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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, looks at the Warriors. says: The Warriors have a surplus of NRL-ready forwards despite losing four over the off-season with recruits Addin Fonua-Blake and Ben Murdoch-Masila set to be imposing members of the pack.

Bunty Afoa, Bayley Sironen, Jack Murchie and John Curran are not in our current top 17 – though any of the latter three could start on an edge if Tohu Harris migrates full-time into the middle.

Ex-Dragon Euan Aitken slides straight in at centre, while Jazz Tevaga is the likely hooker with both Wayde Egan and Karl Lawton sidelined by injury.

Jamie Soward says: The Warriors have made some astute signings: Murdoch-Masila and Fonua-Blake are among the best forward additions of any side in the competition.

I thought Kodi played better without Green, taking more responsibility and not being as safe. Kodi is more eyes up and Chanel got on the back of that and they started playing attractive footy.

Taunoa-Brown will be strong off the bench. I don't mind the look of Curran or Murchie as a benchie or even Hayze as an X-factor guy around the middle of the ruck.

If the five hyphenated names can have their best year they'll be pushing around the top eight.

Warriors in 2021

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