The Roosters are without their Origin players for the only time this season, with Daniel Mortimer and Mitch Aubusson shifting to replace Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney, and Aidan Guerra named in the centres to replace Jenko.
Dylan Napa has been named on the bench for his long-awaited debut, with Frank-Paul Nu’uasala named at lock and Isaac Liu and Nafe Seluini also brought onto the bench. Aubusson has not played five-eighth since his first grade debut back in round one of 2007.
No-one saw that one coming did they? Samisoni Langi has long been the name many expected to fill the breach, but the impressive youngster did not suit up in the NYC win last week versus the Warriors. This could again be a smoke-and-mirrors ploy from Robbo, who recalled Sam Moa an hour before last week’s match.
Roosters team for Round 15: Anthony Minichiello (C) ,Daniel Tupou, Aidan Guerra, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Mitchell Aubusson, Daniel Mortimer, Luke O’Donnell, Jake Friend, Marty Kennedy, Sonny Bill Williams, Boyd Cordner, Frank-Paul Nu’uasala. Interchange: Nafe Seluini, Dylan Napa, Isaac Liu, Sam Moa.
The Dogs are without Josh Reynolds, again named to warm the bench for the Blues, with Joel Romelo again named as his replacement. Other he and Josh Morris (replaced by Tim Lafai), the Dogs are at full strength. The Roosters beat them 38-0 earlier in the year but they were without Sam Kasiano and James Graham, and ran out that day with Kris Keating at halfback instead of the hot boot of Trent Hodkinson.
Bulldogs team for Round 15: Ben Barba, Mitch Brown, Tim Lafai, Krisnan Inu, Sam Perrett, Joel Romelo, Trent Hodkinson, Aiden Tolman, Michael Ennis (c), Sam Kasiano, Tony Williams, Frank Pritchard, Greg Eastwood. Interchange: Dene Halatau, Josh Jackson, James Graham, Dale Finucane, Tim Browne.