With season 2013 just around the corner, some National Rugby League coaches are well on their way to moulding their starting sides for the new campaign. Other coaches still have plenty of decisions ahead of them.
Another big question for coaches is where to play their new imports and how they best fit into their structures and game plans.
The sporting superstar that is Sonny Bill Williams joins the maligned Sydney Roosters for 2013 with membership numbers and merchandise sales already spiking. But where does Williams best fit on the paddock?
Williams was a standout in rugby union playing in the centres. It is a huge risk playing Sonny so far away from the action at the Roosters.
Just look at Jamal Idris at the Gold Coast Titans.
If the Roosters are not on the front foot, Williams probably wont see the ball as much. Obviously more than rugby, but it still wouldn’t be enough in the NRL. So playing the New Zealander so wide is probably not a good idea.
Getting Sonny as much ball as possible is vital for the Roosters. But simply giving him the ball in traffic for the sake of it could be disastrous.
SBW could easily fill a roving roll from the back of the scrum. A Glenn Stewart-type role with more emphasis playing at the line and through it. But given where he has been, Williams might be best suited to a position in the second row running lines and taking on the opposition one-on-one with early ball.
Either way, the Roosters must accommodate their best attacking weapon. And that means everyone believes in the systems and goes with it.
The Brisbane Broncos are set for a bumper season with the addition of premiership-winning playmaker Scott Prince.
Prince can fill the gap left by Darren Lockyer who played a major role as the link man between the middle third and the outside backs. Prince also takes pressure off Peter Wallace who was consumed by a huge workload in 2012.
The former Gold Coast captain wont shirk his responsibilities as a mentor for the young Brisbane halves coming through either.
Many people still question Braith Anasta’s ability to play tough.
Anasta may prefer to play in the halves, but it wont stop the former international from earning his pay packet in the backrow. This is where Anasta must play at the Wests Tigers.
The former Rooster can mix it in the engine room but will still play an integral part in the attacking setup at Wests. He will ease the burden on Benji Marshall, Robbie Farah and rookie halfback Jacob Miller.
Wayne Bennett and the Newcastle Knights have picked up a nice signing in troubled outside back, BJ Leilua.
But where to play Leilua?
Dane Gagai done enough at the backend of 2012 to secure first crack in the centres alongside veteran Timana Tahu.
Akuila Uate picks himself and Scotsman James McManus deserves to retain his spot on the other wing.
Leilua may have to prove his worth and might end up starting 2013 in the NSW Cup.
What about the others?
Michael Gordon (Sharks): Fullback
Thomas Leuluai (Warriors): Five-Eight
Dean Whare (Panthers): Centre
James Segeyaro (Panthers): Bench
Gerard Beale (Dragons): Fullback
Josh Drinkwater (Dragons): Halfback
Tyson Frizell (Dragons): Backrow
Bronson Harrison (Dragons): Backrow