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PREVIEW: Bears Intrust Super Premiership NSW Rd 1 v Knights

Newcastle v North Sydney

Kurri Sports Ground

Sunday 6th March, 3:00pm

The North Sydney Bears open their 2016 Intrust Super Premiership campaign in Kurri Kurri this Sunday against defending-Premiers, the Newcastle Knights.

Bears coach, Ben Gardiner, named his strongest possible outfit for the clash, with first grade quality players such as Michael Oldfield and Dane Nielsen coming into the side’s outside backs to bolster their stocks. Rabbitohs Charity Shield try-scorer, Ed Murphy, will captain the men in red and black.

The Bears will be looking to get their season started on the right foot after stuttering in the opening rounds of the 2015 Premiership. However following the installation of then-Rabbitohs NYC coach Ben Gardiner to the role behind the Bears’ clipboard – as well as a change-up in personnel – Norths stormed home to make the finals.

The side would ultimately be knocked out in week 1 of proceedings, but a positive platform was laid – one which Gardiner will be looking to build upon with his new look outfit against the reigning champs at Kurri.

With a number of Newcastle’s Premiership winning squad awarded with first grade promotion, the Knights will be a different looking outfit in 2016, and one that is well within the reach of the ambitious Bears.


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The North Sydney Bears team for Round 1 is:

1) Michael Oldfield

2) Tom Hughes

3) Dane Nielsen

4) Ed Murphy (C)

5) Bernard Gregorius

6) Piki Rogers

7) Eli Levido

8) Jokatama Dokinavalu

9) Brad Dietz

10) Jack Siejka

11) Tulsa Saumamao

12) Patrice Siolo

13) Cheyne Whitelaw


14) Riley Travers

15) Clayton Williams

16) Fred Junior Muala

17) Winstone Asotasi

Coach - Ben Gardiner

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