Teams named for Sydney Roosters vs South Sydney Rabbitohs, Round 1, 2016

Sydney Roosters

Coach Trent Robinson has elected to start Latrell Mitchell on the wing, contradicting reports from James Hooper that he was slated to start in the centres. Dale Copley and Shaun Kenny-Dowall will pair up in the 3 and 4 jerseys instead, while another débutante in Jayden Nikorima will partner  Jackson Hastings in the halves, as expected.

The front row consists of Kane Evans and Dylan Napa with Jared Waerea-Hargreaves out, and with Sam Moa coming off the bench.

Mitch Aubusson will start alongside Guerra and the shock selection at lock of Isaac Liu ahead of Sio Siua Taukeiaho, who many assumed would start but instead will join Moa on the bench.

The extended bench rounds out with Ian Henderson and two rookies in Vinnie Leuluai and former Bronco Mitchell Frei, with our own Burgess, Joe (no relation to the Burgii), named in the 19 jersey.

Sydney Roosters Team for Round One

1 Blake Ferguson
2 Daniel Tupou
3 Dale Copley
4 Shaun Kenny-Dowall
5 Latrell Mitchell
6 Jayden Nikorima
7 Jackson Hastings
8 Kane Evans
9 Jake Friend (c)
10 Dylan Napa
11 Aidan Guerra
12 Mitchell Aubusson
13 Isaac Liu
14 Sio Siua Taukeiaho
15 Sam Moa
16 Ian Henderson
17 Vincent Leuluai
18 Mitchell Frei
19 Joe Burgess

Coach: Trent Robinson

South Sydney Rabbitohs

The Roosters face but one of the Burgii this Sunday, with Sam starting in the front row — alongside Dave Tyrell — in the place of the injured Tom and George. They’re debuting Cody Walker in the halves, with Cam McInnes beating out new recruit Damien Cook for the starting number 9.
Hymel Hunt starts at centres, with Kirosome Auva’a on an extended bench.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Team for Round One

1 Greg Inglis (c)
2 Alex Johnston
3 Bryson Goodwin
4 Hymel Hunt
5 Aaron Gray
6 Cody Walker
7 Adam Reynolds
8 Sam Burgess
9 Cameron McInnes
10 David Tyrell
11 Paul Carter
12 John Sutton
13 Kyle Turner

14 Damien Cook
15 Jason Clark
16 Chris Grevsmuhl
17 Zane Musgrove
18 Kirisome Auva’a
19 Nathan Brown

Coach: Michael Maguire


One response to “Teams named for Sydney Roosters vs South Sydney Rabbitohs, Round 1, 2016

  1. not a bad side considering what has gone on in the off season with injury’s and the Pearce fiasco Jake.I would have liked to see Latrell debut at fullback however robbo has decided to debut him on the wing and transition him into the fullback spot .He will play fullback sooner than later though watching fergo go round in England left me convinced that he’s not a fullback In my opinion he’s the best right edge centre in the game and that’s where he’s the most damaging that ball he dropped in England would have been swallowed by any under 15s fullback and don’t think for a minute that the other coaches didn’t see it. Blake is going to get more bombs dropped on him than Hanoi did in the Vietnam war. Jayden and Jackson are untested but I have a really good feeling about these two add Andrew johns to the equation and anything is possible they could take us to the finals without a doubt. We will see what happens but I wouldn’t be surprised if we go really well this year.


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