The SIX rookies set for an NRL debut in 2023


Following some standout performances in the first week of the pre-season challenge, a host of rookies have put their hands up for an NRL debut in 2023.

While some youngsters like five-eighth Dion Teaupa shone for South Sydney, his path is blocked by Cody Walker and looks unlikely to earn a first-grade berth, however others have a clear lane to their maiden NRL game.

It's going to be a competitive race for this year's Dally M Rookie of the Year award with so much talent on the verge of being released into the NRL.

2. Isaiya Katoa (The Dolphins) - five-eighth/halfback

This kid is so highly rated, he debuted for Tonga at the World Cup despite undertaking his HSC tests on tour.

Selected as a starting half for their semi-final loss to Samoa, Katoa would've learnt a stack from the tournament regardless of the outcome, and will be hot on Anthony Milford's heels for the No. 6 jersey at the club.

Katoa shone against the Cowboys on Sunday, and while he'll require some time in Queensland Cup, the former Panther is a certainty to earn first-grade honours in 2023.