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In this week's Team Announcement we catch-up with Assistant Coach Steve McNamara to chat about the side named, the new-look halves pairing, the new faces in the side and the challenge that is JT and the Cowboys.

Earlier this afternoon Trent Robinson named his side that will make the trip north to Townsville this Saturday night to take on the Cowboys in Round 10 of the 2014 NRL Premiership.

The Head Coach has been forced into one change to the side that last Friday night overcame the Wests Tigers, with halfback Mitchell Pearce stood down for one match.

[CLICK HERE] to read the Official Statement made earlier today by the Club in regards to Pearce's standing down.

Pearce's omission sees his halves partner James Maloney shift from 5/8 to halfback and Sonny Bill Williams move from the backrow into the No. 6 shirt.

Williams appeared in the halves on one occasion in 2013, when the dual-international partnered Daniel Mortimer against his former side the Canterbury Bulldogs in Round 15 at ANZ Stadium.

In other changes, Robinson welcomes Mitchell Aubusson into the starting side following SBW's move to the halves, with the "Mr Fix It" of the Roosters handed a starting birth in his 150th NRL and Club appearance.

A one-club man, the 26-year-old made his debut for the Club back in Round of the 2007 Telstra Premiership against the South Sydney Rabbitohs and has since scored 37 tries in his 149 appearances.

Capable of playing almost anywhere on the field, Aubusson is regarded as one of the most versatile player's in the game.

So far this season Aubusson has averaged 44 running metres per game and made just short of 200 tackles in his nine appearances.

Robinson has again named an extended bench for the clash with other possible halves partner's for Maloney named in the form of Daniel Mortimer and Samisoni Langi, while forwards Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Isaac Liu and Dylan Napa round out the bench.



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.