Roosters' NRL recruit Kyle Flanagan to make debut in World Club Challenge

Ruben Hill
February 21, 2020

Head instructor Robinson signed up with the Sydney side in 2013, and also Clarke says it is his touch that has taken the Roosters to back-to- back residential titles in the last 2 periods.

He is expected to be sidelined for several months, but coach Kristian Woolf has revealed that the England global may still feature this week prior to surgery - saying that they wouldn't risk him if they weren't confident that Percival could play.

"He's a chance of playing", said Woolf.

"It's been in the media that he needs surgery and that happens next week".

"Not at all, we wouldn't put him out there if we thought we were putting his health at risk".

"He already needs some work done there and it's more a matter of whether he can play with a bit of pain and get through the game".

" I cannot keep in mind in the last 5 or 6 years ever before seeing [Brown] regimented or sent, and also yet there was an accusation after the suit by Jordan Turner, the gamer that he made call with, that this isn't the very first time", stated Clarke.

The Roosters, champs of the NRL, will certainly encounter Kristian Woolf's Saints on Saturday, survive Sky Sports Action from 7pm in the current version of the World Club Challenge.

"To watch him flourish now is great - I said at the start of this year that I think he'll win the Man of Steel award, so to see him at the top is no surprise for me, hopefully he keeps that form up and I'm sure he'll go close".

Cordner has been an ever-present for the Roosters, New South Wales and Australia for several years and the Tri-Colours are taking precaution on their skipper due to the heavy workload.

"St Helens have got a number of games under their belt in friendlies and now three have gone by in the season, so I think it's going to be a tough game in terms of it being physically demanding for the Roosters".

Cordner's place in the second row will be filled by Sitili Tupouniua with NSW representative Angus Crichton plugging the gap at centre left by Latrell Mitchell's departure to South Sydney.

Israel Folau has pulled out of a Catalans training session with the Sydney Roosters in Barcelona.

St Helens squad: 2 Tommy Makinson, 3 Kevin Naiqama, 4 Mark Percival, 6 Jonny Lomax, 7 Theo Fages, 8 Alex Walmsley, 9 James Roby, 10 Luke Thompson, 11 Zeb Taia, 12 Dom Peyroux, 13 Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14 Morgan Knowles, 15 Matty Lees, 16 Kyle Amor, 18 Joseph Paulo, 19 Aaron Smith, 20 James Bentley, 21 Matty Costello, 22 Jack Welsby, 27 Lewis Dodd, 30 Tom Nisbet.

Sydney Roosters 21-man squad: Tedesco, Tupou, Crichton, Manu, Morris, Keary, Flanagan, Waerea-Hargreaves, Friend, Taukeiaho, Tupouniua, Aubusson, Radley.

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