Anthony Minichiello has been ruled out for up to three weeks, causing a re-shuffle in the team. The Sheck himself has been named at fullback, with Mitch Aubusson shifting to the centres, Shaun Kenny-Dowall out to the wing and Aidan Guerra named to start in the second row. Dylan Napa has been added to the bench.
There’s been no mention of who the captain will be in Mini’s absence at this stage, with the Roosters tweeting that a decision will be made “later in the week”.
Roosters team for Round 22: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Mitchell Aubusson, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Luke O’Donnell, Boyd Cordner, Aidan Guerra, Frank-Paul Nu’uasala. Interchange: Daniel Mortimer, Dylan Napa, Sam Moa, Isaac Liu.
Fresh off the eight-worst loss in Australian professional rugby league history, coach David Furner has wielded somewhat of an axe, dropping Reece Robinson to 18th man and recalling Blake Ferguson for his first match since his suspension prior to Origin Two.
Joel Thompson shifts to the second row, Jack Wighton starts on the wing and Joel Edwards drops back to the bench. Former Warrior Bill Tupou, obtained mid-season, has also been added to a six-man interchange.
Raiders team for Round 22: Anthony Milford, Sandor Earl, Jarrod Croker, Blake Ferguson, Jack Wighton, Terry Campese, Josh McCrone, David Shillington, Glen Buttriss, Dane Tilse, Josh Papalii, Joel Thompson, Shaun Fensom. Interchange: (From) Shaun Berrigan, Joel Edwards, Brett White, Paul Vaughan, Reece Robinson, Bill Tupou.