Maroons second-rower Aidan Guerra will be out to limit the impact of Roosters teammate Mitchell Pearce as he returns to the NSW side for Game One.
Michael Morgan has been called in as cover for Daly Cherry-Evans but Maroons coach Mal Meninga has not ruled out playing Roosters firebrand Dylan Napa instead.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson has backed his halves pairing of Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney to do a job for NSW if selected in the 2015 squad.
Halves battle fails to deliver, the rise and fall of James Graham and the excitement of a nation over one Roosters fullback headline the Tricolours' 24-10 win.
Two try assists from Roosters co-captain Jake Friend and dazzling footwork from Roger Tuivasa-Sheck have helped Roosters to a comfortable win over the Bulldogs.
There is a round of blockbusting NRL games looming – and Friday night's crucial clash between the Bulldogs and Roosters is central to Origin calculations.
In a remarkable turn of events, four of the men in contention for the NSW halves spots will face off on Friday night as the Bulldogs and Roosters meet.
Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall has extended his contract at the club for a further two seasons, keeping him at Bondi until the end of 2017.
A stint under Brad Fittler in the City Origin side helped Roosters winger Daniel Tupou produce a starring performance in a big 36-4 win over Wests Tigers.
The Roosters snapped a four-game losing streak in the most convincing fashion possible, here are five things we learnt from the clash at Allianz Stadium.