Nathan Brown a keen admirer of NRL Magic Round after Super League experience

Drew Darbyshire

Newcastle coach Nathan Brown is a massive fan of the NRL introducing a Magic Round this weekend at Suncorp Stadium.

Brown tasted six Magic Weekends while he was Huddersfield and St Helens boss between 2009 and 2014 in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Manchester.

He thinks NRL supporters will love the four-day concept in Brisbane this weekend.

On the Magic Round, Brown told “I like it. I think it’s great.

“I had six years in England so I had six ‘Magic Weekends’ over there, in some different countries, and it’s great for fans.

“If you’re a rugby league fan and you like watching other teams other than your own – to be there for a bit of a carnival, and the social side is very good as well.

“It’s a concept I hope the crowds buy into and something I hope can keep happening.”

The Knights will kick off Saturday’s festival against Canterbury Bulldogs, 3pm kick-off.