Finch back for the premiers

Sydney Roosters coach Ricky Stuart has named halfback Brett Finch to make his return from a knee injury in the premiers' National Rugby League showdown with Penrith on Sunday.

Finch hasn't played since becoming a victim of sandy Suncorp Stadium in the Roosters' round 16 loss to Brisbane. Craig Wing has reverted to hooker to accommodate Finch's inclusion, with Stuart Webb moved back to the bench.

The Roosters must beat the table-topping Panthers at Penrith Stadium to retain any realistic hope of winning the minor premiership.