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In a series analysing who will line up in each position for all 16 teams in the opening round of the Telstra Premiership in 2021, NRL.com looks at the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

NRL.com says: Fit-again duo Patrick Mago and Braidon Burns will push for spots while a few of the reserve forwards are in line for the final two bench positions.

Jai Arrow is likely to begin life as a Rabbitoh via the bench while and departure of Bayley Sironen is set to give Keaon Kolomatangi a start in the second row with Cam Murray at lock.

New signing Josh Mansour is set to start on the wing while fellow veteran Benji Marshall adds depth to the bench.

Jamie Soward says: It's a strong side with no real question marks. The biggest competition will be who tries to force their way in on the bench but 1-17 this is a top-three side at their best.

Whether they need someone to relieve Damien Cook at times will be interesting.

Maybe not to start the year but towards the back end, do they have an option if Cook goes down?

I wouldn't be surprised if Arrow plays up front with Burgess, and Murray stays at 13 then someone like Keaon or Cartwright can play on an edge.

Rabbitohs in 2021

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