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2020 PREVIEW | Andrew Johns Cup

Some of the most up-and-coming regional talent will take the field from Cudgen to Penrith in the opening Round of the Andrew Johns Cup this weekend.

The opening game of the season will feature the Penrith Panthers and the Illawarra South Coast Dragons, with the latter hoping to improve from their uneventful 2019 season and the Panthers hoping to continue strong form after reaching the semi-finals in just their second year in the competition.

The Western Rams will face the Riverina Bulls in round one at Spooner Oval, Forbes, and will be no doubt be looking to cement themselves as potential premiership contenders under the guidance of Tony Woolnough once again.

The Greater Northern Tigers intend to go one better this season after a powerful Rams side defeated them 44-4 in the Semi-Finals. The Tigers will aim to make amends when they travel to Maitland Sports Ground to face the Newcastle Knights DS in Round One.

Defending premiers Northern Rivers Titans were set will host the Parramatta Eels in the first round as they look to back up their stellar 2019 where they claimed their maiden title over the Western Rams but their game has been rescheduled due to wet weather.

North Coast Bulldogs player Shane Davis-Caldwell will be a start to watch in 2020. The young gun progressed through the regional representative pathway, helping Group 2 Under 15s to victory in the Country Championships in 2019 and was named in the 2020 NSWRL Indigenous Under 16s representative team. 

Keep up to date with all the Andrew Johns Cup action in 2020 with every game to be live streamed via the NSWRL website and Facebook page.