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ANTHONY MINICHIELLO (capt) Position: Fullback Age: 33 Weight: 91kg Height: 182cm Premierships: 1 Captain courageous is the only survivor from the Roosters' last premiership triumph, way back in 2002
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Sydney Roosters

ANTHONY MINICHIELLO (capt) Position: Fullback Age: 33 Weight: 91kg Height: 182cm Premierships: 1 Captain courageous is the only survivor from the Roosters' last premiership triumph, way back in 2002. Age hasn't wearied Minichiello like some predicted and he's a proven big-game performer.

Daniel Tupou Position: Wing Age: 22 Weight: 99kg Height: 195cm Premierships: 0 Tall and wirey, Tupou's athleticism was there for all to see in the preliminary final win over Newcastle. Dynamic in the air and deceptively fast across the ground.

Michael Jennings Position: Centre Age: 25 Weight: 94kg Height: 180cm Premierships: 0 Since debuting for Penrith in 2007, Jennings has always known his way to the try-line as if it's his front door. But under Trent Robinson at the Roosters, the NSW centre has matured and defence is now a strength. Blockbuster match-up against Manly skipper Jamie Lyon awaits.

Shaun Kenny-Dowall Position: Centre Age: 25 Weight: 102kg Height: 194cm Premierships: 0 Loyal servant of the Roosters now for many years, Kenny-Dowall faces a stern test facing brutal Manly centre Steve Matai. Experience gained from the Roosters' 2010 grand final loss to Mark Gasnier and the Dragons should help the gifted but error-prone SKD.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck Position: Wing Age: 20 Weight: 93kg Height: 178cm Premierships: 0 In a competition stacked with first-class wingers, 20-year-old Tuivasa-Sheck arguably stood atop the pile in 2013. The future of the Roosters backline is a freakish mover who scored the only try in the Roosters' epic 4-0 win over Manly in the opening week of the finals.

James Maloney Position: Five-eighth Age: 27 Weight: 83kg Height: 176cm Premierships: 0 The NSW No.6 has a habit of being in the right-place at the right time and is looking to cap off a brilliant season. Went down to Kieran Foran and Manly in the 2011 grand final when he was wearing a Warriors jersey, and will know what's required.

Mitchell Pearce Position: Halfback Age: 24 Weight: 91kg Height: 182cm Premierships: 0 Another half who has felt the pain of grand final defeat and who has the experience to do something about it. After another disappointing Origin campaign, this is a huge game in the career of Mitchell Pearce.

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves Position: Prop Age: 24 Weight:108kg Height: 193cm Premierships: 0 Possessing the size and aggression of Gorden Tallis, Waerea-Hargreaves holds claim to being the most fearsome forward in the game. Can walk a fine line between inspirational and illegal and won't want to let emotions get the better of him against old club Manly.

Jake Friend Position: Hooker Age: 23 Weight: 92kg Height: 175cm Premierships: 0 It's been a breakout season from the Roosters' No.9. His defence has always been the pillar of his game, but his attacking kicks and short-passing close to the line has helped spearhead the Roosters' offence.

Sam Moa Position: Prop Age: 27 Weight: 105kg Height: 183cm Premierships: 0 Astute signing by coach Robinson from the English Super League, Moa has added tremendous balance to the Roosters' engine room.

AIDAN GUERRA Position: Second row Age: 25 Weight: 104kg Height: 190cm Premierships: 0 Dangerous hole-runner who has an uncanny knack of finding the try-line with his awkward and determined frame.

Sonny Bill Williams Position: Second row Age: 28 Weight: 108kg Height: 194cm Premierships: 1 The best player across both rugby league and rugby union codes at the moment, without question. SBW has the skill, the size, but most importantly the toughness and game smarts to go with it. Will a win or loss be the difference in determining whether he stays in the NRL?

FRANK-PAUL NUUAUSALA Position: Lock Age: 26 Weight: 105kg Height: 184cm Premierships: 0 Another loyal clubman who has the ability to punch a hole and pop an offload.

INTERCHANGE Daniel Mortimer Position: Utility Age: 24 Weight: 82kg Height: 174cm Premierships: 0 Doesn't get many minutes, but steady-head Mortimer has been a vital cog in the Roosters' machine this season, relieving Friend at dummy half.

Mitchell Aubusson Position: Second row Age: 26 Weight: 98kg Height: 181cm Premierships: 0 Along with Guerra, Aubusson can hit a gap like few others in the game. Whole-hearted and hard-working.

Issac Liu Position: Prop/second row Age: 22 Weight: 103kg Height: 182cm Premierships: 0 Young forward has done the job asked of him by coach Robinson this year and will be hoping to win a grand final cap.

Dylan Napa Position: Prop Age: 20 Weight: 109kg Height: 194cm Premierships: 0 The red-headed hit-man has been a revelation in the second-half of the year. Will contribute to the Roosters' physical presence if given the nod.

Luke O'Donnell Position: Prop/second row Age: 32 Weight: 102kg Height: 186cm Premierships: 0 Missed the preliminary final with a hamstring injury, but if fit it's likely the hard-as-nails forward will make the cut despite not being named. O'Donnell is as experienced as any forward in the competition and has played grand finals, Tests and Origins.

Boyd Cordner Position: Back rower Age: 21 Weight: 102kg Height: 188cm Premierships: 0 Also not named, but would be the ace up the sleeve for the Roosters should he be passed fit for the big dance. Before a broken ankle stopped him in his tracks, Cordner was the form back-rower of the comp and earned an Origin jersey for game three. Star of the future.




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