The Dolphins will blood another debutant this weekend against the Dragons in Wollongong with young winger Jack Bostock to play his first game in the NRL.
Bostock will replace Tesi Niu on the wing after the Tongan international suffered damage to the media collateral ligament in his knee last week.
It will be a special night for the 19-year-old Bostock, who grew up in Shellharbour, just 20 minutes’ drive away from WIN Stadium.
He was signed by the Dolphins after being spotted played junior reps with the Dragons and for the NSW under-19 team.
The Dolphins will have a couple of welcome returnees on Saturday, with hooker Jeremy Marshall-King back from suspension.
Marshall-King was arguably the Dolphins’ best player in the opening two rounds of the year before a two-week ban.
Herman Ese’ese will also make his club debut for the Dolphins on Saturday.
The former Bronco, Knight and Titan has been named to start in the front row.
Ese’ese was actually chosen for the Dolphins’ historic debut earlier this month before suffering a minor tear in his bicep at training the week of the game.
As expected, Isaiya Katoa comes back into the team and will partner Anthony Milford in the halves.
Katoa missed last week’s loss to the Broncos with an elbow injury, but now replaces Sean O’Sullivan who ruptured his pectoral muscle in the game and is out for at least three months.
Match: Dragons v Dolphins
Round 5 -
Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Tyrell SloanFullback for Dolphins is number 1 Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
Winger for Dragons is number 2 Mathew FeagaiWinger for Dolphins is number 2 Jamayne Isaako
Centre for Dragons is number 3 Mosese SuliCentre for Dolphins is number 3 Euan Aitken
Centre for Dragons is number 4 Zac LomaxCentre for Dolphins is number 4 Brenko Lee
Winger for Dragons is number 5 Mikaele RavalawaWinger for Dolphins is number 5 Jack Bostock
Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 21 Talatau AmoneFive-Eighth for Dolphins is number 6 Isaiya Katoa
Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben HuntHalfback for Dolphins is number 7 Anthony Milford
Prop for Dragons is number 8 Francis MoloProp for Dolphins is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
Hooker for Dragons is number 14 Jacob LiddleHooker for Dolphins is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
Prop for Dragons is number 10 Blake LawrieProp for Dolphins is number 10 Herman Ese'ese
2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Ben Murdoch-Masila2nd Row for Dolphins is number 11 Kenneath Bromwich
2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Jaydn Su'a2nd Row for Dolphins is number 12 Connelly Lemuelu
Lock for Dragons is number 13 Jack BirdLock for Dolphins is number 13 Tom Gilbert
Interchange for Dragons is number 9 Moses MbyeInterchange for Dolphins is number 14 Jarrod Wallace
Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Toby CouchmanInterchange for Dolphins is number 15 Mark Nicholls
Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Josh KerrInterchange for Dolphins is number 16 Ray Stone
Interchange for Dragons is number 22 Jack De BelinInterchange for Dolphins is number 17 Mason Teague
Replacement for Dragons is number 18 Michael MoloReplacement for Dolphins is number 18 Poasa Faamausili
- Referee: Gerard Sutton
- Touch Judge: Wyatt Raymond
- Touch Judge: Nick Beashel
- Senior Review Official: Kasey Badger