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In a series analysing who will line up in each position for all 16 teams in the opening round of the Telstra Premiership in 2021, NRL.com looks at the Penrith Panthers.

NRL.com says: With Josh Mansour now a South Sydney player, any doubts over Charlie Staines and Brian To'o starting as the wingers is over.

Brent Naden's immediate future is under a cloud following a positive drugs test after the 2020 grand final meaning either Tyrone May continues in the role or Dean Whare returns as a specialist centre, which could bump May to the bench and Belmore-bound half Matt Burton to the reserves.

With Zane Tetevano heading to England, Moses Leota, Spencer Leniu or Matt Eisenhuth could replace James Tamou as a starting prop. Leota is the likely candidate but has been functioning well as a bench weapon.

Jamie Soward says: The interesting storyline for Penrith is after the grand final when everyone wanted them to win but they didn't, they came so close, can they get back there?

I think someone like Leota will start in place of Tamou. They need to find a spot for Burton but I don't know if he's going to cover hooker. Api will play 80 if you want him to but Burton may find himself having to tackle in the middle to get the best out of him.

I'd prefer Whare over May at centre with May bench and Burton out. They became very predictable when May was in the centres and was defensively a liability, not through any fault of his.