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24 HOUR UPDATE: Line Up for Round 19 vs Knights Announced

The Roosters' side to take on the Newcastle Knights at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Friday night has been trimmed 24 hours prior to kick-off.

Siosiua Taukeiaho and Josh Morris have been omitted from the squad. 

Fletcher Baker comes onto the interchange bench for Tauekeiaho, while Ben Thomas and Adam Keighran remain on the extended bench. 

The final line up will be available one hour prior to kick-off at 5:00pm. 


Originally Published on 20th July 2021

The Sydney Roosters are proud to announce the Round 19 line up to take on the Newcastle Knights at 6pm on Friday night at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

The match will the Club's first-ever on the Sunshine Coast, following the game's rescheduling last week after the NRL's relocation to southeast Queensland. 

The Roosters will be looking to win their third game on the trot following victories over the Bulldogs in Round 17 and Cowboys in Round 18, while the Knights will be hoping to bounce back into the winner's circle after suffering a heavy defeat last week. 

Date: Friday July 23
Venue: Sunshine Coast Stadium, 
Gates Open: 4:30pm
Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights kick-off: 6pm

Trent Robinson has named a slightly altered side to the one that claimed victory against North Queensland last Saturday.

James Tedesco returns from a week off following State of Origin duties, reclaiming his role as fullback and captain. The starting backline consists of Daniel Tupou, Billy Smith, Joseph Manu and Matt Ikuvalu.

Drew Hutchison - who has taken the reigns at five-eighth - will line up alongside Sam Walker in the halves, while the front row comprises of Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Isaac Liu. Angus Crichton and Sitili Tupouniua have been named in the second row, with Victor Radley in the no.13 jersey. 

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Sam Verrills will steer the forward pack at hooker, after citing a desire to take hold of the no.9 jersey on a long-term basis.

On the interchange, Lachlan Lam will reprise his role as utility alongside brothers Nat and Egan Butcher, who are joined by hulking front rower Siosiua Taukeiaho, who returns to the side after being omitted last week. 

Adam Keighran, Fletcher Baker, Josh Morris and Ben Thomas have been named on the extended bench. 

Eastern Suburbs and Newcastle meet for the 58th time in their 34-year-long rivalry on Friday night, which will be the first time the teams clash outside of New South Wales, having previously held matches in Sydney, Newcastle and Gosford.

The Roosters hold the upper hand when it comes to results between the two Clubs, with 35 wins from 57 matches at a 61% success rate. 

Recent history has gone the way of the Tricolours as well, with only a solitary loss in the last ten encounters going back to the beginning of 2015. Victories in the last three matches have seen the Roosters come away with an average scoreline of 43-9.

Roosters Members and fans in southeast Queensland looking to cheer on the mighty Red, White and Blue will be able to purchase their tickets here.

We ask that you please check your tickets when arriving as you will only be allowed to be permitted through your allocated gate, and will be unable to move between zones at the stadium.

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For those in Roosters' heartland in Sydney's east, across Australia and abroad unable to attend the match, you can cheer on your team on Fox League (channel 502 on Foxtel), or streamed through Kayo.

The squads to play this Friday are as follows: 

Team Lists


  • Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
    Fullback for Knights is number 1 Kalyn Ponga
  • Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
    Winger for Knights is number 2 Dominic Young
  • Centre for Roosters is number 3 Billy Smith
    Centre for Knights is number 3 Kurt Mann
  • Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
    Centre for Knights is number 4 Enari Tuala
  • Winger for Roosters is number 5 Matt Ikuvalu
    Winger for Knights is number 5 Hymel Hunt
  • Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Drew Hutchison
    Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Jake Clifford
  • Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Sam Walker
    Halfback for Knights is number 7 Phoenix Crossland


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


  • Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Lachlan Lam
    Interchange for Knights is number 14 Sauaso Sue
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Nat Butcher
    Interchange for Knights is number 16 Josh King
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Egan Butcher
    Interchange for Knights is number 17 Brodie Jones
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 19 Fletcher Baker
    Interchange for Knights is number 18 Jack Johns


  • Reserve for Roosters is number 18 Adam Keighran
    Reserve for Knights is number 20 Tex Hoy

Match Officials

  • Referee: Gerard Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Kasey Badger
  • Touch Judge: Todd Smith
  • Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein

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