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Prince named at five-eighth for Broncos

Former Gold Coast captain Scott Prince has earned selection at five-eighth for Brisbane's NRL season-opening clash with Manly on Saturday week.
Prince named at five-eighth for Broncos
by AAP

By Wayne Heming

BRISBANE, March 1 AAP - Former Gold Coast captain Scott Prince has earned selection at five-eighth for Brisbane's NRL season-opening clash with Manly on Saturday week.

Broncos coach Anthony Griffin pulled a few selection surprises in his first 17-man squad of the season which included naming Corey Norman at fullback and skipper Sam Thaiday in the front-row with Josh McGuire.

Last season's fullback Josh Hoffman was named on the wing with Lachlan Maranta.

In another unexpected selection, representative prop Ben Hannant finds himself on the bench with Griffin keen to start Matt Gillett against Manly in the back-row.

Prince, who was dumped by the Titans late last year, earned his spot with impressive trial games against his former NRL club and the Warriors in Dunedin last week.

"I've come here with no promises and I've had to work really hard throughout the pre-season and played some really good games throughout the trials," said Prince in his first interview this year.

"I'm really happy to be named in the starting line-up for the Manly game."

Prince was vague about the role he would play despite being named at No.6, which suggests he may yet take over at halfback with Wallace shifting to five-eighth.

Griffin said on trial form, Wallace and Prince had overshadowed last season's five-eighth Norman.

"They were the best in the trials but I thought it was important for Corey that we kept him in the team," he said.

"But with Dale Copley (knee) going down injured we're probably down some experience on the wing, which has given us the opportunity to play Corey at fullback and Josh (Hoffman) on the wing."

Brisbane's team is: Corey Norman, Josh Hoffman, Jack Reed, Justin Hodges, Lachlan Maranta, Scott Prince, Peter Wallace, Josh McGuire, Andrew McCullough, Sam Thaiday (capt), Alex Glenn, Matt Gillett, Corey Parker. Interchange: Ben Hunt, Ben Hannant, Mitchell Dodds, David Stagg, Scott Anderson (one to be omitted).


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