Roosters named across the board in Rep weekend squads

Itll be quiet in Roosters HQ this week with almost half of the 2013 squad selected to compete next weekend in the first Representative matches of the season.


With just two losses in the opening six rounds the Tricolours are sitting in fifth position on the NRL ladder and the on-field success is seeing players rewarded with selection in International and City/Country squads.


With no players named in the Australian side to face New Zealand on Friday night in Canberra, there may be some Aussie-born Roosters fans cheering for the Kiwis when the ANZAC Test kicks off.


The Roosters right-hand side was on song on Friday night in the victory over the Bulldogs at Allianz Stadium and must have caught the Kiwi selectors eyes, with Shaun Kenny-Dowall and debutant Roger Tuivasa-Sheck named in Stephen Kearneys 19-man squad.


They will feature alongside their Bondi team mate Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, who returns to the international arena after being overlooked for national duty in 2012.


Already capped for his country but unlucky to miss selection at the end of last year in which he won the Jack Gibson Medal for the Players Player at the Roosters, Hargreaves strong start to the season has seen him reinstated to the New Zealand front row for the annual match.


The man they call JWH spoke to Roosters.com.au after todays announcement and couldnt hide his excitement.


Very honoured to be called back into the Kiwi team and excited to pull the jersey back on and get out there next Friday night against the Aussie boys.


Asked about his impressive start to the year for the Roosters seeing him return to the Kiwi 17, JWH was quick to point out he had plenty of people to thank for his opportunity.


Ive enjoyed how Ive started the year on the field, but its pretty easy to enjoy your footy and play well when everyone around you is as well.


Were a tight group at the Roosters and Robbos worked hard on us working together and for one another, so I owe the boys around me a thank you for their form too!


Playing alongside best mate Kenny-Dowall and young Tuivasa-Sheck also it seems something that Hargreaves cant wait to do.


Me and SKD love playing together for the Roosters and to have the chance to do it for our country is just awesome. I also cant wait to see Roger go through his first week in the squad as well, hes a talented kid as everyones seen since he debuted last year.


Hell go well, I have no doubt.



The Roosters will also be missing three of their other in-form stars to the NSW City/Country clash after new-recruit Michael Jennings was named for Brad Fittlers City side and vice-captain Boyd Cordner joining Friday nights Man of the Match Jimmy Maloney in the Country outfit.


Jennings, an incumbent Blue from the 2012 State of Origin series, will be out to prove he deserves first crack the NSW centre spot he owned last year while Maloney and Cordner will be looking to show Laurie Daley their form for the Roosters is what he needs to account for the Maroons.



In other representative selections for next weekends matches, the Bondi club will have a few other names missing from training after 2013 signings Sam Moa and Michael Oldfield, NYC playmaker Samisoni Langi and Newtown Jets hooker and NRL squad member Nafe Seluini were named in the Tongan squad to face Samoa on Saturday night in Penrith.


They'll be up against team mate Lama Tasi, who after an injury-plagued off-season has been named as a part of Steve Price's Samoan squad.


Tasi was the 11th player named from the Roosters to feature as a part of the first Rep weekend of the 2013 season.


In addition to our NRL stars on show in international and City v Country fixtures, the Sydney Roosters NYC squad are also represented in the Under 20s State of Origin fixture this Saturday night.


Nene MacDonald, Rhyse Martin and Brandon Tago will all pull on the Queensland Maroon jersey as they look to overcome the NSW Under 20s in Penrith on Saturday night.