Nsw name squad for one day opener against qlds and is ready to play on Thursday

South Sydney captain Lachlan Maranta is one of three Roosters NRL players to take part in the name squad test on Thursday

Lachlan Maranta says he’ll accept the Test squad position with the Sydney Roosters ??? but says if he doesn’t play, he’ll be more than happy to be the Roosters captain

AUSTRALIAN NRL names squad test takes place over four days and has featured plenty of names from different clubs in recent weeks

Newcastle forward James Tamou is back in training with the Panthers after suffering a thigh injury


Raiders p?????????rop Jack Bird (shoulder) and the rest of the NRL side for Thursday’s name squad test have been taken to Sydney’s training ground after failing to train.

Fullbacks Jack Bird (quad) and Joe Ofahengaue (hamstring) are available for selection but are unable to participate.

Coach Trent Robinson said the squad was not available for Thursday’s test because neither side were happy with their injuries.

‘Jack Bird had a little quad strain and has been out ever since so it wasn’t what w?????????e wanted to do but it’s certainly out of the question, and Joe Ofahengaue has also been out from training,’ Robinson said.

‘If it’s not out of the question we’ll have to wait and see. It might happen tomorrow or tomorrow after all but I’m really quite sure we’re ready.


In for lock Benji Marshall (knee), veteran forward Andrew McCullough (concussion) and halves Luke Burgess (knee) are all listed as questionable.

They all missed Monday night’s game against Manly, while prop Scott Fardy (hamstring) will miss out.

The Cowboys rookie lock Jake Granville (knee) is expected to be a full participant.

Veteran loose forward Daniel Vidot has also not trained with the club.

Eels fullback Joe Ofahengaue missed Friday night’s game against the Broncos and is eligible to play but coach Trent Robinson said he is not in contention to face the Roosters.


Key figures in Friday’s squad test.

Ben Brown (ankle)

Nelson Asofa-Solomona????????? (knee)

Billy Baines (knee)

Billy Slate