Another monster Bronco, the next Fijian sensation: The rookies set to star in the NRL in 2019



  • NRL clubs are back in pre season training and there are a host of rookies looking to impress in the hopes of locking down a starting spot.
    Here are the 10 most likely to make an impression in 2019.

    PATRICK CARRIGAN (BRISBANE)

    Patrick Carrigan is set to add to the Broncos monster pack in 2019.
    Patrick Carrigan is set to add to the Broncos monster pack in 2019.
    Source: News Corp Australia
    Yet another monster young forward off the Broncos production line. Was part of the Queensland Emerging Origin squad this year and captained the Maroons under-20s to their first ever win over the junior Blues.

    COREY ALLEN (SOUTH SYDNEY)

    After being poached from the Broncos on a three-year deal, he’s considered a genuine contender to wear the Bunnies’ No.1 next year. He became the first player to represent the Prime Minister’s XIII having never played NRL.



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    BLAYKE BRAILEY (SHARKS)

    Blayke Brailey is the brother of Sharks hooker Jayden.
    Blayke Brailey is the brother of Sharks hooker Jayden.
    Source: Supplied
    The brother of Sharks No.9 Jayden, smart judges consider him the best player in his family. Has been elevated to Cronulla’s top 30 and could start round one off the bench.

    ALBERT HOPOATE (SEA EAGLES)

    The son of John and brother of Will, he has dominated junior grades for several years. He attracted interest from rugby union, who saw him as a potential sevens star. He missed most of 2018 due to an ACL tear.

    SCOTT DRINKWATER (STORM)

    Scott Drinkwater is in line to take over Billy Slater’s number 1 jersey.
    Scott Drinkwater is in line to take over Billy Slater’s number 1 jersey.
    Source: News Corp Australia
    He made his NRL debut in round 24 and signed to a two-year contract extension. Has set his sights on inheriting Billy Slater’s No.1 jersey. But with Jahrome Hughes and Ryan Papenhuyzen in the squad, he has stiff competition.

    CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA (WARRIORS)

    Find a video of his “scorpion kick” try assist for Isaiah Papalii for the Junior Kiwis against Australia and that will tell you everything you need to know. While behind Shaun Johnson and Blake Green, the playmaker is blessed with freakish talent.

    MAIKA SIVO (EELS)

    Signed from Penrith on a two-year deal, he’s being touted as the next Fijian sensation. He’s been compared to Semi Radradra and has the size and speed to match.

    BRONSON XERRI (SHARKS)

    Bronson Xerri has signed a three-year deal with the Sharks.
    Bronson Xerri has signed a three-year deal with the Sharks.
    Source: News Corp Australia
    A part of the generation next emerging in the Shire, the skilful and powerful centre has already been earmarked as a future NRL player. Still only 18, he’s been signed up for the next three years. Stepped up to NSW Cup last year and scored three tries on debut.

    KURT DILLON (SOUTHS)

    Kurt Dillon joined Souths from the Sharks/
    Kurt Dillon joined Souths from the Sharks/
    Source: News Corp Australia
    The powerfully built front-rower received his first NRL call-up this year with Cronulla. But he’s been signed by Souths and is considered a strong prospect to be in their forward pack in 2019.

    GREG LELEISIUAO (EELS)

    He’s been touted as a future star ever since dominating the under 20s competition in 2017. An explosive winger, defence remains the issue for the Auckland native. Was on the verge of debuting this year.



  • All very hyped players.
    Interested to see Scott Drinkwater the most - Josh’s brother.
    Has looked the goods in cup for quite some time.



  • Young half back from Toowoomba has huge raps as well

    I’ll have to rack my brain and remember his name



  • Maika Sivo highlight package on youtube consists mostly of full length of the field tries, even through traffic. I can see why he has been compared to Semi Radradra…
    Curious to see how he goes up against genuine nrl speedsters.



  • Drinkwater is an exciting player.



  • @:

    Young half back from Toowoomba has huge raps as well

    I’ll have to rack my brain and remember his name

    Ash Taylor? 😃


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