The Roosters welcome again star centre Joseph Manu in a well timed increase forward of Saturday’s conflict with the Warriors at Allianz Stadium.
Manu’s return is a small reduction for coach Trent Robinson, who’s coping with a mounting damage toll. The likes of Victor Radley, Matt Lodge and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves are unavailable.
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Radley was initially named within the 17 regardless of failing a HIA final week. He didn’t move concussion protocols on Friday and so was dominated out with Naufahu Whyte changing him at lock and Ben Thomas becoming a member of the bench.
Manu slots again in at centre, pushing Drew Hutchison to the bench and Corey Allan to the reserves.
The Roosters wish to bounce again from a shock 28-18 loss to NRL newcomers, the Dolphins, final week.
It’s a stark distinction to the Warriors, who loved a 20-12 win over the Knights in Round 1 and can wheel out an unchanged line-up.
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