All four Burgess brothers have been named in South Sydney Rabbitohs’ 20-man squad to face Canterbury Bulldogs in Sunday’s NRL Grand Final.
George and Sam look set to start at prop and loose forward respectively, while Tom and Luke have a spot on the bench to fight for. The Souths would have been at full strength had hooker Issac Luke not been suspended by the NRL’s judiciary panel earlier today.
The Bulldogs, with former St Helens star James Graham starting in the front row, have a hooking issue of their own. Captain Michael Ennis has been named in the starting line up despite suffering two foot fractures against Penrith last week.
The Bulldogs skipper, who is set to join Cronulla Sharks next season, says he is “praying for a miracle” to be fit in time, prompting many to question coach Des Hasler’s tactics.
“It wouldn’t be a Des week without him doing that, would it?” said Bulldogs stand-off Josh Reynolds, who expects African youngster Moses Mbye to take his place.
“I’m pretty sure Moses might get the nod. I’m excited for him, he’s a great kid,” he added.
“He’s a great defender. He’s a little rock,” he said. “It wouldn’t surprise me if Des does put him there. I’d have total faith in him because he’s a great defender as I said. And he’s really quick off the mark, so he can get us on the front foot as well.”