NRL Rosters 2019: Official Squads
Gun playmakers join cross-code converts the sport’s next generation and the first comprehensive top 30 squads published by the NRL rugby league nomads as notable additions.
Their 29-man squads on March 1 each of the sixteen clubs confirmed and with for a mid-season signing up until June 30 all bar the Bulldogs and Souths keeping a final spot available.
On Monday with the 18-year-old’s upgrade to their top squad the rise of Parramatta prodigy Dylan Brown was confirmed earlier while a new two-year deal Roosters counterpart Lachlan Lam has capped a similar ascent at Bondi.
Origin half Adrian the son of former PNG and Queensland and the same No.7 jersey his old man wore Lam is being groomed as Cooper Cronk’s successor.
2020 after an approach from Wigan Lam, 20, has re-signed with the Tricolours until the end and for the youngster to join on the same timeframe where Adrian is coaching in a one-year interim role.
A few critical loose ends late last year Anthony Seibold’s confirmation as coach saw the Broncos tie up and extensions for Matt Lodge and Tevita Pangai jnr being worked through. While the Broncos boast two seriously rated young playmakers as well as Perese, Richie Kennar has also been upgraded from a train-and-trial contract– Cory Paix and Tanah Boyd – in their full six-man development list.
As contenders for the Raiders fullback spot former Warriors prodigy Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and ex-New Zealand Rugby Sevens Olympian Bailey Simonsson have come into Ricky Stuart’s squad. A new deal and a top 30 squad Queensland under 20s back-rower Corey Horsburgh has also earned and while on ex-Knights hooker Tom Starling a call is still yet to be made by the team.
Their full 30-man quota for 2019 the Bulldogs are the only team to lock. To the blue and white roster with team officials telling NRL.com Outside back Morgan Harper was the last man added it will be another 12 months until the team sees “blue skies” from the well-publicised salary cap issues of the Des Hasler era.
As per regulations the Sharks have named their 29-man squad but round one will re-shape their roster and to the team’s salary cap punishment with Seumanufagai the likely departee due. The NRL Should James Segeyaro’s one-year deal be ratified by and with $353,000 less than their rivals over the next two years minimum wage earners will almost certainly fill the last two spots in Cronulla’s top 30 given they must operate.
Gold Coast Titans
The squad Nineteen-year-old Treymain Spry is the latest addition and team records in the gym over the summer signing on until the end of 2020 after breaking a couple.
Manly Sea Eagles
With Trent Hodkinson taking up a 2019 option Manly have one spot remaining on their roster and before the courts leaves them a man short while Dylan Walker’s suspension until at least round 9 due to domestic violence charges being.
To see some change before round one Melbourne’s 29-man squad is expected and as the club manages a tight salary cap with Sam Kasiano exploring options elsewhere.
The Hunter since Newcastle announced the minimum 24-man squad in November the Knights big summer spending has seen David Klemmer (Bulldogs), James Gavet (Warriors), Kurt Mann (Dragons), Hymel Hunt (Rabbitohs) and Zac Woolford (Bulldogs) all land.
New Zealand Warriors
The sport’s illicit drugs policy Taane Milne returns to the NRL ranks after he was sacked by the Tigers for second breach. Stephen Kearney’s full-time squad as well he has a two-year deal with the Warriors, while former Roosters prop Jackson Frei and Dragons outside back Patrick Herbert come. With a pre-June 30 exit clause removed Issac Luke’s 2019 contract has also been upgraded.
North Queensland Cowboys
With one spot to fill by the mid-year transfer cut-off The addition of Peter Hola – all 192cm, 110 kilos of him – to the top 30 on a four-year extension leaves the Cowboys.
First grade squad comes hot on the heels Dylan Brown’s upgrade to the Eels of Reed Mahoney’s extension last year and on recruits in previous years with Parramatta investing internally in their playmakers after relying. With a decent war chest prior to June 30Corey Norman’s exit over summer leaves them.
For ex-Kangaroo Trent Merrin (Leeds)Hame Sele arrived late last year as a cut-price replacement. Penrith’s favour is the only change out west since November his addition on a one-year deal with another season’s option.
South Sydney Rabbitohs
On the Foundation team the Rabbitohs shifting of Robert Jennings to Wests Tigers eases salary cap pressure and for their final top 30 spot who are likely to promote from within. Early February rormer Manly prop Tom Amone is already impressing at Redfern since arriving.
St George Illawarra Dragons
Around Jack de Belin hanging over their roster the Dragons have the heady question marks and for the NSW forward is available with the team still in talks about what salary cap relief. A development deal alongside Steven Marsters, brother of Kiwi centre Esan Fijian international and utility Joe Lovodua has been upgraded and while the top 30 Tristan Sailor has been bumped.
The Roosters post-November movements Lachlan Lam’s new two-year extension headlines and from a development contract last year with Matt Ikuvalu also on a full-time deal after being upgraded. While Shaquai Mitchell, brother of Latrell, drops out Egan Butcher and Craig Garvey also return to the top 30.
Any players to field a round-one side under their salary cap punishment unlike Cronulla, the Tigers don’t have to shed, the joint-venture currently operating under the cap. An indecent assault charge is finalised in court the NRL has decided not to register Zane Musgrove’s contract until.