The Manly Sea Eagles can be the first team in Twenty years to win back-to-back premierships if they successfully defend their title in 2012. Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran steered the Sea Eagles to premiership glory last season and the young halves pairing will again be at the forefront of their charge this campaign.
The majority of preseason hype has surrounded a new-look Newcastle Knights outfit that have recruited aggressively for their first full season under billionaire owner Nathan Tinkler. The proud Rugby League town will hope to return to the form that saw them regarded as one of the top teams of the late Ninety’s.
Life without Darren Lockyer could prove to be the biggest hurdle for the Brisbane Broncos as they look to either Corey Norman or Ben Hunt to fill the gaping hole left by arguably the game’s most successful player. Will Slammin’ Sam Thaiday cope with the added pressure of captaining the NRL’s biggest club?
Craig Bellamy’s Melbourne Storm will be licking their wounds after a disappointing end to their 2011 campaign bowing out to the New Zealand Warriors in the Preliminary final after dominating the regular season to claim the minor premiership .
Despite failing to make the top eight last season, big things are expected from the South Sydney Rabbitohs under new head coach Michael Maguire while the Tigers , Cowboys and Bulldogs are all expected to feature come September.
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