Burning questions of the 2018 NRL season

By: nrl.com


image.ashxWhat is the biggest question your NRL club is facing heading into the 2018 NRL season?


What can Jack Bird bring to the club? Wayne Bennett’s side also looks short a playmaker following the loss of Ben Hunt.


Will the Raiders be a shell of their former selves with hooker Josh Hodgson on the sideline for most of the year due to a knee injury?


 Are we about to see the return of the Dogs of War? New coach Dean Pay says he wants to instil “a bit of madness” into the side.


Where does Shane Flanagan play Valentine Holmes? He proved a superstar on the wing during the World Cup but is being groomed as the club’s long-term fullback.

Gold Coast

With Jarryd Hayne gone, a new coach in Garth Brennan and the club set to be taken over by new owners, can the Titans finally get a clean slate?


After granting Blake Green a release and missing out on Mitchell Pearce, who plays in the halves alongside Daly Cherry-Evans?


What can the Storm produce without Cooper Cronk? Master coach Craig Bellamy faces one of his greatest challenges to keep his side at the top following the departure of the masterful No.7.


With the recruitment of Mitchell Pearce, Kalyn Ponga, Connor Watson, Aidan Guerra, Herman Ese’ese, Tautau Moga, Jacon Lillyman and Chris Heighington, how long until we see the Knights back in the eight?

North Queensland

With Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott back from injury and Australian prop Jordan McLean arriving in Townsville, who can stop the Cowboys in 2018?


Saviour or distraction? What sort of effect will Jarryd Hayne have in his second stint in the blue and gold? And can Mitchell Moses force his way into the NSW side?


James Maloney has taken the Warriors, Sydney Roosters and Cronulla to grand finals. Can he do the same for the Panthers?

South Sydney

Can Greg Inglis get back to his best? He played just 57 minutes in 2017. And what can new coach Anthony Siebold extract from the Rabbitohs after several disappointing seasons?

St George Illawarra

They faded out badly during 2017. But is the arrival of James Graham and Ben Hunt enough to transform the Red V into contenders?

Sydney Roosters

Cooper Cronk and James Tedesco will form the best spine in the competition with Jake Friend and Luke Keary. And the pressure is on coach Trent Robinson to deliver a premiership.


They’ve made some handy pick ups in the form of Adam Blair, Blake Green, Peta Hiku and Tohu Harris but can anything turn around their reputations as gross underperformers?

Wests Tigers

Ivan Cleary has enticed Benji Marshall, Josh Reynolds, Ben Matulino, Russell Packer and Chris McQueen onto the bus, but in which direction is it heading?

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