Anthony Minichiello and Sonny Bill Williams both finished up with the Roosters on Friday night, but their coach said their legacy will be enduring.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson says despite his side's disappointing preliminary final loss to South Sydney, he has had an "awesome" year coaching the Roosters.
The Rabbitohs are headed to their first grand final since 1971 following a 32-22 win over rivals the Roosters at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.
The focus may be on the retiring heroes, but for young Roosters Dylan Napa and Isaac Liu it's been a long wait for a chance at an NRL grand final.
Daniel Tupou's development as a big-game player continues when the Roosters take on the Rabbitohs in sudden death on Friday night.
There will be nerves on both sides of Sydney's Anzac Parade this week as the Rabbitohs and Roosters prepare for battle and a place in the grand final.
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has been inspired by hard-running front-row partner Sam Moa and is ready to get the best of South Sydney's famed forward pack.
Like so many things good and proper in rugby league, Anthony Minichiello's career started with Arthur Beetson.
Michael Maguire, Trent Robinson, Ivan Cleary and Des Hasler converged on Rugby League Central on Monday to discuss the upcoming preliminary finals.
Sydney Roosters’ premiership defence has been described as shaky, with many concerned the wheels are about to fall off their title defence.