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Sharks premiership winner Andrew Fifita will play just his third game of the season when he comes off the bench against the Bulldogs on Sunday.

Casualty Ward By Club

Fifita's last game was against the Panthers in round 14 and he is joined on the bench by Royce Hunt, who plays his first game of the season.

Round 19 Late Mail

Bulldogs v Sharks, Sunday 4.05pm at Cbus Super Stadium

Bulldogs: Just one change to the 17, with Renouf Atoni moving from the reserves list to the interchange. Falakiko Manu will be the 18th man.

Dummy-half Jeremy Marshall-King returns from suspension and a reshuffle in the pack sees Ava Seumanufagai promoted from the interchange to start in the front row with Luke Thompson switching to lock and Josh Jackson to the second row.

Joe Stimson is the new face on the bench. Ofahiki Ogden and Kyle Flanagan were omitted from the extended bench 24 hours before kick-off.

The Bulldogs can achieve two wins in a season against the Sharks for the first time since 2004.

Sharks: Teig Wilton is out. Briton Nikora starts with Andrew Fifita joining the bench. Jonaiah Lualua was the other player omitted from the squad on Saturday.

Billy Magoulias will be the 18th man for Cronulla.

Royce Hunt is on track to play his first game of the season in a timely return from a knee injury with experienced prop Aiden Tolman accepting a one-match ban this week.

Toby Rudolf moves from lock to replace Tolman in the front row with Jack Williams promoted to the starting side.

The Sharks have won six of their past eight games against the Bulldogs.

 

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