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Chris Lawrence

Justin Hodges

Wests Tigers  
Brisbane Broncos Broncos
2012 Stats
Appearances:
20
Tries:
6
Tackles:
337
Linebreaks:
9
Offloads:
3

Age: 26

Height: 187cm

Weight: 96kg

Chris Lawrence
2012 Stats
Appearances:
18
Tries:
5
Tackles:
142
Linebreaks:
9
Offloads:
50

Age: 32

Height: 190cm

Weight: 98kg

Justin Hodges
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A soft centre is a desirable feature when you are talking about chocolate... but not a footy team. If Lawrence wants to be in the Origin picture this season he will need to stand tall against Hodges and show selectors that this centre is not soft.

With a full pre-season behind him, Hodges has started strongly in 2012 and the Broncos are galloping high on the ladder. Has Hodges’ hazardous hamstring finally been healed or will it once again turn out to be his Achilles heel?

Nathan Hindmarsh

Jarryd Hayne

Parramatta Eels Eels
Parramatta Eels Eels
2012 Stats
Tackles:
999
Linebreaks:
3
Errors:
10
Offloads:
32
All Run Metres:
2092

Age: 35

Height: 187cm

Weight: 105kg

Nathan Hindmarsh
2012 Stats
Tackles:
53
Linebreaks:
8
Errors:
13
Offloads:
17
All Run Metres:
1832

Age: 26

Height: 189cm

Weight: 100kg

Jarryd Hayne
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Hindmarsh and his tight short shorts have been the backbone of the Eels for the past decade (and them some). Was it his retirement announcement that pulled the slippery Eels from their slump or did the Hayne train railroad his victory?

There was no post-try flapping of the arms last week but Hayne’s two-try heroics were a welcome sight for the emotional Blue and Gold Army. Is one win enough to stop the fans from walking away or will the Eels need to keep the Hayne plane flying?

Johnathan Thurston

Cooper Cronk

North Queensland Cowboys Cowboys
Melbourne Storm Storm
2012 Stats
All Run Metres:
1651
Missed Tackles:
82
Points:
192
L/B Assists:
26
Errors:
38

Age: 31

Height: 179cm

Weight: 86kg

Johnathan Thurston
2012 Stats
All Run Metres:
1327
Missed Tackles:
58
Points:
41
L/B Assists:
26
Errors:
20

Age: 30

Height: 178cm

Weight: 88kg

Cooper Cronk
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Thurston is yet to step up in the post-Lockyer era and take ownership of the game’s best player tag. If he doesn’t take it soon there is plenty of competition coming from south of the border with Super Cooper leading the charge.

If Cronk wants to make the Maroons and Australian No.7 jersey his own then this match-up with JT will be a key for the Storm halfback. Do the Storm really have the Kangaroos 1, 7 & 9 all wrapped up or does Thurston still want to be in seven heaven?

 

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Sea Eagles

Penrith Panthers

Panthers

Coach: Geoff Toovey
Coach: Ivan Cleary
2012 Club Stats
Tries:
97
Goals:
76
Tackles:
8200
Missed Tackles:
941
Missed Tackles:
941
L/B Assists:
80
2012 Club Stats
Tries:
72
Goals:
59
Tackles:
8137
Missed Tackles:
808
Missed Tackles:
808
L/B Assists:
57
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Luckily for the premiers, Wests Tigers are taking the brunt of media criticism for starting their season poorly. Can Toovey get the premiership defense back on track or are the winning ways at Brookvale just a memory from the past?

After a heartbreaking loss to the Sharks last week, the Panthers will be looking to get back in the winners circle and stay in the top eight. Will the long trip to Brookvale prove too much for the western Sydney-siders or will they be ready for the eagle rock?

 

Carney the kicker

Sharp-shooter Soward

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Tuesday 3rd April
Tuesday 3rd April

Each time Toddy lines up for a goal it gives the fans a good chance to check out his latest tattoos and to wonder where he will be able to fit the next one. I like the ones behind the ears, maybe they help keep him balance when he kicks.

Forget Bon Jovi or Tina Turner, next season Jamie Soward and his pre-kick chicken dance should features on the NRL season launch commercial. But one thing I have always wondered is, why does he take off his head gear?

Sideline Gladiator

Coach & Commander

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Tuesday 3rd April
Tuesday 3rd April

This Hollywood hero loves to give his Rabbitohs support from the sideline... but is it encouragement or a distraction for the Bunnies on the field? Can Rusty share the spotlight with the golden locks of Dessie?

Hasler has better hair than most Hollywood heartthrobs but his temper tantrums from the coach’s box would see him on the front page of most Hollywood gossip magazines. Does Des have the "it" factor to steer the Bulldogs to No.1 at the box office?

 
 

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Green Raiders

Green Warriors

Captain: Terry Campese
Captain: Simon Mannering
Green Raiders

While the shade of green has changed slightly over the years there is no mistaking the Raiders’ green machine when they step onto the field. Will this battle of green end in red or will both teams be able to share the colour of kermet?

Green Warriors

Black, white, red and now green...the Warriors have more jersey colours than a rainbow Paddle Pop. Is this a great marketing ploy by the trans-Tasman team or just a way to get up the nose of the opposition team by stealing their club colour?

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