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North Queensland Cowboys: 2020 round 1 predicted team

In a series analysing who will line up in each position for all 16 teams in the opening round of the Telstra Premiership in 2020, NRL.com looks at the North Queensland Cowboys.

NRL.com says: Big-money recruit Valentine Holmes looks certain to start at fullback, which means Nines player of the tournament Scott Drinkwater likely replaces Jake Clifford in the halves for the start of the season. Reece Robson is a big chance of unseating Jake Granville.

Former Tigers star Esan Marsters will start alongside Justin O'Neill in the centres with Paul Green contemplating a curve ball move of Ben Hampton on the wing. Josh McGuire isn't available for round one due to a suspension carried over from last season.

Jamie Soward says: I'd bring Tom Opacic in for Justin O'Neill and Murray Taulagi on the wing for Hampton. They've just really lacked spark in the backline and need some bigger, younger bodies there.

Jake Clifford needs to partner Michael Morgan in the halves so unfortunately there's no spot for Drinkwater. Reece Robson will start so I can't find a spot for Granville. I've got Corey Jensen and Tom Gilbert on the bench with Coen Hess out of the side.