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Newcastle well placed for improved year

first_imgThe mid-season additions of Brendan Elliot and Peter Mata’utia coupled with new signings Jamie Buhrer, Rory Kostjasyn, Ken Sio, Josh Starling and Jacob Gagan have given the Knights much more depth heading into the 2017 season.”There is a lot more competition [for places] than there was last year,” Brown said.”Hopefully people like Chanel Mata’utia will have more luck with injuries. Chanel hurt his knee in the first two minutes against the Gold Coast in Round 1 and never got back, we are quite hopeful that Chanel will have a big year. “We are definitely a lot stronger at this stage this year than we were last year, not only with quality, but experience as well.”That depth is already showing with the battle for the custodian role, with three players capable of filling the position. “Dylan Pythian and Peter Mata’utia are probably the two most likely ones at this stage,” Brown said,”Nathan Ross is happy to play there or at wing or centre as well. He’s 27 and he’s only played 30 games, he really established himself as a winger, so we’d probably like to keep Ross there and keep a bit of stability.”The Knights returned to training on Wednesday, knowing the Downer NRL Auckland Nines are just around the corner. “In the Nines we’d like to give a few younger blokes an opportunity and some experienced players as well,” Brown said.”Fitness will play a part in that. We have some outside backs that have spent some time in rehab that have missed a bit of training so we certainly don’t want to risk anyone. “I think some of the players and especially the higher profile ones, they enjoy playing Nines. When we play the Nines we have a trial on the same weekend against a state league side on the Gold Coast. A couple of weeks after that we play Canberra.”Brown is still yet to decide on his best starting side, but said the trials and training will help make up his decision in the coming months.last_img read more

Better Than Queen

first_imgAishwarya Rai, who plays a 16th century queen in the historical romance Jodha Akbar says modern women are far better off than the queens of that era.. “I consider myself lucky to be born in today’s era where a woman has far more freedom to exercise her rights,” she told The Times of India.“It took them ages to get ready for one appearance, and imagine staying behind curtains all day long,” said Rai.  Related Itemslast_img

Chairman Hanuman

first_imgLord Hanuman has been appointed the official chairman of a new technology and management institute outside Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Hanuman’s idol occupies the chairman’s office at the Sardar Bhagat Singh College of Technology and Management, which launches its first class in July. The “chairman,” appointed by a resolution of the college’s trustees, has delegated all his powers to the college’s two vice chairmen, who handle all paper work intended for Lord Hanuman, sitting adjacent to the chairman’s empty chair.Vice Chairman Vivek Kangri said: “Though the institute would be one of its kind in having the lord as the chairman, it would be run by professionals and we would ensure that our devotion does not harm the sentiments of anyone specially the students who come from a cross section of society.”“Our devotion would not be reflected in the academic atmosphere of the campus.” Jai Hanuman!  Related Itemslast_img read more