Rabbitohs.com.au takes a look back at all positions on the field in our 2015 Positional Review. Today, it’s all about the men up front – the prop forwards.
Seven players played in the front row position during the 2015 season for the Rabbitohs with George Burgess, Thomas Burgess, Dave Tyrrell, Tim Grant, Jason Clark, Nathan Brown and Ben Lowe all spending time in the middle-third throughout the season.
Meet the 2015 class of Rabbitohs props.
George Burgess showed again in 2015 why he is considered to be one of the premier front rowers in the game.
Over his 24 games played for the Rabbitohs in 2015, he made 773 tackles – more than any other player in the squad, ran for 3315 metres, hit the ball up on 315 occasions, and crossed for one four-pointer.
George has established a great combination with his other middle men as they aim to get the Rabbitohs over the advantage line with each charge.
It used to be a case of twin brother Thomas replacing George in the interchange rotation, but in 2015 we saw the brothers spend more time on the field together than at any other stage in their professional careers.
Thomas Burgess was the only Rabbitohs forward to play in all 25 matches this season. During that time he surpassed the 50 NRL games mark, and will rack up his 100th first grade game in 2016, taking into account his first team performances for the Bradford Bulls before joining South Sydney.
Thomas ran for the most metres of any Rabbitohs player this season – 3458 metres – from 330 hit ups.
He also made 617 tackles and scored two tries in those 25 matches.
Thomas took more steps forward in his career progression this season, and will represent England in their end-of-season Test matches against France and New Zealand.
The Rabbitohs’ resident Superman fanatic played in 24 of the Rabbitohs’ 25 games in 2015, scoring two tries in the process.
Tyrrell racked up 509 tackles, 1783 running metres and 176 hit ups.
Tyrrell’s consistency of performance is his great trademark, as is his reliability for Coach Michael Maguire.
Tyrrell certainly looks at home in the front row after starting his career with the Rabbitohs' under 20s in 2008 as a winger.
New to the Rabbitohs in 2015, Tim Grant represented South Sydney in 21 games, rotating between the starting line-up and the interchange bench throughout the season.
Grant tallied 490 tackles, 1894 running metres and 196 hit ups in his first season in the red and green, also crossing for his maiden four-pointer for South Sydney in round 13 against the Warriors in Perth.
Grant will be looking to build on his first season throughout 2016.
One of the Rabbitohs’ local juniors, Jason Clark played in 18 NRL games in 2015, surpassing the 100 NRL game mark during the season.
Clark totalled 1299 running metres from 150 hit ups in the middle of the field, and defensively pulled off 428 tackles.
Clark’s two tries in consecutive weeks were highlights for the Coogee-Randwick Wombats junior in 2015.
2015 would prove to be the final season in the top grade for Ben Lowe, announcing his retirement towards the end of the season due to injury.
Before that announcement, Lowe played in 14 games in 2015, making 372 tackles, running for 997 metres and making 121 hit ups.
Lowe was always a consistent performer for Coach Maguire, with his defence the trademark of his game.
New to South Sydney in 2015, Nathan Brown played in seven first grade games, bringing aggression and firepower to the match whenever he was injected from the interchange bench.
Playing in the middle and at times on the edge, Brown amassed 110 tackles, 366 metres and 39 hit ups in his seven outings.
A full pre-season at the Rabbitohs will benefit Brown greatly leading into the 2016 season.