The Roosters' side to take on the Melbourne Storm at McDonald Jones Stadium on Thursday night has been trimmed 24 hours prior to kick-off.
Adam Keighran and Freddy Lussick have been omitted from the side.
Ben Thomas has been promoted to the interchange bench in place of Keighran, while Drew Hutchison and Joseph Suaalii remain on the extended bench.
The final line up will be available one hour prior to kick-off at 6:50pm
Originally Published on 29th June 2021
The Sydney Roosters are proud to announce the Round 16 line up to take on the Melbourne Storm at 7:50pm on Thursday night at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle.
Following representative round, the Roosters will return to the field in their first rematch of season 2021 against the Storm, having previously met in Round 6.
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 State of Origin representatives James Tedesco and Angus Crichton will back up following their series victory against the Maroons on Sunday night.
The Sydney Roosters will be wearing a specially embroidered jersey in honour of Club Legend Barry 'Bunny' Reilly, who sadly passed away in May. Reilly holds a special place at the Club, playing an integral role in the back-to-back Premierships of 1974 and 1975, and was inducted into both the Club's Team of the Century and 'The Centurions'.
|Date:||Thursday July 1|
|Venue:||McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle|
|Sydney Roosters vs Melbourne Storm kick-off:||7:50pm|
Trent Robinson's side has a number of changes following their Round 15 clash.
Captain Tedesco once again lines up at fullback, joined alongside Daniel Tupou, Josh Morris, Joseph Manu and Matt Ikuvalu who make up the rest of the backline.
Lachlan Lam and the returning Sam Walker line up in the halves, while Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Sam Verrills and Siosiua Taukeiaho have been named to start in the front row.
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Crichton and Tupouniua are joined by Isaac Liu to round off the forward pack in the back row and at lock respectively.
Adam Keighran, Egan Butcher, Daniel Suluka-Fifita and Fletcher Baker have been named on the interchange bench, while Drew Hutchison, Ben Thomas, Freddy Lussick and Joseph Suaalii round off the extended bench.
Easts and Melbourne meet for the 43rd time since the Storm's inception in 1998 - with the opposition holding a slender ledger with 24 wins to the Tricolours' 18, including the Round 6 match up down in the Victorian capital.
While the Storm have won the last three encounters, the Roosters have taken victory when the stakes have been at their highest, which of course includes the emphatic 21-6 Grand Final victory in 2018 and the 2019 Preliminary Final which saw the Tricolours advance to the Grand Final in a tense 14-6 win.
Melbourne currently sit at the top of the table thanks in part to a twelve-match winning streak, which includes their last round 66-16 victory over the Wests Tigers. The Tricolours, on the other hand, will be looking to bounce back from defeat against the Penrith Panthers with a victory over their modern-day rivals.
Due to recent covid-19 protocols made by the NSW government, only the western side of the venue open for spectators, while McDonald Jones Stadium’s capacity has also been significantly reduced.
The Sydney Roosters would like to reiterate that it is imperative that those who wish to purchase a ticket adhere to the NSW State Government guidelines in relation to non-essential travel.
Ticket data will be analysed to ensure ticket holders are not from the Greater Sydney area (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour) are not included, and ID may be checked throughout the event.
As per current Health Order and venue guidelines, all spectators MUST wear a mask. The Club strongly advises all spectators to abide by the NSW State Health Orders, as well as COVID-19 conditions of entry at McDonald Jones Stadium.
The line up for this Thursday is as follows:
Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James TedescoFullback for Storm is number 1 Nicho Hynes
Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel TupouWinger for Storm is number 2 George Jennings
Centre for Roosters is number 3 Josh MorrisCentre for Storm is number 3 Reimis Smith
Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph ManuCentre for Storm is number 4 Justin Olam
Winger for Roosters is number 21 Joseph SuaaliiWinger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Lachlan LamFive-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Sam WalkerHalfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes
Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-HargreavesProp for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Sam VerrillsHooker for Storm is number 9 Brandon Smith
Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua TaukeiahoProp for Storm is number 15 Tui Kamikamica
2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Angus Crichton2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
Lock for Roosters is number 13 Isaac LiuLock for Storm is number 13 Dale Finucane
Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Egan ButcherInterchange for Storm is number 10 Christian Welch
Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Daniel Suluka-FifitaInterchange for Storm is number 14 Aaron Booth
Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Fletcher BakerInterchange for Storm is number 16 Chris Lewis
Interchange for Roosters is number 18 Drew HutchisonInterchange for Storm is number 17 Aaron Pene
Reserve for Roosters is number 5 Matt IkuvaluReserve for Storm is number 21 Trent Loiero
- Referee: Adam Gee
- Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
- Touch Judge: Chris Butler
- Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein