Strong Sea Eagles squad tipped for Auckland
January 24, 2014 6:37PM
THE Manly Sea Eagles are likely to unleash several of their superstar backline including Jamie Lyon and Daly Cherry-Evans in a deliberate bid to make an immediate impact in next month's inaugural NRL Nines tournament in Auckland.
Coach Geoff Toovey is still undecided on his touring squad but has narrowed his thoughts down to around 18 players.
Manly's backline is considered the most lethal in the NRL and there is every chance skipper Jamie Lyon and international halfback Cherry-Evans will spearhead the challenge as Manly look to add a Nines title to the club's amazing record in the now defunct Sevens formula.
Powerhouse winger Jorge Taufua and versatile young utility back Peta Hiku are certain selections and Manly fans will get the opportunity to check out recruit Cheyse Blair for the first time in maroon and white.
Manly aren't talking up their chances in the Nines but are quietly confident they will do well.
The $2.25 million prizemoney is an attraction to all clubs.
TEENAGE prop Jake Trbojevic continues his gradual apprenticeship at the Manly Sea Eagles with the Mona Vale junior relishing the training he is getting with the club's full time squad.
Front rowers must have a steady and well planned introduction to the engine room in the modern game and Manly are being very patient with the talented youngster.
He was blooded in the NRL while still playing 20's last year and is sure to be given more opportunities in 2014.
Trbojevic's strength in pre season training is impressive - so much so that older and much more experienced forwards are steering clear of him in wrestling sessions.
He won't be the last member of the talented sporting family to make his mark.
Keen judges are excited about the promise shown by tall fullback Tom who is eligible for SG Ball competition but will play two years up in the under 20's in 2014.
Fans should get to Brookie early this season to watch this youngster play.
Ex Sea Eagle and now Mona Vale official Jack Elsegood says Tom will be cherry ripe to replace Brett Stewart when the Snake decides to hang up his number one jersey in the future.
VALE GEORGE SMITH
FORMER Sea Eagles captain George Smith has passed away aged 83. Smith captained Manly in 1964 as a NSW and Australian representative from the 1962 season. He played for Manly in 1964 and 1965.
A tall lock forward Smith passed away in Grafton on Thursday night after a recent illness.
His funeral service will be held at the Grafton greyhound track next Thursday.