Brisbane Broncos 2017 Season Preview

The Brisbane Broncos have arguably the toughest start to the NRL season out of all clubs. The Broncos come up against the top 4 finishing sides from 2016 in their first month.

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First up, the reigning premiers, the Cronulla Sharks down at the Shire. They then head home to take on state rivals the Cowboys, which is expected to be another nail biter.

The Broncos finish the month off with a away game against the Storm and then play host Ricky Stuart and his massive forward pack at Suncorp. A tough month early, which could make or break Wayne Bennett’s 2017 premiership hopes.

The Loss of Bronco’s captain and workhorse Corey Parker will result in a reshuffle in Wayne Bennett’s side, but opens the window for young gun Jai Arrow, who has been touted as the possible replacement for Parker in 2017.


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Ins: 

Mitchell Dodds (Warrington Wolves – 2017), Benji Marshall (St George Illawarra Dragons – 2017), David Mead (Gold Coast Titans – 2017), Tautau Moga (North Queensland Cowboys – 2018), Moses Pangai (2018).

Outs: 

Carlin Anderson (TSV Blackhawks), Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers), Brett Greinke (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Lachlan Maranta (rugby union), Darren Nicholls (Penrith Panthers), Corey Parker (retired), Jack Reed (retired), Jarrod Wallace (Gold Coast Titans)

Re-Signed: 

Joe Boyce (2017), Herman Ese’ese (2018), Matt Gillett (2020), Francis Molo (2017), Kodi Nikorima (2018), Tom Opacic (2018), Tevita Pangai (2018), Jonus Pearson (2017), Marion Seve (2017), Jaydn Su’a (2018), Travis Waddell (2017)


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Experience

Even with the loss of club Captain Corey Parker, a veteran of 347 games, 19 appearances for Queensland and 13 for Australia, The Broncos still possess a wealth of players with abundance of talent. Boyd, Milford, Gillett, Thaiday,Hunt and Roberts will continue to hold the Broncos in good stead for 2017.

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The Representative Period

Wayne Bennett’s most dredded period of the NRL season, as he see’ shalf his squad stripped to play State of Origin.

The Broncos had one of their worst Origin slumps in 2016, losing seven from nine between Round 11 and Round 21.

To try overcome this, Bennett has brought in Benji Marshall and injury prone Tautau Moga from the Cowboys, to try to soften the of the State of Origin period. Will it be enough in 2017?

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David Mead

David Mead joins the Broncos on a 1-year deal from cross town rival the Gold Coast Titans.

Mead, 28, is theTitans  all-time leading try-scorer and will be a welcome addition to Wayne Bennett’s squad. Mead will team up with form Titan on the edge, James Roberts and the pair should give rival teams plenty of headaches in 2017. A good addition for the Broncos.

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Darius Boyd

Tipped to be the guy to replace Corey Parker as the Broncos Captain in 2017, the fullback returned to his 2010 form when he was named the world’s best fullback in the game.

Boyd was named the Broncos best and fairest player this season and the 29-year is the key to the Broncos success in their 2017 campaign. Boyd  enjoyed a fantastic Four Nations tournament  and hope to carry his form for the up coming season.

A Darius Boyd at his best will go a long way for the Broncos to play deep in the final series.

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James Roberts

After scoring 16 tries for the Titans in 2015 and was named the Dally M Centre of the year, Roberts scored just 9 tries at is first year at the Broncos.

We are expecting big things from Roberts for 2017 and so are the Bronco faithful, anything less then 10 tries for the season from Roberts will be seen as another failure.

Definitely a player to watch early on in the Broncos opening matches, can he rediscover his form in 2017?

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Jai Arrow

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Broncos young gun Jai Arrow has been stuck behind one of the NRL’s most durable players, Corey Parker.

Now with Parker hanging up his boots at the end of the Broncos 2016 campaign,.Arrow has been tipped to be one of Wayne Bennett’s replacement for their former captain.

Touted as a star of the future, Arrow has a enormous tank and is capable of playing 80 minutes in the lock position.

Broncos get excited as this kid is going to be a star and we are going to see the best of him if Bennett unleashing him in 2017.


STARTING 17 for 2017
Position Player
1.Fullback Darius Boyd
2.Winger Corey Oates
3.Centre Jordan Kahu
4.Centre James Roberts
5.Winger David Mead
6.Five-eighth Anthony Milford
7.Halfback Ben Hunt
8.Prop Josh McGuire
9.Hooker Andrew McCullough
10.Prop Adam Blair
11.Second-Row Alex Glenn
12.Second-Row Matt Gillett
13.Lock Jai Arrow

Interchange: 14. Kodi Nikorima, 15. Sam Thaiday, 16. Tevita Pangai Jr, 17. Mitchell Dodds

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2017 CRYSTAL BALL PREDICTION

The Departures of Parker and Reed will be hard to replace, but the addition of David Mead, Benji Marshall and Tautau Moga  will add depth to the Broncos 2017 squad.

The spine of Boyd, Hunt, Milford and McCullough is good enough to get them playing finals football in 2017 and we believe they will be battling hard with the Likes of the Bulldogs, Raiders and Panthers for that 4th spot position.

Our Ladder Prediction: 5th