Time to look ahead to Sunday's decider! Rob Crosby has a full look at both teams and what to expect ...
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The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will visit 41 schools across Sydney's west tomorrow (Thursday) as part of the NRL's Community Carnival.
A total of 14 two-man player groups will visit on average three schools each, reaching approximately 2,500 children from years three to nine over the course of the day.
At each school the players, in conjunction with ARL Development Officers, will lead a 30 minute NRL Backyard League Clinic, to be followed by a question and answer session.
Team Named to Play Roosters Trial
The blitz takes place two days out from the Bulldogs opening trial match of the year, with head coach Kevin Moore naming a 24-man squad to tackle the Sydney Roosters at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday (kick off 5pm).
All players named will get significant game time, with players 1-13 to start the first half while the second half will feature those players named on the interchange bench, as well as a handful of those who started the match.
Heading the list are regular first graders in Ben Roberts, Michael Hodgson, Bryson Goodwin, Chris Armit, Dene Halatau, Gary Warburton, Mickey Paea and Corey Payne, as well as recruits Kris Keating, Jonathan Wright and Michael Lett.
Also lining up will be exciting youngsters Sam Kasiano, Dale Finucane, Josh Jackson and Aiden Sezer, alongside a number of leading players from the Bulldogs NSW Cup ranks.
Those not playing in the match - with the exception of All Stars representatives Michael Ennis, Jamal Idris and Ben Barba - will be on site at Leichhardt Oval for the Bulldogs 2011 Fan Day.
The Fan Day will be one of a number of attractions on the day, alongside matches featuring the Bulldogs Toyota Cup and NSW Cup sides.
Gates open at 1pm on Saturday, with the Toyota Cup clash between the Bulldogs and Roosters kicking off at 1.15pm.
The Bulldogs NSW Cup side tackles Newtown at 3pm, with the NRL fixture between the Bulldogs and Roosters to get underway at 5pm.
Tickets are available now via the following link: http://www.proticket.com.au/event.asp?eventid=950.
The side is as follows:
1. MICHAEL LETT
2. JUNIOR TIA-KILIFI
3. JONATHAN WRIGHT
4. TIM LAFAI
5. BRYSON GOODWIN
6. KRIS KEATING
7. JOSH REYNOLDS
8. MICHAEL HODGSON
9. JOEL ROMELO
10. MICKEY PAEA
11. GARY WARBURTON
12. JOSH JACKSON
13. COREY PAYNE
14. CHRIS ARMIT
15. SAM KASIANO
16. DENE HALATAU
17. DANIEL RAUICAVA
19. BEN ROBERTS
20. AIDAN SEZER
21. NICK TAYLOR
22. JAKE FOSTER
23. DALE FINUCANE
24. TRENT CUTLER
25. HEKA NANAI
COACH: KEVIN MOORE
The following players were not considered for selection for this match: Ben Barba (All Stars), Michael Ennis (All Stars), Trent Hodkinson, Jamal Idris (All Stars), Josh Morris, David Stagg, Aiden Tolman, Steve Turner.
The following players are finalising their recovery from off-season surgery and were not considered for selection for this match: Tim Browne, Greg Eastwood, Grant Millington, Frank Pritchard, Andrew Ryan, Martin Taupau.