Roosters

SBW legacy alive in Roosters resurgence

Asked this week about the reasons behind the rapid turnaround from their 15th-place finish last year to a second-place ladder finish and preliminary final berth, Aubusson said the pain and experience of last year and improved ability win big moments were big factors, plus some smart recruiting in Luke Keary and Michael Gordon.

He also spoke to the culture at the club – one that he, along with the likes of Jake Friend and Mitch Pearce have been a key part of building since they were teenagers. And in particular the influence of one-star recruit back in 2013.

Cowboys ready for Roosters

The Roosters are without stars Jake Friend and Boyd Cordner, while the Cowboys have had an unsettled build-up with tackling-machine Shaun Fensom rested from training due to a rib-cartilage injury, while stalwart front-rower Scott Bolton has missed training due to sickness. 

Forward John Asiata is expecting Fensom to play, and the back-rower's toughness is somewhat legendary, having unknowingly broken his arm in training while at the Canberra Raiders only to turn up to a weights session the next day.  

Sharks and Roosters claim NRL wins

Defending premiers Cronulla were soundly beaten by Gold Coast Titans last weekend, but responded by seeing off the Bunnies at Southern Cross Group Stadium on Friday.

Wade Graham and Fa'amanu Brown scored first-half tries either side of a Braidon Burns four-pointer, with the returning James Maloney converting both Sharks scores and also landing a penalty to make it 14-6 at the break.

Roosters pick positives from injury plight

On the one hand, their top-four charge has been dealt a blow, their star stocks depleted just as crucial clashes against ladder-leaders Melbourne, third-placed Manly and North Queensland loom.

On the other, the second-placed side can embrace their young talent, grind out wins and then regain two key players in fresh shape for the finals.

Trent Robinson's men choose the latter.

Roosters re-sign Michael Gordon

The 33-year-old fullback has been in good form this season and is currently the NRL's leading point-scorer this season with 128 points.

"Since day one, everyone at the Roosters has made me and my family feel welcome and at home, so that's a big reason I'm pleased to be extending my time here," Gordon said.

"From a footy perspective, I still feel like the body is really good and I've got something to offer. I'm enjoying my footy and being part of the team here at the Roosters."

Cordner lauds 'inspirational' Pearce

Pearce has become the undisputable go-to man for the Roosters in 2017, with the Blues halfback-in-waiting scoring all four of his tries this season in the final 20 minutes of games. 

His willingness to take the line on has been an inspiration to his teammates, while his lengthy field goal drought was broken with back-to-back one-pointers in rounds eight and nine.   

"I feel like he's had his best ever year in the last 20 minutes of games; it's the simplest way I can explain it," Roosters coach Trent Robinson said after the 24-18 win over the Bulldogs.  

Roosters sign Tigers star Tedesco

Tedesco, the 24-year-old who was the Dally M Fullback of the Year in 2016, will join the Roosters from next year.

A New South Wales State of Origin representative in 2016, Tedesco has played 78 NRL matches.

"James is a tremendously exciting talent whose signature we are pleased to have secured and we look forward to welcoming him to the Roosters in 2018," Roosters chief executive Joe Kelly said.

James Tedesco signs with the Roosters, reports

A cloud of speculation has followed the Origin fullback all season, but News Limited reports that he has signed a $1 million-plus contract with the Chooks.

Earlier on Thursday, the Tigers gave Tedesco and Woods a 24-hour deadline to decide on their futures. 

News Limited reports the deals for both players had already been finalised when Wests gave the deadline, but that the club didn't know about them. 

The brightest prospect of the so-called 'Big Four,' Tedesco will be the biggest loss for the Tigers. 

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves re-signs with the Roosters

The 27-year-old Kiwi international has been rewarded for his outstanding form in 2016, adding a further three years to his existing contract.

“Everyone who knows me knows how much the Roosters mean to me,” Waerea-Hargreaves said.

“It’s an honor to wear the Roosters jersey and to represent our area, and I consider myself incredibly fortunate to know that I’ll continue to be part of the team we have here for at least the next four years."

Don't care where we finish: Broncos

It's a common thought in rugby league circles that a top four finish is crucial to a team's premiership chances, a fair assessment when you look at the recent history of the competition.

Since the NRL changed the competition to its current eight-team finals series in 1999, no team outside the top four has ever won the premiership.

In fact, no team has won the NRL grand final from outside the top four since the Bulldogs beat Manly in 1995.

But you only have to go two years prior to find another side that accomplished the feat – Brisbane.