The Roosters welcome Daniel Tupou back into the line-up that beat the Sharks last week, with MotM Shaun Kenny-Dowall returning to his right-side centre position and Mitch Aubusson to the bench. Kane Evans, who was dropped from the 17 last week, has again been named for Newtown.
The Roosters won the season series against the Dragons 72-10 last year, and the Anzac Day Clash 36-10.
Roosters team for Round Eight: Anthony Minichiello, Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Sam Moa, Boyd Cordner, Sonny Bill Williams, Aidan Guerra. Interchange: (From) Frank-Paul Nu’uasala, Mitchell Aubusson, Isaac Liu, Dylan Napa, Daniel Mortimer.
The Dragons name have made a few changes to their squad. Joel Thompson is back in the starting second row after missing last weekend with a concussion. Prop Dan Hunt has been recalled to the starting side after being benched on Saturday, with Leeson Ah Mau dropping back to the bench and Jack De Belin dropping back to 18th man. Dylan Farrell remains out, with Nathan Green taking his place in the centres again.
The Dragons are 4-3 this season but a win by the Roosters would see the Bondi club instantly leapfrog them in the standings thanks to a superior for-and-against. They are currently sixth on the ladder, the Roosters 11th.
Dragons team for Round Eight: Josh Dugan, Brett Morris, Nathan Green, Gerard Beale, Jason Nightingale, Gareth Widdop, Michael Witt, Jack Stockwell, Mitch Rein, Dan Hunt, Joel Thompson, Ben Creagh, Trent Merrin. Interchange: Bronson Harrison, Tyson Frizell, Mike Cooper, Leeson Ah Mau, Jack De Belin.
Refs: Shayne Hayne, Gavin Morris
Touchies: Russell Turner, Brett Suttor.
Video Refs: Steve Clark, Luke Phillips