2020 NRL preview: Newcastle Knights team guide
Momentum shifts were an issue last season for a Knights side that will be desperate for finals football this year.
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Newcastle were a tipsters' nightmare in 2019, with a season of promise ending with yet another finals series on the sideline and the departure of coach Nathan Brown.
A solid round-1 win over Cronulla was quickly followed by 5 straight defeats, culminating in a 24-point thrashing against a Gold Coast team that would end the season dead last.
Seven wins in Newcastle's next eight matches ignited hopes not only of finals football, but a top-four finish. Sadly it did not eventuate. A 6-game losing run consigned them to 11th place and the finals scrapheap yet again. Way back in 2013 was the last time they made the play-offs.
Adam O'Brien might be a rookie coach, but he comes bearing over a decade of coaching experience at the hugely successful Melbourne Storm. Combined with a settled Mitchell Pearce, a budding superstar in Kalyn Ponga and some tinkering to their roster, hopes are once again high for a return to prominence for the proud Newcastle outfit.
How to watch Newcastle Knights NRL matches
More than half of Newcastle's remaining matches this season are not on free-to-air television. Of their 18 remaining fixtures in the rescheduled competition, 10 are exclusive to FOX LEAGUE and 8 are on Channel 9.
That means Knights fans will be well advised to explore Kayo Sports, Foxtel or Foxtel Now to ensure they don't miss a minute of the action in 2020. Out of those three, Kayo is the cheapest by some margin at $25/month and also has an impressive array of features. Kayo also has a special behind-the-scenes series on the Newcastle Knights called Be The Player.
Your final option to catch Knights games this season is via the NRL Live Pass app. Telstra customers are able to access this for free. Unfortunately NRL Live Pass is limited to just a seven-inch display size.
See our complete guide on how to stream the 2020 NRL season for a full breakdown of providers.
Watch Newcastle Knights matches overseas
Are you based overseas or planning a trip during the NRL season? You don't have to miss any of the Knights' action thanks to Watch NRL. We have a full guide on how to stream the 2020 NRL season from overseas.
When do the Newcastle Knights play next?
You can see Newcastle's entire schedule for the 2020 NRL season here.
Newcastle Knights squad
Newcastle Knights history
Established in 1987, the Knights entered the competition the following year. They truly hit their stride in the late 1990s behind the superb play of halfback and Immortal Andrew Johns. Victory over Manly in one of the great grand finals in 1997 was followed by another premiership in 2001.
Yet since the last of their 7 consecutive finals series in 2003, they have reached the play-offs just 4 times and not since 2013. Knights fans are passionate about their team, but their patience is being sorely tested. They will be expected to make a big step forward in 2020.
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