The Sydney Roosters have unveiled a new-look lineup for their World Club Series-opening clash with St Helens, with Trent Robinson naming four recruits in a 19-man squad.
England winger Joe Burgess and former Brisbane trio Dale Copley, Mitchell Frei and Jayden Nikorima have all made the cut for Friday’s (Saturday 0700 AEDT) match at Langtree Park.
The match looms as a crucial opportunity for young halves Nikorima and Jackson Hastings to get some valuable match time together, less than a month after they were thrown together as the team’s playmaking duo following captain Mitchell Pearce’s Australia Day indiscretions.
Robinson should also get an insight into who will earn the starting second-row spot temporarily vacated by injured vice-captain Boyd Cordner.
The two leading contenders, Mitchell Aubusson and Frei, have both been named.
Blake Ferguson will get his first chance to impress in the No.1 jersey he hopes to make his own following the off-season departure of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, while young sensation Latrell Mitchell is also in line to play.
Roosters squad to face St Helens: Mitchell Aubusson, Joe Burgess, Dale Copley, Kane Evans, Blake Ferguson, Mitchell Frei, Jake Friend, Aidan Guerra, Jackson Hastings, Ian Henderson, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Vincent Leuluai, Isaac Liu, Latrell Mitchell, Sam Moa, Dylan Napa, Jayden Nikorima, Sio Siua Taukeiaho, Daniel Tupou.