Ipswich gun back on Broncos bench
THE door is wide open for Ipswich's Joe Ofahengaue to stake his claim for a permanent position in the NRL.
After a stellar debut for the Brisbane Broncos in 2015, the former Ipswich Jet found himself behind fellow youngsters Tevita Pangai Junior and Jai Arrow in the Broncos pecking order.
On Tuesday scans revealed Pangai had suffered a broken finger and tendon damage, which will rule the young forward out for up to two months.
With Arrow (thumb) also sidelined, Bennett has handed Ofahengaue his first NRL appearance in 2017.
He is now set to take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs tomorrow night at ANZ Stadium.
After 17 appearances for Brisbane last year, this weekend looms as a golden opportunity for the 21-year-old to cement a place in the top 17.
A Tongan international, he'll take the field wearing jersey number 15 in a new-look Broncos squad featuring Kodi Nikorima in place of the injured Ben Hunt.
Winger Jordan Kahu was a late withdrawal for Brisbane with a groin strain, which ruled him out at training today.
Former Gold Coast Titan David Mead has been promoted to take Kahu's place in the run-on side after a stellar debut for Brisbane against the Sydney Roosters.
Redcliffe Dolphins winger Jonus Pearson has been given the nod ahead of reserves Todd Murphy, George Fai and Jamayne Isaako to take the empty spot on the Brisbane bench.
Forward Korbin Sims has been cleared of a foot injury to line up against Souths Sydney.