward Elijah Taylor is hoping for an injury-free 2016 under coach Anthony Griffin.
Penrith announce plans for a long-term partnership with the city of Christchurch, starting with the Round 10 Telstra Premiership match against the Warriors.
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At just 24 years of age, newly-appointed Penrith captain Matt Moylan is the youngest skipper in the NRL.
Star Penrith fullback Matt Moylan has been appointed captain of the Panthers ahead of the 2016 NRL season.