SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31: Sam Burgess of the Rabbitohs looks on prior to the round 12 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Bankwest Stadium on May 31, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

The medical retirement of Sam Burgess along with the departure of his brother George and the retirement of John Sutton has left a gaping hole in the Rabbitohs forward pack.

The club has not signed any established props or back-rowers to cover the loss of these two club legends and will instead look within to replace them.

During the off-season, Souths signed Gold Coast Titans and Queensland Maroons star Jai Arrow, but due to the Titans reluctance to release him, Arrow will not arrive at Redfern until the 2021 season. Luckily for the Rabbitohs, they have several talented young forwards coming through the ranks to offset the loss of the Burgess brothers and Sutton.

Here are six forwards that are set to take the NRL by storm in 2020:

Bayley Sironen

Bayley is the son of Balmain Tigers legend Paul Sironen and will be hoping to follow in his father’s footsteps of playing for NSW and Australia. Bayley made his NRL debut for the Wests Tigers in Round 25, 2017 but transferred to Souths prior to the 2019 season.

Sironen played just three games for the Bunnies in 2019 but will be hoping to add to that tally and become a regular first grader. Bayley is a ball playing back rower, with the ability to play in the halves or at hooker, much like his brother Curtis, who plays for Manly. The injury suffered by Ethan Lowe at the Perth Nines has left a back row spot vacant and Sironen is in a prime position to earn a starting jumper.

Keaon Koloamatangi

Keaon is a wrecking ball who can play anywhere in the forward pack. Koloamatangi has starred for the North Sydney Bears and South Sydney NSW Cup sides over the last two seasons. He got a taste of first grade at the Perth Nines, playing in two of South Sydney’s matches.

Keaon represented the NSW residents’ side in 2019 and has been rewarded for his good form with a contract through to 2021. Koloamatangi has the potential to play representative footy in the next few years and become a leader in the Rabbitohs forward pack. Keaon is a South Sydney junior and will be one to watch in 2020, the club is hopeful he can step up and fill the hole left by John Sutton and the Burgess boys.

Jack Johns

Jack came to the Rabbitohs as a five-eighth but has been transformed into a ball playing back rower. Johns starred in the club’s trial win over Parramatta, scoring a try and pressing his claims for a spot for the regular season. Jack is the son of Newcastle Knights legend Matthew Johns, but he’ll be looking to carve out his own legacy.

Johns represented Italy at the 2017 World Cup, playing halfback for the Azzurri before breaking his arm in a pool match against Ireland. Johns will be looking to build on his showing against the Eels and get a spot in Bennett’s 17 for round 1.

Patrick Mago

Mago has arrived at Redfern to resurrect his career under former coach Wayne Bennett. Patrick has played first grade for both the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys but only has 14 games to his name since debuting in 2017.

Patrick was a Raiders junior, captaining the clubs under 20s side in 2014 and going on to represent Queensland under 20s and the Junior Kangaroos. Mago was given a train and trial contract at Souths and has earned a one-year deal for his efforts during pre-season. Still just 25, Mago will look to cement a spot in the Rabbitohs side and ignite his career.

Ky Rodwell

Hailing from the Southern NSW town of Bombala, Ky was signed by Souths after an impressive display whilst representing Group 16 against the Junior Rabbitohs. Ky is a hard running and fearless front rower who has played for the Australian Schoolboys and NSW under 20s.

Rodwell has been plying his trade in Jersey Flegg and the Canterbury Cup. Despite only playing eight games for the Jersey Flegg side in 2019, he was awarded with the players’ player award. He has been described by General Manager Shane Richardson as one of the best upcoming forwards in the game and will be pushing for a debut in 2020

Tom Amone

Amone joined Souths at the start of 2019 after excelling for both the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles and Wentworthville Magpies in the Canterbury Cup. Amone debuted for the Bunnies in round 14 of the 2019 season and notched up five appearances in the red and green.

At 23, Amone is just beginning to hit his stride as a front rower and under the guidance of Wayne Bennett, Tom can take his game to the next level. Having previously played for the Australian Schoolboys in 2014 and the Junior Kiwis in 2016, Amone will be competing for representative jerseys in the coming years.

Each of these six players will play first grade at some stage of the 2020 season and despite the club not announcing any major signings, the clubs forward stocks are loaded with youth and talent. In a forward pack led by Thomas Burgess and Cameron Murray, these six players will all play their part in the Rabbitoh’s quest for premiership number 22.

The club has been criticized for their lack of recruitment in the forward pack, instead opting to load up on outside backs. However, the club’s future is in good hands, and with the addition of Jai Arrow in 2021, Souths will boast one of the most feared forward packs in the league.

23 COMMENTS

  1. i though we had 8 new players in the paper bag… I mean bag
    Offer more money we want to buy Fifita, Arrow, Mitchel’s fat brother, JAC that little Kiwi that kicked the Indigenous teams
    see if he is available.
    Russ, James, Dirty Richo, Peter
    AKA SOUTH SYDNEY SOMBREROS HOMBREROS

  2. Can we medically retire Alex Johnson and Gagai,
    That will allow us to get another 12 players in the paper bag.. i mean bag
    Russ, James, Dirty Richo, Peter
    AKA SOUTH SYDNEY SOMBREROS HOMBREROS

  3. 1eyedrabbit
    February 26, 2020 at 11:32 am
    “Woody Clown is back… lol, now as SouthSydneySombrerosHombreros”

    That’s his 26th barring.
    At least his wife slopsMole52 will be happy

  4. Told everyone a while ago Souths had good forward depth, a team of goers who won’t disappoint.
    See woody is back seriously ZT you can’t be that stupid not to see that.

  5. 1eyedrabbit February 26, 2020 at 11:32 am
    Woody Clown is back

    Not Woody.. Who’s Woody??
    Can we buy him?

    Russ, James, Dirty Richo, Peter
    AKA SOUTH SYDNEY SOMBREROS HOMBREROS

  6. Rabbitohs17 February 26, 2020 at 2:05 pm
    I bet you it’s that twat lane, what a pelican seriously. Give yourself a slap ya muppet.

    Lane? whos Lane can we buy him?
    ill give you a D&#k slap you old saggy muff

    Russ, James, Dirty Richo, Peter
    AKA SOUTH SYDNEY SOMBREROS HOMBREROS

  7. funny that we refer to a D#@k slap and theres a picture of our Legend at the header hahahahahahaha furkcin Hilarious
    that Gold Rolex watch was a gift from Nana Glenn too
    such a shame.

    Russ, James, Dirty Richo, Peter
    AKA SOUTH SYDNEY SOMBREROS HOMBREROS

  8. SouthSydneySombrerosHombreros February 26, 2020 at 10:01 am
    i though we had 8 new players in the paper bag… I mean bag
    Offer more money we want to buy Fifita, Arrow, Mitchel’s fat brother, JAC that little Kiwi that kicked the Indigenous teams
    see if he is available.
    Russ, James, Dirty Richo, Peter
    AKA SOUTH SYDNEY SOMBREROS HOMBREROS

    Sombreros
    That’s Gold
    😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  9. Great story. Like I have been saying all off season. Soufths have a weak forward pack, no proper replacements, inly duds from the lower grades.

    This author knows very little about Rugby League if he really believes this statement he wrote…..

    ”The club has been criticized for their lack of recruitment in the forward pack, instead opting to load up on outside backs. However, the club’s future is in good hands, and with the addition of Jai Arrow in 2021, Souths will boast one of the most feared forward packs in the league.”

    Absolutely either a one eyed Soufths supporter or just plain clueless that Sam Burgess, George Burgess, Sutton and the other dud second rower who played off the bench in the 2014 grand final all gone. Replaced by 6 reserve graders.

    Hahahahaha Ahahaha Bwahahaha ninth at best.

  10. Wow they can buy six players on one guys salary?
    That begs a few question salary cap auditor

    Please arrest that group of South Sydney Salary Cap Sombrero Hombreys… for their playing for less fraud

  11. Soufs are gonna get absolutely rolled by ALL of the other 15 team’s packs.
    All the flashy backs in the world will count for nothing when soufs can’t get over the advantage line.
    Will be funny seeing their backs tackling big fellas all day and having nothing left in attack….can’t wait to see the vermin CHOKE AGAIN. 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂

  12. I’m not a Bunnies fan but it is sad to see Sammy not in the NRL he had a few strong seasons left it just sucks about his shoulder.

  13. Yes inferno24 very sad for all NRL fans to no longer see this great champion in action.
    Testimony to this is the only 2 games he played against the roosters last year resulted in easy wins to the Rabbitohs, such was the impact of the fear he created.
    The roosters had to find a way to prevent him playing in the semis and low and behold enter Michael Buettner and his now reshuffled MRC.

  14. Settle SouthsSydneySombrerosHombreros we are all enlightened modern day people here and support your life style choices but try and keep your fantasy’s to your tinder account.

  15. Lol my mistake didn’t mean to offend you great big Grinder offend obviously a typo you great steaming grinder spit roast

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