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In a daily series analysing who will line up in each position for all 16 teams in the opening round of the Telstra Premiership in 2020, NRL.com looks at the Manly Sea Eagles.

NRL.com says: The arrival of Knights and Kiwi rake Danny Levi plugs the gap left by the departure of Api Koroisau and absence of Manase Fainu under the no-fault stand-down policy. At least one of the club's reserve halves in Lachlan Croker and Cade Cust are likely to need to train there in case of further injuries. 

Jake Trbojevic and Addin Fonua-Blake are each racing the clock for round one due to off-season shoulder surgeries which would bring the likes of Morgan Boyle, Toff Sipley and Sean Keppie into calculations for the opening rounds.

Jamie Soward says: With hooker still a potential problem if anything happens to Levi, the Blacktown Workers team holds the answer. Zach Dockar-Clay had a great 2019 leading the Workers around, has a high work rate, is smart, has a good kicking game and could definitely handle the step up to NRL level.

NRL.com's predicted Sea Eagles round 1 team

  1. Tom Trbojevic
  2. Jorge Taufua
  3. Brad Parker
  4. Moses Suli
  5. Reuben Garrick
  6. Dylan Walker
  7. Daly Cherry-Evans
  8. Addin Fonua-Blake
  9. Danny Levi
  10. Martin Taupau
  11. Curtis Sironen
  12. Joel Thompson
  13. Jake Trbojevic

  14. Taniela Paseka
  15. Cade Cust
  16. Jack Gosiewski
  17. Corey Waddell

Others: Morgan Boyle, Lachlan Croker, Brendan Elliot, Tevita Funa, Albert Hopoate, Sean Keppie, Luke Metcalf, Brayden Musgrove, Haumole Olakau'ata, Toafofoa Sipley, Samuel Smith, Tony Williams