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NRL Teams Scramble and Shuffle as 2018 Season Nears

It is not all that long before we can count on the NRL to provide something other than scandals to amuse us, so without further ado, here are some of the main story lines of late.

Brisbane Broncos skipper Darius Boyd thinks he will be ready for the start of the 2018 season. Boyd is dealing with a hamstring issue, which as many of us know, if one of the more unpredictable leg problems for an athlete, regardless of code.

Boyd missed most of the finals and the World Cup last year with a torn hamstring. Just typing “torn hamstring” is enough to send us journos scampering for the Ibuprofen bottle.

Boyd told Fox Sports that if he does miss the opening of the season, “Of course (it would be frustrating), but I don’t think that’s going to be an issue.I was a little mishap with my hamstring the other day, but nothing serious.”

The Canberra Raiders will start the season lacking an experienced hooker, but half Aidan Sezer has the viewpoint that this will simply require more of him and teammate Blake Austin. The Raiders will begin 2018 NRL play without Josh Hodgson, so they will need to rely on a back-up number 9.

Responding to the same issue, Austin said, “It’s always good having a steady spine and without Hodgo this year we’re going to have to step up a bit more and guide the boys around the park.”

The Raiders will be relying on recruits Siliva Havili and Craig Garvey, as the turnover on hookers was rampant, with Kurt Baptiste heading for a stint with the leigh Centurions in the Championship competition and the retirement of Adam Clydsdale.

The St. George Illawarra Dragons prepare to face life withoug Josh Dugan as they attempt to slot young guns in the number one slot; either Matt Duffy or Zac Lomax.

Veteran Jason Nightingale is also a possibility, “I haven’t been training there but that doesn’t mean I won’t play there,” Nightingale told foxsports.com.au.

Duffy is expected to start at fullback when the season launches.