With season 2021 almost here, there is a golden opportunity for a number of Roosters to etch their names into Club history as they look to achieve personal milestones.
Milestones for 2021
|Player||Milestone||Round Due to Reach||Notes|
|Angus Crichton||100 NRL Games||Round 5 vs Sharks, SCG||Has played 55 games with Rabbitohs|
|Lindsay Collins||50 NRL Games||Round 7 vs Dragons, SCG (ANZAC Round)||All with Roosters|
|Joseph Manu||100 NRL Games||Round 9 vs Eels, Bankwest||All with Roosters
|Jared Waerea-Hargreaves||250 NRL Games
250 Roosters Games
|Round 14 vs Titans, CBUS Super Stadium
Round 20 vs Eels, SCG
|Goes into Top 5 Most Capped Roosters|
|Sitili Tupouniua||50 NRL Games||Round 14 vs Titans, CBUS Super Stadium|
|Boyd Cordner||200 NRL Games||TBC||All with Roosters
|Sio Siua Taukeiaho||150 NRL Games
150 Roosters Games
|Round 21 vs Panthers, SCG
Round 22 vs Broncos, Suncorp Stadium
|Isaac Liu||200 NRL Games||Round 24 vs Rabbitohs, SCG||All with Roosters
|Daniel Tupou||200 NRL Games||Finals Week 1||All with Roosters
|Brett Morris||Third most tries in a career||N/A||Requires 16 tries to pass Steve Menzies on 180 tries|
|Josh Morris||Second most tries for an active player||N/A||Requires 17 tries to reach brother Brett's current 165 tries|
While none of these milestones are guaranteed considering representative duties, injuries and team selection all play their part throughout the season, there is plenty to look forward to for our boys in Red, White and Blue.
The first milestone looms with Angus Crichton having the opportunity to reach a personal milestone of 100 NRL games in our Round 5 clash against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Three weeks later Lindsay Collins will be looking to play his 50th NRL match - all of which have been with the Roosters - in one of the biggest matches of the regular season: ANZAC Day. Playing traditional rivals the St. George Illawarra Dragons at the SCG in Round 7, Collins will be determined to earmark his personal milestone with a victory.
A century is on the cards in Round 9 against the Parramatta Eels at Bankwest Stadium as Joseph Manu looks to take the field in the Tricolours for the 100th time. For Manu, it will also mark his 100th NRL match, making the occasion all the more special for the Māori All Star.
Another dual celebration is on the cards in Round 14 when we take on the Gold Coast Titans at CBUS Super Stadium, with forward leader Jared Waerea-Hargreaves set to play his 250th NRL match alongside young gun backrower Sitili Tupouniua, reaching 50 NRL games (all with the Roosters).
Match: Roosters v Eels
Round 20 -
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground*, Sydney
- Nine Network
Waerea-Hargreaves will earn a unique place in Roosters' history in Round 20 in our return match with the Eels at the SCG, as he aspires to become just the fifth Rooster in history to reach 250 games in the famous colours.
The final stretch of the season will be a special one for Siosiua Taukeiaho, reaching 150 NRL games in Round 21 against the Penrith Panthers at the SCG, followed by 150 Roosters games one week later against the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.
Two long-serving Roosters will be aiming to hit a double century as Isaac Liu (Round 24 vs South Sydney Rabbitohs at SCG) and Daniel Tupou (Finals Week 1) achieve the rare feat of playing 200 games - all of which have been in the Tricolours of the Roosters.
Match: Roosters v Rabbitohs
Round 24 -
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground*, Sydney
- Nine Network
Finally, both Brett and Josh Morris have achievable try-scoring feats throughout the season.
Brett, currently on 165 tries, can etch his name in the record books with 16 more tries to eclipse Steve Menzies (180) in third place on the competition's all-time try-scorer's list.
Conversely, Josh can eclipse Brett's current record with 17 tries of his own, and while both brothers will be looking to score plenty of four-pointers in 2021, there is a guarantee their friendly competition can only be beneficial for the side.
Most First Grade Games for Club
|306||Mitchell Aubusson (2007-2020)||228||Craig Fitzgibbon (2000-2009)|
|302||Anthony Minichiello (2000-2014)||228||Kevin Hastings (1976-1987)|
|301||Luke Ricketson (1991-2005)||224||Shaun Kenny-Dowall (2007-2017)|
|263*||Jake Friend (2008-present)||217||Brad Fittler (1996-2004)|
|238||Mitchell Pearce (2007-2017)||195||Barry Reilly (1966-1971, 1973-1979)|
|231*||Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (2010-present)||195||Mark Harris (1970-1979)|
While captain Jake Friend might not be able to reach the elusive 300 Club in 2021, he will be looking to continue his own appearance record in the Red, White and Blue, having debuted with the Club in 2008 and sitting fourth on the all-time list.
Front rower Jared Waerea-Hargreaves can force himself into the top five for most capped Roosters with eight more games to his name - a feat very much achievable as early as Round 8 at Macdonald Jones Stadium against the Newcastle Knights.
Most First Grade Games as Captain for Club
|199||Brad Fittler||72*||Boyd Cordner|
|120*||Jake Friend||71||Craig Fitzgibbon|
|98||Braith Anasta||68||Hugh McGahan|
|85||Ray Stehr||67||Royce Ayliffe|
|84||Arthur Beetson||62||Dave Brown|
Most Tries for the Club
|139||Anthony Minichiello (301 games)||102*||Daniel Tupou (175 games)|
|121||Shaun Kenny-Dowall (224 games)||93||Dave Brown (94 games)|
|104||Bill Mullins (190 games)||91||Brad Fittler (217 games)|
Jake Friend and Boyd Cordner will both be able to extend their current streak as Roosters captains, with Cordner looking to eclipse a number of former Club skippers through 2021.
On a try-scoring perspective, Daniel Tupou has an opportunity to eclipse the legendary Bill Mullins with three more tries to his name, a feat certainly achievable heading into the year. With 20 tries to his name, Tupou will be able to jump Shaun Kenny-Dowall's 121 tries, which is certainly an achievable goal.
* denotes current player