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In a series analysing who will line up in each position for all 16 teams in the opening round of the Telstra Premiership in 2021, looks at the Sydney Roosters. says: Victor Radley and Sam Verrills are racing the clock for round one after suffering ACL ruptures during the 2020 season but Radley would come straight in if fit.

If neither makes round one then the last bench spot if a toss-up between Hutchison as a utility or another forward such as Daniel Fifita.

Sam Walker shapes as the long-term No.7 but may not quite be NRL-ready yet, in which case Lachlan Lam would start the season with the recently re-signed Hutchison and recruit Adam Keighran as other options.

Jamie Soward says: Their depth has taken a bit of a hit over the last three years. There are question marks over the No.7 jersey but Lam will get the start. Walker will push for a start but they have an abundance of talent.

Fully fit their 1-20 is the best in the comp. They'll have to have a worst-case scenario plan for the back row if Cordner needs an extended break but this is a side I'm expecting to compete for another title.