Wayne Bennett hands Dean Hawkins chance to prove Rabbitohs' long-term halfback credentials against Storm
Dean Hawkins will be given the chance to present his case to be South Sydney's long-term halfback with Wayne Bennett to start the young playmaker in Thursday's blockbuster against Melbourne.
In a major backline re-shuffle caused by injuries to Adam Reynolds and Campbell Graham in last week's win over the Raiders, Hawkins will start at halfback alongside Benji Marshall, while Braidon Burns and Stephen Marsters will make their first appearances of the season playing in the centres.
Hawkins made his NRL debut in the 35-6 win over the Broncos in round five, where he played 14 minutes off the bench, but will be thrust into the cauldron at ANZ Stadium against the premiers this week and Bennett declared the 22-year-old was ready.
"He's a good young guy on the way up," the Rabbitohs coach said.
"He had a year off last year to build his body up a lot. It's helped him a lot this year, he's not a big guy so it's helped him a lot.
"He's been good in the lower grades. He played last week and has …
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