Internally, Saturday nighttime doesn’t have anything to do with Sonny Bill Williams for its Sydney Roosters.
But externally? Coach Trent Robinson understands the eyes of the rugby league world is going to be on not only his group, but the guy inside their number 17 jersey against Canberra.
And he welcomes it.
Because that is 2020 and Robinson was one of those guys in the forefront of restarting the match amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
He understands every additional pair of eyeballs on the NRL is a fantastic thing, with a few predicting 100 million to see the match.
The Roosters coach verified on Friday which Williams would play with his first NRL match in nearly six years on Saturday night in GIO Stadium.
“He’s got an aura about him. He has earned that through achieving in many different places and challenging himself,” Robinson said.
“He is an intense athlete that finished up pushing his limitations, not only physically but emotionally. People regard that.
“It’a real feather in the cap of this match also that we have got him and folks will be seeing round the world.
“That external focus is really important, we know that this year. It’s very important we get eyeballs on our game.”
Robinson along with also the Roosters have grown used to sideshows.
There has been Williams’ initial return in 2013, the futures Mitchell Pearce and Latrell Mitchell along with the birth of Cooper Cronk.
And who’d forget the endless narrative of Cronk’s shoulder 2018, the will-he-or-won’t-he saga that lasted until an hour before kick off at the grand final.
Roosters insiders insist that the spotlight was much more extreme that week than through the present one round Williams.
And nevertheless, they managed it with ease.
It’s the reason Robinson has not had to address his players around the hype about Saturday’s game.
“I knew what having him (Williams) back would do,” Robinson said.
“Externally, which is the biggest talking point.
“Internally it is how do we would like to playwith? We wish to get better each match. And which comprises this weekend.
“We want to nail the way we play on Saturday night and we want to honour Josh Morris playing 300 games.”
Fan-favorite Morris is now only the third out back from the game’s history to achieve 300 games.
Luke Keary will reunite, Mitchell Aubusson and Angus Crichton stay some opportunity and a top-four place is online for the two clubs.
Yet each of the questions and attention will stay around a person place to play limited minutes off the seat.
“He’s ready to play,” Robinson stated of Williams.
“Not having played because March it has been a period of time . It’s crucial that you get out there to have the game fitness.
“You can run around, sit on a bike, do as much as you like. But match fitness is important.”
Strategically, Robinson is not concerned either, together with Williams having taken notes at one month’s worth of video sessions.
“There is more depth to our system now (than in 2014),” Robinson said.
“He is a learned guy. He studies hard. He would do as much video as anyone I have seen.”