Every few years it comes up. Growing the game. Expanding into new markets. And hand-in-hand with the concept of expansion comes relocation.
The 2019 NRL season is just days away, and here at The Roar, we are all about your opinion, so we thought what better way to do that, then to ask you what the ladder will look like at the end of the season.
On the form below, you will be able to vote for the 2019 ladder, with each team and position needing to be selected once on the grid.
While the Sydney Roosters are gunning to be the first team to go back-to-back in over two decades, this season promises to be equally as tight as 2018, which was the closest on record.
By the time the regular season came to a close, the top eight clubs were separated by just two competition points, with the top four and next four only split by for and against.
With plenty of player movement, off-season debacles and uncertainties surrounding some of the game’s stars and the way teams will line up, it’s going to be a tough year to tip from the outset.
You can get my complete thoughts on each team, as well as the squads, predicted best 17s and all of the fixtures in my NRL season preview series.
As mentioned, the Roosters will be attempting to go back-to-back, while the Melbourne Storm are out to go one better. The Rabbitohs, Sharks, Dragons, Warriors, Panthers and Broncos will all think they can improve on their top eight finishes from last year, while the Tigers, Titans and Knights appear to be the best chances from outside last year’s top eight to still be alive when September rolls around in 2019.
Regardless, it’s sure to be another hard-fought season, with every match proving crucial to the final ladder standings in six months time.
The form below will be closed at approximately 3pm (AEDT) on Wednesday afternoon, with results to be published on Thursday morning, so be sure to get your votes in before then to be apart of The Roar’s ladder predictions.