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Honouring Indigenous Champions: Have Your Say On the 2025 Indigenous Jersey

As we look to continue the tradition, we've narrowed down five Indigenous champions of the past - in no particular order - to honour in the Club's 2025 Indigenous Jersey design. 

Have your say in the poll at the bottom on who we should honour in our 2025 Indigenous Jersey! 

Shannon Hegarty: 109 Games, 1999-2004

Shannon Hegarty Highlights

Powerful and reliable out wide, Shannon Hegarty helped lead the charge to turn the Club's fortunes around at the turn of the century.

Hegarty started his NRL career in the Red, White and Blue, going on to feature in 109 matches both on the wing and in the centres, scoring a number of famous tries including the opener in the 2002 Grand Final. 

Representative honours followed Hegarty's scintillating form at Club level, featuring for both Queensland and Australia, and was a member of the 2003 World Club Challenge side that toppled St Helens 38-nil. 

Hegarty holds the distinction as only one of five Roosters to feature in the 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004 Grand Finals - scoring in two of them. 


Craig Salvatori: 117 Games, 1986-1995

An Eastern Suburbs local, Craig Salvatori proved to be a beacon for Roosters Members and supporters as the most influential player throughout a turbulent time in the Club's history. 

Craig Salvatori Highlights

Affectionately known as 'King Salvo', he captained the Roosters in the early 1990s, named as the 1991 Dally M Prop of the Year, scoring six tries in just seventeen appearances that year.

The hulking front rower spent a decade at the Roosters, playing 117 first-grade games in the Red, White and Blue, and featured in the representative arena four times for City, five times for NSW and twice for Australia, before going on to coach Italy not long after retirement.  

Salvatori is just one of 25 players to have played ten or more successive years of first grade at the Roosters. 

Matt Sing: 135 Games, 1996-2001

Headgear-clad Matt Sing tore up the turf throughout his glittering career, spending the peak of his sixteen years in the top grade at Bondi. 

Matt Sing Highlights

Blessed with speed to burn and a knack for finding the line, Sing touched down 72 times in his 135 games, scoring ten plus tries in each of his seasons at the Roosters - and was equally as capable as stopping his opponents from reaching the line as well. 

Representing 24 times for Queensland and 13 times for Australia, Sing played alongside Hegarty in the 2000 Grand Final, and became the sixth player in the history of the game to score 150 tries. 

Kevin Stevens: 103 Games, 1973-1980

Arriving at the Club via Grafton, Kevin 'Stumpy' Stevens was a key member of the champion sides of 1970s, showing off his versatility and team-first ethos in his seven seasons in Bondi. 

So good was his form during the 1975 season, Stevens forced himself into the starting line up, which saw regular locks Ron Coote and Barry Reilly play a majority of the season in the second row. 

Kevin Stevens Highlights

Stevens featured prominently in the Club's biggest moments in the 1970s, playing lock in the 1975 and 1978 Amco Mid-Season Cup Final winning teams, five-eighth in the 1974 Wills Pre-Season Cup Final victory, at lock in the 1975 Grand Final, and at halfback in the World Club Challenge one year later, scoring a try. 

Andrew Walker: 103 Games, 1995-1999

A fan favourite in the mid-late 1990s, Andrew Walker's natural ability shone through as the Club returned to Premiership contention, proving to be one of the most naturally gifted players to pull on a Roosters jersey. 

Andrew Walker Highlights

Blessed with a brilliant all-round kicking game, Walker was an accomplished five-eighth and fullback, whose x-factor dazzled the competition as he continually turned half chances into points during his five seasons as a Rooster.

In that time, he quickly became a focal point of the side's attack alongside Brad Fittler and Adrian Lam, going on to play for both City and Australia before returning to rugby union.


Vote below to have your say on our 2025 Indigenous Jersey! 


Acknowledgement of Country

Sydney Roosters respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.