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Head Coach Des Hasler expresses his excitement about Marcelo Montoya and Brad Abbey who will tonight make their NRL debuts against the New Zealand Warriors.

The 20 year old Abbey, who hails from New Zealand and represented the Junior Kiwis in 2016, has performed strongly in the pre-season and will fill the slot left by Will Hopoate, who has a fractured eye socket that will keep him out for four to six weeks.

Also missing from the line-up will be winger Kerrod Holland, who has damaged the AC joint in his right shoulder and will be sidelined for up to six weeks. His place will be taken by 21 year old Montoya, who took his game to a new level last season, scoring 19 tries in 18 games for the Bulldogs NYC side, in addition to notching a try in Fiji's 20-18 win at Apia Park, in the first ever official Test match in Samoa.

The match also marks the 150th Bulldogs NRL game for hard-working second rower Greg Eastwood.

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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.