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Lafai wins Bulldogs NRL recall

Centre Tim Lafai has capped a big few days by earning a call up into the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs NRL side to play the Parramatta Eels this Friday night at ANZ Stadium.
Lafai wins Bulldogs NRL recall
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Centre Tim Lafai has capped a big few days by earning a call up into the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs NRL side to play the Parramatta Eels this Friday night at ANZ Stadium.

Lafai comes into the side in place of Steve Turner - who has been ruled out for the season after rupturing a patella tendon in the Bulldogs round eight 12-10 loss to Manly - after scoring a personal haul of 30 points in the Bulldogs 78-nil NSW Cup win over Western Suburbs on Saturday.

He will line up alongside Josh Morris in the centres against the Eels, with Jonathan Wright moving to the wing against his former Club.

Lafai's inclusion is the main change to coach Des Hasler's side, which also sees Greg Eastwood named in the number 13 jersey after starting each of the Bulldogs past two games at lock whilst wearing jersey number 15.

David Stagg will line up on the interchange bench.

Lafai's two try, 11 goal feat against the Magpies in the NSW Cup saw him become just the third Bulldogs player in history to score 30 points or more in a reserve grade-level game, behind NRL team mate Josh Reynolds (38 points v Melbourne in 2010) and Brent Crisp (32 points v Western Suburbs in 2009).

The 20 year old played eight NRL games during 2011, scoring two tries including one on debut. This will be his first NRL appearance of the year.

PARRAMATTA v CANTERBURY
Fri 04/05/12, ANZ Stadium, 7.30pm


Referees: Ashley Klein, Brett Suttor
Sideline Officials: Paul Holland, Jason Walsh
Video Referee: Sean Hampstead

Parramatta: 1 Jarryd Hayne, 2 Luke Burt, 3 Ryan Morgan, 4 Willie Tonga, 5 Ken Sio, 6 Ben Roberts, 7 Casey McGuire, 8 Tim Mannah, 9 Matthew Keating, 10 Matt Ryan, 11 Nathan Hindmarsh [c], 12 Joseph Paulo, 13 Reni Maitua. Subs: 14 Chris Sandow, 15 Fuifui Moimoi, 16 Justin Poore, 17 Mitchell Allgood.

Canterbury: 1 Ben Barba, 2 Jonathan Wright, 3 Josh Morris, 4 Tim Lafai, 5 Bryson Goodwin, 6 Josh Reynolds, 7 Kris Keating, 8 Aiden Tolman, 9 Michael Ennis [c], 10 Sam Kasiano, 11 Frank Pritchard, 12 Dene Halatau, 13 Greg Eastwood. Subs: 14 James Graham, 15 David Stagg, 16 Corey Payne, 17 Joel Romelo, 20 Martin Taupau (one to be omitted).

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