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Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs forward Mark O'Meley has been named in the Dogs team for this Friday night's round 6 blockbuster against the Sydney Roosters at Telstra Stadium. O'Meley returns after a 4 week lay-off due to a calf injury sustained in the Bulldogs opening round win over the Dragons.
O'Meley will partner Roy Asotasi in the frontrow with Chris Armit moving back to the interchange.
The biggest surprise in the Bulldogs team is the naming of rookie forward Nate Myles in the starting 17. Myles was only added to the full-time squad in February and has been impressive off the bench in his first four appearances. Coach Steve Folkes has rewarded Myles for his consistency and there is no doubt that this is the most imposing looking pack that the Dogs have put on the paddock since the opening round.
The Bulldogs will also welcome the return of Reni Maitua onto the interchange. Maitua has been missing since suffering ligament damage to his left ankle in the Dogs final trial against Souths and subsequently suffering a severe dose of the mumps.
Ben Czislowski has been relegated to Premier League whilst Trent Cutler and Adam Brideson retain their places on the interchange.
In other good news for the Bulldogs centre Ben Harris returns to action this week in Premier League. Harris had off-season shoulder surgery.
1. Luke Patten 2. Hazem El Masri 3. Jamaal Lolesi 4. Willie Tonga 5. Matt Utai 6. Braith Anasta 7. Brent Sherwin 8. Mark O'Meley 9. Corey Hughes 10. Roy Asotasi 11. Nate Myles 12. Andrew Ryan 13. Tony Grimaldi
Interchange: 14. Reni Maitua 15. Chris Armit 16. Trent Cutler 17. Adam Brideson
Coach: Steve Folkes