SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 04: Dragons coach Paul McGregor speaks to the media during the post match press conference after the round one NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Penrith Panthers at UOW Jubilee Oval on March 4, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The NRL season isn’t far away now! Here is part three of our 50 Fearless Predictions for 2020.

30. Groundhog Day at Concord – Get ready for a year of frustration, Tigers fans. There isn’t too many new faces at Leichardt that will have much effect on the side’s fortunes on field, and without a recognised first-grade hooker to start the season, the Tigers are destined for another year in 9th position.

29. Titanic Performance – Justin Holbrook will ensure the Titans improve leaps and bounds this season – to 11th. It’s not a big improvement on paper, but it’ll be the sides attitude that is the biggest positive. They won’t pack their bags and give up when they’re on the losing side of the score lime, Holbrook’s newfound resolve will give Gold Coast fans hope, but they won’t see the finals until at least 2022. Holbrooks’ a great coach, but he’s not a miracle worker.

28. On the chopping block – This season will see two coaches sacked in Paul McGregor and Stephen Kearney after lacklustre starts to the year again. Nathan Brown will be take Kearney’s job at the Warriors, but McGregor’s will be a tough seat to fill. They have Shane Flanagan signed to assistant coach, but he’s banned from head coaching in 2020.

27. Prince CroftWally Lewis will always be the King, but Croft will shine at Red Hill partnering Milford, finally delivering on the potential he’s promised for years. Seibold will bring out the best in the former Melbourne halfback, and have Brisbane fans quickly forgetting about THAT 58-0 game.

26. Frightening Crichton – Angus Crichton had as mixed a bag as you can get in 2019 winning his first NRL premiership as well as being demoted to the bench at club level and dropped from the Origin side. While he won’t earn an Origin recall, he will earn back his starting spot, and recapture the fantastic form he showed at South Sydney.

25. Origin debutants – Luke Keary will finally debut as will Ryan Matterson for New South Wales, while Kyle Feldt will get long earned recognition as marks his maiden jersey with a try, while Kurt Capewell will get a look in via the bench.

24. State of Origin – Queensland will finally get one back in a 2-1 series win and stop the Blues from claiming a threepeat. Many forget just how close the Maroons were in 2019, winning Game I in typical cane toad fashion as well as being locked at 20-20 just seconds before the series ended. Throw Valentine Holmes in the mix and the fact that the Blues will have a new halves pairing, it’s their year.

23. Finding a Holmes on the wing – While Valentine Holmes will slot into fullback at club level, he’ll be right at home on the right flank for the Maroons as he inherits the job of trying to stop the Fox.

22. Wayne to WaneNo, it doesn’t mean Wayne Bennett’s ability is waning, but rather Bennett will lose his job as England’s coach, and it’ll be former Wigan premiership-winning head coach Shaun Wane that takes the position.

21. GI Junior – Latrell Mitchell will emulate the man he’s been compared to for half a decade in Greg Inglis, and make the switch from left centre to fullback, and dominate from the get go. South Sydney had the goanna, and now they’ll have the kangaroo ears as well.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Hope you are right about Wane. It would be good to see a real grass roots northerner take the big stage. His interviews will be a peach though. CH9 will have to employ a translator to translate that thick northern accent.

  2. I’d love to know why Mitchell brushed the tigers so badly. Surely he wasn’t that desperate to get to souths.
    Tigers must be wondering if he thinks they are lepers.

  3. The Blues will have a new halves pairing and one of them will be the reigning Dally M halfback of the year. Keary would be the logical choice as his halves partner.
    Let’s face the truth. Cleary was made to look good at both club and rep level by Maloney.

  4. The whispers I’ve heard said if McGregor goes, Mathew Head will be coach. Nothing against him, but this will yet again be another in-house coaching job and they won’t search for anyone else.

  5. Haven’t seen huge value for money from Cleary as yet. However, Cleary has played better when Maloney was out of Penrith’s first grade team Kev. Same goes for Maloney, when Cleary was out.

  6. I fear that our club will spend much of the decade known as the best of the rest as they have the past few years.

  7. Wayne has already waned while at our Rabbitohs while Mitchell will have mixed results as a rookie NRL fullback.

    By playing as a rookie fullback Mitchell has already thrown away his Origin chance of a recall.
    His season as a fullback will jeopardize his Aussie jumper also. His limelight on the TV will also be limited at my Rabbits with Reynolds in charge of the goal kicking duties.

    Also Cleary the biggest overrated player since In a close one Jack Bird just over our new Wodden Spoon enforcer Arrow, will lose his Origin spot before game 1. Moses and Keary barring injury will be a certainty for the Blues to dominate the 2020 Origin.

  8. I wouldn’t mind Keary actually being fit to play, in any rep game. So far the Nuggets have been ducking & dodging with Keary ,every time such games are due . I wonder what will be wrong with him come S.O.O. this coming season? Its about time he actually did play in rep games.
    As for the halfback . Who’d really want their half selected?
    Go Moses!

  9. Number 29 Jack…
    Better not be on the losing side of the score ‘Lime’..,
    Your proof reading is right up there with your predictions. 👍 it’s one thing for replies to have errors. Quite another for the articles to have them, regularly.

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