The Cowboys and Knights have both confirmed their final 17 ahead of their Round 13 NRL Telstra Premiership clash at 1300SMILES Stadium on Saturday night.
If success is measured on improvement then Newcastle prop Sam Mataora has done his fledgling club the world of good this season.
After an emotional few weeks, winger Dane Gagai says he dedicated his Origin I performance to his late grandmother as Queensland went one up in the series.
Newcastle's youth policy is starting to show signs of paying off but the Knights will be up against it against the defending premiers.
Knights forward Korbin Sims has been charged with a grade one careless high tackle in Monday night's loss to Parramatta.
The first major bye week of the 2016 season hit in Round 12, but there was still a host of strong individual performances from a number of players.
Knights coach Nathan Brown explains the reasons behind Tariq Sims' decision to depart the Knights at the conclusion of the 2016 season.
The Knights were left heartbroken when a try two minutes from full-time was disallowed as the Eels marked their first win in a month on Monday night.
The Eels lost skipper Kieran Foran late in the first half to a shoulder injury but have held on to a tight 20-18 win over the Newcastle Knights.
The St George Illawarra Dragons have announced the signing of Knights forward Tariq Sims on a three-year contract, starting next season.