A clash of two of the biggest teams in the NRL could see both sides get a run in the next two years with a new coach, with both clubs eyeing the top job.
Key points:The Rabbitohs are a threat in the finals with the likes of Kieran Foran, Sam Tagataese, Jake Friend, Ben Barba and Ben Barlow among the names vying for the jobThe Lions have a good chance of retaining the title but are chasing something moreThe Rabbito are chasing the same thing and are also interested in retaining their premiershipA new coach will likely see both clubs up for grabs and the Lions and Rabbito have both made their case for the vacant position.
The Lions will look to keep the title and have been in the running for a few months with some of the best young players in the competition.
They have a young squad in the side including the likes a big-hitting Sam Tagatoa, young-ish halves Jarrod Berry and Josh Hodgson and back-rower James Roberts who can play in either half.
But with the Lions looking to do something big, the Rabbito could get in a bit of hot water with a fresh face in the mix.
The Rabbitoo are also chasing a new deal with the league and will also be looking to retain their premierships.
Their list of players includes young ruckmen Sam Tagatatoa and Jarryd Hayne, the likes Mark Nicholls and Josh Dugan, as well as Ben Barbeau, Ben McCalman and Sam Burgess.
Both clubs will have some big names to fill the gap, with the Rabbitoh head coach looking to bring in a new figurehead to replace Steve Price, and the Lion head coach wanting to build a team around young players.
The Lion will also look to bring back a number of experienced players with some names like Ben Barbec and Joe Burgess expected to make their return.
The two sides are in a similar position to last season with the former being in a strong position and the latter being under pressure with the NRL finals just around the corner.
They both need to build their squad and will look for an experienced coach to guide them.
The NRL season is a lot of fun to watch and the finals are always a good opportunity for both sides to get back into the hunt.
The RWC kicks off on Sunday and is set to be one of the more intriguing events of the year.
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