In this week's sportsbet.com.au Team Announcement we catch-up with Assistant Coach Steve McNamara to chat through the side named, last week's win over the Melbourne Storm, injuries to Jake Friend and Frank-Paul Nuuausala plus their replacements and the upcoming Thursday night blockbuster against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Trent Robinson has named his side for Thursday night's Round 26 clash with the South Sydney Rabbitohs and been forced in to two changes to the team that last weekend overcame the Melbourne Storm following injuries to both Jake Friend and Frank-Paul Nuuausala.
Friend's place at hooker has been taken by utility Mitchell Aubusson, who will make his first start in the No.9 shirt of the 2014 season.
Aubusson's promotion from the bench has seen the timely return of Heath L'Estrange, who has overcome a knee injury suffered in our Round 23 win over the Wests Tigers to take his place in the side.
In Nuuausala's absence, French international Remi Casty returns to the NRL after a fortnight in the NSW Cup competition to take his place on the bench.
The side is otherwise unchanged following last week's fifth straight victory.
Roosters: Anthony Minichiello (c), Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce (vc), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (vc), Mitchell Aubusson, Sam Moa, Boyd Cordner (vc), Sonny Bill Williams, Aidan Guerra
Bench: Heath L'Estrange, Isaac Liu, Dylan Napa, Remi Casty
Unavailable: Frank-Paul Nuuausala (Foot injury), Jake Friend (Haemothorax), Samisoni Langi (Ankle injury), Siosiua Taukeiaho (Knee injury)
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