Sydney Roosters Missing Key Players for Anzac Day Clash Against Dragons

The Roosters face a significant blow as star players Tupou and Radley are ruled out of the highly anticipated Anzac Day clash against the Dragons. The Roosters must reshuffle their lineup, while the Dragons look to build on their recent success.

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Sydney Roosters Missing Key Players for Anzac Day Clash Against Dragons

Sydney Roosters Missing Key Players for Anzac Day Clash Against Dragons

The Sydney Roosters will be without two of their star players, Daniel Tupou and Victor Radley, for the highly anticipated Anzac Day match against the St. George Illawarra Dragons. Tupou has been ruled out due to a knee injury, while Radley is sidelined with a hamstring issue. "Tupou and Radley have been ruled out of the match due to injuries," the Roosters confirmed in a statement.

The absence of Tupou and Radley is a significant blow for the Roosters as they prepare to face their rivals in this important annual fixture. Roosters legend Brad Fittler commented that Radley's absence, in particular, is a "huge loss for the Tricolours, as he is a player who suits the physical style of play that the Dragons are known for."

The Roosters will need to reshuffle their lineup, with Michael Jennings likely to come into the centers and Joseph Aukuso Suaalii shifting to the wing. The team will also welcome back Dom Young from suspension and Sam Walker from concussion protocol.

The Dragons, meanwhile, have made some late changes of their own, with Jack Bird returning from a head knock and Zac Lomax moving to the wing. The Dragons are coming off an upset win over the Warriors and are showing signs of improvement under new coach Shane Flanagan.

Why this matters: The Anzac Day match between the Roosters and Dragons is one of the most highly anticipated games of the NRL season. The Dragons currently hold a 12-9 advantage over the Roosters in Anzac Day clashes since the inaugural match in 2002.

Despite the absence of Tupou and Radley, Roosters coach Trent Robinson remains confident in his team's ability to secure a win. "We have a strong squad and the players coming in are more than capable of stepping up and delivering a strong performance," Robinson said. The Dragons will be looking to build on their recent success and prove they are genuine contenders this season.

Key Takeaways

  • Roosters to miss star players Tupou and Radley due to injuries for Anzac Day match.
  • Roosters to reshuffle lineup, with Jennings, Young, and Walker returning.
  • Dragons make late changes, with Bird returning and Lomax moving to the wing.
  • Anzac Day match is a highly anticipated annual fixture, with Dragons leading the series.
  • Roosters coach confident in team's ability to secure a win despite key absences.