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Set of Six: Will the All Stars be back?

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1 Is this the end of the All Stars?

Saturday's match could be the last time the All Stars is played in its current format. NRL's head of football Todd Greenberg has stated the match is under review while Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has called for it to be scrapped. There have been moves to reignite the game by introducing a world team to take on the Indigenous side this year and although more than 40,000 people attend, the match still loses money.

2 is it a case of Super-Mann for St George Illawarra?

Kurt Mann can go a long way to easing the debate surrounding Josh Dugan's position by impressing at fullback. Mann has the first opportunity to cement himself as the Dragons' long-term No.1 when he plays at the back in the annual Charity Shield against South Sydney. Mann has spent the off-season training at fullback, centre and in the halves and with Dugan rested for the game – and considering a permanent switch to centre – the former Storm player can push for a spot. 

3 Luke loss

South Sydney will get their  first glimpse of life after long-time rake Issac Luke. Luke's departure to the Warriors leaves a hole in a Rabbitohs side he has been a mainstay of since making his debut in 2007. Local junior Cameron McInnes will start at hooker against St George Illawarra on Saturday while new recruit Damien Cook will play from the interchange bench. 


4 Matt Moylan overloaded? 

Moylan will have a lot on his plate heading into Saturday's trial against Canterbury. Not only is the 24-year-old coming back from a serious ankle injury, he will do so with the captaincy and a potential positional switch. Moylan will wear the No.1 against the Bulldogs but he will spend 20 minutes of the opening half playing at five-eighth. He is destined for a full-time switch to the halves but the question remains will he be able to combine that with his injury comeback and his first season as captain?

5 Will Cronulla's halves fire?

Sharks fans will get their first look at their new halves combination of James Maloney and Chad Townsend. Townsend returns to Cronulla after two seasons at the Warriors while Maloney was a highly prized recruit from the Roosters. Cronulla have lacked try-scoring ability in recent seasons with the duo entrusted to provide a much needed spark in attack when they play against Manly at Shark Park on Sunday. The Sharks' kicking game also has been poor. 

In limbo:  The future of Wests Tigers halfbacks Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses is uncertain.

In limbo: The future of Wests Tigers halfbacks Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses is uncertain. Photo: Ben Rushton

6 Tigers test

It is a big season for Wests Tigers young halves Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks. Both are yet to commit to the club long-term with an option in their favour, while much of the Tigers' hopes rest on their young shoulders. Coach Jason Taylor is the mentor under the most pressure heading into this season, and he needs his young guys to fire early. 



Warriors v Titans at Toll Stadium, Whangarei

NRL Indigenous All Stars v World All Stars at Suncorp Stadium

South Sydney v St George Illawarra at ANZ Stadium

Penrith v Canterbury at Pepper Stadium

Melbourne v Wests at Sunshine Coast Stadium

Parramatta v Titans at ANZAC Oval, Alice Springs


Cronulla v Manly at Shark Park