The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs face the New Zealand Warriors, on Sunday,1:50PM AEST, in their Round 22 fixture at Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe.
Forwards Ryan James and Corey Horsburgh of the Canberra Raiders, were named in this week's Bulldogs game day squad after both club’s agreed to a two week loan. The move came on the back of a combination of injuries to the Canterbury-Bankstown forward pack, which has seen a growth in interest in this week's Round 22 fixture.
The New Zealand Warriors have shown perseverance in recent weeks to claim two come-from-behind wins over the Cronulla Sharks and Wests Tigers. Coach Nathan Brown will head into the weekend knowing his side is still a mathematical chance of playing finals football in September.
Adam Elliott Mid-Week Press Conference: Round 22 v Warriors
Bulldogs: Coach Trent Barrett has made changes to his forward pack with Ryan James to line-up alongside prop Ava Seumanufagai. Matthew Doorey will start in the second row due to incumbent Corey Waddell suffering a calf injury last weekend against the Wests Tigers, while Corey Horsburgh rounds out the bench as the only other change for this week's Warriors encounter.
Warriors: Edward Kosi is likely to fill in on the wing after former Bulldog, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak was suspended for one match for contrary conduct. Suspensions to prop forwards Matt Lodge and Kane Evans have also opened the door for Jackson Frei to make his NRL debut.
Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Reece WalshFullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Nick Meaney
Winger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo MontoyaWinger for Bulldogs is number 5 Falakiko Manu
Centre for Warriors is number 3 Peta HikuCentre for Bulldogs is number 3 Will Hopoate
Centre for Warriors is number 4 Adam PompeyCentre for Bulldogs is number 4 Aaron Schoupp
Winger for Warriors is number 18 Edward KosiWinger for Bulldogs is number 20 Jayden Okunbor
Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-TavitaFive-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Bailey Biondi-Odo
Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Sean O'SullivanHalfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Jake Averillo
Prop for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-BlakeProp for Bulldogs is number 8 Ava Seumanufagai
Hooker for Warriors is number 22 Wayde EganHooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
Prop for Warriors is number 10 Jackson FreiProp for Bulldogs is number 10 Ryan James
2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Josh Curran2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Adam Elliott
2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Euan Aitken2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Matt Doorey
Lock for Warriors is number 9 Jazz TevagaLock for Bulldogs is number 13 Josh Jackson
Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Kodi NikorimaInterchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Sione Katoa
Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Bunty AfoaInterchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Chris Patolo
Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Jamayne Taunoa-BrownInterchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Corey Horsburgh
Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Eliesa KatoaInterchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Joe Stimson
Reserve for Warriors is number 20 Jack MurchieReserve for Bulldogs is number 19 Kyle Flanagan
- Referee: Peter Gough
- Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
- Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
- Senior Review Official: Matt Noyen
Adam Elliott v Josh Curran: Elliott will run out for his 100th NRL appearance this Sunday against the Warriors. A key member of the Bulldog's back row, expect to see the Tathra Sea Eagles junior lift the intensity of those around him in his milestone game.
Curran has established himself as a first grader in 2021, since debuting for the Roosters in 2019. Gaining selection in the Indigenous All Stars in February, the reliable back rower has gone from strength-to-strength to become a regular feature in this year's Warriors forward pack.
Featuring in 16 matches for the Pack this year, Elliott has been a consistent contributor to his side. The back rower has averaged 90 running metres and 34 tackles per match, and his running game on the Bulldogs’ edge has seen him notch up 3 line breaks and 2 tries for the season.
Curran has put together an impressive stat line, averaging 39 tackles and 72 running metres per match. The forward has also scored two tries for the season and has tallied 17 tackle breaks to go with 12 offloads.
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs take on the New Zealand Warriors at Moreton Daily Stadium this Sunday afternoon, kicking off at 1:50PM AEST. Tickets are available to our Round 22 fixture here.