Here’s the second instalment of predictions heading into 2017, containing which club will rise, which club will fall, and which club will be walking away with NRL Telstra Premiership trophy next season.

  1. World Cup Winners: Australia. Not a hard choice, but the World Cup will see the likes of Corey Oates, Jack Bird and Dylan Napa earn their maiden test jumpers while Kangaroo great Jonathan Thurston looks to end his rep career on a high.
    BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 22: Jack Bird of the Blues watches on from the bench during game two of the State Of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on June 22, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
  2. Rookie Of The Year: 2016 Holden Cup Player of the Year Jayden Brailey will burst onto the scene in 2017, beating out Manaia Cherrington for the Sharks number fourteen jersey as Cronulla aim to replace Michael Ennis.
  3. Team on the Down: Canterbury will carry their poor end of season form into 2017, with their lack of organisational skills to see them slip out of the eight.
  4. Team on the Up: South Sydney, with a refreshed roster featuring Robbie Farah, will be big movers, going from 12th to 5th in a season.
  5. Should’ve Hung Up The Boots: Billy Slater. After two injury-ravaged seasons, it’s hard to see Billy playing out the full season, with his decision to play on only stunting the development of Cameron Munster.

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