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Round 14 Team News: Bulldogs to Battle Eels in i4Give Cup Clash

Head Coach Cameron Ciraldo has named his side to face the Parramatta Eels.

The Bulldogs are gunning for their third straight win after toppling the Knights 32-2.

The Blue and White will be looking to retain their perfect record at home this season when they face the Parramatta Eels on the Kings birthday. The occasion marks the annual i4give Cup clash.

Since the initiative was launched, the Bulldogs and Eels have shared the Cup winning once each. The Round 14 fixture will be the third time the rivals play for the Cup rights and it is sure to be a competitive battle to break the 1-1 tie come the public holiday this Monday.

Following his Origin duties, Bulldogs Captain Stephen Crichton has been named to return at centre. Jacob Kiraz will shift to the wing, replacing the injured Josh Addo-Carr. The veteran winger sustained a high-grade tear to his right hamstring in last week's match and is set to be sidelined for up to 10 weeks.

Round 13 standout Reed Mahoney will face his former side for the second time this year. The hooker was heavily involved last week's fierce win, making 48 tackles and setting up three tries. Fellow standout performer, Jacob Preston will also look to continue his strong form. The backrower has charged across the line four times in his last three matches.

Matt Burton returns at five-eighth and will partner Toby Sexton in the halves.

Lipoi Hopoi remains on the bench following a brilliant debut last week. The local junior will play his second game alongside childhood teammate Bailey Hayward, who joins him on the bench, as Kurt Mann makes a start at lock.

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