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International and Origin Representatives

The Sydney Roosters have a variety of players who have represented in both the State of Origin and International Arenas, with eight Australian Test Captains, five State of Origin captains and over 100 Internationals across a number of nations. 

Male Australian Test Captains

The Club has proudly produced 10 Australian Test Captains since 1908, including the likes of Dally Messenger, Dave Brown, Arthur Beetson, John Brass, Brad Fittler and more recently, Boyd Cordner and James Tedesco.

Dally Messenger
Larry 'Jersey' O’Malley
Dave Brown
Wally O’Connell
Arthur Beetson
John Brass
Bob Fulton
Brad Fittler
Boyd Cordner
James Tedesco

Tedesco Relives Kangaroo Captaincy Call

Female Australian Test Captains

Sam Bremner

New Zealand Test Captains

A host of proud New Zealanders have donned the Tricolours even since the foundation years of the competition, with Club favourite and Skipper Hugh McGahan, Dally M Medallist Gary Freeman and Richie Barnett captaining the Kiwis whilst at the Roosters. 

Hugh McGahan
Gary Freeman
Richie Barnett

Kiwi Captain: Hugh McGahan played seven seasons at Easts from 1985-1991, and captained New Zealand on a number of occasions during his time at the Club.
Kiwi Captain: Hugh McGahan played seven seasons at Easts from 1985-1991, and captained New Zealand on a number of occasions during his time at the Club.

Fiji Test Captains

New signing Kevin Naiqama continued his role as Captain of Fiji during his tenure at the Club, guiding the side against Papua New Guinea in the Pacific Test in 2022. 

Kevin Naiqama

Tongan Test Captains

In his final season with the Club, imposing front rower Siosiua Taukeiaho took the mantle as Co-Captain of Tonga in their Test match against New Zealand in June of 2022. 

Siosiua Taukeiaho

World Cup Captains

Since John Brass in 1975, the Club has had a number of representatives to lead their respective nations in World Cups.

Arthur Beetson led Australia in 1977 before Hugh McGahan and Gary Freeman both resumed the captaincy for New Zealand in the split 1989-1992 World Cup, then Adrian Lam led Papua New Guinea in the 1995 World Cup.

The 2000 competition saw a record four Roosters Skipper their country; Brad Fittler with Australia, his halves partner Lam with Papua New Guinea as well as Richie Barnett for New Zealand and hulking front rower Ian Rubin with Russia in their sole campaign. 

Recent World Cup captains include Lopini Paea with Tonga in 2008, Anthony Minichiello with Italy in 2013 and Boyd Cordner with the Kangaroos in 2013 and 2017.

The 2021 Rugby League World Cup will see three Roosters Captain their nations, in James Tedesco (Australia), Kevin Naiqama (Fiji) and Siosiua Taukeiaho (Tonga).

World Cup Champion: Brad Fittler led the Kangaroos to a World Cup triumph in 2000, his fifth season at the Roosters.
World Cup Champion: Brad Fittler led the Kangaroos to a World Cup triumph in 2000, his fifth season at the Roosters.

1977 – Arthur Beetson (Australia)

1989-1992 – Hugh McGahan, Gary Freeman (Both New Zealand)

1995 – Adrian Lam (Papua New Guinea)

2000 – Brad Fittler (Australia), Richie Barnett (New Zealand), Adrian Lam (Papua New Guinea), Ian Rubin (Russia)

2008 – Lopini Paea (Tonga)

2013 – Anthony Minichiello (Italy)

2017 – Boyd Cordner (Australia)

2021 - James Tedesco (Australia), Kevin Naiqama (Fiji), Siosiua Taukeiaho (Tonga)

Male Australian Representatives - 86 (as of 2023)

Ferris Ashton, Royce Ayliffe, Jack Beaton, Arthur Beetson, Kerry Boustead, John Brass, Dave Brown, David Brown, Vic Bulgin, Joe 'Chimpy' Busch, Hugh Byrne, Harry Caples, Todd Carney, Lindsay Collins, Lionel Cooper, Ron Coote, Boyd Cordner, Angus Crichton, Michael Crocker, Les Cubitt, Col Donohoe, Terry Fahey, Blake Ferguson, John Ferguson, Brad Fittler, Craig Fitzgibbon, Bryan Fletcher, Dan Frawley, Mick Frawley, Jake Friend, Bob Fulton, Aidan Guerra, Arthur Halloway, Nelson Hardy, Mark Harris, Shannon Hegarty, Michael Jennings, Lou Jones, Kevin Junee, Luke Keary, John Lang, Ian Mackay, Paul McCabe, Allan McKean, Ross McKinnon, Willie Mason, Jeff Masterman, Johnny Mayes, Dally Messenger, Wally Messenger, Anthony Minichiello, Latrell Mitchell, Jim Morgan, Nate Myles, Ernie Norman, Ray Norman, Rex Norman, Andy Norval, Wally O’Connell, Larry O’Malley, Arthur Oxford, Sandy Pearce, Joe Pearce, John Peard, Harry Pierce, Luke Ricketson, Albert Rosenfeld, Ron Saddler, Craig Salvatori, Ian Schubert, Bill Shankland, Matt Sing, Ray Stehr, Johnno Stuntz, James Tedesco, Viv Thicknesse, Bob Tidyman, David Trewhella, Anthony Tupou, Daniel Tupou, Andrew Walker, Elwyn Walters, Jack Watkins, George Watt, Bob 'Botsy' Williams, Craig Wing

Female Australian Representatives - 16 (as of 2023)

Tarryn Aiken, Corban Baxter (née McGregor), Sam Bremner, Karina Brown, Keeley Davis, Kirra Dibb, Tazmin Gray, Talisha Harden, Keilee Joseph, Isabelle Kelly, Olivia Kernick, Jessica Sergis, Hannah Southwell, Simaima Taufa, Zahara Temara, Elianna Walton

Cook Islands Representatives - 2 (as of 2023)

Tinirau Arona, Dylan Napa

England Representatives - 2 (as of 2023) 

Phil Clarke, Victor Radley

Fiji Representatives - 6 (as of 2023)

Kane Evans, Vuate Karawalevu, Kevin Naiqama, Eloni Vunakece, Watisoni Waqanisaravi, Siua Wong

Great Britain Representatives - 2 (as of 2023) 

Ryan Hall, Adrian Morley

Ireland Representatives - 2 (as of 2023)

Luke Keary, Luke Ricketson

Italy Representatives - 2 (as of 2023)

Aidan Guerra, Anthony Minichiello

New Zealand Representatives - 27 (as of 2023)

Richie Barnett, Dean Bell, Jason Cayless, Olsen Filipaina, Gary Freeman, Tony Iro, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Isaac Liu, Andrew Lomu, Jason Lowrie, Joseph Manu, Hugh McGahan, Sam Moa, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Sam Perrett, Quentin Pongia, Gary Prohm, Setaimata Sa, Kurt Sherlock, Iosia Soliola, Dane Sorensen, Kurt Sorensen, Siosiua Taukeiaho, Zane Tetevano, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Sonny Bill Williams

Female New Zealand Representatives - 6 (as of 2023)

Mya Hill-Moana, Nita Maynard, Raecene McGregor, Amelia Pasikala, Otesa Pule, Kiana Takairangi

Papua New Guinea Representatives - 4 (as of 2023)

Kurt Baptiste, Adrian Lam, Lachlan Lam, Nene Macdonald

Russia Representatives - 1 (as of 2023)

Ian Rubin

Samoa Representatives - 5 (as of 2023)

Isaac Liu, Terrell May, David Solomona, Joseph-Aukuso Sua'ali'i, Lama Tasi

Scotland Representatives - 1 (as of 2023)

Scott Logan

Tonga Representatives - 13 (as of 2023)

Samisoni Langi, Nelson Lomi, Andrew Lomu, Sam Moa, Michael Oldfield, Lelea Paea, Lopini Paea, Mickey Paea, Nafe Seluini, Siosiua Taukeiaho, Daniel Tupou, Sitili Tupouniua, Siua Wong

Tonga Invitational Representatives - 3 (as of 2022)

Siosiua Taukeiaho, Daniel Tupou, Sitili Tupouniua

State of Origin Representatives (1980-Present)

Over 40 players have represented New South Wales and Queensland in the annual State of Origin series since its inception in 1980, with five players captaining their respective states. 

State of Origin Captains (Men)

Paul Vautin (Queensland)
Brad Fittler (New South Wales)
Adrian Lam (Queensland)
Boyd Cordner (New South Wales)
James Tedesco (New South Wales)

Series Win: Since 2020 James Tedesco has captained the Blues, holding aloft the State of Origin shield in 2021.
Series Win: Since 2020 James Tedesco has captained the Blues, holding aloft the State of Origin shield in 2021.

NSW Blues Representatives - 28

Braith Anasta, Royce Ayliffe, David Barnhill, Boyd Cordner, Angus Crichton, Terry Fahey, Blake Ferguson, John Ferguson, Brett Finch, Brad Fittler, Craig Fitzgibbon, Bryan Fletcher, Marty Gurr, Kevin Hastings, Michael Jennings, Luke Keary, James Maloney, Willie Mason, Anthony Minichiello, Latrell Mitchell, Mitchell Pearce, Luke Ricketson, Craig Salvatori, James Tedesco, David Trewhella, Anthony Tupou, Daniel Tupou, Craig Wing

QLD Maroons Representatives - 19

Kerry Boustead, Dave J. Brown, Lindsay Collins, Michael Crocker, Chris Flannery, Jake Friend, Trevor Gillmeister, Paul Green, Aidan Guerra, Shannon Hegarty, Justin Hodges, Adrian Lam, John Lang, Paul McCabe, Nate Myles, Dylan Napa, Matt Sing, Brad Tessman, Paul Vautin

Acknowledgement of Country

Sydney Roosters respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.