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24 HOUR UPDATE: Line Up for Round 15 vs Panthers Announced

19-man Update

The Roosters' side to take on the Penrith Panthers at Panthers Stadium on Friday night has been trimmed 24 hours prior to kick-off.

Sam Walker and Sitili Tupouniua have been omitted from the side.

Adam Keighran and Egan Butcher have been promoted to the starting side at five-eighth and second row respectively, while Sam Verrills will start at hooker having previously been named on the interchange bench.

Tuku Hau Tapuha and Ben Thomas come onto the interchange bench via the extended bench, while Billy Smith and Joseph Suaalii have been named as 18th and 19th man respectively. 

The side will be finalised one hour prior to kick-off at 6:55pm on Friday night.  

Originally Published on 15th June 2021

The Sydney Roosters are proud to announce the Round 15 line up to take on the Penrith Panthers at 7:55pm on Friday night at Panthers Stadium.

After a heart-stopping victory over the Gold Coast Titans in Round 14, the Roosters have one of the toughest road trips in the competition when they travel to Penrith in what will undoubtedly be a blockbuster against the second-placed Panthers.

Young back rower Sitili Tupouniua is set to play his 50th NRL match on Friday night, having played his entire first-grade career so far in the Red, White and Blue, while James Tedesco, Sam Verrills and Siosiua Taukeiaho return to the line up in a much-welcomed boost to Trent Robinson's side. 

Roosters Members and supporters will be treated to a double-header on Friday night as the Sydney Roosters Jersey Flegg side play the Penrith Panthers at 5:45pm, so be sure to get in early and support the stars of the future!

Roosters Legend Brad Fittler and current star Luke Keary will be at Kingswood Sports Club for a pre-game event starting at 5pm. You can get more information on the event here in Your Gameplan for Round 15. 

Round 15 also marks the NRL's Beanie for Brain Cancer Round in support of the Mark Hughes Foundation. Roosters Members and supporters are encouraged to support the foundation by purchasing a beanie either at the game or online, or donating via markhughesfoundation.com.au.

Date: Friday June 18
Venue: Panthers Stadium, Penrith
Gates Open: 5:30pm
Sydney Roosters vs Penrith Panthers Jersey Flegg kick-off: 5:45pm
Sydney Roosters vs Penrith Panthers NRL kick-off:  7:55pm

Trent Robinson has made a number of changes to the side that defeated the Gold Coast Titans in Round 14.

Captain James Tedesco makes a welcomed return, shifting Joseph Manu to the centres, while Daniel Tupou, Josh Morris and Matt Ikuvalu make up the remainder of the backline.

Lachlan Lam and Sam Walker pair up once again in the halves, while Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Adam Keighran and Siosiua Taukeiaho pack down in the front row. Angus Crichton and Sitili Tupouniua line up in the second row as Isaac Liu locks up the scrum to round off the starting side. 

Sam Verrills, Egan Butcher, Daniel Suluka-Fifita and Fletcher Baker have been named on the interchange bench, while Tuku Hau Tapuha, Ben Thomas, Billy Smith and Joseph Suaalii round off the extended bench. 

Friday night marks the 100th meeting between the Sydney Roosters and Penrith Panthers since 1967, the year the Panthers entered the competition.

The Tricolours have a 61% winning record against their opponents, with 60 wins, 38 losses and one solitary draw going back to 1967. 

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Penrith, however, has had bragging rights in the last two contests, with the Roosters' last win coming in Round 24, 2019 with a 22-6 victory en route to the Premiership, although the sides have three wins each in the last six encounters.

In recent weeks the Roosters have found some momentum heading into the second half of the season with wins over the Raiders and Titans, while the Panthers have suffered back-to-back defeats during the early stages of the State of Origin period.

Be sure to grab your tickets here, meet some Roosters royalty at Kingswood Sports Club, cheer on the Jersey Flegg boys pre-game and get pumped to see your Roosters in action for this Friday night blockbuster! If you can't make it to the match, Artie's Sports Bar at easts is the place to be to cheer on your Red, White and Bluesters! 

 

The line up for this Friday is as follows: 

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan Edwards
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
  • Winger for Panthers is number 2 Charlie Staines
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
  • Centre for Panthers is number 3 Stephen Crichton
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Josh Morris
  • Centre for Panthers is number 4 Matt Burton
    Centre for Roosters is number 21 Joseph Suaalii
  • Winger for Panthers is number 5 Brian To'o
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Matt Ikuvalu
  • Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jarome Luai
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
  • Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary
    Halfback for Roosters is number 6 Lachlan Lam

Forwards

  • Prop for Panthers is number 8 Moses Leota
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  • Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Apisai Koroisau
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Adam Keighran
  • Prop for Panthers is number 10 James Fisher-Harris
    Prop for Roosters is number 17 Fletcher Baker
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Liam Martin
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Angus Crichton
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Kurt Capewell
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 13 Isaac Liu
  • Lock for Panthers is number 13 Isaah Yeo
    Lock for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho

Interchange

  • Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Mitch Kenny
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Sam Verrills
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Scott Sorensen
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Egan Butcher
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Izack Tago
    Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Daniel Suluka-Fifita
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 18 Spencer Leniu
    Interchange for Roosters is number 19 Ben Thomas

Reserves

  • Reserve for Panthers is number 21 Brent Naden
    Reserve for Roosters is number 18 Billy Smith

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ashley Klein
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Senior Review Official: Henry Perenara

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