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Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes has again named a rookie to make his first grade debut for the Club this Saturday in the Dogs Telstra Stadium clash against the Sea Eagles. Youngster Cameron Phelps will start alongside Jamaal Lolesi in the centres.
Phelps has been a regular in Premier League after a very impressive Jersey Flegg season with the Bulldogs last year where he was chosen in the NSW U/19's.
Phelps replaces the injured Willie Tonga who is expected to miss at least 8 weeks of football having experienced a total rupture of the medial ligament in his right knee during the match against the Broncos last Sunday.
Folkes has retained young forward Dallas McIlwain who made his debut last round for the Dogs having been a late replacement for the injured Reni Maitua. McIlwain was start at lock with Tony Grimaldi moving into the second row.
In the first good news for the Bulldogs playing stocks in recent weeks Adam Perry returns after recovering from a calf injury that he suffered against the Wests Tigers back on 27 March, 05.
Perry will come off the bench with Brad Morrin,Chris Armit and Charlie Tonga.
1. Luke Patten 2. Hazem El Masri 3. Jamaal Lolesi 4. Cameron Phelps 5. Matt Utai 6. Braith Anasta 7. Brent Sherwin 8. Nate Myles 9. Corey Hughes 10. Roy Asotasi 11. Tony Grimaldi 12. Andrew Ryan 13. Dallas McIlwain
Interchange: 14. Brad Morrin 15. Adam Perry 16. Chris Armit 17. Charlie Tonga