UPDATE: Roosters announce 19-man squad
Trent Robinson has trimmed his side to take on the Warriors this Easter Sunday, with Joseph Suaalii and Tuku Hau Tapuha dropping off from the extended bench. Egan Butcher and Ben Marschke remain as the reserves.
Originally Published: 23 March 2021;
The Sydney Roosters are proud to announce the line up to take on the New Zealand Warriors for the Round 4 Easter Sunday match as the Tricolours return to the historic Sydney Cricket Ground.
The changes to Trent Robinson's side will see fan-favourite players returning to the line up, while a handful of prospects have the opportunity to create history and make their NRL debut in the Red, White and Blue.
|Venue:||Sydney Cricket Ground|
|Sydney Roosters vs New Zealand Warriors NRL kick-off:||6:15pm|
Isaac Liu shifts up front at prop while Victor Radley returns to the starting side at lock for his first NRL match since mid-2020.
Sydney Roosters Members and supporters will have the chance to see Sam Walker make his much-anticipated NRL debut after being named at halfback alongside Drew Hutchison, having impressed for North Sydney in the first few rounds of the Knock On Effect NSW Cup.
Matt Ikuvalu has been named to fill the utility role on the bench, joined by Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Fletcher Baker and Nat Butcher, who also returns to the side after being a late omission in Round 3.
Rookies Egan Butcher, Ben Marschke, Tuku Hau Tapuha and Joseph Suaalii round off a youthful extended bench.
For the Warriors, Marcelo Montoya replaces the injured Peta Hiku in the centres, while Bayley Sironen earns a starting role after coming off the bench last week.
There will be a number of tantalising match-ups across the park in this clash, headlined by star fullbacks and captains James Tedesco and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck looking to lead their respective sides to victory.
On the wings, experienced duos Daniel Tupou and Brett Morris come up against David Fusitu'a and Ken Maumalo, while both forward packs are set for a collision course as Siosiua Taukeiaho, Angus Crichton and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves face Addin Fonua-Blake, Tohu Harris and Ben Murdoch-Masila.
The squads to play this Sunday are as follows:
Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James TedescoFullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel TupouWinger for Warriors is number 2 David Fusitu'a
Centre for Roosters is number 3 Josh MorrisCentre for Warriors is number 3 Adam Pompey
Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph ManuCentre for Warriors is number 4 Marcelo Montoya
Winger for Roosters is number 5 Brett MorrisWinger for Warriors is number 5 Ken Maumalo
Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Drew HutchisonFive-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi Nikorima
Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Sam WalkerHalfback for Warriors is number 7 Sean O'Sullivan
Prop for Roosters is number 8 Isaac LiuProp for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Freddy LussickHooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua TaukeiahoProp for Warriors is number 10 Bunty Afoa
2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Angus Crichton2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Eliesa Katoa
2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua2nd Row for Warriors is number 13 Tohu Harris
Lock for Roosters is number 13 Victor RadleyLock for Warriors is number 14 Jazz Tevaga
Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Jared Waerea-HargreavesInterchange for Warriors is number 12 Bayley Sironen
Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Nat ButcherInterchange for Warriors is number 15 Ben Murdoch-Masila
Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Fletcher BakerInterchange for Warriors is number 16 Leeson Ah Mau
Interchange for Roosters is number 19 Benjamin MarschkeInterchange for Warriors is number 17 Jack Murchie
- Referee: Ben Cummins
- Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
- Touch Judge: Wyatt Raymond
- Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall