The Roosters' side to take on the Brisbane Broncos at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday afternoon has been trimmed 24 hours prior to kick-off.
Daniel Suluka-Fifita and Naufahu Whyte have been omitted from Trent Robinson's side, while Fletcher Baker comes onto the interchange bench.
Egan Butcher and Joseph Suaalii have been retained on the extended bench.
Originally Published: 18th May 2021
The Sydney Roosters are proud to announce the line up for the Round 11 match against the Brisbane Broncos on Saturday afternoon at the Sydney Cricket Ground at 5:30pm.
The match will be specially themed to celebrate the career of Roosters captain Jake Friend, who retired earlier this season after a stellar 264-game career where he won three premierships, made more than 11,000 tackles and captained the Club in 121 matches.
Prior to kick-off, a number of key figures who played a significant role through the entirety of Friend's career will speak on his insurmountable contributions to the Club.
Post-match, Roosters Members and supporters will have an opportunity to send off the inspirational skipper as part of a special on-field presentation.
Members and supporters are encouraged to use the hashtag #CelebrateJake this week across social media by sharing their favourite moments and stories to celebrate the career of Jake Friend.
|Date:||Saturday May 22|
|Venue:||Sydney Cricket Ground|
|Sydney Roosters vs Brisbane Broncos kick-off:||5:30pm|
Trent Robinson will field the same starting seventeen as the one that was victorious in Magic Round against the Cowboys, headed by captain James Tedesco at fullback.
Daniel Tupou, Joseph Manu, Josh Morris and Matt Ikuvalu make up the rest of the backline, while Lachlan Lam and Sam Walker pair up in the halves for the second week in a row.
Isaac Liu and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves make up the front row alongside Ben Marschke at hooker, while Sitili Tupouniua, Angus Crichton and Victor Radley once again line up to round off the forward pack.
The bench compromises of utility Adam Keighran, Daniel Suluka-Fifita, Nat Butcher and Siosiua Taukeiaho.
Naufahu Whyte, Fletcher Baker, Egan Butcher and Joseph Suaalii round off the extended bench.
Celebrating the Career of Jake Friend
Round 11 will mark the 54th match between the Sydney Roosters and Brisbane Broncos since their entry into the top-flight competition in 1988.
Although Brisbane hold a better overall record with the Roosters winning 22 matches (42%), the Red, White and Blue recorded their two biggest victories over their Queensland-based opponents in 2020, winning 59-nil in Round 4 and 58-12 in the return match in Round 16.
The ledger has been fairly even in recent years, with the sides sharing the spoils over the last ten matches with five each, while the Tricolours have won three of the past four encounters.
The Roosters will be looking to back up their Magic Round effort against the Cowboys with a win, returning home to the SCG for the first time since Round 7, while the Broncos are aiming to claim their third win of the season.
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The squads to play this Saturday are as follows:
Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James TedescoFullback for Broncos is number 1 Jamayne Isaako
Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel TupouWinger for Broncos is number 2 Xavier Coates
Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph ManuCentre for Broncos is number 4 Jesse Arthars
Centre for Roosters is number 21 Joseph SuaaliiCentre for Broncos is number 19 Dale Copley
Winger for Roosters is number 5 Matt IkuvaluWinger for Broncos is number 5 David Mead
Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Lachlan LamFive-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Albert Kelly
Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Sam WalkerHalfback for Broncos is number 7 Tyson Gamble
Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-HargreavesProp for Broncos is number 8 Matthew Lodge
Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Ben MarschkeHooker for Broncos is number 9 Jake Turpin
Prop for Roosters is number 10 Isaac LiuProp for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Angus Crichton2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Keenan Palasia
2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Tevita Pangai Junior
Lock for Roosters is number 13 Victor RadleyLock for Broncos is number 13 Thomas Flegler
Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Adam KeighranInterchange for Broncos is number 14 Kobe Hetherington
Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Nat ButcherInterchange for Broncos is number 15 John Asiata
Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Siosiua TaukeiahoInterchange for Broncos is number 16 Ethan Bullemor
Interchange for Roosters is number 19 Fletcher BakerInterchange for Broncos is number 17 Rhys Kennedy
Reserve for Roosters is number 20 Egan ButcherReserve for Broncos is number 18 TC Robati
- Referee: Peter Gough
- Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
- Touch Judge: Keiren Irons
- Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall