Head Coach Trent Robinson has named the squad that will compete in the 2016 Downer NRL Auckland Nines competition this weekend at Eden Park. 

Former Roosters captain Braith Anasta has been named in the club’s 18-man squad. Anasta, who retired 2014, played 288 top grade games over his 15-year career, with 147 of those appearances for the Roosters between 2006-2012.

In a squad that boasts a mix of youth and experience, Roosters fans should keep an eye out for young backs Latrell Mitchell and Joseph Manu, who take the step up after exciting seasons in the club's Under 20s side last year.

In a weekend of firsts, new English recruit, winger Joe Burgess, will compete at the Nines for the first time ever - in what will also be his first appearance for the Tricolours.

Daniel Tupou, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Isaac Liu and Brendan Elliot have also been named in the Roosters squad, with all having previous experience at the Auckland Nines. 

2016 Sydney Roosters Downer NRL Auckland Nines squad: 

1. Latrell Mitchell

2. Daniel Tupou

3. Brendan Elliot

4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall

5. Joe Burgess

6. Braith Anasta (c)

7. Tyler Cornish

8. Isaac Liu

9. Ian Henderson

10. Abraham Papalii

11. Vincent Leuluai

12. Eloni Vunakece

13. Nat Butcher

14. Connor Watson

15. Joseph Manu

16. Nathan Smith

17. Joey Lussick

18. Omar Slaimankhel