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2023 Hostplus Cup - Squads & Previews

theinsideman

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Jon Reuben (Dragons NRL) returns to Norths Devils. Captain Jack Ahearn has re-signed for 2023 and will complete a train and trial with the Brisbane Broncos.

Ipswich Jets sign Khalil Rahme from Mounties.
 
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theinsideman

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Northern Pride

GAINS:
Rashaun Denny (2023, Norths Devils) Seamus King-Smith (2023, Melbourne Storm), Will Bugden (2023, Marist Brothers Rams)

OUTS: Nick Lui-Toso (2023, Dragons NRL), Gideon Gela-Mosby (2023, Wynnum Manly Seagulls)

RE-SIGNED: Paea Pua (2023), Chris Ostwald (2023), Ash Little (2023), Denzel King (2023), Bernard Lewis (2023), Julian Christian (2023), Whyatt Barnes (2023) Will Partridge (2023), Daniel Woodhouse (2023), Ewan Moore (2023), Matt Egan (2023), Eddie Daniel (2023), Evan Child (2023), Kenneth Fonoti (2023), Rhy Young (2023)
 
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TheGeneral

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Brisbane Tigers - 2023 HOSTPLUS CUP SQUAD (as at 11/11/2022)

Solomona Faataape (re-signed)
Baptiste Fabre (re-signed)
Ryley Jacks (signed)
Max Lehmann (signed)
Nat McGavin (signed)
Jack Miers (re-signed)
Charlie Murray (signed)
Bacho Salam (re-signed)
Zak Taibi (re-signed)
Daniel Ticehurst (re-signed)
Corey Thompson (signed)
Tony Thompson (re-signed)
Brayden Torpy (re-signed)
 

theinsideman

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Mackay Cutters

GAINS:
Josh Smith (Canberra Raiders) Logen Dillon (2023, Western Suburbs Magpies)

OUTS: Brenton Baira (Dolphins), Adam Cook, Kyle Schneider (NQ Cowboys), Jayden Morgan (Brisbane Broncos) Jordan Hill (Wests Tigers), Jack Brock (SC Falcons)

RE-SIGNED: Hiale Roycroft (2023), Luke Webley (2023), Ross Bella (2023), Sean Mullany (2023), Blake Paskins (2023), Kyle Krisanski-Kennedy (2023) Flynn Camilleri (2023), Brandon Finnegan (2023) Matthew Vessey (2023), Henri Stocks (2023), Adam Cook (2023), Kyle Schneider (2023), Jake Riley (2023)
 
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TheGeneral

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SP PNG Hunters 2023 Official Training Squad

Alex Max
Alex Rover
Benji Kot
Bernard Noel
Brandon Nima
Casey Dickson
Emmanuel Waine
Epel Kapinias
Francis Kembis
Henry Wan
Ila Alu
Jamie Mavoko
Jimmy Bob
Joe Joe Walames
Joel Torombe
Joshua Mire
Junior Igila
Junior Rop
Judah Rimbu
Kafu Ken
Kosova Badi
Leon Undupia
Limbi Henry
Liam Joseph
Matthew Jesse
Micha Tom
Morea Morea
Rodrick Tai
Saki Peter
Seal Kalo
Sherwin Tanabi
Solo Wane
Steven Bruno
Sylvester Bulu
Tapia Solu
Valentine Culligan
Wartovo Puara
Wesser Tenza
Willy Tirang
 

TheGeneral

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Burleigh Bears and Tweed Seagulls call on Rugby League Gold Coast stars to fight for Queensland Cup selection​


Celebrations of his triumphant return to the Gold Coast have subsided, and now Zane Harris is plotting his next move: taking the reins at the Burleigh Bears.
Calm and composed throughout Southport’s victorious Rugby League Gold Coast campaign, the Tigers halfback has been brought into the Queensland Cup fold in a bid to earn selection for 2023.

The 2019 champions will be out to rebuild their spine following a mini exodus to NRL clubs; with five-eighth Josh Rogers (Broncos), halfback Guy Hamilton (Roosters) and fullback Taine Tuaupiki (Warriors) all earning opportunities through the weight of their Bears performances.

Now Harris, who has cut his teeth in under-20s systems with Manly and Sydney, has the chance to form a new-look partnership with the club’s newest recruit — 158-game NRL veteran Tyrone Roberts.

“With both our halves leaving to NRL clubs it’ll be a great opportunity for Zane,” Burleigh coach Luke Burt said.

“His game management was very good, and he’s a bigger half like Josh Rogers size wise so he can hold his ground defensively.

“But he’s a confident young kid, when I first met with him he was very sure in his ability and a really good talker.”

Harris will be joined by fellow RLGC battlers Matthew Koellner (Tugun), Coen Rankmore (Ormeau) and Cruz Lasike (Runaway Bay) for the chance to crack the QCup side this pre-season.

Former Bear Toby McIntosh also returns to the maroon and white outfit, and will battle it out with Bears legend Kurtis Rowe for the number one jumper.

Following prop and rookie of the year Tristan Powell’s move to the Melbourne Storm and the retirement of Blake Leary, places in the forward pack have opened for Burt’s first title tilt in 2023.

That is where Koellner in particular comes to the fore.

The Seahawks stalwart has previously donned the Tweed Seagulls colours, and last season was a joint recipient of the Gold Coast’s representative player of the year mantle through his Vikings efforts.

And according to Burt, there is a weapon at Koellner’s disposal that could make him a valuable asset.

“We’re not a tall side; a tall strong middle that can use a bit of footwork and find his front for a quick play the ball, with the way the game is these days, you have a fast ruck to play off,” Burt said.

“He pretty much just wanted an opportunity, and we met with him and he’s a wonderful young man and he was really keen and eager to have a crack at that QCup level.

“It’s a great opportunity there with the middles, we’ve lost a couple of our forwards from last year so it might be a new look pack.”

Burleigh’s cross-town rivals in the Tweed Seagulls have also opened the doors to local battlers desperate to impress at a higher level.

New coach Dave Penna has cast a wide net, with Helensvale Hornets duo Campbell Pirihi (fullback) and Brayden Young (prop) as well as former Seagull Kirk Murphy spearheading the contenders.

Penna said given Tweed invited numerous players to train in their systems, the majority would take the knowledge gained back to their local clubs.

However he stressed effort at Piggabeen would prove telling when it came to final selections, presenting a chance for the likes of Pirihi and Young to earn promotions.


Celebrations of his triumphant return to the Gold Coast have subsided, and now Zane Harris is plotting his next move: taking the reins at the Burleigh Bears.
Calm and composed throughout Southport’s victorious Rugby League Gold Coast campaign, the Tigers halfback has been brought into the Queensland Cup fold in a bid to earn selection for 2023.

The 2019 champions will be out to rebuild their spine following a mini exodus to NRL clubs; with five-eighth Josh Rogers (Broncos), halfback Guy Hamilton (Roosters) and fullback Taine Tuaupiki (Warriors) all earning opportunities through the weight of their Bears performances.

Now Harris, who has cut his teeth in under-20s systems with Manly and Sydney, has the chance to form a new-look partnership with the club’s newest recruit — 158-game NRL veteran Tyrone Roberts.

“With both our halves leaving to NRL clubs it’ll be a great opportunity for Zane,” Burleigh coach Luke Burt said.

“His game management was very good, and he’s a bigger half like Josh Rogers size wise so he can hold his ground defensively.

“But he’s a confident young kid, when I first met with him he was very sure in his ability and a really good talker.”

Harris will be joined by fellow RLGC battlers Matthew Koellner (Tugun), Coen Rankmore (Ormeau) and Cruz Lasike (Runaway Bay) for the chance to crack the QCup side this pre-season.

Former Bear Toby McIntosh also returns to the maroon and white outfit, and will battle it out with Bears legend Kurtis Rowe for the number one jumper.

Following prop and rookie of the year Tristan Powell’s move to the Melbourne Storm and the retirement of Blake Leary, places in the forward pack have opened for Burt’s first title tilt in 2023.

That is where Koellner in particular comes to the fore.

The Seahawks stalwart has previously donned the Tweed Seagulls colours, and last season was a joint recipient of the Gold Coast’s representative player of the year mantle through his Vikings efforts.

And according to Burt, there is a weapon at Koellner’s disposal that could make him a valuable asset.

“We’re not a tall side; a tall strong middle that can use a bit of footwork and find his front for a quick play the ball, with the way the game is these days, you have a fast ruck to play off,” Burt said.

“He pretty much just wanted an opportunity, and we met with him and he’s a wonderful young man and he was really keen and eager to have a crack at that QCup level.

“It’s a great opportunity there with the middles, we’ve lost a couple of our forwards from last year so it might be a new look pack.”

Burleigh’s cross-town rivals in the Tweed Seagulls have also opened the doors to local battlers desperate to impress at a higher level.

New coach Dave Penna has cast a wide net, with Helensvale Hornets duo Campbell Pirihi (fullback) and Brayden Young (prop) as well as former Seagull Kirk Murphy spearheading the contenders.

Penna said given Tweed invited numerous players to train in their systems, the majority would take the knowledge gained back to their local clubs.

However he stressed effort at Piggabeen would prove telling when it came to final selections, presenting a chance for the likes of Pirihi and Young to earn promotions.

“Campbell is a terrific young player with a lot of skill. For whatever reason he sort of hasn’t got to where he wants to and we’re happy to try and put some tough pre-season into him and help him with his game,” Penna said.

“(Brayden) is a terrific young bloke that works hard and his coaches see that in him. I talk to the coaches regularly on the coast, they give guys opportunities who they feel deserve it.

“Sometimes they are just quality players that have been through programs for most of their young careers, so it’s more giving them an opportunity to try and chase the dream.

“It then obviously builds relationships with the local footy to say you can be 24, 25, 26, 27 and it doesn’t matter how old, if you’re chasing the dream we’re prepared to give you an opportunity.”

 

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