Origin has interfered heavily with the Roosters progress over the past few weeks - and this week is no different.
Justin Hodges & Chris Flannery are out injured.
Henari VERATAU, Lelea PAEA,Stuart WEBB,Ned CATIC, Tevita METUISELA,Ian HENDERSON and Aaron MERCER are certainly not household names, but have earnt their spot in the Roosters 1st Grade 17.
Having inspirational (and experienced) players such as Brad Fittler and Adrian Morley is a big bonus at this tough time of the year. Hopefully they will lead the way, and the younger players can step up a level.
Fullback Henari VERATAU Left Wing Eric GROTHE Left Center Lelea PAEA Right Center Ryan CROSS Right Wing Todd BYRNE Five-Eigth Brad FITTLER (C) Halfback Brett FINCH Prop Jason CAYLESS Hooker Stuart WEBB Prop Todd PAYTEN Second Row Adrian MORLEY Second Row Ned CATIC Lock Chad ROBINSON Reserve Peter CUSACK Reserve Tevita METUISELA Reserve Ian HENDERSON Reserve Aaron MERCER