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Talking Points | Round 13

For one of our busiest weeks for talking points we've had in some time, let's go over them ahead of kick off against the Dragons in Round 13.

AUBUSSON BECOMES THIRD 300 MAN

Thursday night will mark a special occasion for Club veteran Mitchell Aubusson, as he laces up the boots for his 300th NRL match for the Tricolours.

He becomes just the third player in Roosters history to accomplish 300 games for the one club, behind Club legends Luke Ricketson and Anthony Minichiello. 

"It's something I know I'll look back on and be very proud of," Aubusson said to Victor Radley on RoostersTV.

"I'm thankful to everyone who's helped me to get to this stage, but at the moment there's a game to prepare for and it's an important game for the Club."

Mitchell Aubusson opens up on the eve of his 300th Club and NRL appearance

TEDESCO REACHES 150

After believing he may not reach 50 NRL games early in his career, James Tedesco is set to reach the 150 milestone in Round 13. 

Though adamant in his wishes to take a back-seat to Aubusson's 300th, Tedesco remains proud of his achievement and to be in the position he's in today. 

"There was a time where I didn't think i'd play 50," Tedesco said to RoostersTV.

“Those challenges and injuries I had to overcome have made me into the player I am today."

A Proud Achievement | Tedesco Talks 150

ANNIVERSARY OF LONE PINE 

The 6th of August marks 105 years since The Battle of Lone Pine.

The Roosters and Dragons will commemorate the occasion and pay respect to service men and women pre match with the Last Post ceremony which will include the Ode, Last Post, a moments silence and the Rouse. 

"I'm really glad that we've got an opportunity to commemorate the men and women who went before us to give us this beautiful country of ours," Assistant Coach Matt King said at this week's Team Talk. 

Team Talk with Matt King | Round 13

RETURN TO WOLLONGONG 

The Roosters and Dragons are set to face off at WIN Stadium in Wollongong for the first time since 2011 in Round 13. 

The last time we faced off in Wollongong, the Roosters came away with a 20-12 win.

PATIENCE PAYS OFF FOR LAM

After a number of impressive and energetic performances from the interchange bench in recent weeks, Lachlan Lam gets an opportunity to start for the Roosters at halfback. 

Head Coach Trent Robinson praised Lam's patience and the energy he's brought to the line-up since making his first appearance of the season against the Cowboys in Round 9.

"Lachie Lam has been training very well and he's started to bring some energy to our team," Robinson said at media this week. 

"He's been patient and he's ready to go this week."

Stand Up and Fight Hard

WHO TO DEBUT? 

No matter which way you cut it, there will be an NRL debutant in tonight's match for the Sydney Roosters. 

Max Bailey was added to the interchange bench in last night's Squad Update, while the two remaining reserves in Christian Tuipulotu and Egan Butcher are both yet to debut. 

Roosters number 1194 will be unveiled at tonight's Late Mail at 6:50pm.