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Round 5 Team News: Bulldogs to face Roosters

The unavailability of three players off the back of the Good Friday clash means the injection of some young pups to the Bulldogs for Friday's blockbuster match against the Sydney Roosters at Accor Stadium.


Sam Hughes moves into the starting line-up while Blake Wilson returns to the wing.

Curran will slot into the No.12 jersey replacing the injured Jacob Preston who could be sidelined with a hairline jaw fracture sustained against the Rabbitohs over the weekend.

Kitione Kautoga, who played just one maiden NRL game for the Tigers, comes into the 17 as cover and will make his NRL Club debut for the Bulldogs.

Elsewhere on the interchange, Kurt Mann retains his spot providing an injection of experience against a strong Roosters outfit. 23-year-old Harrison Edwards also comes in, bringing 16 games of NRL experience with him.

Bronson Xerri waits patiently at 18th man while Toby Sexton, Bailey Hayward, Chris Patolo and Poasa Fa'amausili round out the extended squad.

Due to mandatory concussion protocols and suspension, Josh Addo-Carr and Kurtis Morrin are omitted from the squad this week.

The Bulldogs' young pups will draw inspiration from the 'Dogs of War' as the Club reflects on and celebrates the 20th anniversary of the 2004 Premiership over the Sydney Roosters this Friday.

Don't miss the blockbuster event that unites Bulldogs' legends past and present, with the 2004 squad confirmed to attend and cheer on the blue and white.


The 2004 squad will be hosted in the all-new corporate hospitality space, Baa's Bar as hosted by Terry 'Baa' Lamb. With live music, catering and a drinks package, this is the perfect way to catch the match and meet these Bulldogs legends. You can check out Baa's Bar ticketing here.

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 Connor Tracey 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 Sam Hughes Intello IT
11 Viliame Kikau Waterview
12 Josh Curran Zoom Energy
13 Jaeman Salmon Corellian
Interchange   Recovery Partners
14 Kurt Mann Brushwood Engineering Group
15 Harison Edwards Khalil Lawyers
16 Liam Knight AM PM Plumbing & Electrical
17 Kitione Kautoga Platinum Rehabilitation Group
Reserves   Recovery Partners
19 Bronson Xerri  
20 Toby Sexton  
21 Bailey Hayward  
22 Chris Patolo  
23 Poasa Fa'amausili  
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.