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Round 1 Team News: Ciraldo Names Side for Season’s Start

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are pleased to announce their squad for Round 1 of the 2024 NRL Premiership against the Parramatta Eels this Saturday at 5:30pm AEDT.

Captain Stephen Crichton will lead his side out, ready to face neighbouring rivals Parramatta for the first official match-up of the 2024 NRL season.

Jacob Kiraz will make his first start in 2024 from the centres, while the halves combination sees Matt Burton and Drew Hutchison taking charge.

Blake Taaffe has locked down the fullback position after impressing Ciraldo with a big pre-season campaign and his efforts in the trials. Blake Wilson has been rewarded for a good start to his NRL career in 2023 and a solid pre-season, named to start on the wing opposite veteran winger Josh Addo-Carr.

Kurtis Morrin, Kurt Mann, Sam Hughes and Josh Curran will add big impact from the interchange bench.

The Bulldogs NSW Cup side will first face the Eels at 3:05pm at Commbank Stadium before the NRL squad kick-off their 2024 campaign. Don't miss the supercharged squad take on their neighbouring rivals in Round 1, with all the action available to watch on Foxtel and Kayo.

No. Player Sponsor
1 Blake Taaffe Sydney City Building Group
2 Blake Wilson Dental on Evaline
3 Jacob Kiraz Penny’s Crispy Pork Crackling
4 Stephen Crichton (c) Juice Lab & Co Bankstown
5 Josh Addo-Carr Defiant Digital
6 Matt Burton Lira Financial
7 Drew Hutchison Canterbury League Club
8 Max King Guardian Venue Management
9 Reed Mahoney HY-TEC
10 Poasa Fa'amausili Intello IT
11 Viliame Kikau Waterview
12 Jacob Preston Zoom Energy
13 Jaeman Salmon Corellian
Interchange   Recovery Partners
14 Kurt Mann Brushwood Engineering Group
15 Sam Hughes Khalil Lawyers
16 Josh Curran AM PM Plumbing & Electrical
17 Kurtis Morrin Platinum Rehabilitation Group
Reserves   Recovery Partners
19 Bronson Xerri  
20 Toby Sexton  
21 Jake Turpin  
22 Connor Tracey  
23 Kitione Kautoga  
Coaching Staff Name Sponsor
Head Coach Cameron Ciraldo ShoeGrab
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.