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South Sydney super signing Greg Inglis and gun Rabbitohs Sam Burgess, Issac Luke and Luke Stuart have today been named in one of the club’s strongest line-ups on paper in years for their 2011 Telstra Premiership opener against the Roosters next Friday.

Rabbitohs coach John Lang has taken the unusual step of naming his side over a week before kick-off, with the talented line-up sure to have fans excited about the clash between the fierce eastern suburbs rivals, which will open the 2011 season at the SFS.

With only Michael Crocker and Jason Clark unavailable to play in round one due to injury, Lang will be fielding close to his best possible team, however it will also be the first time Inglis, Luke, Burgess and Stuart have played a match together.

All four missed the three trial games – of which Souths only won one match against NSW Cup team Newtown – because they were recovering from surgery for a variety of injuries. Continue reading

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St George Illawarra have named the son of Parramatta great Mick Cronin in a squad containing 10 of their premiership stars for Sunday’s Charity Shield clash with South Sydney. Peter Cronin is among four recruits making their debuts for the Dragons, joining former Manly and Cronulla forward Adam Cuthbertson, Wests Tigers signing David Gower and ex-Penrith forward Daniel Penese at ANZ Stadium. The traditional fixture will also mark the return from long-term injury for prop Dan Hunt (Achilles), who has signed a new deal with the club, and outside back Ratu Peni Tagive (knee). Exciting young Dragons hooker Cameron King, who played one NRL match last season and was recently chosen in Ricky Stuart’s NSW Blues in waiting squad, has been given the opportunity to start at hooker. Assistant coach Steve Price will be in charge of the team with Wayne Bennett on NRL All Stars duty.

The Rabbitohs have named their strongest available line-up, with a long list of players sidelined by injury. Sam Burgess (shoulder), Greg Inglis (shoulder/hip), Issac Luke (shoulder), Michael Crocker (knee), Luke Stuart (shoulder), Jason Clark (hamstring) and Blake Judd (hamstring) are all out but are expected to be fit for the round one match against the Sydney Roosters. Prop Ben Ross will back up from the bench following his first game in nearly two years last weekend following a neck injury. Meanwhile, Hunt has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at the Dragons until the end of 2013.Sunday’s game will be his first since rupturing his Achilles in the warm-up to the round 11 clash against Canberra at WIN Stadium last May. “It is pretty exciting times for me at the moment, to be returning to the field and also to secure my future here at the Dragons for a couple of extra years,” Hunt said. “It’s been a long recovery road but all the hard work will have paid off come Sunday when I get out there on the field.” The Rabbitohs will be looking to take home the Charity Shield for the fourth consecutive year.

Ben Ross gets the green light

South Sydney prop Ben Ross has been given the all clear to return to NRL action following a serious neck injury that threatened to end his career. The former Queensland and Cronulla front-rower sustained the injury playing for the Sharks in the 2009 season opener against Penrith. Souths signed the 30-year-old at the start of this season but Ross had been unable to satisfy his surgeon he had recovered sufficiently to get back on the field and is yet to appear for the Rabbitohs. However, with two games remaining, Ross will return to full training on Monday and is in contention to face Parramatta at ANZ Stadium next Friday.

Rabbits lose Dave Taylor, Champion in doubt

Dave Taylor will miss the rest of the home-and-away season after scans this morning revealed the Souths enforcer had suffered a clean break of his collarbone. Taylor will have a plate inserted into the troubled area he injured during the Warriors clash on Sunday. The injury to the Origin backrower could not have come at a worse time for the Bunnies who already have Luke Stuart (hand), Issac Luke (shoulder), Michael Crocker (quad), Scott Geddes (knee) and Ben Ross (neck) missing from their forward pack. To make matters worse, Beau Champion is unlikely to be available for Friday’s clash with the Bulldogs after he suffered a cork above his knee, which was heavily strapped in ice at Rabbitohs recovery.

Round 1 Teams – Rabbitohs Update

Souths new recruit Dave Taylor ($196,000 2RF/FRF) did not take part in a simulated training match yesterday, but has assured fans and DT Coaches he will be fit and ready to go to take his place alongside UK import Sam Burgess ($120,300 FRF/2RF) in the season opener. “I’ll be right to play round one,” Taylor said. The former Bronco was the glaring absentee as new coach John Lang put the squad through a testing 80-minute session at Redfern Oval, spending the time locked in the gym working on the left ankle strain that forced him to miss the All Stars clash. The injury scare sparked fears the 21-year-old back-rower may miss the season-opener alongside Michael Crocker ($185,600 2RF), still recovering from groin, shoulder and ankle surgery, but both Taylor and Lang were quick to guarantee he will take his place on the field at the ANZ Stadium next Sunday.  Boasting arguably, and yet to be proven, the toughest pack in the NRL fans of the Rabbits are licking their lips at the season ahead. Enjoying the likes of Roy Asotasi ($238,200 FRF) , Ben Ross ($149,500 FRF), Scott Geddes ($188,600 FRF), Eddy Pettybourne ($198,000 2RF/FRF), Michael Crocker, Isaac Luke ($226,300 HOK), Dave Taylor and Sam Burgess brought this quip from Taylor, “The reason you come to a new club is to win premierships and that’s one thing that I’m looking forward to is winning a premiership at Souths.”