THE Sydney Roosters have been ravaged by injury for Friday night's match against Brisbane with forwards Craig Fitzgibbon and Adrian Morley both ruled out.
RICKY Stuart has named his team to play the Bunnies with the surprise selection of Jamie Soward at halfback alongside new five eighth Braith Anasta. Brett Finch finds himself at hooker and Craig Wing has been shunted to a five man bench.The full team is:1 Anthony Minichiello 2 Amos Roberts 3 Ryan Cross 4 Iosia Soliola 5 Sam Perrett 6 Braith Anasta 7 Jamie Soward 8 Craig Fitzgibbon (c) 9 Brett Finch 10 Adrian Morley 11 Anthony Tupou 12 Chris Flannery 13 Ashley Harrison Interchange: 14 Craig Wing 15 Shane Shackleton 16 Lopini Paea 17 David Shillington 18 Steve Meredith(one to be omitted)
AUSTRALIAN rep Craig Fitzgibbon will officially captain Sydney Roosters for the first time in Sunday's trial match against St George Illawarra at WIN Stadium.Coach Ricky Stuart has named an imposing line up for the final trial match, with injured fullback Anthony Minichiello the only first grade regular missing from the 19-man squad. Star recruits Braith Anasta and Ashley Harrison will again line up for the tri colours after last weekend's thrashing of Manly.Roosters: Amos Roberts, SAM Perrett, Ryan Cross, Iosia Soliola, Joel Monaghan, Braith Anasta, Brett Finch, Adrian Morley, Craig Wing, Craig Fitzgibbon (C), Anthony Tupou, Chris Flannery, Ashley Harrison. Interchange: Michael Lett, Jamie Soward, David Shillington, Lopini Paea, Shane Shackleton, Steve Meredith.
THE Sydney Roosters have named Test backrower Craig Fitzgibbon as their new captain and South Sydney recruit Ashley Harrison as his deputy.Fitzgibbon was handed the reins following skipper Luke Ricketson's retirement at the end of the 2005 season. But the big surprise was the elevation into the new role of vice-captain of backrower Harrison, one of the Roosters' prize signings for the 2006 season along with NSW Origin pivot Braith Anasta.The honour capped a dream year for ex-South Sydney skipper Harrison who earned his Queensland Origin debut in 2005.
QUEENSLAND State of Origin lock Chris Flannery has re-signed with the Sydney Roosters for a further three seasons.
SYDNEY Roosters halfback Brett Finch is expected to be fit for Friday night's NRL clash against Manly at Aussie Stadium despite suffering back spasms during his side's 30-16 victory over Canberra on Saturday night.
ROOSTERS coach Ricky Stuart has denied the club?s preparation heading into Monday?s emotion-charged Anzac Day clash with the Dragons will be hampered with Test stars Craig Fitzgibbon, Craig Wing, Anthony Minichiello and Jason Cayless unavailable for training this week.
ROOSTERS halfback Brett Firman believes his new team can overcome the void left by Brett Finch?s absence with a series of strong performances over the early competition rounds.
THE Roosters went down to the Penrith Panthers by 34 points to 12 earlier tonight in their second and final pre-season trial of 2005.
ROOSTERS winger Chris Walker has been told this season shapes as one that will make or break him and one foot out of line will spell the end of his erratic career.