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Josh Reynolds has been elevated to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs starting side while Ben Roberts is set to return from injury in Monday night's clash with Cronulla at Toyota Park.
Reynolds will line up at hooker after Joel Romelo accepted a one match ban stemming from a dangerous throw early in Friday night's win over the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium, while Roberts is expected to play after he was a late withdrawal from the Cowboys match due to a corked thigh.
The Bulldogs come into the match in tenth position, two wins out of the top eight with four games remaining until the start of the finals series.
In other team news, interchange forward Chris Armit will play his 150th NRL match in the encounter, seven years after his first match for the Bulldogs and nine since his NRL debut for Parramatta.
Fellow front rower Mickey Paea has also been named in first grade for the first time since round 10, on the back of some strong performances in the NSW Cup after overcoming a knee injury.
Teams for this week's round of matches are as follows:
1. BEN BARBA 2. STEVE TURNER 3. JOSH MORRIS 4. JAMAL IDRIS 5. JONATHAN WRIGHT 6. BEN ROBERTS 7. TRENT HODKINSON 8. AIDEN TOLMAN 9. JOSH REYNOLDS 10. SAM KASIANO 11. FRANK PRITCHARD 12. ANDREW RYAN [C] 13. DENE HALATAU
INTERCHANGE: 14. GREG EASTWOOD 15. CHRIS ARMIT 16. COREY PAYNE 20. MICKEY PAEA
COACH: JIM DYMOCK
1. DANIEL ABOU-SLEIMAN 2. SAM AHOFONO 3. TIM LAFAI 4. ED MURPHY 5. CHRIS CENTRONE 6. SAMISONI LANGI 7. JALINE GRAHAM 8. JUDAH LAVULO 9. LIONEL O'MALLY 10. JAKE FINN 11. PAUL CARTER 12. JOSH JACKSON 13. DALE FINUCANE
[C] INTERCHANGE: 14. JAKE FITZPATRICK 16. LEILANI LATU 17. TUPOU SOPOAGA 19. MITCHELL McMAHON
COACH: ANDREW PATMORE
1. MICHAEL LETT 2. JUNIOR TIA KILFI 3. DEAN McGLINCHEY 4. DANIEL RAUICAVA 5. BRYSON GOODWIN 6. NATHAN SMITH 7. TRENT CUTLER 8. TIM BROWNE 9. SHANE PUMIPI 10. MICHAEL HODGSON 11. GRANT MILLINGTON 12. JAKE FOSTER 13. HARLAN
ALAALATOA INTERCHANGE: 14. CONRAD TAAKIMOEAKA 15. STEVE AZZI 16. HEKA NANAI 17. HAMASOLO ALONE
COACH: JUSTIN HOLBROOK