SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 18: Kalyn Ponga of the Knights is tackled by Nathan Cleary of the Panthers during the round 23 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Newcastle Knights at Panthers Stadium on August 18, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images)

Here is Zero Tackle’s NRL Rookie Team of the Year for the 2018 season.

Players who played more than ten first grade games prior to this season were not eligible for this list.

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1. Fullback: Kalyn Ponga

This generations version of the Bulldogs opting not to re-sign Johnathan Thurston to retain older talent, the North Queensland Cowboys will rue the day they allowed ‘KP’ to walk for the next ten plus year.

At just twenty years of age, the talented fullback sits tenth in the NRL for try assists (14), third for tackle breaks (108), third for line break assists (19) and 17th for line breaks (14).

In his first full season of first grade, Ponga has already represented Queensland at State of Origin level, was at the overwhelming favourite, at one stage this season, for the Dally M Medal and is tipped to represent the Australian Kangaroos at season’s end.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 02: Kalyn Ponga of the Knights in action during the round 13 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Newcastle Knights at ANZ Stadium on June 2, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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