After a Summer of underwhelming cricket (further enervated by a Big Bash tournament that went on forever) NRL and AFL return.
Of the two competitions NRL will be the more desperate for play to begin after an off-season of player scandals, and musical coaches (six out of sixteen clubs have new/different coaches, compared to no AFL clubs changing coaches).
In the NRL playing lists are somewhat stable with notable retirements being a larger impact than inter-club transfers. In a relatively even competition what may seem minor improvements or declines could have major impacts on ladder position. That’s why coaches are suddenly the desirable commodity.
So, here we go again.
NRL (last round -/-; season tally -/-)