This ANZAC Day we're honoured to share this 2015 piece by Andrew Ferguson.
Honouring Stan Carpenter...
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Roosters coach Ricky Stuart has stuck solid with the troops that emphatically downed Brisbane last week for Sunday?s do-or-die clash with the Bulldogs at Aussie Stadium.
The Roosters must win and hope Canberra defeat Manly on Saturday night to have any hope of qualifying for their tenth-straight finals series.
Boom youngsters Shane Shackleton, Nigel Plum and Lopini Paea have retained their place on the bench ? along with experienced hitman Mick Crocker.
In stark contrast, tough-as-nails captain Luke Ricketson will run out onto Aussie Stadium for his 301st and possibly last first grade game.
?It?s going to be a great occasion, the guys are buzzing at the moment,? Ricketson says.
?The Bulldogs are out of the finals but they still have plenty to play for.
?I?m sure they ? and their fans ? would love to have the opportunity to knock us out of the finals.
?Everyone?s feeling good about the weekend, though.
?I don?t want it to be my last game."
The Roosters team is;
Anthony MINICHIELLO Amos ROBERTS Ryan CROSS Iosia SOLIOLA Joel MONAGHAN Chris FLANNERY Brett FINCH David SHILLINGTON Craig WING Adrian MORLEY Anthony TUPOU Craig FITZGIBBON Luke RICKETSON Michael CROCKER Shane SHACKLETON Lopini PAEA Nigel PLUM