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NRL preview - 2013 season
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The 2013 NRL season promises to be one of the most enthralling ever, with the premiership race to be the closest in recent memory.

Who do you think will win the 2013 premiership? Can the Bulldogs overcome the loss of Ben Barba ? Can Sonny Bill Williams lead the Roosters to the title?

Scroll down for a club-by-club guide and preview to the 2013 NRL season.



Premierships: 6 - 1992-93, 1997-98, 2000, 2006. Finishes over the past three seasons: 2010 - 10th, 2011 - prelim finals, 2012 - 8th.
Coach: Anthony Griffin Captain: Sam Thaiday Gains: Scott Prince (Gold Coast), David Stagg (Bulldogs) Joe Bond (Qld Cup), Jake Granville (Qld) Cup)
Losses: Petero Civoniceva (retired), Ben Te'o (South Sydney), Gerard Beale (St George-Illawarra)
Strength: Wonderful back-row depth.
Weaknesses: No star player who can single-handedly win a tight game.
Money man:: Justin Hodges. Has enjoyed a great off-season and at his best is still one of the game's hardest players to stop.
One to watch: Josh McGuire. Firebrand prop who has an opportunity to step up and deliver after showing some real aggression despite his youth.
Best team: Josh Hoffman, Denan Kemp, Jack Reed, Justin Hodges, Lachlan Maranta, Scott Prince, Peter Wallace, Ben Hannant, Andrew McCullough, Josh McGuire, Sam Thaiday, Alex Glenn, Corey Parker. Interchange: Corey Norman, Matt Gillett, Dave Hala, David Stagg.
Predicted finish: 8th

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Premierships: 8 - 1938, 1942, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1995, 2004
Finishes over the past three seasons: 2012 - runners-up, 2011 - 9th, 2010 - 13th
Coach: Des Hasler Captain: Michael Ennis
Gains: Tony Williams (Sea Eagles)
Losses: Jake Foster (Raiders), Bryson Goodwin (Rabbitohs), Luke MacDougall (retired), Tupou Sopoaga (Sharks), Jonathan Wright (Sharks), Corey Payne (retired)
Strength: Des Hasler. The master coach got Manly up for a premiership in 2008, a year after they'd lost a grand final to Melbourne. He can do it again with the Bulldogs.
Weaknesses: Halfback. Kris Keating had his best-ever season last year, but if the Bulldogs are to go all the way, he needs to stand up when it gets down to the crunch.
Money man: Tony Williams. The T-Rex is a frontrunner for buy of the year now he has Hasler barking in his ear again. Damaging ball-runner and unstoppable close to the line.
One to watch: Josh Reynolds now has big expectations on him. Can the terrior-like five-eighth back up his match-winning efforts now he's a target for opposition teams?
Best team: Ben Barba, Steve Turner, Josh Morris, Krisnan Inu, Sam Perrett, Josh Reynolds, Kris Keating, Sam Kasiano, Michael Ennis, Aiden Tolman, Frank Pritchard, Tony Williams, Josh Jackson. Interchange: Greg Eastwood, Dene Halatau, Dale Finucane, James Graham
Predicted finish: 2nd

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Premierships: Nil.
Finishes over the past three seasons: 2012 - 5th, 2011 - 7th, 2010 - 15th
Coach: Neil Henry. Captains: Matt Scott, Johnathan Thurston.
Gains: Clint Greenshields (Catalan Dragons), Rory Kostjasyn (Storm), Curtis Rona (Roosters), Scott Moore (Huddersfield)
Losses: Dane Hogan (Brisbane Easts), Moses Pangai (Panthers), Cory Paterson (Hull KR), Aaron Payne (retired), James Segeyaro (Panthers). Strength: Thurston. And they boast arguably the NRL's greatest front-row pairing - Matt Scott and James Tamou - setting up a wonderful platform for a quality backline.
Weaknesses: The quest to find a long term halves partner for pivot Johnathan Thurston continues for another year, adding more weight on the two-time Dally M Medallist's shoulders.
Money man: Different year, same answer - Thurston. Slotted seamlessly from halfback to five-eighth last season.
One to watch: Tariq Sims. Bruising, bustling backrower will be out to make up for lost time after overcoming two horrific leg fractures that have cruelled his NSW Origin hopes.
Best team: Matt Bowen, Antonio Winterstein, Brent Tate, Kane Linnett, Ash Graham, Johnathan Thurston (capt), Robert Lui, James Tamou, Anthony Mitchell, Matt Scott (capt), Tariq Sims, Gavin Cooper, Dallas Johnson. Interchange: Glenn Hall, Scott Bolton, Ray Thompson, Jason Taumalolo.
Predicted finish: 4th

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Premierships: 1 - 2010.
Coach: Steve Price Captain: Ben Creagh
Finishes over the past three seasons: 2012 - ninth, 2011 - semi-finalists, 2010 - premiers
Gains: Gerard Beale (Broncos), Tyson Frizell (Sharks), Josh Drinkwater (Sea Eagles), Michael Henderson (Titans), Bronson Harrison (Raiders).
Losses: Beau Scott (Knights), Dean Young (retirement), Ben Hornby (retirement), Jeremy Latimore (Panthers), Jack Buchanan (Tigers), David Gower (Sea Eagles), Josh Miller (retirement).
Strength: Defence. If there is one remaining hallmark of the Wayne Bennett era it is the Dragons' defensive prowess, which despite their struggles was the fourth-best in the league in 2012.
Weakness: Halfback. There is no obvious replacement for retired skipper Ben Hornby, with utility Nathan Fien and untried rookie Josh Drinkwater battling it out.
Money Man: Brett Morris. Prolific try-scorer who will benefit from staying on the wing in 2013 after being tried at fullback last year.
One to watch: Gerard Beale. The former Bronco struggled to kick into gear in his final year in Brisbane, but should thrive given first crack at the Dragons No.1 jersey.
Best team: Gerard Beale, Brett Morris, Chase Stanley, Matt Cooper, Jason Nightingale, Jamie Soward, Nathan Fien, Trent Merrin, Mitch Rein, Dan Hunt, Ben Creagh, Tyson Frizell, Matt Prior. Interchange: Cameron King, Michael Weyman, Bronson Harrison, Jack Stockwell.
Predicted finish: 15th

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Premierships: 4 - 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986
Finishes over the past three seasons: 2012 - 16th, 2011 - 14th, 2010 - 12th
Coach: Ricky Stuart Captain: Jarryd Hayne and Reni Maitua
Gains: Darcy Lussick (Sea Eagles) Daniel Harrison (Sea Eagles)
Losses: Luke Burt (retired), Nathan Hindmarsh (retired), Justin Horo (Sea Eagles), Casey McGuire (retired), Justin Poore (Wakefield), Esi Tonga (Sea Eagles).
Strength: New coach Ricky Stuart has a reputation for making an immediate difference. He won a premiership in his debut season at the Roosters, took the hapless Sharks to within a game of the grand final in 2008 and has a State of Origin series win and two narrow series losses in his two stints as NSW coach. Parramatta need the Stuart shake-up to work on them.
Weakness: The loss of the vastly-experienced Nathan Hindmarsh and Luke Burt leaves Stuart with a largely youthful side. Wins were difficult to come by last year and that loss of know-how will be felt hard.
Money Man: Jarryd Hayne. Despite battling injury over the past two years he is still one of the best players in the NRL. Hasn't reached the heights of his 2009 form, but still very much Parramatta's go-to man.
One to watch: Jacob Loko burst onto the scene two years ago but missed all of last year with a knee injury. Strong, powerful and quick, the young centre was part of NSW coach Laurie Daley's recent Emerging Blues camp.
Best team: Jarryd Hayne, Ken Sio, Willie Tonga, Jacob Loko, Cheyse Blair, Luke Kelly, Chris Sandow, Tim Mannah, Matt Keating, Fuifui Moimoi, Daniel Harrison, Ben Smith, Reni Maitua. Interchange: Joseph Paulo, Matt Ryan, Mitchell Allgood, Darcy Lussick.
Predicted finish: 14th

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Premierships: 2 - 1997, 2001
Finishes over the past three seasons: 2012 - 12th, 2011 - 8th, 2010 - 11th
Coach: Wayne Bennett Captain: Kurt Gidley
Gains: Jeremy Smith (Cronulla), Beau Scott (St George Illawarra), David Fa'alogo (Huddersfield), Anthony Quinn (Melbourne), Mitchell Frei (Brisbane)
Losses: Zeb Taia (Catalans), Joel Edwards (Canberra), Junior S'au (Melbourne), Kyle O'Donnell (Penrith), Wes Naiqama (Penrith), Evarn Tumavave (Hull), Sam Anderson (Penrith), Ethan Cook (Penrith).
Strength: In human highlight reel Akuila Uate, Darius Boyd, Dane Gagai and Kurt Gidley, they have the foundation of an attack to hurt teams.
Weakness: Consistency. Something they might discover in 2013.
Money Man: Uate scores the tries but it's Kurt Gidley who'll have to make things happen after missing most of last season with injury.
One to watch: Dane Gagai. Brisbane really liked the youngster's potential but he proved his own worst enemy before Bennett picked him up off the scrapheap.
Best team: Darius Boyd, Akuila Uate, Timana Tahu, Dane Gagai, James McManus, Jarrod Mullen, Kurt Gidley, Kade Snowden, Danny Buderus, Willie Mason, Chris Houston, Beau Scott, Jeremy Smith. Interchange: David Fa'alogo, Neville Costigan, Matt Hilder, Alex McKinnon.
Predicted finish: seventh

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Premierships: 2 - 1991, 2003
Finishes over the past three years: 2012 - 15th, 2011 - 12th, 2010 - semi-finalists
Coach: Ivan ClearyCaptain: Kevin Kingston
Gains: Lewis Brown (Warriors), Tom Humble (Wests Tigers), Jeremy Latimore (St George Illawarra), Sika Manu (Melbourne), Wes Naiqama (Newcastle), Kyle O'Donnell (Newcastle), Moses Pangai (North Queensland), James Segeyaro (North Queensland), Dean Whare (Manly).
Losses: Mitch Achurch (Leeds), Travis Burns (Hull), Michael Gordon (Cronulla), Michael Jennings (Sydney Roosters), Luke Lewis (Cronulla), Masada Iosefa (Wests Tigers)
Strength: One of the best nurseries in the game, Penrith are sure to unearth some brilliant young talent again this year, as they did with Josh Mansour last season.
Weakness: There are several but, in particular, they lack a dominant player in the halves to take over a game.
Money Man: Tim Grant. Now a NSW Origin prop, Grant takes on added responsibility in the forwards and needs to build on an excellent 2012.
One to watch: Dean Whare. Stuck behind Brett Stewart at Manly, the speedy Whare will get a chance to cement himself in the starting lineup at Penrith.
Best team: Dean Whare, Josh Mansour, Brad Tighe, Wes Naiqama, David Simmons, Lachlan Coote, Luke Walsh, Sam McKendry, Kevin Kingston, Tim Grant, Lewis Brown, Clint Newton, Nathan Smith. Bench: James Segeyaro, Sika Manu, Jeremy Latimore, Nigel Plum.
Predicted finish: 16th
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Premierships: 20 - (1908, 1909, 1914, 1918, 1925-29, 1931, 1932, 1950, 1951, 1953-5, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971.
Finishes over the past three seasons: 2012 - semi-finalists, 2011 - 10th, 2010 - 9th.
Coach: Michael Maguire. Captain: Michael Crocker
Gains: Thomas Burgess (Bradford), Beau Champion (Gold Coast), Bryson Goodwin (Canterbury), Jeff Lima (Wigan), Ben Te'o (Brisbane).
Losses: Neccrom Areaiiti (Penrith), Scott Geddes (retired), Dave Taylor (Gold Coast), Eddy Pettybourne (Wests Tigers).
Strength: One of the best "spines" - fullback, halves, hooker - in the game, coupled with last year's finals experience, will have them believing they can finally break their 42-year premiership drought.
Weakness: A three-quarter line that looks defensively fragile.
Money Man: Adam Reynolds. Needs to reproduce the stellar form he displayed in his debut season in 2012 if Souths are to again be top-four candidates.
One to watch: Beau Champion. A Rabbitoh through and through, Champion is back at his beloved Redfern and will be given every chance to finally fulfil his potential.
Best team: Greg Inglis, Nathan Merritt, Beau Champion, Matt King, Andrew Everingham, John Sutton, Adam Reynolds, Roy Asotasi, Issac Luke, Jeff Lima, Sam Burgess, Michael Crocker, Ben Teo. Interchange: Nathan Peats, Luke Burgess, Chris McQueen, Jason Clark.
Predicted finish: 3rd

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Premierships: 3 - 1989, 1990, 1994
Finishes over the past three seasons: 2012 - 6th, 2011 - 15th, 2010 - 7th
Coach: David Furner Captain: Terry Campese
Gains: Joel Edwards (Newcastle), Jake Fosters (Canterbury), Scott Jones (Mounties)
Losses: Bronson Harrison (St George Illawarra), Travis Wardell (released), Trevor Thurling (released)
Strength: An injury-plagued 2012 season forced younger Raiders players to step up and has provided the team with the best depth they've had in years.
Weakness: Consistency. The Raiders have alternated between finalists and cellar-dwellers every year for nine years. Coach David Furner is determined to break the cycle and crack the top four and says a better start is key.
Money Man: Terry Campese. All eyes will be on playmaker and captain Campese when he makes his return somewhere near round three after spending most of the past two seasons sidelined by serious injuries.
One to watch: Josh Dugan. The livewire fullback will be hoping for a better run with injuries and has warned his NSW Origin rivals that he'll be gunning for that No.1 jersey.
Best Team: Josh Dugan, Reece Robinson, Jarrod Croker, Blake Ferguson, Sandor Earl, Terry Campese, Josh McCrone, David Shillington, Glen Buttriss, Brett White, Josh Papalii, Joel Thompson, Shaun Fensom. Interchange: Shaun Berrigan, Joel Edwards, Dane Tilse, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs.
Predicted finish: 12th
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Premierships: 12 - 1911-13, 1923, 1935-37, 1940, 1945, 1974-75, 2002
Finishes over the past three seasons:
2012 - 13th, 2011 - 10th, 2010 - grand finalists
Coach: Trent Robinson Captain: Anthony Minichiello
Gains: Sonny Bill Williams (NZ Rugby Union), James Maloney (Warriors), Michael Jennings (Penrith), Michael Oldfield (Manly), Luke O'Donnell (Huddersfield).
Losses: Braith Anasta (Wests Tigers), Justin Carney (Castleford), Joseph Leilua (Newcastle), Mose Masoe (Penrith), Ratu Peni Tagive (retired), Brad Takairangi (Gold Coast), Anthony Cherrington (Penrith).
Strength: An already powerful pack has been boosted by the arrival of X-factor Sonny Bill Williams. Michael Jennings adds extra pace and firepower in the centres.
Weakness: Hooker Jake Friend is a tackling machine, but there's a question over whether he has the guile to be a genuine attacking threat from dummy-half.
Money Man: Sonny Bill Williams. Was one of the NRL's best when he walked out on Canterbury in 2008. Can he carry on where he left off?
One to watch: Boyd Cordner. Long touted as a future NSW Origin back-rower, the 21-year-old impressed last year in his first full season.
Best team: Anthony Minichiello (capt), Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Michael Jennings, Daniel Tupou, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Frank-Paul Nu'uausala, Jake Friend, Jared Warea-Hargreaves, Boyd Cordner, Sonny Bill Williams, Aiden Guerra. Interchange: Martin Kennedy, Mitchell Aubusson, Daniel Mortimer, Luke O'Donnell.
Predicted finish: 5th

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Premierships: 8 - 1972-73, 1976, 1978, 1987, 1996, 2008, 2011.
Finishes over the past three seasons: 2012 - preliminary finalists, 2011 - premiers, 2010 - qualifying finalists
Coach: Geoff TooveyCo-captains: Jamie Lyon and Jason King
Gains: Michael Chee Kam (Canberra), Richie Fa'aoso (Melbourne), Ligi Sao (Warriors), Kayne Lawton, Brenton Lawrence (Gold Coast), Dane Chisholm (Wests Tigers), David Gower (St George Illawarra), Esi Tonga and Justin Horo (both Parramatta)
Losses: Dean Whare (Penrith), Tony Williams (Canterbury), Darcy Lussick, Daniel Harrison (both Parramatta), Michael Oldfield (Sydney Roosters), Josh Drinkwater (St George Illawarra), Vic Mauro and Liam Foran (both Salford City)
Strength: Experience. They still have 12 of their starting 17 from their last premiership-winning team. The squad is getting older but is jam-packed with winners.
Weakness: Forwards depth. Losing Williams, Lussick, Harrison and Mauro has stripped Manly of depth they had in the pack. That will be felt whenever injuries hit - such as Glenn Stewart's knee complaint to start the season.
Money Man: Daly Cherry-Evans. Manly splashed the cash in a big way to retain their young halfback last year, and he failed to back up his brilliant debut season. Manly need him to lift in his third NRL season.
One to watch: Jamie Buhrer. Has been a career bench player to date, but will get a starting spot following Williams' departure. Highly thought of at Manly and now gets a chance to show why.
Best team: Brett Stewart, Jorge Tafua, Jamie Lyon, Steve Matai, David Williams, Kieran Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans, Jason King, Matt Ballin, Brent Kite, Anthony Watmough, Jamie Buhrer, Glenn Stewart. Bench: Justin Horo, George Rose, Brenton Lawrence, Ben Farrar.
Predicted finish: Ninth
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Premierships: nil
Finishes over the past three years: 2012 - qualifying finalists, 2011 - 13th, 2010 - 14th
Coach: Shane Flanagan Captain: Paul Gallen
Gains: Michael Gordon (Penrith), Chris Heighington (Wests Tigers), Luke Lewis (Penrith), Beau Ryan (Wests Tigers), Jonathan Wright (Canterbury).
Losses: Jeremy Smith (Newcastle), Tyson Frizzell (St George Illawarra), John Williams (retired), Colin Best (retired), Josh Cordoba (retired)
Strength: One the deepest and most talented forward packs in the competition. The Sharks won't get out-muscled by anyone, with their bench all capable of being starters at other clubs.
Weakness: Despite the signing of Michael Gordon and Beau Ryan, the Sharks still look a little light on for talent out wide.
Money Man: Todd Carney. Rediscovered his best in 2012 to earn a first NSW Origin jumper but, with few quality playmakers around him, he will again need to be at his best for the Sharks to fire.
One to watch: Michael Gordon. A former NSW Origin winger, Gordon should thrive playing with confidence under a coach who has declared him the team's first choice fullback.
Best team: Michael Gordon, Beau Ryan, Ben Pomeroy, Jonathan Wright, Stewart Mills, Todd Carney, Jeff Robson, Bryce Gibbs, Isaac DeGois, Ben Ross, Luke Lewis, Wade Graham, Paul Gallen. Interchange: Andrew Fifita, Chris Heighington, Anthony Tupou, John Morris.
Predicted finish: 10th

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Premierships: 2 - 1999, 2012 (also won grand final in 2007, 2009 but stripped due to salary cap infringements).
Finishes over the past three years: 2012 - 1st, 2011 - preliminary finalist, 2010 - last (points stripped for salary cap scandal)
Coach: Craig Bellamy Captain: Cameron Smith
Gains: Brett Finch (Wigan), Tim Glasby (Rockhampton), Kurt Mann (Newcastle), Junior Moors (Wests Tigers), Junior Sa'u (Newcastle), Lagi Setu (Mormon mission).
Losses: Richie Fa'aoso (Manly), Michael Greenfield (retired), Luke Kelly (Parramatta), Rory Kostjasyn (North Queensland), Jaiman Lowe (retired), Todd Lowrie (Warriors), Sika Manu (Penrith), Shea Moylan (Wynnum), Dane Nielsen (Warriors), Anthony Quinn (Newcastle), Brayden Willieme (Parramatta).
Strength: Coach Craig Bellamy's ability to get the best out of his players, turning average joe's into world-beaters orchestrated by the big three of Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater.
Weakness: After losing some of their big men in Todd Lowrie, Sika Manu and Jaiman Lowe they lack some experience in the forwards.
Money Man: Billy Slater. When superstar Slater is fit he's almost unstoppable. One to watch: Lagi Setu. Despite spending the past two years on a Mormon mission, the backrower looks to have lost little of his power and pace.
Best team: Billy Slater, Matt Duffie, Will Chambers, Justin O'Neil, Sisa Waqa, Gareth Widdop, Cooper Cronk, Bryan Norrie, Cam Smith (capt), Jesse Bromwich, Kevin Proctor, Lagi Setu, Ryan Hoffman. Res: Ryan Hinchcliffe, Brett Finch, Jason Ryles, Junior Sa'u.
Predicted finish: 1st

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Premierships: 1 - 2005
Finishes over the past three seasons: 2012 - 10th, 2011 - semi finalists, 2010 - preliminary finalists
Coach: Mick PotterCaptain: Robbie Farah
Gains: Braith Anasta (Roosters), Jack Buchanan (Dragons), Eddy Pettybourne (Rabbitohs), Bodene Thompson (Titans)
Losses: Gareth Ellis (Hull FC), Chris Heighington (Sharks), Beau Ryan (Sharks), Junior Moors (Storm)
Strength: Fresh start. Tim Sheens is one of the great NRL coaches, but change was needed at Tigertown and new man Mick Potter has a big opportunity to bring the enthusiasm back to a talented team.
Weakness: Back row. Englishman Gareth Ellis is a massive loss and although replacement Braith Anasta brings invaluable leadership and skill to the Tigers he has limited experience playing in the pack.
Money Man: Adam Blair. The Kiwi star took a while to find his groove last year, but needs to return to his dynamic best if the Tigers are to trouble the best teams.
One to watch: Marika Koroibete. Fijian winger scored seven tries in just six games last year. Great athlete and the new Taniela Tuiaki on the wings for the Tigers.
Best team: Best team: Tim Moltzen, Lote Tuqiri, Blake Ayshford, Chris Lawrence, Marika Koroibete, Benji Marshall, Jacob Miller, Aaron Woods, Robbie Farah, Keith Galloway, Liam Fulton, Braith Anasta, Adam Blair. Interchange: Eddy Pettybourne, Matt Bell, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Masada Iosefa.
Predicted finish: 11th
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Premierships: Nil.
Finishes over the past three seasons: 2012 - 11th, 2011 - last, 2010 - preliminary finalist
Coach: John Cartwright Co-captains: Nate Myles, Greg Bird
Gains: David Taylor (South Sydney), Albert Kelly (Newcastle), Mark Ioane (Canberra), Matthew Russell (Wigan), Marmin Barba (Parramatta).
Losses: Scott Prince (Brisbane), Beau Champion (South Sydney), Bodene Thompson (Wests Tigers), Phil Graham (retired), Brenton Lawrence (Manly), Kayne Lawton (Manly), Dominique Peyroux (Warriors), Michael Henderson (Dragons), Joe Vickery (Leeds).
Strength: Mammoth pack. Arguably the most formidable line-up in the NRL after Taylor was added to a line-up already including Luke Bailey, Greg Bird, Nate Myles, Ashley Harrison and boom youngster Ryan James.
Weakness: Halves. Pivot Aidan Sezer was one of the Titans' success stories in a largely forgettable 2012 season but Gold Coast must hope they strike gold again in choosing his halves partner after Scott Prince's defection to the Broncos.
Money Man: David Taylor. The big - 188cm, 120kg - backrow recruit could form a brutal right side edge combination with fellow giant Jamal Idris.
One to watch: Matt Srama. The busy hooker was an early tip to fill the No.7 role vacated by Prince but Srama will still need to be at his scheming best as the new-look halves combination find their feet.
Best team: William Zillman, Kevin Gordon, Jamal Idris, Steven Michaels, David Mead, Aidan Sezer, Albert Kelly, Luke Bailey, Matt Srama, Nate Myles (capt), Greg Bird (capt), David Taylor, Ashley Harrison. Interchange: Mark Minichiello, Luke Douglas, Beau Falloon, Ryan James.
Predicted finish: 13th

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Premierships: Nil.
Finishes over the past three seasons: 2012 - 11th, 2011 - runners-up, 2010 - preliminary finalist
Coach: Matt Elliott Captain: Simon Mannering
Gains: Thomas Leuluai (Wigan) Harry Siejka (Penrith).
Losses: Scott Prince (Brisbane), Beau Champion (South Sydney), Bodene Thompson (Wests Tigers), Phil Graham (retired), Brenton Lawrence (Manly), Kayne Lawton (Manly), Dominique Peyroux (Warriors), Michael Henderson (Dragons), Joe Vickery (Leeds).
Strength: Mammoth pack. Arguably the most formidable line-up in the NRL after Taylor was added to a line-up already including Luke Bailey, Greg Bird, Nate Myles, Ashley Harrison and boom youngster Ryan James.
Weakness: Halves. Pivot Aidan Sezer was one of the Titans' success stories in a largely forgettable 2012 season but Gold Coast must hope they strike gold again in choosing his halves partner after Scott Prince's defection to the Broncos.
Money Man: David Taylor. The big - 188cm, 120kg - backrow recruit could form a brutal right side edge combination with fellow giant Jamal Idris.
One to watch: Matt Srama. The busy hooker was an early tip to fill the No.7 role vacated by Prince but Srama will still need to be at his scheming best as the new-look halves combination find their feet.
Best team: William Zillman, Kevin Gordon, Jamal Idris, Steven Michaels, David Mead, Aidan Sezer, Albert Kelly, Luke Bailey, Matt Srama, Nate Myles (capt), Greg Bird (capt), David Taylor, Ashley Harrison. Interchange: Mark Minichiello, Luke Douglas, Beau Falloon, Ryan James.

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