No late changes for the One New Zealand Warriors as they prepare to face the Roosters in today’s second-round NRL encounter at the new Allianz Stadium in Sydney (3.00pm kick-off local time; 5.00pm NZT).
They’ll line up as selected on Tuesday with back rower Bayley Sironen confirmed as 18th man as he returns from a minor knee injury.
Centre Viliami Vailea is 19th man.
Freddy Lussick, Ronald Volkman and Taine Tuaupiki were omitted from the game day last night to play for the club’s New South Wales Cup side in today’s curtain raiser at Allianz Stadium.
After savouring success in his debut match as a head coach, Andrew Webster has been able to call on the same 17 players used in the 20-12 win over the Newcastle Knights at Sky Stadium in Wellington last Friday night.
With seasoned winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak out for a month with a calf injury, Edward Kosi again starts on the right wing after being called up as a replacement last week.
Match: Roosters v Warriors
Round 2 -
Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James TedescoFullback for Warriors is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel TupouWinger for Warriors is number 2 Edward Kosi
Centre for Roosters is number 3 Joseph-Aukuso SuaaliiCentre for Warriors is number 3 Brayden Wiliame
Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph ManuCentre for Warriors is number 4 Adam Pompey
Winger for Roosters is number 5 Jaxson PauloWinger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo Montoya
Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke KearyFive-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Te Maire Martin
Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Sam WalkerHalfback for Warriors is number 7 Shaun Johnson
Prop for Roosters is number 8 Lindsay CollinsProp for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Brandon SmithHooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
Prop for Roosters is number 10 Fletcher BakerProp for Warriors is number 10 Mitchell Barnett
2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Egan Butcher2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Jackson Ford
2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Nat Butcher2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Marata Niukore
Lock for Roosters is number 16 Naufahu WhyteLock for Warriors is number 13 Tohu Harris
Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Jake TurpinInterchange for Warriors is number 14 Dylan Walker
Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Drew HutchisonInterchange for Warriors is number 15 Bunty Afoa
Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Terrell MayInterchange for Warriors is number 16 Josh Curran
Interchange for Roosters is number 19 Ben ThomasInterchange for Warriors is number 17 Tom Ale
Replacement for Roosters is number 18 Corey AllanReplacement for Warriors is number 23 Bayley Sironen
- Referee: Adam Gee
- Touch Judge: Matt Noyen
- Touch Judge: Dave Munro
- Senior Review Official: Ben Cummins
The 24-year-old marked his inclusion with his eighth try in his last eight games and now has a total of 10 tries in his 17-match career.
There was one change among the five players on the extended bench with Sironen returning from the knee injury which ruled him out of contention for the opening round.
Today’s match is the first at the new look Allianz Stadium for the One New Zealand Warriors after playing their last three away games against the Roosters at the Sydney Cricket Ground while the ground was being built. It will be only the fourth time the stadium has been used for an NRL match.
The contest will edge two One New Zealand Warriors players closer to major milestones.
Captain Tohu Harris will play his 199th career match leaving him in line to reach the 200-game mark in the round-three match against North Queensland in Townsville on March 18.
New signing Marata Niukore will appear in his 98th career game to be on track to reach his 100th in the club’s first Mount Smart Stadium match of the season against the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs on March 26.
The One New Zealand Warriors and the Roosters are coming off contrasting displays in the first round. While the Warriors toppled the Knights, the Roosters fell 18-28 to the Dolphins in the new club’s debut in the competition.
ONE NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS v SYDNEY ROOSTERS
3.00pm, Saturday, March 11, 2023
Allianz Stadium, Sydney
ONE NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
1 CHARNZE NICOLL-KLOKSTAD
2 EDWARD KOSI
3 BRAYDEN WILIAME
4 ADAM POMPEY
5 MARCELO MONTOYA
6 TE MAIRE MARTIN
7 SHAUN JOHNSON
8 ADDIN FONUA-BLAKE
9 WAYDE EGAN
10 MITCHELL BARNETT
11 JACKSON FORD
12 MARATA NIUKORE
13 TOHU HARRIS (c)
14 DYLAN WALKER
15 BUNTY AFOA
16 JOSH CURRAN
17 TOM ALE
23 BAYLEY SIRONEN
Head coach | ANDREW WEBSTER