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Newcastle Knights reappoint Stone as head coach to replace Bennett as coach of NRL team

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NEWCASTLE, Australia - The Newcastle Knights have appointed Rick Stone as head coach on a two-season contract from 2015 to replace Wayne Bennett, who will return to the Brisbane Broncos next year in the National Rugby League.

Knights chief executive Matt Gidley announced the appointment in a statement Monday.

Stone guided the Knights in 54 games as head coach after his initial appointment in 2009, and has worked as an assistant to three other coaches at the club, including Bennett.

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