LEEDS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: The England squad celebrate with the 2-1 series win during the 3rd International Series match between England and New Zealand at Elland Road on November 11, 2018 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

40. Off field drama 

We see players embroidered in off field drama, and this year it’ll be Jack Bird’s dramas that see him sacked from Brisbane before the season’s over.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 08: Jack Bird of the Broncos watches on before the round one NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Brisbane Broncos at UOW Jubilee Oval on March 8, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

39. Broncos jump ship

The mass player exodus in Brisbane has begun with rep duo Josh McGuire and Alex Glenn released. Expect Tevita Pangai Jnr, Jordan Kahu, James Roberts, and Corey Oates to hit the exit doors at season’s end – if not sooner.

38. Rookie of the Year

Cronulla centre Bronson Xerri will be crowned the Rookie of the Year after a strong maiden season for the Sharks, with constant niggling injuries to centres Josh Morris and Josh Dugan squeezing him into the spot.

Image: Twitter/Newtown Jets

37. All Stars success

The updated All Stars concept (Indigenous All Stars vs Maori All Stars) will prove a success with the move to Melbourne, despite missing stars Latrell Mitchell and Joseph Manu to the World Club Challenge the same weekend.

36. International Nines

New Zealand will be the maiden winner of the Nines World Cup, built on the back of electric performances from Nikorima, Johnson and RTS.

35. Magic Weekend success

The NRL’s inaugural Magic Weekend will prove a huge success with a sold out Suncorp Stadium, laying out the platform for a shift to the new Western Sydney stadium for the 2020 Magic Weekend.

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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 05: General view during the round one NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium on March 5, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)pre

34. Super League premiers

Leeds Rhinos will best Warrington in the Super League Grand Final on the back of NRL recruits Tui Lolohea, Konrad Hurrell and Trent Merrin.

33. Man of steel

Blake Austin will star in his first season at Warrington, taking his side to the Grand Final on his way to earning the Super League’s top gong, the Man of Steel.

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 08: Blake Austin of the Raiders in action during the round 14 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Penrith Panthers at GIO Stadium on June 8, 2018 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

32. First punch

Joey Leilua will throw the first punch in 2019 – and it’ll be directed towards Curtis Scott, in their Round 2 match up.

31. Should’ve retired

Poor Gal. In the lead up to his final year in the NRL, Cronulla have been dragged into a salary cap scandal, their superstar fullback has departed for the NFL,
and their head coach is set to be suspended. He’s unfortunately played a year too long.

30. Top try scorer

Alex Johnston will be the beneficiary of a return to the Rabbitohs left wing, with Cody Walker and Greg Inglis the main assist providers.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 08: Alex Johnston of the Rabbitohs runs the ball during the round 14 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Cbus Super Stadium on June 8, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Here are predictions 50-41.

12 COMMENTS

  1. Is it confirmed Glenn is gone or is this just a rumour? Could have sworn I saw him training with the Broncos. I don’t think the exidus will be that big at Broncos as the players were wanting Wayne gone by the end. If the have a solid season they will be able to keep some of these. Kahu can go. Good player but better versions of him around.

      • Birds a “hothead” who is under immense pressure. If Saints have the cash I can see him heading back there in the near future, Maybe when Widdop departs a vacancy could be available in the 5/8 role with Norman playing fullback.

        At the end of the day Bird is highly overrated and won’t be playing in the halves at Brisbane with Nikorima playing quality test football and Milford their number one attacking weapon in those positions.

        Brisbane will want to off load him to retain the other big name players.🎯💪🎱👍🎯

      • Glenn is completely false. He has not even requested a release from Brisbane. As for Bird, he had the homesickness issue this season however I don’t believe that will lead to him leaving Brisbane until his contract expires.

  2. Brisbane exodus won’t occur. They, along with the goosters, have no cap. Souths are regularly audited so any TPJ connections to us are nothing more than media fabrication or utter bovine excrement. We have everything wrapped up in Gags, GI, Burgesses and Cook. If we offload Gags we’ve only freed up 700k

    • Ian Schubert could you please check the rabbit books again, I’m positive with all their TPA’s they have cheated the system somehow and some way. 💪😎👍 Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey👏👏👏Shoey 💪😂👍

  3. Some bold calls in your predictions Blythy, can’t wait to see who throws the first punch though, will it be Leilui or anyone else. As for the trick ponies exodus…… let’s just wait and see how the year goes. Sure, players may not be happy now, but with a solid year behind them they may think it’s worth sticking around a few more years for.

    • Actually I think all players except love child Darius are over the moon with happiness that Bennett has taken his hopless defensive deficiency tactics away fron Brisbane and handed them to SOUFFFFFTHS😁😂😆🤣💪🐔👍

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