South Sydney NRL players Greg Inglis (right) and Adam Reynolds take part in a training session
South Sydney NRL players Greg Inglis (right) and Adam Reynolds take part in a training session PAUL MILLER

Inglis, Reynolds re-writing Souths playbook

RUGBY LEAGUE: South Sydney is rewriting its play book.

But you'd expect that after a season which saw the club miss the top eight and have two key changes to the spine.

Both half Luke Keary and hooker Cameron McInnes have been replaced by Cody Walker and Robbie Farah to give the team a fresh feel.

There's also been several changes to the coaching staff with David Furner and Anthony Seibold jumping on board but Michael Maguire not just stopping there.

South Sydney are also changing up their set plays and while the coaches are usually responsible for devising those, in 2017 it's the key players are taking charge.

While hookers Damien Cook and Robbie Farah are in a head-to-head battle for the no.9 jersey, the rest of the spine is settled.

Eager to get the team back to their attacking best, Greg Inglis and Adam Reynolds have taken ownership and some of the responsibility off attack coach Furner.

"We've got some players like Greg Inglis and Adam Reynolds that have played for a while so a lot of the plays and structures have come from them,” Cook told foxsports.com.au.

"They try and let the players run things because were the ones out there.

"Adam being the halfback and Cody Walker, being able to play certain plays and what works best for them.

"We have the spine meetings and have a chat about different plays. Run a few and try something different.

"Every team is doing the same block shape and drop plays so a little variation and it's down to who can run it better.”

With Inglis returning to the no.1 after five appearances at five-eighth and two at left centre in 2016, the fullback spot should remain GI's season long.

At least, that's the plan.

Cody Walker of the Rabbitohs
Cody Walker of the Rabbitohs DARREN PATEMAN

The spine now meets daily to discuss different forms of attack which really started to click at a recent week-long camp at renowned rugby league nursery St Gregory's at Campbelltown.

Sleeping at the western Sydney secondary college, the players were split into dorms with the hookers and halves staying together.

The group was Luke Kelly, Brad Deitz, Connor Tracey, Reynolds, Farah and Cook.

Living, eating and training together for five days not only helped strength the mateship but better the relationship on the paddock.

"It gave us a good opportunity to get together and get to know each other better,” Walker said of the camp.

"The combinations are building well with GI at the back.

"Me, Reyno and Kells have been working well together.”



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