Teenager Kodi Nikorima can handle the pressure if thrown into a round-one NRL debut against Canterbury, according to Brisbane co-captain Corey Parker.

Brisbane co-captain Corey Parker is confident teenage playmaker Kodi Nikorima can handle the pressure if he’s picked for the NRL debut against Canterbury.

Ben Hunt’s halves partner should be known tomorrow when Broncos coach Anthony Griffin names his squad for Friday night’s Bulldogs clash at ANZ Stadium.

There is speculation Griffin will alternate the five-eighth role between Ben Barba and NZ international Josh Hoffman or rookie Nikorima.

Parker says he believes 19-year-old Nikorima can handle the heat in the role formerly occupied by Darren Lockyer, Kevin Walters and Wally Lewis.