With the 2018 season drawing nearer, we will begin to look at how each team is shaping up for the season ahead.

Today, we dissect competition heavyweights; The Brisbane Broncos – and what their best 17 looks like.

Brisbane Broncos 2018 Player Movements

2018 Gains
Jack Bird (Cronulla Sharks, 2021), Troy Dargan (Parramatta Eels, 2019), David Fifita (2020), Matthew Lodge (2020), Patrick Mago (North Queensland Cowboys, 2019), Shaun Nona (St George Illawarra Dragons, 2018), Andre Savelio (Warrington Wolves, 2019), Kotoni Staggs (2020), Sam Tagataese (Cronulla Sharks, 2019), Jake Turpin (Melbourne Storm, 2019)
2018 Losses
Jai Arrow (Gold Coast Titans), Adam Blair (New Zealand Warriors), Herman Ese'ese (Newcastle Knights), Keegan Hipgrave (Gold Coast Titans), Ben Hunt (St George Illawarra Dragons), Matiu Love-Henry (New Zealand Warriors), Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers), David Mead (Catalan Dragons), Tautau Moga (Newcastle Knights), Francis Molo (North Queensland Cowboys)
Darius Boyd (2021), George Fai (2019), Alex Glenn (2019), Jamayne Isaako (2022), Jordan Kahu (2020), Andrew McCullough (2021), Josh McGuire (2022), Anthony Milford (2021), Kodi Nikorima (2020), Corey Oates (2019), Joe Ofahengaue (2019), James Roberts (2021)
Off Contract 2019
Troy Dargan, Thomas Dearden, George Fai, Shaun Fensom, Thomas Flegler, Alex Glenn, Patrick Mago, Corey Oates, Joe Ofahengaue, Tevita Pangai Junior, Andre Savelio, Sam Tagataese, Myles Taueli
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2018 Predicted Lineup

  1. Anthony Milford
  2. Corey Oates
  3. Jack Bird
  4. James Roberts
  5. Jordan Kahu
  6. Darius Boyd ©
  7. Sam Scarlett
  8. Joe Ofahengaue
  9. Andrew McCullough
  10. Sam Thaiday
  11. Alex Glenn
  12. Matt Gillett
  13. Josh McGuire
  14. Kodi Nikorima
  15. Jaydn Su’A
  16. Korbin Sims
  17. Tevita Pangai Junior

Reserves: Andre Savelio, Sam Tagatese, Marion Seve, Jonus Pearson.

Coach: Wayne Bennett

The Big Question: Should he remain at five-eighth; will Anthony Milford be able to make the same impact on the game without a dominant halves partner?

Predicted Finish: 8th

Author’s Note: An interesting one that’s for sure. Would a positional switch between Darius Boyd and Anthony Milford provide the spark that Brisbane is lacking, or will it further the side’s chances of a slide down the ladder?

Also, Matthew Lodge has been intentionally left out of the team. You know why.

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  1. The Broncs play Tigers, Titans, Knights and Warriors in rounds 3 to six, too easy, ah? But they have to play Cowboys, Sharks, Storm, and Easts twice each! So the footy Gods have given Wayne the Birdy.

    • I’ve been saying that here and on the ROAR for the passed 12 months! Milford should be playing FB and Boyd should be playing 5/8. There would be more structure and control and greater attacking options for the Broncos, but hey, let’s keep this between ourselves. We don’t want to give Bennett any new ideas, at this stage of his career it will only upset and confuse him. LOL

      • I don’t necessarily disagree, and I agree there are massive benefits in the switch, especially the freedom Milford will have as holmesy mentioned. If I were a Broncs fan though (I just threw up in my mouth a bit 😉 ), my concern would be how much of Boyd’s direction in defence would be lost. He has grown to be a great on field talker and organiser, especially in defence, and I am not sure if Milford can provide that. That would be my only concern though, and agree that the positives probably do outweigh that.

        • Yeah, his defence organisation would be missed but every time he links up with the backline in attack, he looks like a magic 5/8.
          I can’t wait to see if it works out.

        • Sometimes eels47 the best form of defence is attack. Boyd is not exceptional at attacking and breaking the defensive line as a FB but he is drawing defenders and at setting others up. Milford excels at attacking and breaking the defensive line and would be free to attack on a fringe on BOTH sides of the field where an outside defender has one eye on a centre and the other on an edge back rower. Milford would absolutely carve it up. Boyd can teach him how to organise a defence and can better control and organise the Broncos attack from second receiver.

          Bennett finally took a gamble and moved Widdop to FB for England which was a massive success so he just might be starting to get ideas of making a change at the Broncos. It would be unlike Pappa Smurf to have too many new ideas all at once though so perhaps things are more likely to stay the way they are for the time being (at least until Kevin Walters takes over).

      • I think Boyd and Milford switch could work but if I was the so called super coach as he loves to be known by, then perhaps Milford stays at 5/8 and Nikorima will be halfback. The other option would be play Bird at 5/8 & Milford halfback.

        • “if I was the so called super coach as he loves to be known by”

          I think WoodChook the term “super coach” lost it’s appeal when people realised Bennett has only won 1 premiership in 11 years. The statistics simply don’t backup the hyped title. I think these days Bennett now prefers to be called “Clint”. Apparently Clint Eastwood is unimpressed and is taking Pappa Smurf’s PR agent to court but the guy who likened “Darth Sidious” to “Dirty Harry” said Wayne promised him a signed Broncos jersey if he would do it in front of the cameras and he lived up to his word so WIN/WIN.

  2. Milford should have been fullback as soon as he went to Broncos, he just isnt the player that can run a team hes at his best when he has freedom just to play.

  3. Got to be joking about the spine. Who even is this Sam kid?
    Kodi Nikorima will be wearing the number 7 jersey, which he won off Ben Hunt half way through last year. Not to sure about Boyd at 6 and Milford at 1. Milford no doubt could be awesome from fullback and I see that being his future position but I’m not sure if it’s in 2018 with Darius Boyd at 6.
    As for the front row Sam Thaiday got relegated to the bench last year and was told this is his new home for the final year of his contract which they don’t plan on renewing. Think it’s u fair on Korbin Sims who had an excellent year and continues improving. Matt Lodge would make my starting 18 but would be close behind Jayden Sua and Pangai Jr for a bench spot along with Big Sam

  4. Why has Matthew Lodge been intentionally left out of contention?

    Personally I would like to see:
    1. Milford
    2. Oates
    3. Roberts
    4. Issako (with kicking duties)
    5. M Pangai
    6. Boyd
    7. McCullough
    8. Mago
    9. Nikorima
    10. Lodge
    11. Pengai Jnr
    12. Ofahenague
    13. McGuire

    14. Kahu
    15. Savelio
    16. Tagatese
    17. Glenn

    In terms of omissions (and reason/s):
    – Gillett (too many missed tackles and poor go forward)
    – Thaiday (poor go forward)
    – Bird (too many missed tackles)
    – Sims (poor go forward)
    – Haas (too young)

      • Id say all the other teams would love to front that selection…. need to swap a few numbers there mate.

      • You just won’t let me move the Broncos pieces around will you tommy? Your loss though as Boyd at 5/8 and Milford at FB with “Jimmy the Jet” looming out wide would tear up opposition defences. Still, have it your way.

        Gotta love the idea though of signing a million dollar player (Jack Bird) just for reserve grade. It’s so crazy Pappa Smurf just might go for it! LOL

  5. 1. Boyd
    2. Oates
    3. Bird
    4. Roberts
    5. Kahu
    6. Milford
    7. Nikorima
    8. Sims
    9. McCullogh
    10. Ofahunge
    11. Glenn
    12. Gillett
    13. McQuire

    14. Murphy/Nona
    15. Thaiday
    16. Pangai Jr
    17. Tagatease

    18. Lodge
    19. Sua/Fai
    20. Murphy/Nona
    21. Pearson/Pangai

    • Boyd on the wing? You can’t be serious Rabbits! Now if you had said “Bird on the wing” and “leave Oates on the bench”, THAT would have been funny. You missed your opportunity Rabbits. I bet you are kicking yourself now. Still nevermind, you got your numbers all in order, that’s something, even if you ended up banging square pegs into round holes and made a mess of the players and a meal of Oates!

  6. Bird was enticed to the Pony club on the so called promise he would be a 5/8. However after letting the giant Moga depart for Newcastle. It appears the hot tempered Bird could be a centre for this season. Which will upset his mindset. Id say if he isn’t playing 5/8 by seasons end he will want out. The old home sick tactic will come into play and he will end up at Cronulla as the 5/8 Moylan fullback.

    • “Bird was enticed to the Pony club”

      Just as young Crichton was “enticed” to the “Chook farm” to assist with the production of chicken manure. I agree though that Bird’s best position for the Broncos will be in the centres. If Roberts played on the wing outside him it would be a lethal combination, but tommy has insisted I don’t move the Broncos pieces around so things probably will remain unchanged. Too much change all at once can be unsettling for Pappa Smurf as he is uncomfortable in unfamiliar surroundings. I heard he woke up in the coaches box during the World Cup and wanted to know why the Broncos were dressed like St George. Best to move slowly, one change a time.

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