NYC Team - Round 1

Under 20s Head Coach Adam Hartigan has named his side for this Thursday night's Holden Cup season opener against the Rabbitohs, with a healthy mix of familiar and new faces to the NYC competition named in the first seventeen of 2014.

New recruits Jackson Hastings (halfback) and Curtis Naughton (fullback) have both been named to start after impressing throughout the Pre-Season and Trial period since making the move to the Roosters at the end of 2013.

Hastings will partner long-serving playmaker Tyler Cornish in the halves, filling the void left by Tongan International Samisoni Langi who has been promoted to the NRL Squad for the new season.

Nene Macdonald (wing), Taane Milne (centre), Brendan Elliot (centre), Jack Goodsell (wing) and Willis Meehan (second row), have all been named in Hartigan's starting side after the five future Roosters spend the summer months working alongside their NRL counterparts as a part of Trent Robinson's program.

A handful of players will make their Tricolours debut in the Thursday night clash and Hartigan is as excited as anyone about the season finally getting underway.

"It's just exciting for the group to be back playing again to be honest," Hartigan said.

"We've got a solid amount of guys returning from last year's Squad and also have had a handful of them work with the NRL boys over the Off-Season, which is only going to benefit us hugely."

"Any game with Souths is a big game, then you add to that it's the first game of 2014 and it's an exciting prospect for us as Coaches and the Players as well - this is what we do it for."
 

Sydney Roosters Holden Cup Squad, Round 1 v South Sydney Rabbitohs:

1

Fullback

Curtis Naughton

2

Wing

Nene Macdonald

3

Centre

Brendan Elliot

4

Centre

Taane Milne

5

Wing

Jack Goodsell

6

Five eighth

Tyler Cornish

7

Halfback

Jackson Hastings

8

Prop

Braeden Uele

9

Hooker

Alex Thomas

10

Prop

Jokatama Dokonivalu

11

Second row

Vincent Leuluai

12

Second row

Willis Meehan

13

Lock

Jakiel Mariner

     

14

Interchange

Bradley Deitz

15

Interchange

Mitch Mamary

16

Interchange

Piki Rogers

17

Interchange

Jake Lewis

 

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