Big name players to debut for new NRL clubs

Last updated 13:22 13/02/2013
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MOVING ON: Brisbane Broncos' second-rower Ben Te'o has signed a deal with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

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A host of big-name off-season signings including Ben Te'o, Dave Taylor, Michael Jennings, Scott Prince and Braith Anasta will debut for their respective NRL clubs in trial matches this weekend.

Former Rabbitohs backrower Taylor will turn out for the Titans at Dolphin Oval in Redcliffe on Saturday against a Broncos side containing Prince, whose acrimonious departure from the Gold Coast will have the playmaker keen to prove a point.

Titans coach John Cartwright has named Aidan Sezer and Albert Kelly in the halves as he seeks a playmaking combination to cover for the loss of Prince.

The Gold Coast will be without prop Matt White who has been ruled out for the season after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament.

Former Bronco Te'o will make his South Sydney debut in a near-full strength side against Newcastle in Coffs Harbour on Saturday.

Greg Inglis has been named at fullback with John Sutton and Adam Reynolds in the halves for Souths.After missing much of 2012 through injury Kurt Gidley will captain a 30-man Knights squad. Knights newcomers David Faalogo, Anthony Quinn and Jeremy Smith have been named.

Jennings will enjoy his first outing for the tricolours in the clash with Manly in Gosford on Saturday. The NSW centre has been named in coach Trent Robinson's squad alongside fellow recruit James Maloney.

Sonny Bill Williams has not been named and will likely make his Roosters debut in the Foundation Cup match against Wests Tigers on February 23.

Ex-Roosters captain Anasta forms a new look Tigers backrow with Eddy Pettybourne and Adam Blair for the match against Parramatta at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday nigh.

Jacob Miller has been named at halfback by new coach Mick Potter alongside Benji Marshall in the halves.

Halfback Chris Sandow will play under new coach Ricky Stuart for the first time as he looks to cement himself as the Eels playmaking solution. Luke Kelly will partner Sandow in the halves with Ben Roberts named on the bench.

Canberra's Jarrod Croker is unavailable for the game against NSW Cup teams Mounties and Wyong on Saturday night at Cook Park in Mount Pritchard after undergoing minor knee surgery. The Raiders are hopeful Croker will be fit for round one of the NRL.

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