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Kiwis, Tongans and ex-Warriors in Roosters' extended squad

Frontline Kiwi internationals Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Joey Manu plus Mate Ma’a Tonga forwards Siosiua Taukeiaho and Sitili Tupouniua provide a potent quartet of New Zealand-born players in the Sydney Roosters’ line-up to face the Vodafone Warriors in tomorrow’s sixth-round NRL contest at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Rotorua-born warhorse Waerea-Hargreaves (33), now in his 14th season, makes his 266th NRL appearance. He first faced the Vodafone Warriors in 2010.

Tokoroa-raised centre Manu and Auckland-born ex-Warrrior and Otara Scorpions junior Taukeiaho are both seasoned 100-games plus first graders.

Aucklander Tupouniua, a Marist Saints junior, plays his 67th NRL match tomorrow.

The Roosters’ extended bench includes Adam Keighran, who played nine times for the Vodafone Warriors in 2019 and 2020 followed by 15 appearances for the Roosters last season.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
    Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Reece Walsh
  • Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
    Winger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
  • Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Jesse Arthars
  • Centre for Roosters is number 5 Kevin Naiqama
    Centre for Warriors is number 4 Adam Pompey
  • Winger for Roosters is number 23 Joseph Suaalii
    Winger for Warriors is number 5 Edward Kosi
  • Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Sam Walker
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-Tavita
  • Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Luke Keary
    Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Shaun Johnson

Forwards

  • Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
    Prop for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
  • Hooker for Roosters is number 24 Drew Hutchison
    Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
  • Prop for Roosters is number 10 Lindsay Collins
    Prop for Warriors is number 16 Aaron Pene
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Euan Aitken
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 16 Angus Crichton
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Bayley Sironen
  • Lock for Roosters is number 13 Victor Radley
    Lock for Warriors is number 13 Josh Curran

Interchange

  • Interchange for Roosters is number 9 Sam Verrills
    Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Kodi Nikorima
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 11 Nat Butcher
    Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Bunty Afoa
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Fletcher Baker
    Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Eliesa Katoa
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 22 Daniel Suluka-Fifita
    Interchange for Warriors is number 18 Taniela Otukolo

Reserves

  • Replacement for Roosters is number 18 Lachlan Lam
    Replacement for Warriors is number 25 Valingi Kepu

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Touch Judge: Kasey Badger
  • Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall

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Two New Zealanders are also on the extended list, Wellington-born Porirua Vikings junior Renouf Atoni and Auckland-born Bay Roskill Vikings product Naufahu Whyte.

Atoni is yet to play for the Roosters after joining the club this year following 43 outings for the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs from 2018-2021.

Whyte debuted last season finishing the campaign with three appearances.    

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