BRONCOS BOLTER: Ipswich footballer Joe Ofahengaue has been recalled by Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett after injuries to two of Brisbane's starting squad.
BRONCOS BOLTER: Ipswich footballer Joe Ofahengaue has been recalled by Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett after injuries to two of Brisbane's starting squad. Inga Williams

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.

Tevita Pangai Jnr led the way for the Broncos forwards against the Storm. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)
Brisbane forward Tevita Pangai Jnr has been sidelined for up to two months with a hand injury. DAVE HUNT

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.