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UPDATE: Line Up for Round 11 vs Broncos Announced

19-man Update

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
Gates Open: 4:30pm
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. 

Grab your tickets here and celebrate the career of a Roosters Legend, become a True Rooster as we near 17,000 Members and cheer on the Red, White and Blue this Saturday afternoon!

For those unable to get to the game, 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

Backs

  • Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
    Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Jamayne Isaako
  • Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
    Winger for Broncos is number 2 Xavier Coates
  • Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
    Centre for Broncos is number 4 Jesse Arthars
  • Centre for Roosters is number 21 Joseph Suaalii
    Centre for Broncos is number 19 Dale Copley
  • Winger for Roosters is number 5 Matt Ikuvalu
    Winger for Broncos is number 5 David Mead
  • Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Lachlan Lam
    Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Albert Kelly
  • Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Sam Walker
    Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Tyson Gamble

Forwards

  • Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
    Prop for Broncos is number 8 Matthew Lodge
  • Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Ben Marschke
    Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Jake Turpin
  • Prop for Roosters is number 10 Isaac Liu
    Prop for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Angus Crichton
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Keenan Palasia
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Tevita Pangai Junior
  • Lock for Roosters is number 13 Victor Radley
    Lock for Broncos is number 13 Thomas Flegler

Interchange

  • Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Adam Keighran
    Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Kobe Hetherington
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Nat Butcher
    Interchange for Broncos is number 15 John Asiata
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Siosiua Taukeiaho
    Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Ethan Bullemor
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 19 Fletcher Baker
    Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Rhys Kennedy

Reserves

  • Reserve for Roosters is number 20 Egan Butcher
    Reserve for Broncos is number 18 TC Robati

Match Officials

  • Referee: Peter Gough
  • Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
  • Touch Judge: Keiren Irons
  • Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall

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