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Pritchard returns for trip over Tasman

Frank Pritchard returns while former Junior Kiwis captain Marty Taupau has been retained in the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18-man squad to face off against the New Zealand Warriors in their round three clash at Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland.
Pritchard returns for trip over Tasman
by NRL

Frank Pritchard returns while former Junior Kiwis captain Marty Taupau has been retained in the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18-man squad to face off against the New Zealand Warriors in their round three clash at Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland.

Pritchard's return sees Greg Eastwood return to the interchange bench in the only change to the starting side that defeated the St. George Illawarra Dragons 30-4 at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

Eastwood takes his place on the bench alongside Taupau, who was a physical presence in his return to the top grade against the Dragons.

Kris Keating, named on a six man bench in each of the first two rounds, has been selected in the NSW Cup side named today after scoring a try for the Bulldogs in their win over the Illawarra Cutters in Wollongong on Saturday afternoon.

Barry Ward's side also contains young second rower Josh Jackson, who missed the win over the Cutters after being called up as 18th man for the Bulldogs NRL side on Saturday night.

Jackson's selection in the NSW Cup side for its clash with the North Sydney Bears at Belmore Sports Ground on Saturday frees up Tupou Sopoaga for a return to the Toyota Cup and to New Zealand.

The Wellington-raised former schoolboy Rugby Union star will not be the only player of interest for fans from the other side of the Tasman, with halfback Freddie Robinson also picked to make his Toyota Cup debut.

David Minute will also make his first appearance at under 20's level after being included on the interchange bench for Sunday's encounter.

Teams for this weekend's round of matches are as follows:

NRL

1 Ben Barba
2 Steve Turner
3 Josh Morris
4 Jonathan Wright
5 Bryson Goodwin
6 Josh Reynolds
7 Trent Hodkinson
8 Aiden Tolman
9 Michael Ennis [c]
10 Sam Kasiano
11 Frank Pritchard
12 Dene Halatau
13 David Stagg

14 James Graham
15 Greg Eastwood
16 Corey Payne
17 Joel Romelo
20 Martin Taupau

Coach: Des Hasler


NSW Cup

1 Michael Lett
2 Luke MacDougall
3 Mitch Brown
4 Tim Lafai
5 Brett Lane
6 Kris Keating
7 Trent Cutler
8 Tim Browne
9 Shane Pumipi
10 Ray Moujalli
11 Josh Jackson
12 Jake Foster
13 Dale Finucane

14 Jake Finn
15 Harlan Alaalatoa
16 Junior Roqica
17 Kose Lelei

Coach: Barry Ward


Toyota Cup

1 Gerard McCallum
2 Sam Ahofono
3 Louis Mackenzie-Taylor
4 Ed Murphy
5 John Sila
6 Moses Mbye [c]
7 Frederick Robinson
8 David Klemmer
9 Dean Janda
10 Michael Ioapo
11 Tupou Sopoaga
12 Danny Fualalo
13 Lachlan Burr

14 Blake Carter
16 David Minute
19 Jon Taefu
21 Paul Carter

Coach: Andy Patmore




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