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Talkin' Teams, Tuesday March 26, 2013

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All the NRL team news as the sides are named with all eyes on the Bulldogs and Ben Barba.

Ben Barba is set to make his return to the NRL on Friday.

Ben Barba is set to make his return to the NRL on Friday. Photo: Getty Images

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  • Neil Henry is probably just doing the typical 'we played last night' thing. Names an unchanged line up and then changes it closer to game time!

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    DH
    Date and time
    March 26, 2013, 2:23PM
    • I'm sick of coaches naming teams that mean absolutely nothing come game day. There should be a crackdown on this from the NRL. Maybe they should only be allowed to make two changes, excluding players who are injured mid-week.

      Commenter
      Michael Chammas
      Date and time
      March 26, 2013, 2:26PM
    • So Gidley a late addition for the Knights this week then?

      Commenter
      DH
      Date and time
      March 26, 2013, 3:18PM
  • What's the point of moving Jeremy Smith to the 2nd row when he plays in the middle? Gidley would have to be 2R as an edge runner.

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    El Gallo
    Date and time
    March 26, 2013, 2:38PM
    • Yeah, that's a fair point. But do you think Gidley will be effective out wide? I think he can cause some havoc lurking around the ruck. I'm sure Jeremy Smith would be able to handle the move to the edge.

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      Michael Chammas
      Date and time
      March 26, 2013, 2:43PM
  • Mmm. Player positions are fairly irrelevant these days anyway. Hookers don't hook, props often don't prop up the scrum, backrowers stand in the backline when the scrum packs, half backs and 5/8 stand either side, centres are left and right, wingers hit the ball up like forwards on kick returns and fullbacks sometimes first receive! Their positional names are redundant.

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    El Gallo
    Date and time
    March 26, 2013, 2:50PM
    • Surely Price has to change things up... move Morris to fullback, even move Soward to fullback and Beale into 5/8th. Maybe Merrin needs to move into 5/8th cos he's about the only one standing out! Having said that, maybe he should leave eveything the same this week and experiemtn next week. Go the Sharkies!

      Commenter
      DH
      Date and time
      March 26, 2013, 2:52PM
      • One gets the feeling he has to try something soon otherwise it could be too late.

        Commenter
        Michael Chammas
        Date and time
        March 26, 2013, 3:00PM
      • Shifting their backs will make not a scrap of difference. You hit the nail on the head with the run metres stats. If their forwards aren't going foward, they've got nothing. You've got to have hit up metres and good edge metres from Creagh etc.

        Commenter
        El Gallo
        Date and time
        March 26, 2013, 3:05PM
      • They are pretty alarming stats if you are a Dragons fan. Maybe it's time to give blokes like Jack de Belin and Jack Stockwell a chance.

        Commenter
        Michael Chammas
        Date and time
        March 26, 2013, 3:14PM
      • The good news for Price is that he has the chance to shape the team going forward with so many guys coming off contract. Blood some youth and prepare for the future. The bad news is that he might not last that long!

        Commenter
        DH
        Date and time
        March 26, 2013, 3:17PM
    • Duds - Shaun Johnson, Studs - Andrew Fifita

      Commenter
      Dh
      Date and time
      March 26, 2013, 3:34PM
      • Agree! I'm a huge Shaun Johnson fan, but he's been disappointing.

        Commenter
        Michael Chammas
        Date and time
        March 26, 2013, 3:38PM
    • Bye-Bye Price

      Commenter
      BrisVegas Dragon
      Date and time
      March 26, 2013, 4:14PM
      • Wests seem to always be one of the last teams to announce!

        Commenter
        MM
        Date and time
        March 26, 2013, 4:18PM
        • Great to see Ben Barba back !!

          not so sure what to expect of him this week though ?

          and Frank Pritchard back too.

          thats gotta give the bulldogs some good go forward.

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          danielle
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          sydney
          Date and time
          March 26, 2013, 5:05PM

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