Roger Tuivasa-Sheck on the run
Roosters v Warriors NRL rugby league match at Allianz Stadium, Sydney Australia. Sunday 19 July 2015. Photo: Paul Seiser/Photosport.co.nz

More than 30 New Zealanders including 20 current or former Kiwis are studded through the eight teams launching the 2015 NRL finals this weekend.

The schedule kicks off tonight with the minor premiership-winning Sydney Roosters facing the fourth-placed Melbourne Storm at Allianz Stadium.

Heading the Roosters’ line-up is Vodafone Warriors-bound Kiwi fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck plus Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Sam Moa and Suaia Matagi, who were all in the Kiwis’ Four Nations squad last year. The other New Zealanders in the squad are loose forward Sio Siua Taukeiaho and interchange back rower Isaac Liu and hooker Matt McIlwrick.

Melbourne also has a strong New Zealand contingent with wing Matt Duffie, prop Jesse Bromwich, second rowers Kevin Proctor and Tohu Harris and interchanges forwards Kenny Bromwich and Nelson Asofa-Solomona.

The teams for all four finals are:

 

Qualifying Final

Roosters (1) v Storm (4)

7.55pm, Friday, September 11

Allianz Stadium

 

ROOSTERS

1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

2 Daniel Tupou

3 Michael Jennings

4 Blake Ferguson

5 Shaun Kenny-Dowall

6 James Maloney

7 Jackson Hastings

8 Sam Moa

9 Jake Friend (c)

10 Dylan Napa

11 Boyd Cordner

12 Aidan Guerra

13 Sio Siua Taukeiaho

Interchange:

14 Mitchell Aubusson

15 Isaac Liu

16 Kane Evans

17 Suaia Matagi

18 Matt McIlwrick

Coach | Trent Robinson

 

STORM

1 Cameron Munster

2 Marika Koroibete

3 Will Chambers

4 Kurt Mann

5 Matt Duffie

6 Blake Green

7 Cooper Cronk

8 Jesse Bromwich

9 Cameron Smith (c)

10 Tim Glasby

11 Kevin Proctor

12 Tohu Harris

13 Ryan Hinchcliffe

Interchange:

14 Kenny Bromwich

15 Christian Welch

16 Nelson Asofa-Solomona

17 Jordan McLean

Coach | Craig Bellamy

 

Elimination Final

Bulldogs (5) v Dragons (8)

5.50pm, Saturday, September 12

ANZ Stadium

 

BULLDOGS

1 Brett Morris

2 Curtis Rona

3 Josh Morris

4 Tim Lafai

5 Sam Perrett

6 Josh Reynolds

7 Moses Mbye

8 Aiden Tolman

9 Damien Cook

10 James Graham (c)

11 Josh Jackson

12 Frank Pritchard

13 Greg Eastwood

Interchange:

14 Sam Kasiano

15 Shaun Lane

16 David Klemmer

17 Tim Browne

19 Lloyd Perrett

Coach | Des Hasler

 

DRAGONS

1 Josh Dugan

2 Eto Nabuli

3 Euan Aitken

4 Peter Mata'utia

5 Jason Nightingale

6 Drew Hutchison

7 Benji Marshall

8 Leeson Ah Mau

9 Mitch Rein

10 Mike Cooper

11 Tyson Frizell

12 Jake Marketo

13 Trent Merrin

Interchange:

14 George Rose

15 Ben Creagh (c)

16 Mark Ioane

17 Jack de Belin

18 Justin Hunt

19 Nathan Green

21 Craig Garvey

Coach | Paul McGregor

 

Qualifying Final

Broncos (2) v Cowboys (3)

7.55pm, Saturday, September 12

Suncorp Stadium

 

BRONCOS

1 Darius Boyd

2 Corey Oates

3 Jack Reed

4 Justin Hodges (c)

5 Jordan Kahu

6 Anthony Milford

7 Ben Hunt

8 Sam Thaiday

9 Andrew McCullough

10 Adam Blair

11 Alex Glenn

12 Matt Gillett

13 Corey Parker

Interchange:

14 Jarrod Wallace

15 Mitchell Dodds

16 Joe Ofahengaue

17 Kodi Nikorima

Coach | Wayne Bennett

 

COWBOYS

1 Lachlan Coote

2 Kyle Feldt

3 Justin O'Neill

4 Kane Linnett

5 Antonio Winterstein

6 Michael Morgan

7 Johnathan Thurston (c)

8 Matthew Scott (c)

9 Jake Granville

10 James Tamou

11 Gavin Cooper

12 Ethan Lowe

13 Jason Taumalolo

Interchange:

14 Rory Kostjasyn

15 John Asiata

16 Scott Bolton

17 Ben Hannant

18 Ray Thompson

19 Matthew Wright

Coach | Paul Green

 

Elimination Final

Cronulla (6) v South Sydney (7)

4.10pm, Sunday, September 13

Allianz Stadium

 

SHARKS

1 Michael Gordon

2 Sosaia Feki

3 Gerard Beale

4 Ricky Leutele

5 Valentine Holmes

6 Jack Bird

7 Jeff Robson

8 Chris Heighington

9 Michael Ennis

10 Sam Tagataese

11 Luke Lewis

12 Wade Graham

13 Paul Gallen (c)

Interchange:

14 Ben Barba

15 Anthony Tupou

16 Andrew Fifita

17 Jayson Bukuya

18 Matt Prior

21 Tinirau Arona

22 David Fifita

Coach | Shane Flanagan

 

RABBITOHS

1 Greg Inglis

2 Alex Johnston

3 Dylan Walker

4 Kirisome Auva'a

5 Bryson Goodwin

6 Luke Keary

7 Adam Reynolds

8 Thomas Burgess

9 Cameron McInnes

10 David Tyrrell

11 Glenn Stewart

12 Chris McQueen

13 Kyle Turner

Interchange:

14 Jason Clark

15 Paul Carter

16 Chris Grevsmuhl

17 Tim Grant

Coach | Michael Maguire