Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has been named after sitting out the last game against the Dragons with concussion. The Sydney Roosters, and the NRL as a whole, welcome his return.

Coach Trent Robinson has named the same squad he named prior to the Dragons clash last start (RTS was a late scratch) with all four Origin players named to back up just three nights after the decider, with one change: Aubo moves to the bench with the in-form and recently-re-signed Frank-Paul Nu’uasala starting at lock.

Roosters team for Round 19: Anthony Minichiello (C) ,Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Luke O’Donnell, Boyd Cordner, Sonny Bill Williams,  Frank-Paul Nu’uasala. Interchange: (From) Daniel Mortimer, Mitch Aubusson, Aidan Guerra, Sam Moa, Isaac Liu.

Captain Paul Gallen remains out with a foot injury while Wade Graham is out for up to a month with a shoulder injury and Jeff Robson will also miss this one.

Barring further injury tomorrow night, Luke Lewis will from State Of Origin — along with Andrew Fifita — and slot into Graham’s second row spot with Jayson Bukuya to retain his spot in the starting squad.

Meanwhile, Ben Pomeroy has been named on an extended bench after being dropped last week for being terrible.

Sharks team for Round 19: Michael Gordon, Sosaia Feki, Stewart Mills, Jonathan Wright, Nathan Stapleton, Todd Carney, Jeff Robson, Bryce Gibbs, John Morris, Andrew Fifita, Jayson Bukuya, Luke Lewis, Chris Heighington. Interchange: (From) Isaac De Gois, Tyrone Peachey, Sam Tagataese, Ben Ross, Ben Pomeroy, Mark Taufua.



  1. The Roosters need to kick start their run towards the finals starting this Saturday against a depleted Sharks outfit. I’d like to see the game put out of the reach of the Sharks early on allowing Coach Robinson the luxury of resting key personnel as needed and allowing valuable game time to fringe players sure to play a role come the pointy end of the season. I said much the same thing about the game against the Eels, which eventuated in a match of who could best find a way to lose it.
    The Roosters are yet to master controlling or containing a weaker opposition and seem to struggle just taking the two points on offer for little physical outlay or cost. Time to win easy and say thank you very much.


    • I think The Dragons game may have shown they’ve turned the corner regarding playing down to opposition. They really took care of business against the Dragons.

      Having said that, the Sharks aren’t a bad outfit. They are down players but the ones still there remain a genuine threat. I don’t think it will be an easy game…


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