With more than 100 years of history behind them, the Sydney Roosters are one of the powerhouse teams of the National Rugby League.
That legacy was underlined in 2019 when the Tricolours edged out a determined Canberra Raiders side to become the first team of the NRL era to win back-to-back premierships.
Can the Chooks go all the way to the big dance again? Let’s see how the odds are shaping up for 2020.
About the Sydney Roosters
|Home ground:||Allianz Stadium|
|Captains:||Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend|
|Premierships:||15 – 1911, 1912, 1913, 1923, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1945, 1974, 1975, 2002, 2013, 2018, 2019|
|2019 ladder finish:||Second (17-7)|
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Updated Sydney Roosters futures odds
|2020 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4||Dally M Odds|
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- Can the Chooks complete the hat-trick? Sydney timed their run to perfection in 2019, saving their best footy for the back end of the season. Cooper Cronk and Latrell Mitchell have moved on, but the Roosters have all the tools make it three in a row.
- If you want to make some easy money, back Sydney to finish in the top four and get on early before their odds come in. It would be a huge surprise if the Tricolours slipped out of the top few in 2020.
- James Tedesco romped to the Dally M Medal last season and will open as the favourite for the 2020 gong. Luke Keary is also a noted vote-getter, having run fourth behind Cameron Smith in 2017.
Roosters players to watch in 2020
Dally M Medal, Wally Lewis Medal, Brad Fittler Medal – those are just a few of the accolades Tedesco picked up last season. The NSW Blues star is now the no.1 fullback in the NRL and the main man in a loaded back half for the Roosters.
Position: Second row
Crichton gave the Roosters plenty of flexibility last season with his ability to start on the second row or make an impact from the bench. The former Rabbitoh is developing nicely and looms as a key player in the 2020 campaign.
The Chooks pulled off a coup when they snared Flanagan from under Cronulla’s nose midway through 2019. The youngster is expected to line up at five-eighth this season, allowing Luke Keary to take over from the retired Cooper Cronk at halfback.
Sydney Roosters records, stats and history
- Most games: 302 – Anthony Minichello
Most career points: 1,454 – Craig Fitzgibbon
Most points in a season: 284 – Ivan Cleary (1998)
Most career tries: 139 – Anthony Minichello
Most tries in a season: 38 – David Brown (1935)
- Most consecutive wins: 19 (1975)
Highest score in a match: 70 (vs. Dragons, 2000)
Biggest winning margin: 87-7 (vs. Bulldogs, 1935)
Largest home attendance: 62,255 (vs. Eels at Stadium Australia, 2000)
- The Sydney Roosters began life as the Eastern Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club in January 1908. Designed to represent the municipalities of Darlinghurst, Paddington, Randwick, Vaucluse, Waverley and Woollahra, the team’s traditional zone also includes the entirety of postcode 2000 – the Sydney city centre.
Success came early for the Tricolours. Led by legends like Dally Messenger, Jersey Flegg and Sandy Pearce, the club won three premierships in a row from 1911 to 1913. Another hat-trick arrived in the 1930s, along with two more flags at either end of World War II.
Although Eastern Suburbs entered the second half of the 20th century as one of rugby league’s power clubs, on-field success proved scarce from that point on. A three-decade drought was broken with back-to-back triumphs in 1974 and ’75, but the Chooks would not add to their tally of 11 flags until after the turn of the millennium.
Despite their ordinary returns on the field, Easts survived the financial hardships of the 1980s and the Super League wars of the ’90s. By the time of the NRL’s inauguration in 1998, the rebranded Sydney City Roosters were again a force to be reckoned with. Their 27-year dry spell came to an end in 2002, when Phil Gould engineered the club’s 12th first-grade premiership.