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Team News: Pre-Season Challenge Squad Finalised

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are gearing up for the 2024 NRL season with a blend of seasoned veterans and promising newcomers set to take on the Melbourne Storm at Belmore Sports Ground this evening (7:00PM AEDT).

New recruit Blake Taaffe will take up the highly anticipated fullback position while Bronson Xerri will get his first taste of top-grade football since 2019.

Fellow recruits to debut in the Blue and White this Thursday include Drew Hutchison, who will pair with Matt Burton in the halves, Jaeman Salmon and Poasa Faamausili.

Stars, Reed Mahoney and Max King will link up with emerging talents Eli Clark, Jeral Skelton, Jordan Samrani and Sam Hughes. Additionally, break-out players from last year, Blake Wilson and Jacob Preston are primed for action.

The match offers fans an exciting glimpse at the new breed of Bulldogs, with a number of combinations expected to be tested on the field. Don't miss your chance to rally behind the Bulldogs and enjoy the atmosphere under Belmore lights.

Before the main trial starts at 7:00PM, the Bulldogs' NSW Cup squad will face off against the Bears in their own trial match starting at 4:30PM. Gates will open at 4:00PM for this prelude.


No. Player
1 Blake Taaffe
2 Blake Wilson
3 Eli Clark
4 Bronson Xerri
5 Jeral Skelton
6 Matt Burton
7 Drew Hutchison
8 Maxwell King
9 Reed Mahoney
15 Poasa Faamausili
11 Kitione Kautoga
12 Jacob Preston
13 Jaeman Salmon
14 Toby Sexton
10 Sam Hughes
16 Liam Knight
17 Jordan Samrani
19 Harry Hayes
20 Bailey Hayward
21 Joash Papalii
22 Jonathan Sua
23 Jack Todd
24 Joseph O'Neill
25 Luke Smith
26 Lipoi Hopoi
27 Kurtis Morrin
28 William Afualo
29 Khaled Rajab
Coaching Staff Name
Head Coach Cameron Ciraldo
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.