Fullback. Five-eighth. Halfback. Hooker. These are the four key playing positions that form the backbone of a rugby league team.
With the 2019 season kicking off in a few weeks, we have rated each club’s spine.
Who do you think has the best backbone in the NRL?
16. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
- Will Hopoate 6. Lachlan Lewis 7. Kieran Foran 9. Michael Lichaa
Other options: Nick Meaney, Fa’amanu Brown, Jack Cogger, Jeremy Marshall-King
The Bulldogs are set to debut a new halves pairing with Foran returning from injury to join young Lachlan Lewis. The names Hopoate and Foran used to frighten any opposition but in recent years, their form has eluded them.
There’s still some mystery as to whether Dean Pay will select Hopoate at fullback or in the centres which could open up an opportunity for Nick Meaney.
If Hopoate and Foran can get back into career best form, they can take the Bulldogs further than most people are expecting them to in 2019.