NYC Late Mail: Round 16 v Manly

U20s Head Coach Adam Hartigan has made three changes to his side for tonight's clash with the Sea Eagles, including the return of an International star and a fresh-faced debutant from our Premiership-winning SG Ball side.

Already boosted by the returns of NSW U18s playmaker Jackson Hastings and Captain Alex Thomas, Hartigan has also this evening announced PNG International Nene Macdonald to return.

Macdonald was originally not named in the side but will take his place at fullback, replacing Arthur Currie.

Currie will line-up for Kingsgrove Colts this weekend.

In other changes, Alex Lyons drops out of the side after being named in the backrow on Tuesday with Vincent Leuluai shifting into the starting side and Harry Vanderhart joining the bench.

Finally, Hartigan will also welcome his 16th debutant of the Holden Cup season with SG Ball fullback Latrell Mitchell being named on the wing.

Mitchell was the star of the show in this year's SG Ball Grand Final win with the golden-point, match-winning try in the dying stages of extra time.

Mitchell will replace his SG Ball Captain Paul Momirovski, who drops out of the side.


Roosters (1-13): Nene Macdonald (20), Latrell Mitchell (21), Brendan Elliot, Taane Milne, Jack Goodsell, Tyler Cornish (vc), Jackson Hastings, Braden Uele, Alex Thomas (c), Jokatama Dokonivalu, Vincent Leuluai (16), Jake Lewis, Jakiel Mariner

Bench (14-17): Grant Garvey, Mitch Mamary, Addison Demetriou, Harry Vanderhart (19)