As the National Rugby League season draws closer, we look at how the Sydney Roosters will go in 2022.
2022 ROOSTERS SQUAD
Renouf Atoni, Fletcher Baker, Egan Butcher, Nat Butcher, Lindsay Collins, Angus Crichton, Moala Graham-Taufa, Tuku Hau Tapuha, Drew Hutchison, Luke Keary, Adam Keighran, Lachlan Lam, Freddy Lussick, Joseph Manu, Ben Marschke, Paul Momirovski, Kevin Naiqama, Victor Radley, Billy Smith, Joseph Suaalii, Daniel Suluka-Fifita, Siosiua Taukeiaho, James Tedesco, Ben Thomas, Daniel Tupou, Sitili Tupouniua, Sam Verrills, Ronald Volkman, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Sam Walker, Connor Watson, Naufahu Whyte.
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Connor Watson returns to the Roosters to add some depth after last season’s horrible injury toll. He isn’t the only one returning, with Paul Momirovski also returning to Bondi.
Renouf Atoni (2023), Kevin Naiqama (2022), Ronald Volkman (2022).
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Luke Keary will be the Roosters key player this season. The Roosters sorely missed their go to playmaker last season, and he would have helped with Sam Walker’s development.
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All eyes will be on Sam Walker this season, as some rookies suffer from the dreaded ‘Second Season Syndrome.’ He had a good debut season, but if his halves partner Keary can stay healthy he will have a good season and possibly bring the Roosters a premiership.
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The Roosters did well to make into the second week of the finals with their injury list. A lot of people are already had them as one of the top teams and it is hard not argue.
As much as it’s a big boost to have Luke Keary back, Lindsay Collins will be a big boost to the forward pack, however one blow to the start of the season for the start of season is that hooker Sam Verrills will miss the first game of the season due to suspension.
After last season’s injury toll, coach Trent Robinson isn’t taking any chances and has added depth. the return of Paul Momirovski and Connor Watson is a bonus. Kevin Naiqama has joined the Bondi team and is a very handy pick-up. It also means that hookers and halfbacks won’t have to play in the centres.
2022 should be a good year for good year for the tricolours, as long as the key players can stay healthy.