WORLD CLUB CHALLENGE: Squad Announcements

Both the Sydney Roosters and St Helens have named their 21-man squads for Saturday’s World Club Challenge match at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

The Roosters are resting captain Boyd Cordner as it is believed the Australian premiers want the forward to be fully fit at the start of the NRL season in less than a month.

Cordner has been an ever-present for the Roosters, New South Wales and Australia for several years and head coach Trent Robinson is taking precaution on his skipper due to the heavy workload.

England and Great Britain winger, Ryan Hall, has not been selected in the squad.

For St Helens, they welcome back James Roby to the squad, as Regan Grace misses out due to a head knock picked up in last week’s win over Hull FC. Youngsters Tom Nisbet and Lewis Dodd are also included.

Despite being ruled out for a several months, Mark Percival has been included.

Percival was set to have surgery but it has been put back to next week to allow him to feature in Saturday’s game.

“We wouldn’t put him out there if we thought we were putting his health at risk,” said Saints boss Kristian Woolf.

Speaking at a pre-match press conference on Wednesday, Woolf added: “We put him through a little bit of contact today to see how he holds up and he held up quite well.

“We’re just going to see how he pulls up tomorrow and go from there.”

Lachlan Coote is still out through injury.

St Helens 21-man squad:

Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Luke Thompson, Zeb Taia, Dominique Peyroux, Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Morgan Knowles, Matty Lees, Kyle Amor, Joseph Paulo, Aaron Smith, James Bentley, Matty Costello, Jack Welsby, Lewis Dodd, Tom Nisbet.

Sydney Roosters 21-man squad:

James Tedesco, Daniel Tupou, Angus Crichton, Joseph Manu, Brett Morris, Luke Keary, Kyle Flanagan, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Siosiua Taukeiaho, Sitili Tupouniua, Mitchell Aubusson, Victor Radley, Sam Verrills, Isaac Liu, Nat Butcher, Lindsay Collins, Matt Ikuvalu, Poasa Faamausili, Aku Kepaoa, Lachlan Lam.

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