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Pritchard lines up in the Blue & White

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs supporters will get their first look at recruit Frank Pritchard in blue and white this Saturday when the Bulldogs take on the Canberra Raiders in their final NRL trial match. Head coach Kevin Moore has included the New Zealand international on a seven-man interchange bench for the clash at Scully Park, Tamworth. It will be the first match of the year for Pritchard, who was among the Kiwis best during last year’s Four Nations tournament, only to miss the Final with a knee injury. Pritchard is the only player named in the 20-man squad that is yet to participate in a trial match this year. Captain Andrew Ryan and hooker Michael Ennis were not considered for selection but both will be available for the Bulldogs round one NRL clash against the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium on Monday, 14 March. Continue reading

Idris excited to return to backline

Jamal Idris wants for his time at second row to be over so he can make a permanent home for himself in the NRL at centre. The Canterbury star says he will play wherever needed, but admits he’s itching to move back to his original position out wide. Canterbury coach Kevin Moore shifted the 20-year-old monster to the backrow last year, to help the club cope with injury problems and add size in the forwards. He’s been named in the No.11 jersey for Friday’s trial against St George Illawarra, but when Frank Pritchard, Andrew Ryan and Greg Eastwood return to the side, the club’s personality player is excited about returning to the backline. Idris’ size and aggressiveness has seen him adapt well to the forwards, but he said Moore hasn’t given any indication he’ll be used there regularly this year. Continue reading

Bulldogs Injury update

Canterbury five-eighth Ben Roberts will miss as many as six additional weeks before returning to NRL action from an ankle injury. Roberts suffered the injury in the round seven win over Brisbane and was expected to miss a month, perhaps returning as early as Sunday’s clash with Melbourne at AAMI Park. “Ben Roberts is still on crutches,” Bulldogs coach Kevin Moore told AAP on Thursday. “He actually had a pin put into his ankle and that’s still a week or two off coming out. “After that he’s got about four weeks of rehab ahead of him so he’s probably still maybe six weeks away.” Blake Green will again wear the No. 6 jersey as Robert’s replacement against the Storm. Prop Ben Hannant is still another week away from returning after a knee injury. “We’ve only just started to run him,” Moore said. “With the type of injury he’s got, you like to get a week or two of running into him before he plays. “He’s probably a week away.” Bulldogs physio Tony Ayoub, who also looks after the NSW State of Origin side, has given Blues trio Brett Kimmorley, Michael Ennis and Jamal Idris the all-clear for Sunday’s game.

IN-N-OUT – Rd 2

A pair of hookers who have seen little action in recent times will be thrown to the wolves on Friday night with Canterbury and St George Illawarra putting their depth to the test in the NRL grudge match. Journeymen Blake Green and Luke Priddis will wear the No.9 jumpers for the Bulldogs and Dragons respectively, Green earning his chance after Michael Ennis accepted a one-week ban for a high tackle while Priddis comes in for Nathan Fien, who is out with a broken leg. “It’s extremely disappointing for Fiensy, he’s a great player and a great guy,” Priddis said. “I’m looking forward to having a run on Friday night … the Bulldogs are always a tough prospect, no matter when or where you play them.”

The Bulldogs also welcome back winger Bryson Goodwin, who will assume goalkicking duties with Ennis out, the hooker left with little choice but to cop the one match suspension for a high tackle on Newcastle’s Matt Hilder.

South Sydney coach John Lang has also been forced to test his reserves with David Tyrell coming in for Eddy Pettybourne, who will be out for up to three months with a broken jaw, while Junior Vaivai replaces Colin Best (ribs). “He’s a very good prospect Junior, he had a very good season in the Toyota Cup last year,” Lang said ahead of Friday’s match against Gold Coast at ANZ Stadium.

The Titans received a boost on Tuesday with fullback Preston Campbell cleared after receiving a head knock in Sunday’s win over the Warriors.

Penrith welcome back Trent Waterhouse from a quad strain for the trip north to play North Queensland, former Sydney Rooster Willie Mason again named to start from the bench.

Manly coach Des Hasler has been forced to reshuffle his backline for Sunday’s clash with fellow round one losers Parramatta with Michael Robertson deputising for Brett Stewart at fullback.

Three Manly players have been charged with high tackles, but the Wests Tigers’ Beau Ryan could serve a longer suspension than any of them after being booked for a “crusher” tackle in Monday night’s NRL clash. The NRL match review committee has handed winger Ryan a grade three dangerous contact charge for a 65th minute tackle on Sea Eagles opposite Michael Robertson. He will be suspended for three matches if he pleads guilty and four if he unsuccessfully defends the charge at the NRL judiciary. His tackle had been overshadowed by Manly players George Rose, Brent Kite and Kieran Foran all being placed on report for high shots during the 26-22 win at the Sydney Football Stadium. Rose will miss only a week if he pleads guilty and two if he unsuccessfully defends the grade four careless tackle charge. Kite and Foran will escape suspension after receiving grade one careless high tackle charges. Canterbury hooker Michael Ennis will miss Friday night’s clash with St George Illawarra after entering an early guilty plea to a grade two careless high tackle charge.

Warriors five-eighth James Maloney and Gold Coast’s Bodene Thompson have escaped suspension after pleading guilty to grade one charges of dangerous contact with a kicker.

Match Review committee update

Bulldogs hooker Michael Ennis is in danger of missing Friday night’s NRL clash with St George Illawarra after being charged with a careless high tackle by the match review committee. Ennis faces a one-match ban whether he takes the early guilty plea or unsuccessfully fights the charge. The grade two charge stems from a sixth minute high shot on Newcastle opposite Matt Hilder in Saturday night’s 20-16 win to the Knights at ANZ Stadium. Two other players – Warriors pivot James Maloney and the Gold Coast’s Bodene Thompson – were charged with making dangerous contact with a kicker. Neither will be suspended if they accept the early guilty plea.

Round 1 Teams – Bulldogs Update

With less then a week to go before the season starts, I have decided to start updating coaches with as much ammunition as possible regarding the team line ups before the ‘Unlimited Trades’ ability sorely comes to an end. For new coaches please be aware that after Round 1 closes for the commencement of the season, you will begin to only be able to use 2 Trades per round with a total of 30 trades allowed for the season. Also new coaches be aware that the head to head matches Within the NEX Cup do not begin until Round 4, but if your in it for the car you definitely want to hit the ground running. Only one week till all is right within my universe – bring on the league !!

Coach Moore said Heka Nanai ($84,100 CTW) and Junior Tia Kilifi ($132,500 CTW) were in a race to replace injured tryscoring machine Bryson Goodwin (toe) ($131,900 CTW) on the wing for the round one clash with Newcastle, while Yileen Gordon ($107,400 CTW/2RF), Gary Warburton ($181,800 2RF) and Mickey Paea ($161,100 FRF/2RF) were in the frame for injured second-rower Dene Halatau (ankle)($174,800 2RF/CTW). Ben Barba ($91,100 HLV) is likely to be used as a bench utility in 2010 with Michael Ennis ($265,700 HOK) to take over from the great Hazem El Masri as goalkicker.