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Predicting each NRL team's line-up for Round 1

  • Predicting each NRL team's line-up for Round 1

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 22: The Broncos stand behind their line after conceeding a try during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park on September 22, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

  • Predicting each NRL team's line-up for Round 1

    GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 26: Joshua Morris of the Bulldogs celebrates with team mates after scoring a try during the round 25 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Cbus Super Stadium on August 26, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

  • Predicting each NRL team's line-up for Round 1

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 02: The Raiders stand behind their line after the Storm scored a try during the round 26 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Canberra Raiders at AAMI Park on September 2, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

  • Predicting each NRL team's line-up for Round 1

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 10: Chad Townsend of the Sharks shouts instructions to his team mates during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the North Queensland Cowboys at Allianz Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

  • Predicting each NRL team's line-up for Round 1

    GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 26: Titans players looks on during the round 25 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Cbus Super Stadium on August 26, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

  • Predicting each NRL team's line-up for Round 1

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 09: Lewis Brown of the Sea Eagles celebrates with his team mates after scoring a try during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Penrith Panthers at Allianz Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

  • Predicting each NRL team's line-up for Round 1

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 16: Cameron Smith and the Storm celebrate with the World Club Challenge Cup during the World Club Challenge match between the Melbourne Storm and the Leeds Rhinos at AAMI Park on February 16, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

  • Predicting each NRL team's line-up for Round 1

    NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 03: Jamie Buhrer of the Knights runs on to the ground during the round 26 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on September 3, 2017 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

  • Predicting each NRL team's line-up for Round 1

    CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 17: Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys walks from the field at half time during the NRL trial match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Wests Tigers at Barlow Park on February 17, 2018 in Cairns, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

  • Predicting each NRL team's line-up for Round 1

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 03: Jarryd Hayne takes part in a Parramatta Eels NRL pre-season training session at Old Saleyards Reserve on January 3, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

  • Predicting each NRL team's line-up for Round 1

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 17: Nathan Cleary of the Panthers looks on during the NRL trial match between the Penrith Panthers and the Sydney Roosters at Penrith Stadium on February 17, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

  • Predicting each NRL team's line-up for Round 1

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 17: James Graham of the Dragons looks on during the NRL trial match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and Hull at ANZ Stadium on February 17, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

  • Predicting each NRL team's line-up for Round 1

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 17: Rabbitohs players line up during the NRL trial match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Wigan at ANZ Stadium on February 17, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

  • Predicting each NRL team's line-up for Round 1

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 17: Cooper Cronk of the Roosters looks on during the warm up in the NRL trial match between the Penrith Panthers and the Sydney Roosters at Penrith Stadium on February 17, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

  • Predicting each NRL team's line-up for Round 1

    ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 17: Ligi Sao of the Warriors celebrates after scoring a try during the NRL trial match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Melbourne Storm at Rotorua International Stadium on February 17, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

  • Predicting each NRL team's line-up for Round 1

    CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 17: Josh Reynolds of the Tigers looks on from the bench during the NRL trial match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Wests Tigers at Barlow Park on February 17, 2018 in Cairns, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Brisbane Broncos 

1. Darius Boyd 2.  Jonus Pearson 3. Tom Opacic 4. James Roberts 5. Jordan Kahu 6. Anthony Milford 7. Kodi Nikorima 8. Matt Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Korbin Sims 11. Corey Oates 12. Matt Gillett 13. Josh McGuire 14. Sam Thaiday 15. Tevita Pangai Jr 16. Alex Glenn 17. Joe Ofahengaue

New recruit Jack Bird is set to make his return from a shoulder injury in Round 4 while McCullough and Milford should be back from their injuries for the first round. Corey Oates' move to the back row should push veterans Sam Thaiday and Alex Glenn to the bench while opening up a wing spot for Jonus Pearson and Jamayne Isaako to fight over.

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Canterbury Bulldogs

1. Moses Mbye 2. Brett Morris 3. Josh Morris 4. Will Hopoate 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Matt Frawley 7. Kieran Foran 8. Aaron Woods 9. Michael Lichaa 10. David Klemmer 11. Josh Jackson 12. Adam Elliott 13. Greg Eastwood 14. Fa'amanu Brown 15. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 16. Clay Priest 17. Aiden Tolman

Moses Mbye will be making his first appearance in the no.1 jersey under the Dean Pay era. Kieran Foran and Aaron Woods are the standout signings while Fa'amanu Brown and Clay Priest add energy and hard work to the bench. Marcelo Montoya will get the nod to start on the wing after an impressive debut season while injured Moses Suli has to wait for his club debut after disciplinary issues.

Canberra Raiders

1. Jack Wighton 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Joey Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Blake Austin 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Shannon Boyd 9. Siliva Havili 10. Junior Paulo 11. Josh Papalii 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Iosia Soliola 14. Craig Garvey 15. Charlie Gubb 16. Luke Bateman 17. Joseph Tapine

Josh Hodgson did his ACL in the World Cup and isn't expected to make his return until late in the season. Siliva Havili and Craig Garvey should rotate with each other after Kurt Baptiste departed the club. Charlie Gubb is the only other new face.

Cronulla Sharks

1. Valentine Holmes 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Josh Dugan 4. Ricky Leutele 5. Aaron Gray 6. Matt Moylan 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Luke Lewis 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen 14. James Segeyaro 15. Jayson Bukuya 16. Ava Seumanufagai 17. Kurt Capewell

Four new recruits are set to debut in Josh Dugan, Aaron Gray, Ava Seumanufagai while Chad Townsend is the more experienced half in a new partnership with star signing Matt Moylan. The forward pack stays in the same shape as last season.

Gold Coast Titans 

1. Michael Gordon 2. Phillip Sami 3. Brenko Lee 4. Konrad Hurrell 5. Dale Copley 6. Kane Elgey 7. Ashley Taylor 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Nathan Peats 10. Ryan James 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Joe Greenwood 13. Bryce Cartwright 14. Mitch Rein 15. Jai Arrow 16. Leilani Latu 17. Morgan Boyle

Young gun Phillip Sami could get a chance with Anthony Don possibly missing the opening 1-2 rounds. Mitch Rein and Nathan Peats could share minutes at hooker while six players should make their debuts for the club. 

Manly Sea Eagles

1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Matt Wright 4. Brian Kelly 5. Akuila Uate 6. Lachlan Croker 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Martin Taupau 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Addin Fonua-Blake 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Lewis Brown 15. Lloyd Perrett 16. Frank Winterstein 17. Shaun Lane

Dylan Walker and Darcy Lussick are still a few weeks off returning however Jorge Taufua and Jake Trbojevic will be fit by round 1. Fonua-Blake should get a chance in the starting side in the opening rounds. Joel Thompson slots into the back row while five-eighth youngster Lachlan Croker will get a shot at forging a new halves partnership with DCE.

Melbourne Storm

1. Billy Slater 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Curtis Scott 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Brodie Croft 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Tim Glasby 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Dale Finucane 14. Kenny Bromwich 15. Sam Kasiano 16. Patrick Kaufusi 17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona

No major injury concerns for the Storm as Kasiano plans to return in the first round from an ankle injury. Ryan Hoffman makes his return to the club he's represented most of his career while Patrick Kaufusi joins his brother Felise. The first Storm season without Cooper Cronk since 2003 begins a new era where Brodie Croft calls the shots.

Newcastle Knights

1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Nathan Ross 3. Sione Mata'utia 4. Tautau Moga 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Connor Watson 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jacob Lillyman 9. Slade Griffin 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Aidan Guerra 12. Mitch Barnett 13. Jamie Buhrer 14. Danny Levi 15. Chris Heighington 16. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 17. Herman Ese'ese

Nine new signings could be lining up in round 1 as a new-look Knights side tries to take the club into a new era. Nathan Brown will go with the experience of Slade Griffin to start while a host of young forwards will be battling it out to get into the first team.

North Queensland Cowboys

1. Lachlan Coote 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O'Neill 4. Kane Linnett 5. Antonio Winterstein 6. Michael Morgan 7. Johnathan Thurston 8. Matt Scott 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Ethan Lowe 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Ben Hampton 15. Scott Bolton 16. Coen Hess 17. John Asiata

Unbelievably, 12 of the Cowboys' 13 starters were in the starting side of the 2015 Grand Final. The only new addition from that side is Jordan McLean. Ben Hampton will probably get the nod over Te Maire Martin for more utility value. Shaun Fensom is still a few weeks off after injuring himself in last year's grand final.

Parramatta Eels

1. Bevan French 2. Kirisome Auva'a 3. Michael Jennings 4. Jarryd Hayne 5. Josh Hoffman 6. Corey Norman 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Tim Mannah 9. Cameron King 10. Kane Evans 11. Manu Ma'u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Nathan Brown 14. Brad Takairangi 15. Suaia Matagi 16. Beau Scott 17. Kenny Edwards

Clint Gutherson is still a few weeks off after rupturing his ACL last year. Cameron King appears more favoured to start at no.9 following his strong showings in late 2017. With a long list of bulky forwards, many players will be fighting it out for bench spots. Daniel Alvaro and Siosaia Vave will be breathing down the necks of their teammates while Brad Takairangi is forced out of the starting side due to the return of Jarryd Hayne.

Penrith Panthers

1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Waqa Blake 4. Tyrone Peachey 5. Dean Whare 6. James Maloney 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Peter Wallace 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11. Corey Harawira-Naera 12. Isaah Yeo 13. Trent Merrin 14. Wayde Egan 15. James Fisher-Harris 16. Tim Browne 17. Viliame Kikau

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak is still recovering from an ankle injury, forcing a reshuffle to the backline. James Maloney starts his first game in Penrith colours while Wayde Egan should make his debut after an impressive stint in the Under 20s. 

St George Illawarra Dragons

1. Matt Dufty 2. Nene Macdonald 3. Tim Lafai 4. Euan Aitken 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Ben Hunt 8. James Graham 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jack de Belin 14. Leeson Ah Mau 15. Jacob Host 16. Luciano Leilua 17. Kurt Mann

No injury concerns for the Dragons at this stage. Ben Hunt and James Graham will make their first appearances for the club in the NRL. Tariq Sims slots into the starting side seamlessly to replace Joel Thompson. 

South Sydney Rabbitohs

1. Alex Johnston 2. Richie Kennar 3. Dane Gagai 4. Greg Inglis 5. Robert Jennings 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Zane Musgrove 9. Damien Cook 10. George Burgess 11. Sam Burgess 12. Angus Crichton 13. Cameron Murray 14. John Sutton 15. Kyle Turner 16. Tyrell Fuimaono 17. Tom Burgess

Souths will have one of the most lethal centre combinations in the competition, with Inglis and Gagai as Alex Johnston makes the fullback spot his own. Hymel Hunt's hamstring injury could open the door to Robert Jennings to make a start. 

Sydney Roosters

1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Blake Ferguson 5. Joseph Manu 6. Luke Keary 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Dylan Napa 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Mitch Aubusson 13. Sio Siua Taukeiaho 14. Ryan Matterson 15. Isaac Liu 16. Zane Tetevano 17. Nat Butcher

Superstars James Tedesco and Cooper Cronk make their debuts for the Chooks. Luke Keary returns from a broken jaw while Nat Butcher takes the last bench spot although Frank-Paul Nuuausala could come back to the Roosters before the season begins. 

New Zealand Warriors

1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. David Fusitu'a 3. Peta Hiku 4. Solomone Kata 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Blake Green 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Sam Lisone 9. Issac Luke 10. Adam Blair 11. Simon Mannering 12. Tohu Harris 13. Leivaha Pulu 14. Nathaniel Roache 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Albert Vete 17. James Gavet

Gerard Beale won't be in line to make his first appearance for the club until at least round 10  while Agnatius Paasi's return date is unknown. Key additions to the forward pack are set to be named with Adam Blair, Tohu Harris and Leivaha Pulu while Blake Green will add stability to the halves after arriving from Manly.

Wests Tigers

1. Tuimoala Lolohea 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Kevin Naiqama 4. Taane Milne 5. Mahe Fonua 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Luke Brooks 8. Russell Packer 9. Matt McIlwrick 10. Ben Matulino 11. Chris Lawrence 12. Chris McQueen 13. Elijah Taylor 14. Sauaso Sue 15. Alex Twal 16. Matt Eisenhuth 17. Josh Aloiai

Six new recruits should feature in the starting line-up with Chris McQueen in particular rushing to be fit in time for Round 1. Young forwards are in a battle to back-up to regular starters Chris Lawrence and Elijah Taylor on the bench, with Esan Marsters, JJ Felise and Michael Chee-Kam all waiting in the wings. Veterans Tim Grant and Robbie Rochow are also handy options. 

Ladder Prediction

1st Sydney Roosters
2nd Melbourne Storm
3rd North Queensland Cowboys
4th Parramatta Eels
5th Penrith Panthers
6th St George Illawarra Dragons
7th Brisbane Broncos
8th Cronulla Sharks
9th New Zealand Warriors
10th Newcastle Knights
11th Canberra Raiders
12th Manly Sea Eagles
13th Gold Coast Titans
14th Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
15th South Sydney Rabbitohs
16th Wests Tigers

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