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UPDATE: Line Up for Round 8 vs Knights Announced

UPDATE: Roosters announce 19-man squad

James Tedesco and Egan Butcher have been omitted from Trent Robinson's side. 

Joseph Manu moves from centre to fullback, Brett Morris joins his brother in the centres while Matt Ikuvalu comes into the side as starting winger.

Morris and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves have been named as co-captains. Fletcher Baker and Joseph Suaalii remain on the extended bench. 


Originally Published: 27th April 2021

The Sydney Roosters are proud to announce the line up for the Round 8 match against the Newcastle Knights on Saturday afternoon at Mcdonald Jones Stadium. 

Trent Robinson's side will be aiming to continue their winning ways as they travel up the M1 following their emphatic Anzac Day Cup victory on Sunday afternoon

Roosters Members and supporters will be treated to a double-header as the  North Sydney Bears (Roosters feeder team) take on the Knights in the curtain-raising Knock On Effect NSW Cup match, with plenty of future Roosters featuring in the side. 

Date: Saturday May 1
Venue: Mcdonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Gates Open: 4:45pm
North Sydney Bears vs Newcastle Knights NSW Cup kick-off: 5:00pm
Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights NRL kick-off: 7:35pm

Captain James Tedesco makes a welcome return to the line up after passing the necessary HIA protocols, alongside front rower Siosiua Taukeiaho who has been named on the interchange bench in jersey number 17. 

Twin brothers Josh and Brett Morris will line up alongside one another for the 101st time, while winger Daniel Tupou can climb to third on the Club's all-time try-scoring tally with a try on Saturday. 

Joseph Manu returns to the centres after deputising at fullback against the Dragons, while Drew Hutchison and Ashton-Collier Spirit of Anzac Medallist Sam Walker continue to build on their flourishing halves partnership.

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Lindsay Collins and Isaac Liu have been named in the front row, heading a strong forward pack alongside Angus Crichton and Sitili Tupouniua in the back row, with Victor Radley locking up the scrum. 

Sam Verrills has been named to start at hooker after making a successful return from injury in Sunday's emphatic win, while Ben Marschke reverts to the bench alongside Taukeiaho, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Nat Butcher.

Named on the Roosters' extended bench are Fletcher Baker, Matt Ikuvalu, Egan Butcher and Joseph Suaalii. 

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Saturday will mark the 57th meeting between the two clubs since Newcastle's inception into the competition in 1988, with the Roosters holding an advantage with 34 victories.

The Tricolours have also won the last two encounters against the Knights, as well as eight of the past ten matches, however, their opponents took the two competition points in the previous meeting at Newcastle in 2019.

Despite this, the Roosters have a positive record at Mcdonald Jones Stadium, winning twelve of the last fifteen games at the venue, with a total of fifteen victories from 29 appearances since their first match in Newcastle back in 1989. 

Roosters Members and supporters are encouraged to get their tickets and attend the match, but for those unable to do so, the best game-day experience is at Easts in Artie's Sports Bar. With live sport and a great range of food and beverage options, Artie’s provides the best experience for any away game!


The squads to play this Saturday are as follows: 

Team Lists


  • Fullback for Knights is number 1 Kalyn Ponga
    Fullback for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
  • Winger for Knights is number 2 Starford To'a
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
  • Centre for Knights is number 3 Enari Tuala
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Josh Morris
  • Centre for Knights is number 4 Bradman Best
    Centre for Roosters is number 5 Brett Morris
  • Winger for Knights is number 5 Brayden Musgrove
    Winger for Roosters is number 19 Matt Ikuvalu
  • Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Kurt Mann
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Drew Hutchison
  • Halfback for Knights is number 7 Blake Green
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Sam Walker


  • Prop for Knights is number 8 David Klemmer
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Isaac Liu
  • Hooker for Knights is number 9 Jayden Brailey
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Sam Verrills
  • Prop for Knights is number 10 Daniel Saifiti
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Lindsay Collins
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Tyson Frizell
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Angus Crichton
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Mitchell Barnett
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua
  • Lock for Knights is number 13 Connor Watson
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Victor Radley


  • Interchange for Knights is number 14 Sauaso Sue
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Benjamin Marschke
  • Interchange for Knights is number 15 Jacob Saifiti
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  • Interchange for Knights is number 17 Brodie Jones
    Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Nat Butcher
  • Interchange for Knights is number 18 Pasami Saulo
    Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Siosiua Taukeiaho


  • Reserve for Knights is number 19 Phoenix Crossland
    Reserve for Roosters is number 21 Joseph Suaalii

Match Officials

  • Referee: Matt Cecchin
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Touch Judge: Nick Beashel
  • Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall

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