RUGBY LEAGUE: Brisbane Broncos winger Corey Oates said he was excited at the chance of playing alongside North Queensland centre recruit Tautau Moga for the first game against reigning premier Cronulla on Thursday night.
David Mead's poor showing against Warrington in the 27-18 World Club Series loss last week opened the door for ex-Cowboy Moga, with Jordan Kahu training in Mead's wing spot yesterday.
If Moga does make the starting line-up against the Sharks at Southern Cross Group Stadium it will mean one of the biggest left sides in Broncos history and Oates said he could not wait for the game to play alongside the 23-year-old.
"It's a big edge now, isn't it? He's very agile and quick," Oates told NRL.com.
"I haven't had too much to do with him because we've had a few people come in and out of centre.
"I think he's had a pretty good pre-season, so hopefully he can prove he's worth that spot this weekend.
"I'm sure he will show everyone his talent and that he can actually play."
Moga will be hoping his move to the Broncos is not be as injury plagued as his previous seasons.
He suffered two ACL injuries at the Sydney Roosters in 2013, before moving to the Cowboys a year later.
Moga had more woes in Townsville, with off-field incidents in 2014 followed by a torn ACL in 2015.
Three knee reconstructions later, Moga had some action in the 2016 campaign, before he
signed with the Broncos in
Both Oates and Moga are more than 190cm tall and weigh in above 105kg.
Oates is not as heavy as his new teammate but said he hoped bulk up in the next few weeks.
"I believe we have a pretty good connection. We've gone pretty well together at training over the last couple of weeks," he said.
"The pre-season has been a bit different because we've been swapping people in and out of that position.
"Hopefully now he's there we can keep that same edge for as long as we can. If that happens I'm sure we'll get better and better each week.
"Thursday will be a good test for us to see where we are at. The Sharks will show up. They had a great year last year so it will be a tough game."
New NRL rules means Brisbane will name a 21-man squad today before the final 17 is confirmed on match day against the premiers.
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