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Latrell Mitchell gives South Sydney fans reason to smile — check out all the latest NRL chatter and more in What’s the Buzz.

James Phelps

January 2, 2021 - 6:00PM

News Corp Australia Sports Newsroom

Latrell Mitchell will be at full-flight for the rest of the NRL pre-season with the Rabbitohs’ superstar cleared to return to full training.

His debut season for Souths was ruined by a hamstring injury last August, but Mitchell has made a full recovery and returns to non-restricted training next week.

He will continue his quest to be a fullback, with the ex-Test centre still intent on making the No.1 jersey his own.

Coach Wayne Bennett resisted calls to move the powerhouse back to the centres last year in a show of faith rewarded by a string of top-shelf performances prior to his season-ending injury.



Latrell Mitchell has made a full recovery from a hamstring injury. Picture. Phil Hillyard
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Latrell Mitchell gives South Sydney fans reason to smile — check out all the latest NRL chatter and more in What’s the Buzz.

James Phelps

January 2, 2021 - 6:00PM

News Corp Australia Sports Newsroom

Latrell Mitchell will be at full-flight for the rest of the NRL pre-season with the Rabbitohs’ superstar cleared to return to full training.

His debut season for Souths was ruined by a hamstring injury last August, but Mitchell has made a full recovery and returns to non-restricted training next week.

He will continue his quest to be a fullback, with the ex-Test centre still intent on making the No.1 jersey his own.

Coach Wayne Bennett resisted calls to move the powerhouse back to the centres last year in a show of faith rewarded by a string of top-shelf performances prior to his season-ending injury.



Latrell Mitchell has made a full recovery from a hamstring injury. Picture. Phil Hillyard
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Latrell Mitchell has made a full recovery from a hamstring injury. Picture. Phil Hillyard

 

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Latrell Mitchell cleared to make full return from hamstring injury: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/latrel...g-injury/9aac690e-58b5-4400-9ef4-e2cead6bff9e

God, this is absolutely fantastic news!!! Puts a big smile on my face as it's so much earlier than we all expected. This is a testiment to Latrell and all his hard work, and it bodes very well for the look of our 2021 campaign.

On another note, I believe the boys are back at training tomorrow aren't they?
 

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I don't know about that. Personally, I would've gone for someone like Tino who went to the Titans and for half the money. Big, mobile, and powerful. Arrow is a workhorse but there's plenty of them around.
Time will tell mate.

Arrow has grunt in him though, not afraid to put on a shot and can offload a fair bit.

I think he’s worth 600k or there abouts but I do get why we paid overs......
 
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Training report from Jed off the Warren

Went for a look at today’s session, it turned out to be one of the longer sessions we’ve seen, about two and a half hours on-field.

Corey Allan, Damien Cook and Gagai were absent.

Was impressed with the body shapes on all of the players, they look leaner than last year. Only exceptions were Latrell and Steven Masters.

There were a couple of players there I didn’t recognise, probably some of the younger crew. A smaller classy backline type player, dark skin, looks promising.

Jason Dimitriou was hunting them around hard all session, loves a swear, Bennett out back grabbing guys for one on ones constantly.

Latrell looks great, besides the minor chubbiness and never seen him enjoying himself so much. Fitness levels good, all his trick shots and touch on song.

Player that took my eye most today, in the way Sironen did last off season was Jed Cartwright, looks ready to go to another level although looked to me to finish the session with a minor leg or groin injury, walked off with Eddie Farah.

Cody had a knee strapped but managed the whole session.

The young trio of Ilias, Taaffe and D.Cook always great to watch, such promise and confidence.

Su’a like an ever-lurking shark with that shoulder, he put on three little beauties during the session, just can’t help himself.

Milne looks close to full speed, Moga’s fitted in nicely, though wore on of Su’a’s hits and Tatola and Host did the whole session on the punching mits. I reckon Junior could be a dark-horse if you slipped him into one of those league boxing nights.

Edit. The young guy that took my eye is Terrell Kalokalo apparently, geez only 17 years old.
 

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Another Training Report from Tass on the Warren

I went to Redfern this morning as well and I agree with Jed, the players all trained well and are looking fit.
Some great long passes from Latrell although one of his cut out passes were intercepted, but still early in the year. Seeing him train was a good reminder of how much of a hundred steps up he is to Allan or any other fullback.

I noticed the green shirts were given to the likely start up players. Nicholls was not in one but trained well with the reds.

Moga was in green so they certainly see him as a starter and he moved well with pace. He is a huge body and looks hard to tackle. Milne is massive as well. Right now they look fit and will be ready to go by March. I have no problem if Moga was in the centres.

Jacob Host is taller and bigger than I thought and will be in the mix for first grade. I am pretty sure Tom Amone was there in a lighter shirt than everyone else and was not part of everything the teams did. Maybe needs to catch up with fitness.

Overall this team has premiership contention written all over it.
 
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Another Training Report from Tass on the Warren

I went to Redfern this morning as well and I agree with Jed, the players all trained well and are looking fit.
Some great long passes from Latrell although one of his cut out passes were intercepted, but still early in the year. Seeing him train was a good reminder of how much of a hundred steps up he is to Allan or any other fullback.

I noticed the green shirts were given to the likely start up players. Nicholls was not in one but trained well with the reds.

Moga was in green so they certainly see him as a starter and he moved well with pace. He is a huge body and looks hard to tackle. Milne is massive as well. Right now they look fit and will be ready to go by March. I have no problem if Moga was in the centres.

Jacob Host is taller and bigger than I thought and will be in the mix for first grade. I am pretty sure Tom Amone was there in a lighter shirt than everyone else and was not part of everything the teams did. Maybe needs to catch up with fitness.

Overall this team has premiership contention written all over it.


If Moga does grab one centre spot with Graham then that would mean Gagai to the wing which I think is his best position. The other wing spot would be a battle between AJ, Paulo and Mansour if he lands here.
 

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If Moga does grab one centre spot with Graham then that would mean Gagai to the wing which I think is his best position. The other wing spot would be a battle between AJ, Paulo and Mansour if he lands here.
If Mansour comes I see Moga as first back up 19th or 20th man.

our best backline would be

Latrell
AJ
Campbell
Gagai
Mansour
 
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If Mansour comes I see Moga as first back up 19th or 20th man.

our best backline would be

Latrell
AJ
Campbell
Gagai
Mansour
Mansour would be a poor purchase. The guy has been around for 20 years or so and has never won anything. Been here, there, everywhere. Its much better to go with youngsters like Paulo let him continue to grow and prove he can do it.
 

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If Moga does grab one centre spot with Graham then that would mean Gagai to the wing which I think is his best position. The other wing spot would be a battle between AJ, Paulo and Mansour if he lands here.
You must be joshing!! Alex Johnston to "battle" it out for a spot?? The man has scored OVER 100 times and excluding bodily breakdown he could end up being one of the games greatest ever scorers. Johnston was I recall the first scorer against the Bulldogs in October 2014 correct?? To put a never won anything sluggggg like Mansour ahead of HIM... you must be intoxicated!!
 

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If Moga does grab one centre spot with Graham then that would mean Gagai to the wing which I think is his best position. The other wing spot would be a battle between AJ, Paulo and Mansour if he lands here.
These Warren reports are spot on. Team has GF written all over it. Walker Murray and Cook just need to be fixated with getting across the final hurdle. Team is loaded skill power and speed all the ingredients required to win it all.
 

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RABBITOHS - How will Bennett fit Cameron Murray and Jai Arrow in his starting side?

Rabbitohs recruit Jai Arrow is in no danger of keeping Cameron Murray out of the starting side, but both players’ best position is No.13.

Bennett tried to shift Murray to an edge at stages last year and put Liam Knight at lock, but the tactic was not a success and blunted Murray’s game.

Queensland enforcer Arrow has been training at both lock and prop in the pre-season and could handle a role on the edge at times as well.

Most likely Murray will start games at lock with Arrow either on the bench or at prop and Bennett will rotate his big men up front throughout the game.

However, that tactic moves Origin stars Arrow and Murray out of their preferred position of No.13 and that is where they make the biggest impact.

Murray needs to play lock as much as possible so he can combine with Damien Cook and halves Adam Reynolds and Cody Walker and act as another floating ball-player.

Shifting Murray to the edge just increased his defensive workload last year and blunted his attacking prowess, especially in the preliminary final against the Panthers.

Bennett needs to get the balance between rotating his players and keeping his best players in their preferred positions right if they are to make it all the way to an elusive first grand final since 2014.
The Pack will be fine irrespective of what Burt chooses to do. Koloamatangi and Host could be vital back row pieces, young, good size, fit and hungry. Off the bench that counts for a lot. Koloamatangi should grow another leg and have greater confidence after his rookie season of trial and error.
 

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Mansour would be a poor purchase. The guy has been around for 20 years or so and has never won anything. Been here, there, everywhere. Its much better to go with youngsters like Paulo let him continue to grow and prove he can do it.
Paulo needs more time to develop. We need to make the GF this year so I’d have more faith in Mansour.
 
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