18/04/2024

2022 NRL Captains. Photo: nrl.com

Ahead of the 2022 NRL season The Inner Sanctum's rugby league journalists put forward their predictions for this season.

This NRL season is wide open, while the top six teams from 2021 look set to be dominant yet again, this season could be the tightest it has been in years.

The Inner Sanctum team makes their predictions for the upcoming season.

Miah Shannon

Top try scorer: Brian To’o

Golden boot: Reuben Garrick 

Dally M Medalist: Cameron Munster

Rookie of the year: Toby Sexton 

Biggest slider: Newcastle Knights

Most improved team: Wests Tigers

Two Grand Finalists: Melbourne Storm v Sydney Roosters

Minor Premiers: Melbourne Storm 

Premiers: Sydney Roosters

Toby Sexton is looking to have a big season as the Titans first choice halfback

Dominic Criniti

Top try scorer: Paul Momirovski

Golden boot: Zac Lomax

Dally M Medalist: Nathan Cleary

Rookie of the year: Franklin Pele

Biggest slider: Newcastle Knights 

Most improved team: St. George Illawarra Dragons

Two Grand Finalists: Sydney Roosters v Melbourne Storm

Minor Premiers: Penrith Panthers

Premiers: Sydney Roosters

Is Nathan Cleary ready to add a Dally M Medal to his Clive Churchill Medal?

Darren Notley

Top try scorer: Xavier Coates

Golden boot: Reuben Garrick

Dally M Medalist: James Tedesco

Rookie of the year: Lachlan Ilias

Biggest slider: Newcastle Knights

Most improved team: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Two Grand Finalists: Penrith Panthers v Sydney Roosters

Minor Premiers: Sydney Roosters

Premiers: Sydney Roosters

Xavier Coates is ready to explode in his first season with the Storm

Lachlan Dand

Top try scorer: Jason Saab

Golden boot: Ryan Papenhuyzen

Dally M Medalist: Jahrome Hughes

Rookie of the year: Xavier Savage

Biggest slider: Gold Coast Titans

Most improved team: Cronulla Sharks

Two Grand Finalists: Melbourne Storm v Manly Sea Eagles

Minor Premiers: Manly Sea Eagles

Premiers: Melbourne Storm

Can Jason Saab propel himself to the top of try scoring charts

Madeline Irwin

Top try scorer: Xavier Coates

Golden boots: Reuben Garrick

Dally M Medalist: Cameron Munster 

Rookie of the year: Xavier Savage 

Biggest slider: Gold Coast Titans 

Most improved team: Wests Tigers

Two Grand Finalists: Melbourne Storm v Sydney Roosters

Minor Premiers: Sydney Roosters

Premiers: Melbourne Storm

Cameron Munster has had a massive preseason looking to redeem himself after an off-field incident

Ari Stamatakos

Top try scorer: Jason Saab

Golden boot: Ryan Papenhuyzen

Dally M Medalist: James Tedesco

Rookie of the year: Franklin Pele

Biggest slider: Gold Coast Titans

Most improved team: Brisbane Broncos

Two Grand Finalists: Manly Sea Eagles v Melbourne Storm

Minor Premiers: Roosters

Premiers: Sea Eagles 

James Tedesco will be looking to have a good year in 2022. Photo: roosters.com.au

Hugh Maclean

Top try scorer:  Ryan Papenhuyzen

Golden boot: Nathan Cleary

Dally M Medalist: Tom Trbojevic

Rookie of the year: Franklin Pele

Biggest slider: Gold Coast Titans

Most improved team: Cronulla

Two Grand Finalists: Penrith Panthers v Cronulla Sharks

Minor Premiers: Penrith Panthers

Premiers: Penrith Panthers

Franklin Pele will be looking to make more of an impact in 2022.

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