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NRL statement: Knights, fans to #RiseForAlex

The Newcastle Knights will pay tribute to injured teammate Alex McKinnon on Sunday and have asked fans to join them as they ‘Rise For Alex’ when they take on Cronulla at Hunter Stadium.

All Knights’ NRL jerseys for the remainder of the season will carry Alex’s name and debut Club number (#232) on the chest plate. The No.16 jersey, which Alex was wearing in Monday night’s game, will also be retired for the season. David Fa’alogo, who was named in 16, will now wear 18 in this weekend’s game.

A number of junior rugby league players from Alex’s junior club Aberdeen will form a guard of honour when the team runs out on Sunday, while the crowd will also be asked to ‘Rise for Alex’ and applaud in support of the injured younster when the Knights and Sharks arrive on the field.

Newcastle have also encouraged fans to send messages of support to Alex and his family in the form of email to knights@newcastleknights.com.au. All messages received will be given to Alex and his family at the appropriate time.

Currently the Knights have indicted their energies are directed in helping Alex and his family in any way possible. However, when the time is right, the club will look for ways the community can assist Alex and his family.

There are no further updates at this time in regards to Alex’s condition. He remains in a critical but stable condition in a Melbourne hospital.

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