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Hodgson Returns as Ryan Makes Move to the Front
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs captain Andrew Ryan has been named at prop while Michael Hodgson will return to the squad for Friday night's NRL double header clash against the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium.
Ryan's shift comes as a result of injury to Aiden Tolman, who will miss the next three to five weeks due to a grade two medial ligament strain to his left knee, suffered in last Friday's loss to the Raiders in Canberra.
Jake Foster will start in the number 12 jersey vacated by Ryan, while Hodgson will make his first appearance in first grade since the round seven win over South Sydney at ANZ Stadium.
Friday's clash against his former Club will be Hodgson's 199th in the NRL.
The Bulldogs head for Brisbane on Thursday, and will once again hold a meet and greet signing session with Camp Quality families and Brisbane-based Members at Suncorp Stadium that evening (5.30-6.30pm).
The only other team change will see NSW hooker Michael Ennis return to the number nine jersey filled last week by NRL debutant Josh Reynolds, who slots back into the NSW Cup side for its clash against Cronulla at the Crest on Saturday after impressing in the loss to the Raiders.
Nathan Smith will play five eighth in the NSW Cup after Ben Roberts injured his knee in Saturday's loss to Newtown, with the injury expected to sideline Roberts for up to six weeks.
And the injury news continues in the Toyota Cup, with the Bulldogs to field an entirely new halves combination following injuries to Aiden Sezer and TJ Taotua against the Raiders.
Sezer is likely to be out for the season after injuring the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, with his place to be taken by Samisoni Langi, while Taotua will miss at least one week with a groin strain. His place will be taken by newcomer Jake Fitzpatrick
The Bulldogs will play the Titans at the Crest on Saturday prior to the NSW Cup game.
Teams for this weekend's round of matches are as follows:
NRL: 1. BEN BARBA 2. STEVE TURNER 3. JOSH MORRIS 4. JAMAL IDRIS 5. BRYSON GOODWIN 6. KRIS KEATING 7. TRENT HODKINSON 8. ANDREW RYAN [C] 9. MICHAEL ENNIS 10. SAM KASIANO 11. FRANK PRITCHARD 12. JAKE FOSTER 13. DAVID STAGG INTERCHANGE: 14. GREG EASTWOOD 16. COREY PAYNE 17. DENE HALATAU 19. MICHAEL HODGSON HEAD COACH: KEVIN MOORE
TOYOTA CUP: 1. DANIEL ABOU-SLEIMAN 2. SAM AHOFONO 3. TIM LAFAI 4. ED MURPHY 5. CHRIS CENTRONE 6. SAMISONI LANGI 7. JAKE FITZPATRICK 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. TUPOU SOPOAGA 16. OLIVER GORDON 19. MICHAEL IOAPO COACH: ANDREW PATMORE
NSW CUP: 1. TRENT CUTLER 2. HEKA NANAI 3. DANIEL RAUICAVA 4. JUNIOR TIA-KILIFI 5. JONATHAN WRIGHT 6. NATHAN SMITH 7. JOEL ROMELO 8. MARTIN TAUPAU 9. JOSH REYNOLDS 10. CHRIS ARMIT 11. GRANT MILLINGTON 12. GARY WARBURTON 13. HARLAN ALAALATOA INTERCHANGE: 14. BRAD MORRIN 15. CONRAD TAAKIMOEAKA 16. STEVE AZZI 17. SHANE PUMIPI COACH: JUSTIN HOLBROOK
BUNDABERG RED CUP: 1. SEAN DEAVES 2. JAMES O'BRIEN 3. DEAN McGLINCHEY 4. JORDAN HALL 5. JOHN SILA 6. MOSES MBYE 7. SAM SHORT 8. JESSE ROBERTS 9. JASON GREEN 10. JUDAH LAVULO 11. JOSH GILL 12. LOTA FIAALII 13. LUKE UIKELOTU INTERCHANGE: 14. TODD MAKEJEV 15. GRAHAM CLARK 16. NED HICKS 17. JON TAEFU 18. SAAD ELISAMAR COACH: DEAN BYRNE