Diathermy physios face off against physio in NRL grand final clash
Diathermics are set to take on physio Phil Hughes in the NRL grand finals as the Sydney Roosters face off with the Melbourne Storm in Sydney on Saturday night.
Both sides are expected to make a number of changes, with the Rooster front row featuring nine of their 11 players from last week’s loss to the Warriors, while the Storm will have a new back rower in the form of new recruit Josh McGuire.
Both teams have made significant changes to their line-ups and the Rooster side have been given the option to use a five-man backline, which could mean more defensive depth.
The Storm’s front row includes Josh McGuires (C), Matt Gillett (C) and Sam Thaiday (C).
The Storm also have prop Josh Mansour, who will miss the game due to injury, and halfback Ben Te’o.
Sydney’s front four features Matt Gillingham (C); Josh Dugan (C)* and Josh McGuirre (C, at hooker), while Sam Thay will be back at hook after missing the Roop last week with a calf injury.
Saints are expected be one of the three new halves, with Tom Lawrence in the halves and Kieran Foran at centre.
Storm centre Jack Bird has been added to the squad.
Rugby league’s grand final has traditionally been played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, but it has been moved to the Cronulla stadium in a bid to attract bigger crowds.
In 2016, the grand final was played at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, with an average crowd of 27,092.