The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Newton dropped the bombshell announcement at a press conference at his home today, saying he had been told by Knights coach Brian Smith he was not required at the club next season. Newton played his 100th first grade game for the club in yesterday's record 71-6 loss to Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.
The 25-year-old was off contract at the club after the season and spoke to Smith after receiving an approach from Harlequins.