The Sydney Roosters are set for a rivalry return to action in Round 3 when they take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs for a blockbuster to kick off the competition resumption.
While there will be no crowd to soak in the atmosphere of the greatest rivalry, there's no denying the intensity and passion of a battle between the two foundation clubs in the competition.
This will be the first of two matches between the two clubs this year, with the winner of the two games combined claiming the Ron Coote Cup.
Friday night will mark the first time the two clubs have faced off at Bankwest Stadium and the first time the Roosters will face off against former representative Latrell Mitchell.
While the Roosters are hunting their first two points of the Telstra Premiership season, the Rabbitohs will look to get back on track after a narrow loss to the Broncos in Round 2.
Team Talk with Craig Fitzgibbon | Round 3
GAME DAY INFO
ROOSTERS V RABBITOHS
Friday, May 29th
KICK OFF: 7:50PM
HASHTAGS: #EastsToWin #ShowYourTricolours #NRLRoostersSouths
TELEVISED: Channel Nine, Fox League (502 on Foxtel)
Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James TedescoFullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Latrell Mitchell
Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel TupouWinger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Dane Gagai
Centre for Roosters is number 3 Josh MorrisCentre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Campbell Graham
Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph ManuCentre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Braidon Burns
Winger for Roosters is number 5 Brett MorrisWinger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Alex Johnston
Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke KearyFive-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Troy Dargan
Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Kyle FlanaganHalfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam Reynolds
Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-HargreavesProp for Rabbitohs is number 8 Tevita Tatola
Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Jake FriendHooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
Prop for Roosters is number 17 Lindsay CollinsProp for Rabbitohs is number 10 Thomas Burgess
2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Boyd Cordner2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Jaydn Su'A
2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Angus Crichton2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Cameron Murray
Lock for Roosters is number 13 Victor RadleyLock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Liam Knight
Interchange for Roosters is number 10 Isaac LiuInterchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Mark Nicholls
Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Sam VerrillsInterchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Ethan Lowe
Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Sitili TupouniuaInterchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Bayley Sironen
Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Nat ButcherInterchange for Rabbitohs is number 19 Tom Amone
- Referee: Ashley Klein
- Touch Judge: Chris Butler
- Touch Judge: Peter Gough
- Video Referee: Bryan Norrie
- Senior Review Official: Jared Maxwell
Roosters: Siosiua Taukeiaho has been named in the reserves, while Isaac Liu has been named for his first start of the season. Ryan Hall has been included in the 21-man squad for the first time this season after successfully recovering from a knee injury. Mitchell Aubusson is out for personal reasons, which will see Angus Crichton retain his starting spot in the second row. The Roosters won their only game at Bankwest Stadium (24-16 v Wests Tigers in 2019).
Rabbitohs: Centre James Roberts has been included on an extended bench. Cody Walker has been suspended for two rounds, while Alex Johnston and Troy Dargan join the backline. Bayley Sironen and Patrick Mago are on the interchange with Hame Sele dropping out.
LAST TIME WE MET
Last Time We Met The Rabbitohs