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Scotland captain Danny Brough, England captain Sam Burgess, New Zealand captain Jesse Bromwich and Australia skipper Cameron Smith.

Ahead of the start of the 2016 Four Nations in England,'s writers have their say about which teams and players will shine in the tournament.

Which two teams will reach the Four Nations final?

Tony Webeck: Australia and England.

Chris Kennedy: Australia and England.

Dominic Brock: Australia and New Zealand. I'm taking a punt on Shaun Johnson producing some magic for the Kiwis against England.

Martin Gabor: Australia and England.

Andrew Bryan: England and Australia.

Jack Brady: Australia v England.

Adrian McMurray: Australia and New Zealand.

How many games will Australia lose?

Tony Webeck: None.

Chris Kennedy: None.

Dominic Brock: None.

Martin Gabor: Zero.

Andrew Bryan: Zero.

Jack Brady: They'll lose to England at Olympic Park.

Adrian McMurray: None.

How many tries will Scotland score against Australia this weekend?

Tony Webeck: Two.

Chris Kennedy: One, tops.

Dominic Brock: None.

Martin Gabor: They will score one in the 67th minute. 

Andrew Bryan: One. I'm hoping they can cross the line at least once, perhaps from some sort of cross-field kick from Danny Brough.

Jack Brady: Two (a Euan Aitken double).

Adrian McMurray: Two.

Who will be the tournament's top try-scorer?

Tony Webeck: Ryan Hall simply doesn't play Tests and NOT score tries but I'm going with Blake Ferguson, assuming he gets 2-3 against the Scots.

Chris Kennedy: I'll go Josh Mansour over Ryan Hall.

Dominic Brock: Josh Mansour.

Martin Gabor: I would have said Greg Inglis, but given he won't take on the Scots, I'll nominate a three-way tie between Josh Mansour, Ryan Hall and Solomone Kata (all on five).  

Andrew Bryan: Ryan Hall.

Jack Brady: Greg Inglis.

Adrian McMurray: I was tempted to go with Jermaine McGillvary, but it's hard to overlook his teammate Ryan Hall.

Who will be the player of the tournament?

Tony Webeck: Sam Burgess.

Chris Kennedy: Aaron Woods or Sam Burgess.

Dominic Brock: Cooper Cronk.

Martin Gabor: Cameron Smith. 

Andrew Bryan: Johnathan Thurston.

Jack Brady: Darius Boyd.

Adrian McMurray: Cooper Cronk.

Who will be the tournament's breakout star?

Tony Webeck: Solomone Kata will be an absolute sensation for the Kiwis and Tyson Frizell will elevate himself from one-game rookie to Test sensation over the course of the tournament.

Chris Kennedy: Possibly one of the England new boys like Johnny Lomax or Luke Gale.

Dominic Brock: I'll say Tyson Frizell, although it might not be easy to stand out for the Kangaroos if they win their games comfortably.

Martin Gabor: It wouldn't be so much a 'breakout' performance, but stellar campaigns could well dictate the NSW captaincy for next year's State of Origin series, so look to Aaron Woods and Boyd Cordner to play out of their skins. 

Andrew Bryan: Josh Hodgson. Hopefully England can hit the ground running and if they do, Hodgson needs to have a great tournament. Not really a breakout star as he is well established in the NRL, but on the international stage it would be great to see him carry on where he left of season 2016.

Jack Brady: Dan Sarginson.

Adrian McMurray: Tyson Frizell was a standout when handed an opportunity in the NSW Origin side, and there's no reason why he won't flourish in the Test arena either.

Who will win the Four Nations?

Tony Webeck: Australia, purely based on their superior playmakers.

Chris Kennedy: Kangaroos.

Dominic Brock: Australia.

Martin Gabor: Australia (24-10 in the final).

Andrew Bryan: Australia.

Jack Brady: Australia.

Adrian McMurray: Australia.

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