NRL.com has named it's must-watch list of young guns at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, with three nib Newcastle Knights making it into the list.
Tom Trbojevic (Australia)
The 21-year-old would have played State of Origin in 2017 if it weren't for an ankle injury and shapes as the future Australian fullback after a strong season in the NRL. While he isn't playing in Australia's opening game against England on Friday night, the Sea Eagles custodian should get a chance to feature later on in the tournament and the experience itself should see Trbojevic's game rise to another level – the level he's shown glimpses of but is still yet to completely nail down.
Jack Johns (Italy)
The young Newcastle Knights five-eighth will get a taste of the international arena at just 20 years of age despite being one of many who are yet to feature at NRL level. With a surname famous in rugby league circles, the son of Matthew Johns is set to line up alongside an experienced Terry Campese in the halves, while rubbing shoulders with NRL stars James Tedesco, Paul Vaughan and Nathan Brown. While the Knights are set to give new recruit Connor Watson and young half Brock Lamb first crack in the halves next season, a strong tournament from Johns against quality opposition could throw a spanner in the works for Newcastle coach Nathan Brown.