THE Sydney Roosters have named their 18-man squad, to be captained by Albion Park-Oak Flats product Drew Hutchison, ahead of the NRL Nines tournament at Perth's HBF Park on Friday and Saturday.
Matt King has been named as the head coach of the squad, which also features Max Bailey, McKenzie Baker, Egan Butcher, Lindsay Collins, Nick Davis, Poasa Faamausili, Tom Freebairn, Matthew Ikuvalu, Asu 'AJ' Kepaoa, Lachlan Lam, Freddy Lussick, Luca Moretti, Daniel Suluka-Fifita, Lupe Tivalu, Christian Tuipulotu, James Tuitahi and Sam Verrills.
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The Roosters will feature in a minimum of two games in the tournament, starting with the Penrith Panthers on Friday (4.30pm AWST) and then the New Zealand Warriors on Saturday (11.35am AWST) - ahead of the finals starting later that afternoon.
Hutchison, who is vying for the Roosters' vacant halfback jersey following Cooper Cronk's retirement, is just one of a host of Group Seven products that will be on show in Perth, including Gerringong's Jackson Ford, Albion Park-Oak Flats' Adam Clune (both Dragons), Gerringong's Reuben Garrick (Sea Eagles), Milton-Ulladulla's Jack Murchie (Raiders) and Kiama's Mitch Rein (Titans).