As we count down to the start of the Telstra Premiership season – and the start of NRL Fantasy, presented by Youi – we’ll bring you the news each day that could effect who you pick in your Fantasy squad in 2018.
The Broncos re-signed boom rookie David Fifita over the off-season with NRL.com’s Joel Gould reporting the talented forward has been liked to former Maroons star Ben Te’o – only with better ball skills. Given the recent season-ending injury to fellow forward Andre Savelio, Fifita could be one to watch.
Still on the Broncos, Jordan Kahu says off-season groin surgery has helped him at training already, with the Kiwi international having sat out last year’s World Cup after struggling to run all season due to the complaint.
After proving to be an excellent foil for Daly Cherry-Evans at Manly, Blake Green says he is ready to take control of the bulk of playmaking duties at the Warriors in order to free up Shaun Johnson to attack at will.
That should be good for the Warriors but could be bad news for Johnson’s Fantasy prospects after he made 20 Fantasy points per game in kick metres alone last season – the most in the NRL.
Storm skipper Cameron Smith continues the club’s trend of giving little away regarding Cooper Cronk’s likely replacement at halfback. However, he also indicated the coming World Club Challenge match against Leeds will serve as a chance for contenders to stake a claim while the squad overall builds new combinations in the wake of several senior departures after the 2017 Telstra Premiership win.
Fans will get a look at Knights – and ex-Hull – winger Curtis Naughton this weekend as he rejoins his former club on a one-game basis to help alleviate an injury crisis for their World Club Series game against St George Illawarra.
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