Sydney Roosters’ Likely Lineup for NRL Round 1

Aspects of the expected Round 1 sides and recruitment for all 17 NRL clubs in 2024 will be extensively analyzed in a series, and the focus has now turned towards the efforts of the Roosters to return to the top. The Roosters have been active in refreshing their roster, but it remains in a state of flux ahead of the upcoming season. Speedster Dominic Young from the Knights and prop Spencer Leniu from the Panthers have joined the Tricolours amidst much excitement, with Wallabies winger Mark Nawaqanitawase set to join next year and Joseph Suaalii replacing him in rugby. As the final season of Jared Waerea-Hargreaves approaches, the future of off-contract Luke Keary and Angus Crichton remains uncertain. Coach Trent Robinson remains undeterred by off-field matters and is committed to bringing the club its fourth premiership under his leadership. However, the Roosters have lacked the consistency in recent years that previously made them the benchmark alongside the Storm before the Panthers took over. New recruits Young and Leniu are seen as significant additions, injecting much-needed youth into a veteran roster. The addition of another speedy player in Lewis Murphy, along with the return of Michael Jennings provides depth out wide. There have been several departures from the squad, including young prop Fletcher Baker who moved to the Broncos. The outside backs positions will be highly contested, with five candidates vying for four spots. The second row positions are also up for grabs, with competition between several quality players. The predicted Round 1 team for the Roosters includes both new recruits Young and Leniu in the starting line-up, providing further details of other squad members.