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Talking Points | Round 15

Ahead of tonight's Leichhardt Oval clash with the Wests Tigers, let's go over the key Tricolours talking points.

ROBINSON 200

Head Coach Trent Robinson celebrates a unique milestone tonight, coaching his 200th NRL game for the Sydney Roosters. 

Robinson kicked off his head coaching career with the Tricolours in 2013 and becomes the first coach in Club history to reach the Milestone.

Now in his eighth season with the Club, Robinson acknowledged the staff that has helped him along the way.

"I'm really proud to be here at the Roosters," Robinson said to the media. 

"It's not going to stop anytime soon, so we'll keep forging forward."

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ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER DEBUTANT

The Roosters are set to unveil their fourth NRL debutant in as many weeks, with Freddy Lussick set to make his first appearance from the bench. 

Lussick was one of the shining lights during our NRL Nines camaign in 2020, and was awarded the Arthur Beetson Medal in 2019 for his outstanding play in the Jersey Flegg competition. 

Should he be finalised in the squad this afternoon, he will become Roosters number 1196.

TWO STARTERS RETURN

A big boost for the Tricolours this week with the return of Brett Morris and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves. 

Brett Morris has missed three matches, while Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has been out for the last two.

Morris was playing some of the best football of his career prior to his injury, racking up a number of strong additions to his illustrious highlight reel and was awarded the Fan Voted Man Of The Match on four occasions. 

"They've ticked every box in their preparation," Assistant Coach Craig Fitzgibbon said at Team Talk.

"They're the type of guys when they line up the players alongside them want to know they're there, and the opposition don't want to see them."

Team Talk with Craig Fitzgibbon | Round 15

SIX YEARS BETWEEN SIPS

The last time we faced the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval was early in the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership season. 

On that particular occasion, the Roosters put on a BIG score in the wet to down the Wests Tigers 48-4.

Leichhardt Oval is treated somewhat as a home away from home for the Tricolours, used for numerous training sessions and camps throughout NRL seasons over the past seven or eight seasons.

FLANAGAN RETURNS

Kyle Flanagan will make his return to the line-up in Round 15. 

Flanagan played the first twelve games of the season at halfback, and will continue his campaign on Saturday night. 

"It's good to see development off the field for those guys that haven't played, and get ready to play this weekend," Head Coach Trent Robinson said to the media. 

"We're not asking for a change of focus from him, keep driving to be the best version of himself."