Steve let the Dogs out - Australian Rugby league News
Backglobalrugbyleague - Thu, 22 Feb 2007 19:38:00 GMT
Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes has named Sonny Bill Williams as part of a strong line-up which will tackle St.George-Illawarra head on at WIN Stadium on Saturday night.
Williams – who was the Dogs third highest tryscorer last season (8 tries) behind Hazem El Masri and Luke Patten – is gunning to have a good start to 2007.
Since 2005, the Kiwi representative has played in 18 out of 48 games due to lengthy stints on the sideline care of a horror run with injuries.
Named in the second-row to start the game, this trial could evolve into one of the most important clashes of the year for the boy from Auckland .
Williams is playing his first game since recovering from off-season knee surgery.
If he takes a wrong dummy-half step or even ruptures a shoulder the wrong way with a big-hit, he could be back on the waiting list.
And by some miracle, should another club sign the off-contract NRL star away from the Bulldogs, Saturday’s trial game could be the first game of his last season at Belmore.
Highly unlikely but possible. The list of possible scenarios is endless.
Williams will be joined in the team by fellow Kiwi winger Matt Utai, regular winger Hazem El Masri, and veteran fullback Luke Patten.
The team contains 17 players with first grade experience including four new recruits to the Bulldogs - Kane Cleal, Daryl Millard, Lee Te Maari and Aaron Wheatley. In probably the most creative move of the new season, coach Steve Folkes has named popular hooker, Corey Hughes as interim team captain while Andrew Ryan is rested.
1.Luke Patten 2. Namila Davui 3.Daryl Millard 4.Cameron Phelps 5.Matt Utai 6.Daniel Holdsworth 7.Ben Roberts 8.Jarrad Hickery 9. Corey Hughes (c) 10.Kane Cleal 11. Sonny Bill Williams 12.Nick Kouparitsas 13. Dallas McIlwain Interchange: 14.Trent Cutler 15. Lee Te Maari 16.Billy Ngawini 17.Adam Perry 18.Aaron Wheatley. - Read More, Here