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Predicted line-ups for round 1

As we count down to the start of a new season, here are's predicted 16 line-ups for the opening round of the Telstra Premiership season.

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A question mark hangs over the playing future of veteran Darius Boyd, with the early indications being he could start 2020 on the wing with Jamayne Isaako moved to fullback and Jack Bird partnering Kotoni Staggs in the centres.

Another veteran in Andrew McCullough also faces a challenge for his spot, with young gun Jake Turpin firming for a start at hooker which would likely relegate McCullough to Intrust Super Cup duties.

There aren't enough spots in the starting pack for all Brisbane's young gun forwards, with Joe Ofahengaue likely to start the year as a bench weapon behind Tevita Pangai jnr at lock. Coach Anthony Seibold is a fan of up-and-coming playmaker Corey Paix, who is firming for the bench utility role.

  1. Jamayne Isaako
  2. Corey Oates
  3. Kotoni Staggs
  4. Jack Bird
  5. Darius Boyd
  6. Anthony Milford
  7. Brodie Croft
  8. Matthew Lodge
  9. Jake Turpin
  10. Payne Haas
  11. Alex Glenn
  12. David Fifita
  13. Tevita Pangai jnr
  14. Cory Paix
  15. Joe Ofahengaue
  16. Patrick Carrigan
  17. Thomas Flegler

Payne Haas in focus


The recruitment of Curtis Scott could well bump Joey Leilua to a bench role while George Williams is a straight swap at halfback for Aidan Sezer. The team otherwise looks fairly settled, with a host of forwards jostling for bench spots.

  1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
  2. Nick Cotric
  3. Jarrod Croker
  4. Curtis Scott
  5. Bailey Simonsson
  6. Jack Wighton
  7. George Williams
  8. Sia Soliola
  9. Josh Hodgson
  10. Josh Papalii
  11. John Bateman
  12. Elliott Whitehead
  13. Joseph Tapine
  14. Corey Horsburgh
  15. Joseph Leilua
  16. Emre Guler
  17. Dunamis Lui

CNK in focus


Back row recruit Joe Stimson may have to start on the bench given the calibre of starting edge forwards. With Kieran Foran out for most or all of the season, Brandon Wakeham will push Jack Cogger for a chance in the halves. Jeremy Marshall-King looks to have shored up the No.9 jersey despite the addition of Sione Katoa while Dean Britt will need to work hard to dislodge the likes of Raymond Faitala-Mariner or Renouf To'omaga.

  1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
  2. Nick Meaney
  3. Will Hopoate
  4. Reimis Smith
  5. Jayden Okunbor
  6. Jack Cogger
  7. Lachlan Lewis
  8. Aiden Tolman
  9. Jeremy Marshall-King
  10. Dylan Napa
  11. Corey Harawira-Naera
  12. Josh Jackson
  13. Adam Elliott
  14. Joe Stimson
  15. Raymond Faitala-Mariner
  16. Renouf To'omaga
  17. Sione Katoa

Will Hopoate in focus


The return of Jesse Ramien adds to what was already a serious log-jam in the centres, with potentially both of Josh Dugan and Josh Morris pushed out to the wings. With few other obvious utility or bench hooker options, Cameron King could go straight into the 17 for round one on the bench. Expect Jack Williams and Billy Magoulias to play plenty of NRL in the post-Paul Gallen era.

  1. Matt Moylan
  2. Josh Morris
  3. Jesse Ramien
  4. Bronson Xerri
  5. Josh Dugan
  6. Shaun Johnson
  7. Chad Townsend
  8. Andrew Fifita
  9. Blayke Brailey
  10. Aaron Woods
  11. Briton Nikora
  12. Wade Graham
  13. Jack Williams
  14. Braden Hamlin-Uele
  15. Billy Magoulias
  16. Cam King
  17. Jayson Bukuya

Bronson Xerri in focus


With so many middle forwards, it looks likely skipper Ryan James will return from his knee reconstruction on an edge. Tyrone Peachey could be moved to the forward rotation or a utility role if Justin Holbrook wants to use Dale Copley or Kallum Watkins in the centres.

  1. AJ Brimson
  2. Anthony Don
  3. Brian Kelly
  4. Tyrone Peachey
  5. Phillip Sami
  6. Tyrone Roberts
  7. Ashley Taylor
  8. Moeaki Fotuaika
  9. Nathan Peats
  10. Jarrod Wallace
  11. Kevin Proctor
  12. Ryan James
  13. Jai Arrow
  14. Mitch Rein
  15. Shannon Boyd
  16. Bryce Cartwright
  17. Keegan Hipgrave

Moeaki Fotuaika in focus

Sea Eagles

The departure of Api Koroisau and absence of Manase Fainu under the no-fault stand-down policy creates a headache for Des Hasler at hooker, with halves Lachlan Croker and Cade Cust each a chance of being asked to step in. Jake Trbojevic and Addin Fonua-Blake are each racing the clock for round one due to off-season shoulder surgeries which would bring the likes of Morgan Boyle, Toff Sipley and Sean Keppie into calculations for the opening rounds.

  1. Tom Trbojevic
  2. Jorge Taufua
  3. Brad Parker
  4. Moses Suli
  5. Reuben Garrick
  6. Dylan Walker
  7. Daly Cherry-Evans
  8. Addin Fonua-Blake
  9. Lachlan Croker
  10. Martin Taupau
  11. Curtis Sironen
  12. Joel Thompson
  13. Jake Trbojevic
  14. Taniela Paseka
  15. Cade Cust
  16. Jack Gosiewski
  17. Corey Waddell

Reuben Garrick in focus


The departures of Will Chambers and Curtis Scott leave the centre stocks thin, with Marion Seve the obvious choice to partner Justin Olam. Christian Welch won't be back for round one after a knee reconstruction with Tom Eisenhuth or Albert Vete most likely to fill the last bench spot.

  1. Ryan Papenhuyzen
  2. Josh Addo-Carr
  3. Marion Seve
  4. Justin Olam
  5. Suliasi Vunivalu
  6. Cameron Munster
  7. Jahrome Hughes
  8. Jesse Bromwich
  9. Cameron Smith
  10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
  11. Felise Kaufusi
  12. Kenny Bromwich
  13. Dale Finucane
  14. Brandon Smith
  15. Tui Kamikamica
  16. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui
  17. Thomas Eisenhuth

Ryan Papenhuyzen in focus


There are plenty of permutations for new coach Adam O'Brien to tinker with here, including where to play versatile duo Connor Watson and Kurt Mann. Mason Lino and young gun Phoenix Crossland are also in contention to partner Mitch Pearce in the halves but Mann looks to be the frontrunner to start the season at five-eighth with Watson potentially switching to lock. Kiwi Test hooker Danny Levi could miss the 17 altogether following the recruitment of Sharks dummy-half Jayden Brailey. Sione Mata'utia could play centre but with rising stars like Bradman Best and Starford To'a ready for spots in the backs, that may not be necessary. There is a centre logjam between Best, Hymel Hunt, Tautau Moga and Gehamat Shibasaki with either Hunt or Best likely to start the season on the wing.

  1. Kalyn Ponga
  2. Edrick Lee
  3. Hymel Hunt
  4. Tautau Moga
  5. Bradman Best
  6. Kurt Mann
  7. Mitchell Pearce
  8. David Klemmer
  9. Jayden Brailey
  10. Daniel Saifiti
  11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon
  12. Mitchell Barnett
  13. Connor Watson
  14. Tim Glasby
  15. Sione Mata'utia
  16. Herman Ese'ese
  17. Aidan Guerra

Mitchell Barnett in focus


With Issac Luke departed and Nat Roache injured, former Panther Wayde Egan could go straight to starting hooker. It would be tough to leave Chanel Harris-Tavita out of the 17 but he may have to bide his time as a utility given Kodi Nikorima can also play hooker as a way to get the young half into the game. Interchange weapon Jazz Tevaga has earned a starting berth but could also revert to the pine as he eases back from off-season ankle surgery, especially with his ability to cover hooker.

  1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
  2. David Fusitu'a
  3. Patrick Herbert
  4. Peta Hiku
  5. Ken Maumalo
  6. Kodi Nikorima
  7. Blake Green
  8. Agnatius Paasi
  9. Wayde Egan
  10. Leeson Ah Mau
  11. Adam Blair
  12. Tohu Harris
  13. Jazz Tevaga
  14. Isaiah Papali'i
  15. Lachlan Burr
  16. Bunty Afoa
  17. Chanel Harris-Tavita

RTS in focus


Big-money recruit Val Holmes looks certain to start at fullback, which means last year's mid-season buy Scott Drinkwater likely replaces Jake Clifford in the halves for the start of the season. Reece Robson is a big chance of unseating Jake Granville. Former Tiger Esan Marsters will start alongside former Maroons centre Justin O'Neill with Paul Green contemplating a curve ball move of Ben Hampton on the wing.

  1. Valentine Holmes
  2. Kyle Feldt
  3. Esan Marsters
  4. Justin O'Neill
  5. Ben Hampton
  6. Scott Drinkwater
  7. Michael Morgan
  8. Jordan McLean
  9. Jake Granville
  10. Josh McGuire
  11. Gavin Cooper
  12. Shane Wright
  13. Jason Taumalolo
  14. John Asiata
  15. Coen Hess
  16. Reece Robson
  17. Francis Molo

Jason Taumalolo in focus


Michael Jennings and Waqa Blake are the centres with the versatile Brad Takairangi starting from the bench. Ryan Matterson is a straight swap for Manu Ma'u and Reagan Campbell-Gillard likely starts in what is otherwise a fairly settled forward pack. Freshly-re-signed young prop Oregon Kaufusi will keep the heat on Dan Alvaro and Kane Evans.

  1. Clint Gutherson
  2. Maika Sivo
  3. Michael Jennings
  4. Waqa Blake
  5. Blake Ferguson
  6. Dylan Brown
  7. Mitchell Moses
  8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard
  9. Reed Mahoney
  10. Junior Paulo
  11. Shaun Lane
  12. Ryan Matterson
  13. Nathan Brown
  14. Brad Takairangi
  15. Kane Evans
  16. Marata Niukore
  17. Daniel Alvaro

Mitchell Moses in focus


Zane Tetevano comes in as a straight swap for Reagan Campbell-Gillard while former Shark Kurt Capewell's utility value could be best suited to a bench role. The side otherwise pretty much picks itself.

  1. Dylan Edwards
  2. Josh Mansour
  3. Dean Whare
  4. Brent Naden
  5. Brian To'o
  6. Jarome Luai
  7. Nathan Cleary
  8. James Tamou
  9. Apisai Koroisau
  10. Zane Tetevano
  11. Viliame Kikau
  12. Isaah Yeo
  13. James Fisher-Harris
  14. Kurt Capewell
  15. Liam Martin
  16. Spencer Leniu
  17. Moses Leota

Nathan Cleary in focus


Zac Lomax has the inside running for the fullback role while the departure of  Jonus Pearson leaves Jordan Pereira and young gun Tristan Sailor as the likely wingers with Jason Saab pushing them. Barring any developments with stood-down lock Jack De Belin, the returning Trent Merrin is likely to slot into his old No.13 jersey for the first time in five years. Recruit Issac Luke is a chance of a bench spot unless Paul McGregor opts for a four-forward bench.

  1. Zac Lomax
  2. Tristan Sailor
  3. Euan Aitken
  4. Tim Lafai
  5. Jordan Pereira
  6. Corey Norman
  7. Ben Hunt
  8. Paul Vaughan
  9. Cameron McInnes
  10. James Graham
  11. Tariq Sims
  12. Tyson Frizell
  13. Trent Merrin
  14. Korbin Sims
  15. Blake Lawrie
  16. Jackson Ford
  17. Issac Luke

Cameron McInnes in focus


Star signing Latrell Mitchell has expressed his desire to play fullback which could spell trouble for Alex Johnston. With Braidon Burns returning in the centres, Adam Doueihi is likely to revert to bench utility. With Sam Burgess and John Sutton retired, the likes of Ethan Lowe and Jaydn Su'A are in the frame for starting edge roles. Bayley Sironen, Tom Amone, Mark Nicholls and Kurt Dillon are competing for two bench spots.

  1. Latrell Mitchell
  2. Campbell Graham
  3. Braidon Burns
  4. James Roberts
  5. Dane Gagai
  6. Cody Walker
  7. Adam Reynolds
  8. Liam Knight
  9. Damien Cook
  10. Thomas Burgess
  11. Jaydn Su'A
  12. Ethan Lowe
  13. Cameron Murray
  14. Adam Doueihi
  15. Tevita Tatola
  16. Mark Nicholls
  17. Tom Amone

Cameron Murray in focus


Latrell Mitchell's decision to leave the Roosters will result in changes in the backline. Youngster Billy Smith looked the heir apparent until an ACL injury, meaning Brett Morris could move in to centre and Ryan Hall or Matt Ikuvalu comes in on the wing.

  1. James Tedesco
  2. Daniel Tupou
  3. Brett Morris
  4. Joseph Manu
  5. Ryan Hall
  6. Kyle Flanagan
  7. Luke Keary
  8. Jared Waerea-Haregreaves
  9. Jake Friend
  10. Siosiua Taukeiaho
  11. Boyd Cordner
  12. Angus Crichton
  13. Victor Radley
  14. Mitchell Aubusson
  15. Nat Butcher
  16. Isaac Liu
  17. Sam Verrills

Tedesco in focus

Wests Tigers

Tommy Talau will push for a starting centre spot sooner rather than later. Moses Mbye could play centre or fullback, or even hooker depending how Josh Reynolds goes in the pre-season. Recruit Luciano Leilua is in the frame for a starting edge spot but the club has plenty of forwards in every position pushing each other through pre-season.

  1. Corey Thompson
  2. David Nofoaluma
  3. Paul Momirovski
  4. Tommy Talau
  5. Robert Jennings
  6. Benji Marshall
  7. Luke Brooks
  8. Alex Twal
  9. Moses Mbye
  10. Thomas Mikaele
  11. Michael Chee-Kam
  12. Luke Garner
  13. Matt Eisenhuth
  14. Josh Aloiai
  15. Chris Lawrence
  16. Elijah Taylor
  17. Luciano Leilua

Corey Thompson in focus