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NRL 2018: ranking best NRL packages after transfer season, Klemmer, McGuire,



The number of bills to the front to change this post-season has seen a shift in the balance of power in the NRL.

From the Knights who signed David Klemmer to Dylan Napa and left the premiers to join the Bulldogs, most forward packs clearly look different from how they completed the 2018 season.

As most NRL squadrons are almost ready for the next season, Foxsports.com.au ranks each NRL package from one to 16 to determine the best starting package on paper for the 2019 season.

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1. COWBOYS

Josh McGuire will drastically improve the Cowboys package.
Josh McGuire will drastically improve the Cowboys package.Source: Townsville Bulletin

Starter package:

8. Matt Scott

9. Jake Granville

10. Josh McGuire

11. Gavin Cooper

12. Coen Hess

13. Jason Taumalolo

Analysis: The Cowboys had a confusing season in 2018, after making the grand finale of the previous year and you can bet that Paul Green will not let it happen again. The addition of 194 game veterans of 11 Origins and 15 Tests Josh McGuire is a massive signing, with Matt Scott or Jordan McLean expected to play from the bank. The Cowboys still have the most destructive vanguard in the game in Jason Taumalolo, try machine Gavin Cooper and Origin star Coen Hess, who do well in a big season.

2. RABBITS

Starter package:

8.Thomas Burgess

9. Damien Cook

10. George Burgess

11. John Sutton

12. Cameron Murray

13. Sam Burgess

Analysis: The Rabbitohs have largely retained the same starting package that brought the team to a match of the grand final. Angus Crichton is a huge loss, but Cameron Murray is one of the best young attackers in the game, as proof of his inclusion in Brad Fittler's extensive Blues squadron. After a career as the best season, John Sutton has signed another year and every package with three English attackers in the Burgess brothers and the Australian hooker in Damien Cook will be the size of most other teams.

3. GRILLES

Starter package:

8. Sio Siua Taukeiaho

9. Jake Friend

10. Jared Waerea Hargreaves

11. Boyd Cordner

12. Angus Crichton

13. Victor Radley

Analysis: The defending prime ministers may have lost their front row enforcer Dylan Napa to the Bulldogs, but they have made up for it with the signing of former Rabbitoh Angus Crichton. The 26-year-old Napa has played five games for his state and won a premiership, but on 22 with three games for the Blues to his name, Crichton has a great future at both club and representative level. The Roosters are favorites to go back-to-back and their starting package, with the best defensive record of last year is still good with the best in the game.

4. STORM

Starter package:

8. Jesse Bromwich

9. Cameron Smith

10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona

11. Felise Kaufusi

12. Joe Stimson

13. Dale Finucane

Analysis: Much will depend on whether Cameron Smith signs again at the club, but if he does, then the Storm is still one of the best packs in the league. Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Jesse Browich face each other in their careers, but both are so effective in bending the line. Felise Kaufusi is Origin and Test incumbent, while Joe Stimson held Ryan Hoffman out of the starting team last season and Dale Finucane played in five big finals in seven years.

5. BRONCOS

Starter package:

8. Joe Ofahengaue

9. Andrew McCullough

10. Matt Lodge

11. Alex Glenn

12. Tevita Pangai Jnr.

13. Matt Gillett

Analysis: Much will depend on how the Broncos & # 39; tree youth develop, but on potential Brisbane could be the best package in the coming seasons. Josh McGuire is a big loss, but the return of Matt Gillett and the form of Tevita Pangai Jr can help fill that hole in the back row. Andrew McCullogh is the No. 9 of the reclining Maroons, while Joe Ofahengaue and Matt Lodge are in the conversation with Origin. With Payne Haas, Jaydn Su & # 39; A and David Fifita also pushing for starting spots, the Broncos are perhaps the deepest pack in the game.

6. SHARKS

Starter package:

8. Andrew Fifita

9. Jayden Brailey

10. Matt Prior

11. Scott Sorenson

12. Kurt Capewell

13. Paul Gallen

Analysis: The pack of the Sharks was hurt by the farewell of Luke Lewis and the long-standing injury to Wade Graham, but they still have one of the most feared packs in the NRL. Andrew Fifita and Matt Prior have left the Australian star Aaron Woods on the bench, while Paul Gallen returns from a shoulder injury that ended his 2018 season early. The young second row pairing of Scott Sorensen and Kurt Capewell will have to be stepped up, but the sharks have the depth to cover the loss of Graham.

7. DRAGING

Starter package:

8. James Graham

9. Cameron McInnes

10. Paul Vaughan

11. Tyson Frizell

12. Tariq Sims

13. Jack the Belin

Analysis: The Dragons startup package will be largely the same as that of the side that dominated the first half of the 2018 season, but can they keep the rage for a full campaign? Korbin Sims will put pressure on James Graham and Paul Vaughan in the front row, while Cameron McInness is still one of the best whores in NSW. The back row of the all-blues of Tyson Frizell, Tariq Sims and Jack De Belin make the Dragons a great challenge for every team.

8. PANTHERS

Starter package:

8. James Tamou

9. Sione Katoa

10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard

11. Viliame Kikau

12. Isaah Yeo

13. James Fisher-Harris

AnalysisTrent Merrin's death to the Super League will harm the depth of the Panthers, but they still have a formidable starting package. James Tamou and Reagan Campbell-Gillard both played for their state and Sione Katoa is a smart operator from the second pop. Viliame Kikau is perhaps the most exciting young attacking weapon in the NRL and Isaah Yeo compliments him as a second-row partner. The 22-year-old James Fisher-Harris has five Tests for the Kiwis to his name and has a long career at the foot of the mountains.

9. TITANS

Shannon Boyd adds more measure to the sample of a Titans monster.
Shannon Boyd adds more measure to the sample of a Titans monster.Source: Gold Coast Bulletin

Starter package:

8. Jarrod Wallace

9. Nathan Peats

10. Shannon Boyd

11. Kevin Proctor

12. Ryan James

13. Jai Arrow

Analysis: The addition of Shannon Boyd is huge for the Titans. If he can retrieve the kind of form that raised him to the Kangaroos in 2016, they will have one of the strongest packs in the league. Jarrod Wallace was unstoppable at club level after his return from Origin task, and Ryan James, Kevin Proctor and Jai Arrow are also proven rep-performers.

10. WARRIORS

Starter package:

8. Leeson Ah Mau

9. Issac Luke

10. Agnatius Paasi

11. Tohu Harris

12. Isaiah Papali & # 39; i

13. Adam Blair

Analysis: Issac Luke is still one of the most dangerous hookers in the game, but the Warriors will need him to quickly find his feet on his return from off-season shoulder operations. Leeson Ah Mau is a good pick-up, after impressing the dragons last season. And the 20-year old Isaiah Papali will only go from strength to strength now that he has a few seasons under his belt, and with old heads Tohu Harris and Adam Blair as an example.

11. SEA GUARDS

Starter package:

8. Add Fonua-Blake

9. Apisai Koroisau

10 Martin Taupau

11. Joel Thompson

12. Curtis Sirons

13. Jake Trbojevic

Analysis: Last season, Marty Taupau and Addin Fonua-Blake were two of the limelight in a miserable season in Sea Eagles. With Jake Trbojevic they are also well covered in the middle third. They clearly need premiership winning rake Api Koroisau to stay fit because his experience is invaluable. The second row is more of a concern for Manly. Curtis Sirons is vulnerable and there is clearly a lack of depth in the position.

12. RAIDERS

Starter package:

8. Dunamis Lui

9. Josh Hodgson

10. Luke Bateman

11. Joseph Tapine

12. Elliot Whitehead

13. Josh Papalii

Analysis: The Raiders struggled badly with Josh Hodgson for the first 14 weeks of the 2018 season. When he is in the park, they are much more cohesive unit and are fueling his trust forward. And although their supporters are world-class, they look a little thin. They have lost two big bodies in Junior Paulo Shannon Boyd and Dunamis Lui and Luke Bateman do not have the same intimidation factor.

13. KNIGHTS

Starter package:

8. Tim Glasby

9. Danny Levi

10. David Klemmer

11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon

12. Aidan Guerra

13. Mitch Barnett

AnalysisDavid Klemmer is demonstrably the purchase of the season. He is exactly what the Knights needed-a big body with a bucket full of repuberances. The will of the Saifiti brothers and Mitch Barnett will certainly take their games to a higher level with someone from Klemmer's status around them during the training. And with Tim Glasby – who played for the Maroons and spent years in the Storm system – they have leading professionalism. Lachlan Fitzgibbon is a star in the making, and of course Aidan Guerra played at every level and won a premiership.

14. BULLDOGS

Corey Harawira-Naera will reinforce the back row of the Bulldogs.
Corey Harawira-Naera will reinforce the back row of the Bulldogs.Source: Getty Images

Starter package:

8. Aiden Tolman

9. Michael Lichaa

10. Dylan Napa

11. Josh Jackson

12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner

13. Corey Harawira-Naera

Analysis: The Bulldogs have arguably lost the best front smoker in the game in David Klemmer, who was easily their best player in 2018. The addition of Dylan Napa van de Roosters to join the first row with Aidan Tolman and Michael Lichaa will however a long way to filling the whole left through the departure of Klemmer. Corey Harawira-Naera also joins skipper Josh Jackson and Raymond Faitala-Mariner in a competitive back row, but if the injuries strike, their depth can be tested.

15. TIGERS

Starter package:

8. Russell Packer

9. Robbie Farah

10. Ben Matulino

11. Chris Lawrence

12. Ryan Matterson

13. Elijah Taylor

Analysis: The Tigers were last season's surprise packages with their no-nonsense pack that contributed to their greatly improved defensive standards in 2018. But with the exception of Ryan Matterson, the club was relatively quiet on the recruiting front. Russell Packer and Ben Matulino are strong proppairing and Robbie Farah has shown that he has a lot left in the tank. Elijah Taylor and Chris Lawrence are solid defensive players, but the Tigers package is lacking in a real X-factor player to break matches from the midfield.

16. EELS

Junior Paulo has returned for a second stint with the eel.
Junior Paulo has returned for a second stint with the eel.Source: News Corp. Australia

Starter package:

8. Daniel Alvaro

9. Kaysa Pritchard

10. Junior Paulo

11. Manu Ma & # 39; u

12. Tepai Moeroa

13. Nathan Brown

Analysis: The ales were surprisingly one of the least active clubs in the players market, but Junior Paulo will add starch to the package after returning to Parramatta van de Raiders. The return of Kaysa Pritchard from injury is a big boost and Daniel Alvaro was the best player in the team last season. The eels have a hard-working back row of Manu Ma & # 39; u, Tepai Moeroa and Nathan Brown, but they lack strength and depth to consistently challenge the upper sides.


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