The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes has named Corey Hughes at half-back in place of the injured Brent Sherwin for this Friday's do-or-die game against the Eels at Parramatta Stadium. Sherwin has been ruled out after suffering a broken thumb in the Dogs loss to Newcastle last weekend.
Adam Brideson moves from the bench to cover for Hughes at hooker, whilst Daniel Irvine gets another chance having been a late replacement for Adam Perry who withdrew due to a calf injury.
The new player on the interchange is Ben Czislowski.
Matt Utai has been named on the wing and will have to wait until after his appeal against the grading of his high tackle charge is heard on Wednesday night before knowing if he can take his place in the side.
Tickets to the match are in high demand and the game is expected to be a sellout. The Bulldogs would like to advise fans who are planning on attending the Friday night clash at Parramatta Stadium to pre-purchase their tickets to avoid disappointment.
1. Jamaal Lolesi 2. Cameron Phelps 3. Dallas McIlwain 4. Reni Maitua 5. Matt Utai 6. Braith Anasta 7. Corey Hughes 8. Mark O'Meley 9. Adam Brideson 10. Roy Asotasi 11. Willie Mason 12. Andrew Ryan (c) 13. Tony Grimaldi
Coach: Steve Folkes