Five round one starters you’ve never heard of

Five round one starters you’ve never heard of Written by STAFF WRITERS , February 25, 2016

ROUND one is less than a week away and so we’ve compiled a list of the five unknown rookies who could get a start in the opening fixture of the year. 

TITANS: NATHAN DAVIS (Centre)

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Dubbed a ‘Greg Inglis clone’ due to his large frame and strong running style, Nathan Davis is one player who has the embattled Titans franchise very excited.

With the departure of James Roberts and the minor injury to Nene Macdonald, Davis looks set to get the call up for round one.

Acquired from Parramatta, the 195cm tall, 105kg flyer can certainly find the line scoring 24 tries in 40 NYC matches.

KNIGHTS: PAT MATA’UTIA (Centre)

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The only one of the four Mata’utia brothers yet to debut at the top level, 22-year-old Pat looks as though he will breakthrough round one against the Titans.

A handy utility back who can finish off a try, Mata’utia will look to make the most of his opportunity before his brother Sione returns from suspension in round two.

TIGERS: JOSH ALOIAI (Back row)

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Acquired from the Eels, agile forward Josh Aloiai looks a very promising pick up for the rebuilding Tigers. A standout in the NYC, Aloiai has made impressed in the trials for the joint venture and looks to have done enough to grab himself a spot on the interchange bench for the opening clash against the Warriors.

Don’t be surprised if this former junior Kiwi representative contends for rookie of the year honours.

BRONCOS: GREG EDEN (Wing)

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Labelled by some as the ‘English Billy Slater’, Greg Eden came to Australia last year with the ambition of cracking it in the NRL. Things didn’t go to plan in 2015 but Eden has reportedly worked extremely hard in the off-season and will likely get first crack on the wing as result of injuries to Lachlan Maranta (wrist) and Jack Reed (shoulder).

Having served his so-called apprenticeship in the Intrust Super Cup last season for Wynnum Manly, Eden proved he certainly can find the line racking up 17 tries in 22 games.

KNIGHTS: JAELEN FEENEY (Fullback)

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It looked as though Jake Mamo had the vacant No.1 jersey all sewed up at the end of last year but new Knights coach Nathan Brown looks to have seen something in 21-year-old halfback Jaelen Feeney.

Despite spending very limited time at fullback in the juniors, Feeney is a natural ball-runner and the move to the No.1 jersey will give him the best chance to utilise that skill.

A strong showing at fullback in the opening rounds could put Feeney on track to making the position his own long-term.

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