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Brad Abbey will make his NRL debut on Friday, replacing Will Hopoate in the fullback position against the New Zealand Warriors.

The 20 year old Abbey, who hails from New Zealand and represented the Junior Kiwis in 2016, comes into the side after Hopoate sustained a fractured eye socket during the Bulldogs clash with the Roosters in Round Two.

The former New Zealand Warrior made his way to Belmore in 2016 and after an impressive pre-season, in addition to consistent performances in the club’s Intrust Super Premiership side, the talented number one will pull on the Bulldogs NRL jersey for the first time.

“I’m pretty nervous, but I’m really excited to head back home and play against the Warriors. My family are really proud and they’re just excited to see me play. Des has told me to just do my job and play my natural game,” Abbey said.

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NRL Round 3: Bulldogs v Warriors, Forsyth Barr Stadium Dunedin - Friday, March 17th 2017 - 8pm (NZ)

1. Brad Abbey
2. Brett Morris
3. Josh Morris
4. Brenko Lee
5. Marcelo Montoya
6. Josh Reynolds
7. Moses Mbye
8. Aiden Tolman
9. Michael Lichaa
10. James Graham
11. Josh Jackson
12. Greg Eastwood
13. David Klemmer
14. Sam Kasiano
15. Danny Fualalo
16. Adam Elliott
17. Raymond Faitala-Mariner
19. Craig Garvey
20. Matt Frawley
21. Francis Tualau
23. Reimis Smith
COACH: Des Hasler

Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.