DEBUTANT WATCH | Kerr to debut, Waddell and Martin a chance

He's a 116kg debutant ready to crash into South Sydney's brutal forward pack, but most keen Rugby League observers would already know the name Josh Kerr. 

When Ryan James withdrew from the Indigenous All Stars match earlier in the year, Laurie Daley selected Kerr to replace him even without a taste for NRL.

Not only did his team win, he scored a try. 

Now, Kerr will get a chance to pull on an NRL jersey for the first time against the Rabbitohs in front of what is sure to be a packed out Netstrata Jubilee Stadium. 

Kerr has played 43 games for the St George Illawarra Dragons in the Canterbury Cup NSW after graduating from the Melbourne Storm under-20s. He has waited his turn and will get a chance to show what he is made of tonight with a couple of State of Origin forwards missing for the Dragons. 

Corey Waddell was set to debut for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles last week, but was ruled out with injury. 

He's recovered and ready to debut this week with the reigning premiers in front of him, a big test for your first game in the bright lights of the NRL. 

There is also a chance that Canterbury Cup NSW Residents player Liam Martin could debut for the Panthers. 

Hame Sele is in severe doubt after he failed to finish Round 1 with an arm injury, so it seems that either Martin or the experienced Tim Grant will get a crack. 

2019 Debutants