Big crowd beckons as Foster comes in for Millington
Jake Foster replaces Grant Millington in the only change to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs side for Friday night's NRL blockbuster against St. George Illawarra at ANZ Stadium.
Millington suffered elbow ligament damage early in the Bulldogs round eight clash against the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium, paving the way for Foster - who has featured in five of the Bulldogs eight games for 2011 - to return via the interchange bench following the side's round nine bye.
All Bulldogs representative players will play in the match, including hooker Michael Ennis, who was selected in the Country Origin side before being ruled out through injury.
Ticket sales have been strong over the opening two days of this week, seeing the Bulldogs remain on target to achieve their pre-match ambition of attracting a crowd of 42,000 people to the match.
It means the current record for a Sydney regular-season NRL match of 41,835, set at ANZ Stadium when the Bulldogs farewelled Club great Hazem El Masri in the final round of the 2009 season, remains in danger with three full selling days left before kickoff.
Fans who don't yet have a ticket for the match are urged to buy in advance through Ticketek outlets, by calling 132 849, or by clicking on the links from the Bulldogs website at www.bulldogs.com.au.
In other news, the Bulldogs will be without experienced campaigners Michael Hodgson and Jonathan Wright in the NSW Cup, with both sustaining injuries at the weekend.
After making a successful return from his fainting spell against South Sydney, Hodgson suffered a rib injury in the Bulldogs 17-16 win over Balmain Ryde Eastwood at the Crest on Saturday. Wright also injured an ankle in the win.
And in the Toyota Cup, captain Dale Finucane shifts to the front row with Lachlan Burr making his return to the starting side at lock.
The Bulldogs teams for this weekend are as follows:
: 1. BEN BARBA 2. STEVE TURNER 3. JOSH MORRIS 4. JAMAL IDRIS 5. MICHAEL LETT 6. KRIS KEATING 7. TRENT HODKINSON 8. AIDEN TOLMAN 9. MICHAEL ENNIS 10. MICKEY PAEA 11. FRANK PRITCHARD 12. ANDREW RYAN [C] 13. DAVID STAGG INTERCHANGE: 14. GREG EASTWOOD 15. JAKE FOSTER 16. COREY PAYNE 17. DENE HALATAU HEAD COACH: KEVIN MOORE
1. DANIEL ABOU-SLEIMAN 2. SAM AHOFONO 3. TIM LAFAI 4. EDWARD MURPHY 5. CHRIS CENTRONE 6. AIDAN SEZER 7. TJ TAOTUA 8. JAKE FINN 9. LIONEL O'MALLY 10. DALE FINUCANE [C] 11. PAUL CARTER 12. JOSH JACKSON 13. LACHLAN BURR INTERCHANGE: 14. GERARD McCALLUM 15. TUPPU SOPOAGA 16. OLIVER GORDON 19. MICHAEL IOAPO COACH: ANDREW PATMORE
: 1. TRENT CUTLER 2. HEKA NANAI 3. DANIEL RAUICAVA 4. JUNIOR TIA-KILIFI 5. TRAVIS ROCHE 6. BEN ROBERTS 7. JOEL ROMELO 8. MARTIN TAUPAU 9. JOSH REYNOLDS 10. SAM KASIANO 11. CONRAD TAAKIMOEAKA 12. GARY WARBURTON 13. CHRIS ARMIT INTERCHANGE: 14. BRAD MORRIN 15. RHYS JACK 16. STEVE AZZI 19. HARLAN ALAALATOA 20. NATHAN SMITH COACH: JUSTIN HOLBROOK
BUNDABERG RED CUP: 1. SEAN DEAVES 2. JAMES O'BRIEN 3. PAO PELE 4. LOUIS MACKENZIE-TAYLOR 5. JOHN SILA 6. SHANE PUMIPI 7. SAM SHORT 8. JUSTIN TOOMEY-WHITE 9. JASON GREEN 10. JUDAH LAVULO 11. JOSH GILL 12. LOTA FIAALII 13. LUKE UIKELOTU INTERCHANGE: 14. JESSE ROBERTS 15. GRAHAM CLARK 16. NED HICKS 17. DEAN McGLINCHEY COACH: DEAN BYRNE