Broncos 2020 Squad

lynx000

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I know Kahu's unexpected return partially contributed to this but our depth this year looks decidedly heavy on the backline players and light on forwards. If a forward goes down we only have Kennedy and Hopoate to bring in (Palasia won't be available for the bulk of this year). Meanwhile, if someone from 1-5 goes down we can draw on Kahu, Coates, Farnworth, Arthars, Perese, Kennar and Vudogo.
What about Hopoate as well? We could also play Bird at lock or have Staggs on the bench as a second row/back utility as well.
 
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Art Vandelay

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What about Hopoate as well? We could also play Bird at lock or have Staggs on the bench as a second row/back utility as well.
I mentioned Hopoate. Bird and Staggs could possibly do a feasible job but they're our starting centres and there's a big drop off in quality to our next option there. We lost Gillett, Mago, Fensom, Tagataese and Fai and seemingly replaced them all with backs.
 

Foordy

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I mentioned Hopoate. Bird and Staggs could possibly do a feasible job but they're our starting centres and there's a big drop off in quality to our next option there. We lost Gillett, Mago, Fensom, Tagataese and Fai and seemingly replaced them all with backs.
there is also Bullemore and Riki in our development squad if we need them ... plus we may still have a spot in our 30 man squad should we need it to buy a forward
 

kooly87

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Realistically, there probably isn't a huge incentive for fringe Forwards to go to the Broncos unless it's a development player from in house like Bullemore who probably expects to be playing plenty of Queensland Cup.

Our Forward Pack is pretty stacked and very settled and there is bugger all opportunity to break into that starting lineup or even crack our bench without injuries, so I think that probably prevents us being a very appealing prospect for a guy on the fringes who is wanting to play NRL footy this year.
 
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Realistically, there probably isn't a huge incentive for fringe Forwards to go to the Broncos unless it's a development player from in house like Bullemore who probably expects to be playing plenty of Queensland Cup.

Our Forward Pack is pretty stacked and very settled and there is bugger all opportunity to break into that starting lineup or even crack our bench without injuries, so I think that probably prevents us being a very appealing prospect for a guy on the fringes who is wanting to play NRL footy this year.
We got Fensom late last off season. Maybe we will pick up a bit of cheap fringe experience again. There is also there Sam Perrett's brother (Forgot his name) that was a train and trial I think.
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What about Hopoate as well? We could also play Bird at lock or have Staggs on the bench as a second row/back utility as well.
Realistically we won't be keeping all of Farnworth, Niu, Perese, Vudogo, Coates, Kennar and Arthars. I expect Melbourne to come for some of these guys for 2021. If i was them I would look to get Kahu for 2020. Maybe after the broncos pay his off season salary component.
 
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upthebroncs

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Lets just move Oates to backrow already.. Fifita and Oates on the edges would be deadly.. It frees up some space in the backline too

1. Isaako
2. Boyd
3. Bird
4. Staggs
5. Coates
6. Milford
7. Croft
8. Lodge
9. Turpin
10. Haas
11. Oates
12. Fifita
13. Pangai
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14. Glenn
15. Carrigan
16. Flegler
17. Ofahengaue

I don't see any risk in moving Oates to the forwards. We should at least see how he goes.
 

Thelmus

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Lets just move Oates to backrow already.. Fifita and Oates on the edges would be deadly.. It frees up some space in the backline too

1. Isaako
2. Boyd
3. Bird
4. Staggs
5. Coates
6. Milford
7. Croft
8. Lodge
9. Turpin
10. Haas
11. Oates
12. Fifita
13. Pangai
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14. Glenn
15. Carrigan
16. Flegler
17. Ofahengaue

I don't see any risk in moving Oates to the forwards. We should at least see how he goes.
What about his work rate. I'm All for moving him to the second row but he struggles at times to be involved on the wing. In the second row his work rate will skyrocket. I'd start him off the bench or move him from wing mid match to limit his potential liability in defence and allow him to grow accustomed to the role.
Throwing him straight into a starting spot would be madness.
 

Foordy

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Lets just move Oates to backrow already.. Fifita and Oates on the edges would be deadly.. It frees up some space in the backline too

1. Isaako
2. Boyd
3. Bird
4. Staggs
5. Coates
6. Milford
7. Croft
8. Lodge
9. Turpin
10. Haas
11. Oates
12. Fifita
13. Pangai
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14. Glenn
15. Carrigan
16. Flegler
17. Ofahengaue

I don't see any risk in moving Oates to the forwards. We should at least see how he goes.
let's not move Oates away from where he is most effective.

with our pack, the only place he fits into the backrow will be in the ISC

besides, Coates is no where near ready (defensively) for regular NRL
 
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Unbreakable

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Article on the Broncos site today which confirmed this is how we've been lining up for training -

1. Isaako
2. Perese
3. Boyd
4. Bird
5. Coates

Opposed team: Arthars, Farnworth, Vudogo, Kennar

Rehab group: Staggs, Oates

I'm a little concerned that Boyd is training at left centre.. I feel that if Bird is planning on playing left centre and Boyd is planning on playing right wing, that's where they should be training.. I'm preparing myself for the possibility we could be seeing Staggs on the bench tbh..
 

Kyall

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I like the idea of staggs on the bench he can play in forwards as well as in the backs Siebold has played backs before off bench. He can be our real impact player instead of having Macca in the 17.
Article on the Broncos site today which confirmed this is how we've been lining up for training -

1. Isaako
2. Perese
3. Boyd
4. Bird
5. Coates

Opposed team: Arthars, Farnworth, Vudogo, Kennar

Rehab group: Staggs, Oates

I'm a little concerned that Boyd is training at left centre.. I feel that if Bird is planning on playing left centre and Boyd is planning on playing right wing, that's where they should be training.. I'm preparing myself for the possibility we could be seeing Staggs on the bench tbh..
 

Marty Deutschmann

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Article on the Broncos site today which confirmed this is how we've been lining up for training -

1. Isaako
2. Perese
3. Boyd
4. Bird
5. Coates

Opposed team: Arthars, Farnworth, Vudogo, Kennar

Rehab group: Staggs, Oates

I'm a little concerned that Boyd is training at left centre.. I feel that if Bird is planning on playing left centre and Boyd is planning on playing right wing, that's where they should be training.. I'm preparing myself for the possibility we could be seeing Staggs on the bench tbh..
Ohhhhhhh reaaaallllly

Yes. This is exactly why I've been saying it
 

Marty Deutschmann

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Surely you don't bench one of the lone few great players we had last season as he just comes off a break out year.
How many players do you see go well after a breakout year.

And Nikorima was one of our best weapons in 15 coming off the bench.

We made a gf with his X factor
 

something

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Yeah nikorima would run around like he was covered in sunscreen , as long as he didn’t have to make any tackles he was super effective as a 14....

This is what annoyed me about Nikorima / Broncos during 16&17, Niko, in my opinion, was and probably still would be the best 14 in the game.... but his insistence to play 7 has kind of killed his career
 

Thelmus

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let's not move Oates away from where he is most effective.

with our pack, the only place he fits into the backrow will be in the ISC

besides, Coates is no where near ready (defensively) for regular NRL
Do we really want to wait for an injury and throw him in cold or are we willing to put our eggs in the basket of hopoate.
If he at least is blooded some time in the match there he has a chance to get a feel for the position and can have his weaknesses ironed out. Granted that would be better in ISC playing 80 minutes in the role but he wouldn't cop that and at the end of the day he is our best winger when in form (not that often last year though).
If that form from last year continues or gets worse, we may be faced with dropping him. Training and playing limited time in the second row gives another option, gets him ready for when he has to transition, and strengthens our hand in the event of an injury.
Otherwise it will be staggs or bird in the same role anyway and I think of those 3 Oates is best suited (staggs doesn't have the size, bird could but will need to work at playing centre as it is).
 

Morepudding

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Article on the Broncos site today which confirmed this is how we've been lining up for training -

1. Isaako
2. Perese
3. Boyd
4. Bird
5. Coates

Opposed team: Arthars, Farnworth, Vudogo, Kennar

Rehab group: Staggs, Oates

I'm a little concerned that Boyd is training at left centre.. I feel that if Bird is planning on playing left centre and Boyd is planning on playing right wing, that's where they should be training.. I'm preparing myself for the possibility we could be seeing Staggs on the bench tbh..
I think Bird could be the right centre because he is significantly better on that side. Staggs can likely still be effective on the left. Honestly I don't think Boyd will be in the team round 1. He is done.
 

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