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Lock David Stagg makes his return from a one week quadriceps strain in the only change to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs side to play the Sydney Roosters in Sunday's Camp Quality match at ANZ Stadium.
Bulldogs head coach Kevin Moore moved Stagg straight back into his run on side after he was a late scratching for the Bulldogs round two victory over South Sydney.
It means Corey Payne moves back to the interchange bench after he started the match against the Rabbitohs.
Moore has also retained centre Tim Lafai, who scored a try on debut on Sunday, and Dene Halatau, who performed strongly after being elevated to the NRL side from the NSW Cup at the conclusion of round one.
Sunday's match (kick off 2pm) will see the Bulldogs put the focus on premier community partner Camp Quality, with a host of activities planned for over the course of the day.
A large contingent of Camp Quality families have been invited to attend the match, as the Bulldogs take the field in special yellow Canterbury International socks to mark the occasion.
Fans in attendance at ANZ Stadium will go into the draw to win a pair of the socks, signed and framed by the player who wore them in the game itself, with match broadcaster Fox Sports showing their support for CQ by producing try cards for the first 10,000 people through the gates.
One lucky try card holder will win reining Ken Stephen Medallist and Bulldogs Captain Andrew Ryan's yellow socks, with the prize to be awarded at half time.
In addition, Camp Quality kids will form a guard of honour alongside the Bulldogs Belles cheerleaders as the teams run out onto the field, while at half time Bulldogs legends Terry Lamb and Hazem El Masri, along with injured Bulldog Greg Eastwood, will join with them in a special on-field relay.
Camp Quality volunteers will be around the ground all afternoon collecting gold coin donations, while following the game the Club will kick off its pre-season Camp Quality jersey auction on graysonline.com.au, with all monies raised going to the charity.
Bulldogs teams to play the Roosters is as follows:
NRL: 1. BEN BARBA 2. STEVE TURNER 3. TIM LAFAI 4. JAMAL IDRIS 5. BRYSON GOODWIN 6. KRIS KEATING 7. TRENT HODKINSON 8. AIDEN TOLMAN 9. MICHAEL ENNIS 10. SAM KASIANO 11. JAKE FOSTER 12. ANDREW RYAN [C] 13. DAVID STAGG
INTERCHANGE: 14. MICKEY PAEA 15. FRANK PRITCHARD 16. COREY PAYNE 17.DENE HALATAU
HEAD COACH: KEVIN MOORE
TOYOTA CUP: 1. ALISTER BEALE 2. DANIEL ABOU-SLEIMAN 3. SAM AHAFONO 4. EDWARD MURPHY 5. JAMES O'BRIEN 6. AIDAN SEZER 7. SAMISONI LANGI 8. JAKE FINN 9. LIONEL O'MALLEY 10. DALE FINUCANE [C] 11. PAUL CARTER 12. JOSH JACKSON 13. LACHLAN BURR
INTERCHANGE: 14. BEN AUALIITIA 15. TUPOU SOPOAGA 16. JUDAH LAVULO 17. JUSTIN TOOMEY-WHITE
COACH: ANDREW PATMORE