The 17 NRL stars who will be banned for round one

No one likes to see players banned – especially at the start of the season – but a whopping 17 bans have been carried over from last year as well as during the off-season.

Melbourne Storm, for example, will have three of their main men sat on the sidelines following the infamous ‘white powder’ episode whilst, for Anthony Milford, it’s unclear whether or not he will ever set foot onto the field in a South Sydney Rabbitohs shirt.

Here are the 17 in full, according to the Daily Telegraph:

1 Reece Walsh (New Zealand Warriors): Absent until round three due to a drugs ban.

2 Jordan Rapana (Canberra Raiders): Out until round three due to a shoulder charge ban.

3 Latrell Mitchell (South Sydney Rabbitohs): Out until round three due to a high tackle ban.

4 Chris Lewis (Melbourne Storm): Out until round three due to Mad Monday “white powder” scandal.

5 Curtis Scott (Parramatta Eels): Contract will not be registered due to pending assault allegations.

6 Cameron Munster (Melbourne Storm): Out until round three due to Mad Monday “white powder” scandal.

7 Anthony Milford (South Sydney Rabbitohs): Contract will not be registered due to pending assault allegations.

8 Tui Kamikamica (Melbourne Storm): Stood down under “no-fault stand down” rules due to assault allegations.

9 Harry Grant (Melbourne Storm): Out until round two due to crusher tackle ban.

10 Matt Lodge (New Zealand Warriors): Out until round two due to a dangerous contact ban.

11 Josh McGuire (St George Illawarra Dragons): Out until round six due to two high tackle bans.

12 Marata Niukore (Parramatta Eels): Out until round two due to high tackle ban.

13 Brandon Smith (Melbourne Storm): Out until round three due to Mad Monday “white powder” scandal.

14. Sam Verrills (Sydney Roosters): Out until round two due to a high tackle ban.

15 Sauaso Sue (Newcastle Knights): Out until round three due to a dangerous contact ban.

16 Brendan Piakura (Brisbane Broncos): Out until round two due to a dangerous contact ban.

17 Tom Flegler (Brisbane Broncos): Out until round four due to a high tackle ban.

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