A rookie with blistering speed who spent last year on the wing in the Toyota Cup will wear the Sydney Roosters’ No. 6 jumper and go head to head with Benji Marshall.Coach Brian Smith yesterday named little-known Mark Kheirallah to start at five-eighth against Wests Tigers in Saturday’s Foundation Cup at the SFS and hoped he would unearth a “little nugget of gold” who could fill in for the injured Todd Carney later this year. While Carney is expected to overcome a groin injury for the NRL season-opener against South Sydney, Smith was more than happy to let 21-year-old Kheirallah shine. Kheirallah only got his chance for the Roosters a fortnight ago when back-up five-eighth Jonathan Ford rolled his ankle against Ipswich. “Mark got his opportunity in that game without much preparation and did quite well,” Smith said. “It was one of those opportunities that was bound to happen because blokes get injured in footy. Continue reading

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