The 2011 NRL pre-season kicks-off this Saturday with matches in Queensland, New Zealand and NSW featuring exciting new talent, prized recruits and long-awaited comebacks as the Rabbitohs, Knights, Warriors and Roosters return to the field. <br><br> Ben Ross will captain the Rabbitohs in their Return to Redfern clash with the Newtown Jets in his incredible comeback from a spinal injury two years ago; Chris Houston will play his first game for the Knights in almost a year when they play in NZ against the Warriors, who have selected all four of their gun recruits; while giant young gun Johnothan Ford will stand in for Todd Carney in the Roosters trial against the Ipswich Jets in Ipswich. <br><br> While the second Harvey Norman All Stars clash on Saturday week (Feb 12) on the Gold Coast between the Indigenous All Stars and NRL All Stars will mark the official launch of the 2011 Telstra Premiership season, an exciting pre-season is ahead with 27 matches over the next three week, including the Charity Shield, Foundation Cup, Mercury Challenge, Stockland Trophy, Battle of the West Cup and World Club Challenge Final. <br><br> Coffs Harbour, Bega, Port Macquarie, Alice Springs, Tamworth, Cairns, Muswellbrook, Wollongong, Newcastle and Rotorua are among the centres that will host pre-season matches this month ahead of the start of the Telstra Premiership on Friday, March 11. <br><br> Following is an overview of this weekend's trial matches: <br><br> <b>Return to Redfern "Members Only Trial: South Sydney Rabbitohs v Newtown Jets</b> <br>Australian Technology Park performance Centre, Redfern Oval, Chalmers St, Redfern <br>Gates open: 3pm <br>SG Ball trial: South Sydney v Balmain, 3.30pm <br>Main game: South Sydney Rabbitohs v Newtown Jets, 6pm <br><br> Star South Sydney English import Sam Burgess' younger brother George will make his Rabbitohs debut in the trial match against the Newtown Jets at Redfern Oval next Saturday, less than two months since arriving in the country. <br><br> George, 18, who was signed on a two-year deal from the Bradford Bulls in December, will start at prop alongside captain Ben Ross, who will make his comeback after missing the last two seasons with a serious neck injury. <br><br> AAP reports that the 23-man squad, which is made up of players from the Rabbitohs' Toyota Cup grand final team and the club's feeder club, the North Sydney Bears, includes two famous rugby league surnames. <br><br> Anthony Mundine's cousin Matt has been named at five-eighth and ex-Bears back Greg Florimo's son Jay will start from the bench. <br><br> Promising fullback Malcolm Webster is the cousin of Titans star Preston Campbell and Greg Inglis, who finally secured a move to the Rabbitohs from the Melbourne Storm in December. <br><br> <b>Team lists: <br><br>South Sydney Rabbitohs squad: Malcolm Webster, Chris McQueen, Shaune Corrigan, Junior Vaivai, Kane Morgan, Matt Mundine, Adam Reynolds, George Burgess, Nathan Peats, Ben Ross (capt), Adrian Ha'angana, Deon Apps, Blake Judd. Interchange: Josh Mansour, Kennedy Pettyborne, Bennett Leslie, Curtis Johnston, James Roberts, Jay Florimo, Joseph So'oalo, Brendan McKinnon, Jake Shearer, John Kaifoto. <br><br> Newtown Jets: Daniel Cray, Michael Winchester, Francis Vaiotu, Fred Latulipe, Tom Kerr, Matthew Winchester, Josh Kent, Isaac Maliota, Jamie Clark, Khalid Deeb (C), Brad Barrett, Ahmad Ellaz, Boyd Strickland. Interchange (from): Joey Taefu, Scott Jones, James Koloamatangi, Trent Trotter, Sione Taka, Ryan Verlinden, Brock Harmer, Chris Enahoro, Chris Afamasaga, Francis Tuigamala. <br><br> Miners’ Solidarity Day Charity Rugby League Challenge: NZ Warriors v Newcastle Knights</b> <br>Wingham Park, Greymouth NZ <br>6pm (NZ time) kick-off <br><br> Chris Houston will pull on a Newcastle jersey for the first time in almost a year after being named in their side to play New Zealand in a trial match for the Pike River Miners relief fund in Greymouth. <br><br> The promising 26-year-old backrower's future was in limbo last March when he was placed on drugs supply charges and stood down by the Knights. But late last year he was cleared of those charges and reinstated by the Knights, who quickly signed him to a two-year deal. <br><br> Former Warrior Evarn Tuimavave will captain the Knights and says he is honoured to skipper the Knights in Greymouth, the town where 29 miners died after an explosion at the Pike River Mine last November. <br><br> "It will be great to come up against the boys from my old club, and I'm really grateful Stoney (coach Rick Stone) has given me the chance to lead the boys out on the park," Tuimavave told AAP. <br><br> "When I heard the trial was on in Greymouth I asked Stoney if I could play, because I know it had a big effect on the community and this game will help them get through these tough times a bit better." <br><br> Tuimavave made 105 appearances for the Warriors before joining the Knights last year, but missed the bulk of the season after rupturing an Achilles in round 10. <br><br> Warriors coach Ivan Cleary will use all four of the club’s major new signings, with ex-Parramatta duo Feleti Mateo and Krisnan Inu, former Brisbane Broncos star Shaun Berrigan and Steve Rapira Included in a list of 21 players named today for the trial. <br><br> <b>Team lists: <br><br>NZ Warriors: Shaun Berrigan, Lewis Brown, Glen Fisiiahi, James Gavet, Pita Godinet, Ben Henry, Saulala Houma, Krisnan Inu, Jeremy Latimore, Jacob Lillyman, Kevin Locke, Sione Lousi, Micheal Luck, Alehana Mara, Feleti Mateo, Joel Moon, Steve Rapira, Matt Robinson, Ukuma Ta'ai, Elijah Taylor, Bill Tupou. <br><br>Newcastle Knights squad: Chris Adams, Josh Ailaomai, Ethan Cook, Joel Edwards, Marvin Filipo, Chris Houston, Marvin Karawana, Siuatonga Likiliki, Keith Lulia, Peter Mata'utia, Shannon McDonnell, Kevin Naiqama, Kyle O'Donnell, Api Pewhairangi, Chad Redman, Tyrone Roberts, Ben Rogers, Steve Southern, Ryan Stig, Zane Tetevano, Evarn Tuimavave (C), Simon Williams. <br><br> Sydney Roosters v Ipswich Jets</b> <br>North Ipswich Reserve, Ipswich QLD <br>Sat, Feb 5 - 7.30pm kick-off <br><br> The Sydney Roosters are preparing to unleash the "world's biggest halfback" on the NRL this season with 193cm, 104kg Johnothan Ford squeezing into a No.7 jersey for the trial against the Jets in the absence of Todd Carney. <br><br> With Mitchell Pearce and Carney likely to play representative football this year, and Carney injured for the opening to the season, coach Brian Smith needs to groom a back-up. <br><br> AAP reports that 21-year-old Ford, a Cook Islands' representative, has been one of the Roosters' most impressive trainers and will get an opportunity in the halves in the trials. <br><br> He's the second tallest at the club behind Jason Ryles and heavier than anyone else in the backline. He played matches at halfback for feeder club Newtown last year. <br><br> <b>Team lists: <br><br>Roosters squad: Anthony Minichiello, Steve Naughton, Justin Carney, Willie Mataka, Joseph Leilua, Johnothan Ford, Riley Jacks, Mose Masoe, Byron Fruean, Daniel Conn, Anthony Cherrington, Tom Symonds, Tinirau Arona. Interchange: Rhys Pritchard, Mark Kheirallah, Tim Guymer, David Thomas, Asipeli Fine, Jack Littlejohn, Lama Tasi, Kurt Kara, Isaac Lui, Ethan Lowe, Dane Atkinson, Lou Goodwin. <br><br> Ipswich Jets: Marshall Chalk, Ramon Filipine, Donald Malone, Brendan Marshall, Chris Naidu, Todd Riggs, Brendon Lindsay , Tyson Lofipo, Michael Fisher, Angus Christensen, Jacob Ling, Lorenzo Maafu, Adam Boettcher; Interchange: Matt Duggan, Jarrod Mcinally, Rhys Chapman, Slade King, Fred Tila, Ben Loxley, Liam Capewell.</b>