SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Blake Ferguson of the Roosters celebrates scoring a try during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the North Queensland Cowboys at Allianz Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Roosters head coach Trent Robinson has named his 26-man squad to take on Penrith this Saturday. in the club’s first trial match of 2018.

New signings Cooper Cronk and James Tedesco have not been named, while Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Boyd Corner, Jake Friend and Daniel Tupou will also sit out the match.

Roosters Squad

Nat Butcher
Mitch Cornish
Josh Curran
Poasa Faamausili
Blake Ferguson
Lachlan Lam
Bernard Lewis
Jake Lewis
Isaac Liu
Josh Mantellato
Joseph Manu
Dean Matterson
Ryan Matterson
Paul Momirovski
Dylan Napa
Nick O’Meley
Sean O’Sullivan
Reuben Porter
Victor Radley
Reece Robinson
Luke Sharpe
Chris Smith
Zane Tetevano
Ben Thomas
Eloni Vunakece
Mitch Williams


  1. That team would win the next 10 wooden spoons, shows how ordinary the roosters really are without their couple of big names

    • Prisoner you know little. If you take 11 players out of you Melbourne 17 and played this Sydney side, Melbourne would get beat by 50. Half this Roosters team won a third grade premiership two years ago and last year the other half played in a reserve grade grand final sprinkled in are a few first graders. Interesting to see young giant front rower Lindsay Collins 194cm 106kg is being rested. Perhaps he has already impressed the coach enough to get a bench place for the premiership kick off. We have six test players in this squad.

      Lam PNG,
      Tetevano Cook Islands,
      Ferguson Aust,
      Vunakece Fiji.
      Liu NZ
      Napa Cook Islands
      Prisoner I see your a person who knows nothing about the next flock of stars filtering through.

      • Considering Melbourne made the grand final a few years ago with 8 or more injuries then goes to show what you know.

        • eelstragic what year are you referring to that Melbourne made a grand final with 8 players missing through injury. I know now why you call yourself a eelstragic. Its because you only have one eye and its all about Parra, and during the season you miss what happens with all the other clubs. No team in the history of Rugby League has made a grand final with 8 first graders out injured. Mate I hate to rip off your punch line but it just goes to show what you know. Just curious eelstragic but you sure sound like a stormtragic.

      • Do you not remember when Pearce got suspended in 2916 and they finished 15th, a couple of injuries and it will be the same.

        I see you always call Ferguson a rep player? You should be saying “former” rep player.

        • Redv90 every player that played last season in rep teams are rep players. Ferguson who had a shocker of a season last year still played state of origin. So he is a rep player, and a current NSW represented player at that.

          About Pearce missing those eight games you are correct they had a shocker after they missed the start. But that is my point with Melbourne they wont be missing Cronk for 8 games but 24 games.

        • You said Ferguson is a Aus rep player tho, He won’t play for aus for the rest of his career.

          I actually think Roosters will win this but we can all hope Cronk get injured haha

        • Redv90 mate, everybody knows when a State of Origin player represents in that theatre of war it is ten times harder than test matches. Although the test arena is getting closer these days its not tougher. So Ferguson is played for Australia he will always be an Australian rep player. Nobody can take that from him. He was overlooked this year for Australia but played in the Origin. Therefore he is a rep player that has also recently played for Australia in the second tier rep stage if you prefer to call it that.

          My entire point Redv90 is if any team loses their half for the year then they will be written off.

  2. It’s off topic, but this would be as good an article as any to post it, the NRL has set up a committee to reform TPA’s.
    I hope they can find workable solutions etc, but I also understand it’s not a simple problem, and any form of improvement would be a bonus.

    Anyway, what I took away from it (the announcement) was we got some hard numbers on the state of (legal / registered) TPA’s within the NRL.

    These numbers (and I like numbers) stated the total of all TPA’s paid to the playing group from the clubs varied between $100k p.a up to a little over $1.6 mil p.a. I think it would be fair to assume the Storm, Broncos, Roosters weren’t at the lower end.

    The difference, being over $1.5 mil, is pretty significant, in that it represents over 15% of the salary cap.

  3. Back on topic, of the Roosters, and although I don’t know what they’ve paid, but I’d assume it wasn’t big coin, I think they’ve pulled off one of the best value for money signings this year in Robinson.

    dutto, for the record I’m running him off the bench in my fantasy team.

  4. It is a trial game… The Roosters have left out he following players:
    as mentioned
    and a couple of other fringe players who have injuries.

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