Allen Oxlade (6)
GT going in at full strength today according to the team listed on Rugby Xplorer. Likewise the BGS team named looks like their best XV so will be a real indicator for how both teams will fare this year.Every year on paper Nudgee should/could win, but they don’t Win every year. Considering the depth of talent, due to quality recruitment from league, 3 year seniors program for age qualified stars and a strong all year round rugby program for boys in the A and B squads they Dominate Across the age groups. There is few surprises from a Nudgee team with tactics, selections and attitude duplicated year in year out. Nudgee Pick and stick with players in the firsts and recruit to suit the pre determined game plan. Nudgee formula relies heavily on individual attack brilliance from key recruits while the rest of the team is built on defence. If you crack the formula though they can be beaten. This years first xv relies heavily on Toia and Bath. Neither are playing in trial today so will be interesting to watch how they go. The starting ten the coach has gone for has not fired yet in trials and has played very little rugby being a leagie import, and out all last year due to injury so will be interesting to see how he goes today. Has the coach made the right selection calls? I expect a solid win v Tce today but that may just set them up for a fall v TSS in the opening round If they get a bit cocky. Nudgee have no byes till the final round this year so predict their depth will be called on especially by the time they play BBC. Frankly the Nudgee 2nds would beat most GPS first teams, in fact if you take Bath and Toia out of the firsts, the 1st and 2nds are pretty interchangeable so will be interesting to see how both teams players go today. Good luck to all. Bring on the season.