It's an exciting team named by Ricky Stuart to take on the Rabbitohs this Sunday evening, with all but 3 players in the starting lineup having played at a representative level.
Todd Byrne, Ryan Cross & Brett Finch are the 3 non-reps in the side, but rest assured they won't be letting anyone down.
Ryan Cross has been in great trial form so far this year, and seems to have regained the speed & strength he displayed prior to the series of injuries he's had over the past few years.
Explosive youngster Anthony Tupou will make his First Grade Debut from the bench. Picked by many as the 'next big thing' at the Roosters, Tupou would have played First Grade much earlier, but suffered a serious leg injury at training before what was meant to be his debut game last season.
Luke Phillips has been named in the premier league team, along with prop Peter Cusack. Shannon Hegarty was not considered for selection due to injury.
Shayne Hayne will be the referee, supported by touchjudges Jason Weinstein & Peter Sciberras. Video Referee is Chris Ward.
Atmosphere at the game should be special as these two traditional rivals go head to head.
This being the first game of the 2004 season is expected to draw a large crowd, particularly with the special ticketing deals the Roosters have on offer.
Anthony Minichiello Chris Walker Justin Hodges Ryan Cross Todd Byrne Brad Fittler Brett Finch Jason Cayless Craig Wing Adrian Morley Michael Crocker Craig Fitzgibbon Luke Ricketson Chad Robinson Stuart Webb Ned Catic Anthony Tupou
Ricky Stuart Coach.