SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 02: James Tedesco of the Tigers watches on during the round 17 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium on July 2, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

As season 2017 draws closer, there’s a lot to be thought about ahead of the new year. Who’ll cause trouble, which recruit will reign supreme and who’ll throw 2017’s first punch? It’s all here in the first instalment of fifty fearless predictions for season 2017.

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  1. Tackling Machine: Jake Friend will once again top the tackle count across the NRL, playing almost every minute of every game for the Roosters.
  2. Female Player of the Year: Ruan Sims, the sister of Ashton, Tariq and Korbin, will take home the award, beating out fellow Blue’s stars Kezzie Apps and Sam Bremner.
  3. World All-Stars Winner: The Indigenous All-Stars simply have more to play for, plus the inclusion of 2016 rookies Ash Taylor, Cody Walker and Bevan French will provide a spark to match the composure of Jonathan Thurston and Greg Inglis.GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 01: Ashley Taylor of the Titans runs at the Sharks defence during the round 21 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Cronulla Sharks at Cbus Super Stadium on August 1, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Jason O'Brien/Getty Images)
  4. Twinning: Despite the re-emergence of the Burgess twins, it’ll be Brett and Josh Morris who prove themselves to be the best twins of the NRL, combining on the Bulldog’s left edge. The Saifiti boys from Newcastle will chuck their hats in the ring as well.
  5. Oh Captain My Captain: Matt Moylan to be crowned captain of the year as he guides young guns Te Maire Martin and Nathan Cleary to a grand final.
 

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