Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Manly Sea Eagles vs Sydney Roosters Round 20 Women in League Round clash.
It’s been a week of turmoil for the Sea Eagles off the field, with seven players boycotting the game after plans for the team to don a pride jersey were unveiled.
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The pride jersey has sparked significant backlash, with the club admitting they failed to properly consult their playing group. Manly will be the first ever NRL team to wear a pride jersey, and have committed to wearing the controversial jersey again in 2023.
As a result the Sea Eagles head into the clash with a severely understrength side, with Josh Aloiai, Jason Saab, Christian Tuipulotu, Josh Schuster, Haumole Olakau’atu, Tolutau Koula and Toafofoa Sipley all unavailable.
Alfred Smalley, James Roumanos, Pio Seci, Zac Fulton will all make their NRL debuts, while James Segeyaro will make his return to first grade after a three-year absence.
The Sea Eagles head into the clash as $6.50 outsiders, with Roosters $1.12 favourites to win the game.
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MANLY SEA EAGLES v SYDNEY ROOSTERS LIVE COVERAGE
Thursday, 7.50pm, 4 Pines Park, Manly
6:50pm — LATE MAIL IN
For the Sea Eagles Sean Keppie is out, with Martin Taupau moving to prop, Kurt De Luis moves to the bench and Zac Fulton joins the bench from the reserves, with Kaeo Weekes 18th man.
The Roosters will line-up 1-17 with no late changes, with Adam Keighran in as 18th man.
6:40pm — PRIDE JERSEYS SPOTTED
After initially selling out of the controversial pride jerseys, fans are queueing up at 4 Pines Park to get their hands on some!
Right there but so many people infront of me wish me luck 😫 pic.twitter.com/s558nDu5PV
— Ella 🦅🦅 (@ellapk3) July 28, 2022