Saints’s World Club Challenge Series showdown with the Sydney Roosters is still a couple of months away but no doubt head coach Keiron Cunningham and his backroom staff will already have taken at least a mental note of the strength of the opposition they will face.
Interestingly, the Aussie press have also been busy predicting the starting line-ups of all NRL clubs at the start of next season, injuries permitting, and it can only assume the Roosters named in their first choice side will form the nucleus of the squad which will travel to St Helens.
It is: 1. Blake Ferguson, 2. Joe Burgess, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 5. Daniel Tupou, 6. Jackson Hastings, 7. Mitchell Pearce (c), 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 9. Jake Friend (c), 10. Dylan Napa, 11. Boyd Cordner, 12. Aidan Guerra, 13. Isaac Liu. Interchange: 14. Sio Siua Taukeiaho, 15. Mitchell Aubusson, 16. Kane Evans, 17. Sam Moa.
One extremely familiar face will be winger Joe Burgess who left Wigan Warriors at the end of Super League XX to hopefully enhance his career Down Under and will be giving his new boss and team-mates one or two useful tips on how to overcome Saints.