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New Zealand Warriors scoop the NRL pool for 2016 —

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by mozgrame, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

    +5,134 /51
    THE 2015 NRL season is confined to the history books, and now we look ahead to next year.

    What does 2016 have in store?

    There’s been no shortage of players switching clubs over the off-season and sometimes it’s hard to keep track of who’s gone where.

    This year we’ve seen some massive signings, and some which could prove the difference between your club being a finals contender and being an also-ran.

    We’ve listed the 10 most significant movements for 2016!

    1 — Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Roosters to Warriors)

    The biggest signing of the NRL this year. RTS was being spoken of in the same vein as four-time Dally M winner Johnathan Thurston towards the back end of 2015. The 22-year-old ran for an amazing 5795 metres for the Roosters and was the Dally M fullback of the year. He replaces Sam Tomkins at the Warriors, and can provide an X factor unlike any other in the NRL at the moment.

    2 — Issac Luke (Rabbitohs to Warriors)

    The New Zealand representative hooker will help form a formidable spine at the Warriors next year. Replacing Nathan Friend, Luke will step straight into a leadership role with the club and bring that spark from dummy half. With Luke in the side the Warriors’ attack looks a lot more dangerous.

    3 — Kieran Foran (Sea Eagles to Eels)

    After a troublesome year with their halves — culminating in Chris Sandow leaving for England — the Eels may be able to find some stability with Foran arriving. The Kiwi international has a good relationship with coach Brad Arthur and will be the key to Parramatta’s finals hopes in 2016.

    4 — Damien Cook (Bulldogs to Rabbitohs)

    Following a breakout year with the Bulldogs, can Cook take his purple form to South Sydney? Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire has already confirmed Cook will be competing with young hooker Cameron McInnes for the No 9 jumper when the season begins. At just 24 years old, he could well become the long-term replacement for Issac Luke.

    5 — Trent Hodkinson (Bulldogs to Knights)

    Something had to change at Newcastle, and now the club has secured a new coach and a new halfback to enter 2016 with a clean slate. Hodkinson will partner fellow former Origin playmaker Jarrod Mullen at the Knights, and the pair will play a big role in Nathan Brown’s charge towards finals. Hodkinson has the chance to take charge of the team and make his mark in the Hunter.

    6 — Aidan Sezer (Titans to Raiders)

    Sezer will likely need to adopt a new role at halfback under Ricky Stuart’s blueprint for 2016. Having played most of 2015 at five-eighth, he will now partner electric No 6 Blake Austin in the nation’s capital. If the pair can gel quickly, they have the potential to be one of the best halves combinations in the competition.

    7 — James Maloney (Roosters to Sharks)

    Cronulla looks like naming a brand new halves pairing for the start of 2016 if all goes to plan. Maloney will partner Chad Townsend, but exactly which one will wear the No 7 remains to be seen. Young gun Jack Bird will most likely be shifted to the centres or back row by coach Shane Flanagan, despite a stellar 2015 season playing at five-eighth. At least there’s plenty of options for Flanagan in the halves.

    8 — Trent Merrin (Dragons to Panthers)

    Penrith has found a hard-running utility forward who can offload and play long minutes, which could prove invaluable under the NRL’s reduced interchange system. Merrin proved to be a leader of St George Illawarra’s forward pack and will take those leadership qualities to the foot of the mountains.

    9 — Nate Myles (Titans to Sea Eagles)

    He’s not as young as he used to be, but Myles’ move to Manly was more significant than what he provides on the field. His signing with the Sea Eagles back in May was thought to be a big factor in Daly Cherry-Evans backflipping on his Titans deal to remain at Brookvale. Myles, still, is a Kangaroos representative and will provide plenty to the team.

    10 — Ashley Taylor (Broncos to Titans)

    Gold Coast was desperate for a playmaker following the loss of Sezer to Canberra, and the controversial backflip of Cherry-Evans. Young talent Taylor will partner Kane Elgey in the halves at the Titans and is expected to play his first season of NRL, barring another freak injury.

  2. Brookvale2015

    Brookvale2015 Active Member

    +464 /171
    Matt Parcell? Koroisau? Also think Lussick could be a surprisingly good signing he has size and aggression we lacked that in 2015
  3. tookey

    tookey Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +5,801 /186
    Ashley Taylor probably won't get many games as the tits have signed Tyronne Roberts from the knights as their 5/8
  4. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member Premium Member

    +7,257 /173
    Not surprising the Worriers have "scooped the pool". They have to swim to Australia every fortnight.

    PONTIAN SEA EAGLE Well-Known Member

    +1,521 /114
    They always find a way to screw things up when trying to make the 8.I can't see them being a threat.

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