Referring to Waerea-Hargreaves, Collins said: “If he’s right, he will be right. I’m not sure [if it is his final year]. He moves so well – it’s the best he’s seen in a long time.
“We don’t know which way he’s going to go. He’s focused on this year and just giving everything he can to bring out the best in himself.”
Collins and Matt Lodge will play up front against the Dolphins while Fletcher Baker and Terrell May are on the bench.
Having the luxury of remembering a veteran player like Napa throughout the year could come in handy for the Roosters, a club many are tipping to win the title and extend their Premierships in 2018 and 2019.
“It was great to see him out there. He has a presence, he’s fun and energetic, and it’s great to have someone like that at the club,” Collins said of Napa.
“It’s a big boost for us to have someone like him with his experience.
“He’s on a train and a rehearsal, he’s got time to get his body in order, get ready and when he’s ready he’ll play again.”
Joey Manu, who suffered a fresh facial fracture during training camp in Queenstown – on the opposite side of his face when he was thrashed by Latrell Mitchell in late 2021 – is expected back for the club’s second-round clash against the Warriors. Luke Keary (jaw) and Joseph Suaali’i (concussion) will both play.
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https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/jwh-put-on-ice-as-another-premiership-winning-prop-returns-to-roosters-20230228-p5coal.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_sport Jared Waerea-Hargreaves misses Sydney Roosters opener against Dolphins as Dylan Napa returns to Bondi