Walker set to play in Manly trial despite domestic violence charges

«Dylan is one of those players so we will see what happens.»

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It is understood the club left the decision in Walker’s hands.

If he wants to play, he will be part of Hasler’s side in what shapes as an intriguing trial for reasons on the field as well as off.

Kane Elgey and Trent Hodkinson will split the minutes at five-eighth alongside Daly Cherry-Evans in what will be their first chance to audition for the starting No. 6 jersey at Manly.

Josh Morris will play his first game for Cronulla but all eyes will be on young gun Bronson Xerri, who is tipped to star in the centres for the club in years to come.

Jack de Belin will not be present when the Dragons take to the field for their trial against Newcastle at WIN Stadium despite returning to training on Friday.

Under pressure: Dylan Walker's future in the game is up in the air.

Under pressure: Dylan Walker’s future in the game is up in the air.Credit:AAP

St George’s first trial of the season — which doubles as their fan day — will be clouded by de Belin’s absence but it will also mark the first glimpse of a new-look Dragons spine.

Gareth Widdop is tipped to start at fullback, leaving Corey Norman and Ben Hunt to run the show in the halves.

They may settle as the team’s 1-6-7, respectively, but there is less clarity in the centres where Euan Aitken, Tim Lafai and Zac Lomax are all battling for starting spots.

Newcastle fans will have their first chance to see Kalyn Ponga as the team’s regular five-eighth, with Connor Watson expected to fill his shoes at fullback.

At Redfern Oval Alex Johnston will retain his fullback spot with Greg Inglis still nursing a knee injury and Dylan Edwards will get his chance to shine in the same position for Penrith.

The match doubles as Wayne Bennett’s first in charge of the Rabbitohs after the coaching merry-go-round that plagued the back half of both Brisbane and Souths’ 2018 seasons.

Canberra will face the Bulldogs in Bega, where Jack Wighton and Aidan Sezer will be out to prove they should retain their starting spots in Canberra’s halves ahead of Sam Williams.

Will Hopoate is tipped to play at both fullback and centre for Canterbury, leaving the door open for Nick Meaney at No.1.

Elsewhere, new recruit Robert Jennings is expected to join Wests Tigers in New Zealand on Sunday.

The Tigers are spending the week across the Tasman ahead of their trial against the Warriors on March 2.

Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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