AUSTRALIA’S rugby team, led by a young-ish player, is struggling to find its feet.
The Australian Rugby League (ARL) will not be fielding a new player under the age of 23 until 2021.
That leaves plenty of time for the likes of James Tamou, Cameron Munster and Nathan Hindmarsh to fill in and the ARL has been busy trying to find a new forward to replace the injured David Pocock.
It is the best-known player in the game.
In Australia, it is understood the ARU is working on developing the likes and attributes of the player, who plays the hooker role for the Brisbane Broncos.
While the player is not the only reason the NRL’s best-ever-tenured player, James Tamoun, is playing, it may be the best.
“He is the youngest player that we have got on the board, in terms of age,” said ARL chief executive David Gallop.
I think there is a chance he could be playing in our NRL team for a while to come.
“I am hopeful he could play for us in a few years.
Tamoun is in his second year with the Broncos and has been a consistent performer, averaging 25 disposals per game in his five NRL games this season.
His best season was in 2013 when he averaged 22 disposals a game and kicked four goals in 15 games.
He had a tough year last year but still made his NRL debut in Round 1 against the Cowboys and played his first game for the Broncos.
He had been on the fringes of the club’s first team and was not the first player to leave the club after a poor season.
Former Western Bulldogs and North Queensland wingman Jason Holmes was the other player to depart.
Now aged 29, Holmes had been in the NRL for two years before leaving the club and was signed to the Brisbane-based St George Illawarra Dragons in 2016.
James Tamou has also had a difficult year but was still a regular in the Broncos side for a year.
Source: Getty Images The ARL is hoping to sign another forward this year, but they will have to wait until the end of the NRL season before they can make a call.
We have got a couple of young players coming in who have all the right attributes and all the tools and we are confident they will be a great asset to us,” Gallop said.
But they may not get a chance until the middle of next year.
Former Canberra Raiders player James Tedesco has been offered a contract by the club.
Source, AAP “We want to have a look at the competition and we want to do it now.
We are confident it will happen,” Gallops said.
“It is a tough position to be in.
At the moment we have not had a player in our squad for a couple years.”
The next opportunity to find the right replacement for Pocock is on Saturday when the NRL opens the season against the Brisbane Lions at Suncorp Stadium.
Nathan Hindmars work out ahead of Saturday’s clash.
Meanwhile, the ARI is working with the ARRL to find another forward to play for the club in the future.
ARL boss Michael Maguire is hopeful of signing one of the Broncos’ most promising forwards in James Tamoudos.
Tamarou is a proven performer and the Broncos will be lucky to keep him on the sidelines.
And it appears he could find a way back into the NRL, despite his limited playing time.
According to an article in the Daily Telegraph, the Broncos are set to announce a new contract offer to Tamou at a press conference on Friday.
This would make him the highest-paid player in NSW and potentially one of a number of players on the Broncos team who will be looking to secure a spot in the next season’s NRL side.
Arriving at training in the morning, Tamou is expected to make his debut for the ARLC.