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NRL Head Coach Trent Robinson has named a new-look Sydney Roosters side ahead of kick off against the Newcastle Knights on Friday night at Allianz Stadium.

With Michael Gordon unable to line-up due to a pec injury, Connor Watson is set to get his first start in the fullback position this season in his place.

Blake Ferguson, Mitchell Pearce and Dylan Napa have all been named, though Boyd Cordner will be rested this week as the coaching staff look to manage his workload at the back end of the season.

Mitchell Cornish comes into the starting hooker spot for injured Captain Jake Friend, Victor Radley looks set to make his first grade debut from the bench, Siosiua Taukeiaho returns from injury and Zane Tetevano has been named as 18th man. 

Mitchell Aubusson and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves have been named to Captain the side in Round 20. 

As a part of a Women In League initiative from our major partners at Steggles, each player's jersey will feature the name of a special woman in their lives, whether that be their partner or mother. 


1. Connor Watson | Jodie | Mother

2. Daniel Tupou | Ofa | Mother

3. Latrell Mitchell | Patricia | Mother

4. Joseph Manu | Darnel | Mother

5. Blake Ferguson | Bianca | Partner

6. Luke Keary | Dianne | Mother

7. Mitchell Pearce | Terri | Mother

8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (c) | Chelsea | Wife

9. Mitchell Cornish | Abbey | Partner

10. Dylan Napa | Norma | Grandmother

11. Ryan Matterson | Sondra | Mother

12. Mitchell Aubusson (c) | Laura | Wife

13. Isaac Liu | Jessica | Partner


14. Kane Evans | Jeannette | Mother

15. Siosiua Taukeiaho | Tina | Mother

16. Aidan Guerra | Helen | Mother

17. Victor Radley | Peta | Mother

18. Zane Tetevano | Mikayla | Partner

19. Grant Garvey | Rhonda | Mother

20. Chris Smith | Sandra | Mother

21. Nat Butcher | Heidi | Mother

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.