Six eye-catching NRL movements ahead of 2021 season

We’ve taken a look at six of the biggest NRL movements ahead of the 2021 season Down Under.

David Fifita

One of the most promising forwards in the competition, Gold Coast Titans secured David Fifita from the Brisbane Broncos on a three-year deal from 2021.

The 20-year-old has made 44 appearances since making his debut in 2018, scoring 13 tries.

He has since represented Indigenous All Stars, Australia 9s and Queensland.

Kyle Flanagan

Flanagan signed a three-year-deal with the Canterbury Bulldogs after being shown the door by the Sydney Roosters, but he remains one of the best stand-offs in the competition.

He made nine appearances for the Cronulla Sharks before joining Trent Robinson’s side, and made 20 appearances, helping them towards a finals spot before losing to Penrith Panthers and Canberra Raiders.

He is a great signing for Trent Barrett, as he continues to build a strong side for the Bulldogs in 2021.

Tino Fa’asuamaleaui

Another 20-year-old on this list, Fa’asuamaleaui is an up and coming star in the NRL.

His deal with Gold Coast Titans was signed in 2019, and Melbourne Storm may be wishing they could have kept the talented forward.

In 2020, he made 22 appearances and scored seven tries for Craig Bellamy’s side, and featured from the bench in their 26-20 Grand Final victory over Penrith.

After an impressive season, he was rewarded with his Queensland debut in the 2020 series.

Tyson Frizell

The Australia and New South Wales back-rower will link up with Newcastle Knights on a three-year deal from 2021, joining from St George Illawarra Dragons, despite the club offering him one of the most substantial offers in St George Illawarra history, according to director of rugby league pathways and list management Ian Millward.

He has made 177 NRL appearances across stints with Cronulla Sharks and the Dragons, and will add plenty of power to the Newcastle pack.

Josh Mansour

The Australia, Lebanon and New South Wales representative has joined South Sydney Rabbitohs on a two-year deal after being told there was no place for him at the Penrith Panthers.

The 30-year-0ld scored 74 tries in 158 NRL games for the Panthers between 2012-20, and featured in their 2020 Grand Final defeat.

He is a big boost to an already-exciting back-line at the Rabbitohs.

James Tamou

James Tamou led Penrith Panthers as captain to a minor premiership in 2020 and their first Grand Final since 2003.

The 32-year-old forward joins Wests Tigers on a two-year deal, and adds some much needed experience at Michael Maguire’s side, with 267 NRL appearances to his name.

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About Josh McAllister 1293 Articles
Journalist. Joined the Love Rugby League team full time at the start of 2022 having been a freelance reporter for several years. Previously media manager for Swinton and Rochdale.

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