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Round 5 late mail: Xerri and Patolo called up

Bronson Xerri will join Kitione Kautoga to make his Bulldogs NRL debut tonight, called into the squad late Friday after Blake Wilson dropped out (illness).

The 23-year-old local junior is a late call-up after Wilson took unwell today. His call-up will see him take the field for his first NRL match since 2019. Xerri slots into the centres while Jacob Kiraz takes up the wing.

Chris Patolo, also a local junior from Bankstown Sports, has been called into the front row while Jacob Preston remains unavailable (facial fracture of the jaw). Josh Curran has been named on the interchange alongside Kautoga, Harrison Edwards and Samuel Hughes.

In other team news, Jaeman Salmon moves to second row while Kurt Mann joins the starting side in the lock position.

The Bulldogs take plenty of confidence into the Friday night clash despite facing a strong Sydney Roosters outfit. After spending plenty of time with the 2004 Bulldogs Premiership side over the past 24 hours, the squad will be sure to take pride in running out in their replica jerseys this evening.

No. Player Sponsor
1 Blake Taaffe Sydney City Building Group
3 Jacob Kiraz Dental on Evaline
19 Bronson Xerri 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
22 Christopher Patolo Intello IT
11 Viliame Kikau Waterview
13 Jaeman Salmon Zoom Energy
14 Kurt Mann Corellian
Interchange   Recovery Partners
12 Joshua Curran Brushwood Engineering Group
15 Harrison Edwards Khalil Lawyers
10 Samuel Hughes AM PM Plumbing & Electrical
17 Kitione Kautoga Platinum Rehabilitation Group
Reserves   Recovery Partners
20 Toby Sexton  
Coaching Staff Name Sponsor
Head Coach Cameron Ciraldo ShoeGrab
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