Confirmed grand final teams: Cooper Cronk will start

Star Sydney Roosters halfback Cooper Cronk will start in Sunday night's NRL grand final despite suffering a shoulder injury in last week's win over South Sydney.

Cronk has been racing the clock to be fit for the decider against his former club the Melbourne Storm, and after being included by coach Trent Robinson on an extended bench in Tuesday's team list he'll take the field in jersey 23.

His inclusion means Isaac Liu drops to the bench, with Paul Momirovski dropping out of the side. Lindsay Collins drops off the extended bench.

The Melbourne Storm will run out as named on Tuesday, 1-17, with Ryan Hoffman and Jahrome Hughes dropping out of their 19-man squad.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
    Fullback for Storm is number 1 Billy Slater
  • Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
    Winger for Storm is number 2 Suliasi Vunivalu
  • Centre for Roosters is number 3 Latrell Mitchell
    Centre for Storm is number 3 Will Chambers
  • Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
    Centre for Storm is number 4 Curtis Scott
  • Winger for Roosters is number 5 Blake Ferguson
    Winger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
  • Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
    Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
  • Halfback for Roosters is number 23 Cooper Cronk
    Halfback for Storm is number 7 Brodie Croft

Forwards

  • Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
    Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
  • Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Jake Friend
    Hooker for Storm is number 9 Cameron Smith
  • Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
    Prop for Storm is number 10 Tim Glasby
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Boyd Cordner
    2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 7 Mitchell Aubusson
    2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Joe Stimson
  • Lock for Roosters is number 13 Victor Radley
    Lock for Storm is number 13 Dale Finucane

Interchange

  • Interchange for Roosters is number 12 Isaac Liu
    Interchange for Storm is number 14 Kenneath Bromwich
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Dylan Napa
    Interchange for Storm is number 15 Christian Welch
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Zane Tetevano
    Interchange for Storm is number 16 Brandon Smith
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Ryan Matterson
    Interchange for Storm is number 17 Nelson Asofa-Solomona

Cronk can expect plenty of attention in the defensive line, with Storm assistant coach Adam O'Brien telling NRL.com on Saturday the Roosters won't be able to hide the halfback for 80 minutes.

"They can move him one hole wider but at some stage he'll have to come into contact with one of our big guys," said O'Brien, who is leaving the Storm after 11 years to join the Roosters in 2019.

"There's a lot of emotional attachment there with Cooper but he understands as well as anyone that for those 80 minutes we'll go at him."