2020 NRL preview: Sydney Roosters team guide
While other teams scramble to work their way up the NRL ladder, the benchmark Sydney Roosters are quietly eyeing off a third straight premiership in 2020.
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The Melbourne Storm might be the most consistent NRL team of the past decade or so, but the Sydney Roosters may just have taken over the mantle as the competition's model franchise.
They refuse to pay more than they think players are worth to balance their salary cap – more on Latrell Mitchell shortly – and in Trent Robinson they boast an astute, measured coach that players clearly respond to.
Cooper Cronk has retired, but the Roosters are experts at filling gaps. Luke Keary or recently signed halfback Kyle Flanagan will slot into the vacant number seven role.
Latrell Mitchell wanted more than the Roosters were prepared to offer, so he is across town at South Sydney. It is a policy that has served the Bondi Junction club well as they chase a three-peat that would be the first since Parramatta's run from 1981–83.
How to watch Sydney Roosters NRL matches
Super keen to check in to all their matches as the Roosters begin their title defence and chase that third straight title? Well you better get your hands on a Foxtel or Kayo Sports subscription. Of their remaining matches, 11 are on free-to-air television and a further 7 are exclusive to Fox League.If you are yet to check out Kayo, there's a 14-day free trial. We have also put together a Kayo vs Foxtel guide so you can see how they compare.
A Basic subscription to Kayo is $25/month and gives you access to 2 devices. For $35/month you get a third screen. It also has a number of features such as SplitView, where you can watch four sports at once, Interactive Stats, Kayo Minis and No Spoilers.
Another option for watching the premiers in 2020 is through NRL Live Pass. Telstra customers can access it for free, though NRL Live Pass is limited to just a seven-inch display size. We have a guide on how to stream the 2020 NRL season, including the providers.
Watch Sydney Roosters matches overseas
If you are travelling in 2020, you can still catch Roosters games overseas with the Watch NRL app. Check out our full guide on streaming the 2020 NRL season from overseas for more information.
When do the Sydney Roosters play next?
You can see the Roosters' 2020 NRL fixtures here.
Sydney Roosters squad
Sydney Roosters history
When the Roosters win premierships, they tend to do it in bunches. They claimed multiple titles way back in the early 1910s and again in the 30s and 70s. The Roosters are in the middle of another hugely successful era right now and they have no intention of relinquishing that crown in 2020.
Trent Robinson is the sort of no-nonsense coach that manages to forget past glories immediately and switch his focus to the new task at hand. It is a formula that has already reaped three premierships in seven years at the helm.
They keep losing the odd important player to free agency or retirement, but the wheel keeps on turning. Behind Robinson, James Tedesco, Boyd Cordner et al, there is no reason to think that won't continue this coming season.
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