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Roosters to focus on up-tempo game on speedy SCG surface

James Tedesco expects to make the most of a faster track when the Roosters host their opponents in 2019 at the SCG.

The Sydney Roosters fullback said the famous ground's top-flight drainage system would play into the side's attacking plans but the Tricolours are yet to train on the sacred turf, despite their season-opener against South Sydney kicking off next Friday night.

The NSW Origin star was happy to farewell a wet and slippery Allianz Stadium at least for now, with the venue under redevelopment until 2022.

The 26-year-old international played two games for the Wests Tigers at the ground early in his career and welcomed the chance to train there as soon as they could.

The Tricolours have been based at Moore Park training fields during the week. 

"We'll have to get out onto the SCG soon," Tedesco told

"They've had the cricket on and played a rugby union game on there next. It's not ideal but it's a special ground to play at.

Roosters fullback James Tedesco.
Roosters fullback James Tedesco. ©NRL Photos

"Those types of grounds are always a bit different, definitely for viewing it would be but once you start playing you forget about it.

"With the sidelines you'll lose your bearings a bit but the more we play there and get used to it it'll work in our favour."

Tedesco says the dimensions would likely play havoc to the opposing sides once the Roosters adjusted to the ground setup.

NSW and Queensland held similar discussions ahead of the opening State of Origin clash at the MCG last season.

"Playing teams in a one-off for them hopefully they'll get rattled by it," Tedesco said.

"It's good because at least the ground will be firm and fast. Allianz Stadium can be slippery and wet at times and if they're playing AFL it needs to be firmer. For my game, that's exciting."

Roosters teammate Latrell Mitchell hoped the move wouldn't deter the fan base away from attending matches, particularly blockbuster clashes against the Rabbitohs in round one and Dragons on Anzac Day.

"It's very away from everything, it'll be hard not feeling the crowd but hopefully we get a few more people there," Mitchell said.

"The crowd make the game, as many people we can get to the game we're grateful for that. With such an historic ground, I feel like people should not hesitate to come and watch."

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