Our good friend Jimmy (Twitter: @choox75) mentioned a report on 2GB — from self-confessed Sydney Roosters tragic Joel Labi (Twitter: @JoelLabi) — that Dally M and International Winger of the Year and World XIII flank Roger Tuivasa-Sheck would be fit for the World Club Challenge.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson is confident the Dally M Winger of the Year will take his place in the NRL premiers’ side for their February 22 showdown against Super League champions Wigan at the Sydney Football Stadium.
“He is on track to play,” Robinson said.
“The leg is recovering well, and if his progressions go well enough he will be ready for that.”
Tuivasa-Sheck, 20, who enjoyed a breakout year in 2013 culminating in his selection in the World XIII, will not play in the Auckland Nines on February 15 and 16.
However, he may take part in a Roosters trial against Newcastle slated for the same weekend as Robinson attempts to juggle multiple demands with the best preparation for the Wigan clash.
His inclusion would be a huge boost to the trial team which will not field a full team thanks to the Nines being held that weekend.
If he doesn’t manage to fully recover in time for the WCC or he suffers a setback in the trial, the Roosters may have to blood someone like Paul Rokolati or a new recruit such as Jonathon Reuben or Sio Siua Taukeiaho to fill the breach.
Speaking of Rokolati, there are rumblings he may be called up to fill one of the spots for the Roosters in the Auckland Nines in a little over two week’s time.
The Auckland tournament could be the perfect exhibition of the Newtown Jet’s talent. He has yet to be tested in the top grade but has all the makings of someone who could succeed at the level.
To wit, here’s a 10 minute video montage of Rokolati, a montage which shows all the ability the kid sports and is only missing some Eye of the Tiger music and a stair run: