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Round 25 Team News: Final line-up confirmed for Wests Tigers clash

Will Hopoate will farewell Bulldogs fans with his final match in the blue and white against the Tigers at Moreton Daily Stadium in Redcliffe on Sunday (4:05PM AEST).

Trent Barrett has made changes to his line-up an hour before kick off. Jake Averillo has recovered from injury to replace Kyle Flanagan at halfback. Dylan Napa will also make a final appearance for the club after being named at prop, with Jack Hetherington shifting to the second row.

Corey Waddell rounds out the bench after utility Bailey Biondi-Odo was ruled out due to injury. 

Hopoate, has long been a favourite amongst Bulldogs fans, having joined the club in 2016, and represented the blue and whites on 123 occasions leading into Sunday.

During that time the versatile back has scored 24 tries, and has set up many more with his quick hands and understanding of the game.

The only other change to the Bulldogs side for this week is the return of Corey Waddell from suspension, to start in the second row in place of Matt Doorey, who unfortunately suffered a season ending ACL injury against the Sea Eagles.

The Bulldogs can also confirm that the following off-contract players will be leaving the club at the end of this season:

Dylan Napa, Will Hopoate, Lachlan Lewis, Nick Meaney, Renouf Atoni, Sione Katoa, Dean Britt, Chris Smith, James Roumanos, Brad Deitz, Watson Heleta and Kiko Manu.

Bulldogs Chief Executive, Aaron Warburton, thanked all the players for their efforts on behalf of the club:

"I'd like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the Bulldogs, to thank all of the players that are departing at the end of this season, for their efforts during their time at Belmore.

Every player is a part of Bulldogs' history and will always be welcomed back to the club.

We now wish each of them, and their family, all the best for the future."

No. Player Sponsor
1 Nick Meaney Hy-Tec
2 Corey Allan Guardian Venue Management
3 Will Hopoate Cincotta Chemist Campsie
4 Aaron Schoupp Australasian Industrial Wrappings & Coatings
5 Jayden Okunbor Canterbury League Club
6 Brandon Wakeham Penny's Crispy Pork Crackling
21 Jake Averillo Sydney Freezers
8 Ava Seumanufagai Intello IT
9 Sione Katoa Jay Productions & Events
20 Dylan Napa Khalil Family Lawyers
10 Jack Hetherington MMX Projects
12 Joe Stimson Dental on Evaline
13 Josh Jackson (c) Daily Press
Interchange   Recovery Partners
11 Corey Waddell TLH Recruitment
15 Ofahiki Ogden Urbanista Café & Convenience
16 Chris Patolo Your Property People
17 Jackson Topine McDonalds Punchbowl/Lakemba
22 Watson Heleta  
Coaching Staff Name Sponsor
Head Coach Trent Barrett ShoeGrab
Assistant Coach David Furner  
Assistant Coach Craig Sandercock  
NRL Transitional Coach David Tangata-Toa  


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.