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Anthony Griffin

Wayne Bennett

Brisbane Broncos
Newcastle Knights
Anthony Griffin

The Origin brick wall has once again stopped the Baby Broncos in their tracks and coach Griffin needs to find an answer if he was to come out the other end still in the top eight. Is resting the big guns the best way to win a premiership?

Wayne Bennett

With the Willie Mason experiment is yet to pay dividends on the points table will Wayne look to move Darius into the halves? The master has named him at fullback but it wouldn't be the first time a coach has pulled a sneaky.

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Hero of the Hunter

Western Sydney Warrior

Newcastle Knights
Penrith Panthers
Hero of the Hunter

First there was Bennet and then Buderus... now Tinky has brought Big Willie back to the Hunter where it all began. Will this mining magnate be able to make Mason into the feared enforcer that his one was or will Willie end up wonky?

Western Sydney Warrior

Gus has tasted success at many levels of the game but is now facing one of the biggest challenges of his career... waking the sleeping pussy cats and turning them into purring Panthers. Will Gus become the Prince of Penrith?

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Cameron Smith

Issac Luke

Australia
New Zealand
Cameron Smith

He's replaced Darren Lockyer as Australia's Test skipper, after leading Melbourne to the top of the NRL ladder and Queensland to countless Origin wins. Will Cam's golden run as captain continue or will his opposite No.9 spring a few surprises?

Issac Luke

The Rabbitohs rake is always a fierce competitor for the Kiwis, and is one of the hardest dummy-halves to tackle in the game. Can the nuggetty No.9 match it with the best hooker in the land and help the Kiwis come up trumps?

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Todd Carney

Jarryd Hayne

Country Origin
City Origin
Todd Carney

He took the points last weekend as his Sharks held off Hayne's Eels, but can Carney go one better and lock up the NSW five-eighth spot for the first time with a big performance for Country? Show us your tatts, Toddy!

Jarryd Hayne

Ricky Stuart may not rate him as a fullback, but Hayne now has a chance to show he is worth a Blues spot in the halves. Will the playmaking role help take the Hayne plane back into the Origin orbit?

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Cheyse Blair

Tautau Moga

New South Wales U20's
Queensland U20's
Cheyse Blair

This NRL young gun is making the most of his rookie year, playing every game for the Eels so far and keeping club veteran Luke Burt out of the team. After getting used to life with the big boys, will Blair be too tough to handle for Queensland’s teenagers?

Tautau Moga

The 108kg teenager has been compared with Sonny Bill Williams and Israel Folau, but so far the only thing he’s got in common with those two is that he hasn’t been spotted in the NRL this season. Can he live up to the hype and prove he’s ready for the top grade with a big game against the baby Blues?

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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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Lote Tuqiri

Matt King

The dread-locked Tiger
The bunny with the big hair
Lote Tuqiri

The big Fijian returns from injury to steer the Tigers back from the brink of destruction, but the biggest question on everyone's lips is not how will he perform, but how will he have his hair? Personally, I like the pony tails.

Matt King

Kids, this is what happens when you stop brushing your hair at age 10. Can someone please ask Rusty to take Matt King along to his next appointment with one of his Hollywood hairdresser friends because I think it is starting to scare the crowds away.

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Tiger Tim

Victor the Viking

Wests Tigers Mascot
Canberra Raiders Mascot
Tiger Tim

Tiger Tim is a very well traveled team mascot, having to split his time between Leichhardt and Campbelltown. This weekend he heads out west to the previous home of the magpies. Will he be swooped while dancing on the sideline?

Victor the Viking

Victor the Viking is one of the few rugby league identities that still wears headgear. Will this hard head help him in his battle against Tiger Tim or will this green horn struggle outside of the cold Canberra climate?

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Storm Cheerleaders

Roosters Cheerleaders

Melbourne Storm
Sydney Roosters
Storm Cheerleaders

With Slater, Cronk and Smith entertaining the crowds week-in, week-out with their freaky skills and team-work it makes life pretty for the Storm cheergirls on game day. Yep, life in a purple jump suit doesn't get much better!

Roosters Cheerleaders

With Westsfields Bondi Junction just around the corner, it is pretty easy to see why these cheergirls look the goods. But while they might have the fancy threads do these hens rule the cheerleading roost?

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Toyota Stadium

Brookvale Oval

Capacity: 22,000
Capacity: 23,000
Toyota Stadium

There haven't been too many victory parties at this suburban ground in the past decade but the new Sharkies brigade are out to change that this season. Can Gal and Toddy give Shark Park that winning feeling and restore some pride in the shire?

Brookvale Oval

Fortress Brookvale is one of the Sea Eagles secret weapons as sometimes the opposing team drive past the stadium thinking that it is just a local park. Will the walls remain intact in 2012 or is it time to build a new stadium?

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The Modern Pivot

The Classic Halfback

Halfback of Five-Eighth?
Classic hair, classic approach
The Modern Pivot

It proved too big a challenge for Benji to switch from 6 to 7, but Thurston has the incentive of a Maroons and Kangaroos jumper to ensure the transition from 7 to 6 is successful. Can he prove history and the doubters wrong?

The Classic Halfback

Back in Sterlo's day the number No.7 meant that it was your job to feed the scrum, pick up the ball and then dive while passing it to your teammate. Ahh, the good old days when short shorts and long hair were common place on the footy field.

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Freddy the Rooster

Freddy the Panther

2002 Premiership
1991 Premiership
Freddy the Rooster

The 2002 Premiership was a crowning moment for the glorious career of Brad Fittler and cemented his spot in the record books alongside the all-time greats. But was Freddy’s true potential served at the Roosters under Ricky Stuart?

Freddy the Panther

Taking a first-grade premiership to school for show-and-tell is a pretty big achievement. Young Freddy had the world at his feet when he stepped onto the scene as a 17-year-old out west. Would his days have been best served if he remained a mountain man?

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Michael Searle

David Furner

Gold Coast Seagulls 1988-1995
Canberra Raiders 1992 - 2000
Michael Searle

While the Seagulls flew the coop back in the '90s, Michael Searle and the Titans are now here to remain. Can Searle fly higher than the Seagulls ever did and help deliver a premiership to the golden sands of the Sunshine Strip?

David Furner

It has been a long time since the Green Machine dominated the rugby league landscape and many Raiders fans are desperately hoping that the glory days will return soon. Is Dave the man to bring the beat back?

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Ivan Cleary

Des Hasler

Penrith Panthers
Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs
Ivan Cleary

The calmest coach in the country has teamed up with the great Gus Gould to revitalize the Penny Panthers and restore their supremacy in the Telstra Premiership. Does Ivan have the right building blocks or will Gus need to step in and do the heavy lifting?

Des Hasler

While it is no surprise that Des is downplaying the Bulldogs' chances in 2012, this long-locked mentor is sure to give the competition a shake. Will Hasler make it back to back premierships for himself or will he find himself in the doghouse?

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