Roosters represented in NYC Team of the Year

Sydney Roosters Under 20s stars Samisoni Langi and John Asiata are among the players honoured in the 2013 Holden Cup Team of the Year today.


Langi and Asiata join current and former Roosters Justin Carney (2008), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (2009), Lama Tasi and Brad Murray (2010), Kane Evans (2011) and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Dylan Napa (2012) in achieving the highest milestone the NYC competition allows.


Roosters Player Development Manager Brian Sinclair told Roosters.com.au that the achievement of the two young men was "outstanding for the Club and for them individually."


"They are two fine young men who epitomise what the Sydney Roosters stand for and we're extremeley proud to have them represent us weekly and now also at this level."


"Credit must also go to the fantastic work done by their coach Paul Green and his staff this season."


NRL Head of Football, Mr Todd Greenberg, joined GM Holden Sales Director, Mr Peter Keley, and members of the 2013 Holden Cup Team of the Year at Rugby League Centrals Heroes and Legends Museum to announce the side with the 2013 Holden Cup Player of The Year to be named during FOX SPORTS live telecast of the Dally M Awards on Tuesday, October 1.


This years team joins an honour roll that includes some of the NRLs most exciting and talented stars, including Daly-Cherry Evans, Ben Barba, Kieran Foran, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Ben Matulino, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Jesse Bromwich, Shaun Fensom, Tariq Sims, Gareth Widdop, Alex McKinnon, Trent Merrin, Dale Finucane and James Segeyaro.


You just have to look through the weekly NRL line-ups to realise how important the Holden Cup has been as a development pathway, NRL Head of Football, Mr Todd Greenberg, said today.


Ben Barba was a member of the inaugural team of the year in 2008 and has gone on to win the Dally M Medal, we have seen a number of graduates now play Holden State of Origin and represent their countries and many more become leading players within their NRL clubs.


Just as importantly, the competition has set new standards in achievement off the field.


The Holden Cups No Work, No Study, No Play policy philosophy is unique in Australian professional sport and represents the importance the game places on helping players achieve a balanced life that prepares them for life after they finish playing in the NRL.


Holden is really proud to be part of a competition that measures success by the achievements of its players at school and in the workplace as much as performances on the field, GM Holden Sales Director, Mr Peter Keley, said today.


You only have to look at the careers of many of the graduates of previous teams of the year to realise the opportunity that each of the players here today has in front of them.


They are all gifted players but what makes these young men exceptional talents is that they have earned this honour by showing the same dedication to their career development off the field.


On behalf of Holden, I would like to congratulate the 17 players selected in the 2013 Holden Cup Team of Year and wish the teams who qualify for the finals the best of luck.


The Holden Cup Finals Series will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS with the Holden Cup Grand Final to be simulcast on FOX SPORTS and Channel Nine on NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final Day.


You only have to look at the careers of many of the graduates of previous teams of the year to realise the opportunity that each of the players here today has in front of them.


They are all gifted players but what makes these young men exceptional talents is that they have earned this honour by showing the same dedication to their career development off the field.


On behalf of Holden, I would like to congratulate the 17 players selected in the 2013 Holden Cup Team of Year and wish the teams who qualify for the finals the best of luck.



Mr Gary Burns, Head of FOX SPORTS Channels, said: The Holden Cup has once again proven to be a great breeding ground for the games next generation of stars.


A lot of elite young players have been given their chance, particularly during the Origin period and with some clubs battling injuries, to earn some solid first grade experience.


Youve only got to look at the impact of exciting young players like Luke Brooks, Charly Runciman, Bryce Cartwright and David Bhana to understand the future of the NRL is in good hands.