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Size will matter for Rabbitohs: Tallis

By Adrian Warren 11/01/2010 08:43:19 PM Comments (0)

South Sydney forwards coach and former Test rugby league star Gorden Tallis believes the addition of some "big human beings" can help the Rabbitohs win plenty of games this year.

Souths have fortified their forward stocks by adding two of the code's most promising youngsters.

The Rabbitohs have scored a couple of major recruiting coups by signing former Brisbane prospect Dave Taylor and highly rated England Test star Sam Burgess.

With Michael Crocker on board from the start of the season and captain Roy Asotasi returning from injury and the other established members of the pack ready to go, Souths have assembled their deepest collection of forwards since their readmission to the NRL.

"It's a big, strong forward pack," said Tallis, at a promotion for Wednesday's Twenty20 cricket match between NSW and Queensland.

"The pack is going to have a little more experience this year and for once I can say that, hopefully, if we play good, we're going to win a lot of games."

Asked about his initial impressions of Taylor and Burgess, Tallis said: "They are young, but they are men, they are big human beings.

"They train hard and we will see how they go in March."

Souths already boast one of the NRL's most potent back lines, with the Rabbitohs topping the competition's 2009 try-scoring chart with just over 100 four-pointers.

Former Queensland and Australian star Tallis was encouraged by Souths ability to both finally retain and recruit quality players after they struggled for several seasons following their readmission to the NRL.

"We're slowing building, it's great to see now that Souths can attract players like Michael Crocker and Dave Taylor and Sam Burgess," Tallis said.

"That's a really good thing and keeping blokes like John Sutton and Beau Champion and Nathan Merritt, so they are attracting really good players."

Rabbitohs supporters should get their first chance to see the recruits in the Return to Redfern match against Manly on February 7.

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