Felise Kaufusi is back in the NRL while Josh Kerr will live his Dolphins’ dream immediately.
Kaufusi was today named to start in the second row against the Eels on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.
He played in the Queensland Cup for the Redcliffe Dolphins last weekend to gain some match fitness.
But it is now back to the top level for Kaufusi after completing a three-week suspension.
He will partner Kenny Bromwich in the second row, with Connelly Lemuelu to play from the bench.
Meanwhile, Kerr will make a lifelong dream come true when he plays NRL for the Dolphins after his mid-season switch from the Dragons.
Kerr began playing for the Redcliffe Dolphins at age 10 and played all the way through to the under-20s grade.
He was forced to head to Sydney to realise his NRL aspirations, but now will earn an NRL player number with the ‘Phins.
Brenko Lee (leg) is out, with Valynce Te Whare to start in the centres again.
The Dolphins will get another debutant with Brayden McGrady named on the wing in place of Tesi Niu.
Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow has been slated to back up from tomorrow night’s return State of Origin match in Sydney, while Sean O’Sullivan’s name is on the team sheet for the first time since March.
O’Sullivan may still be a week short of proving his fitness to return from a torn pectoral muscle, but has been named in jersey number 19.
Match: Dolphins v Eels
Round 17 -
Fullback for Dolphins is number 1 Hamiso Tabuai-FidowFullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
Winger for Dolphins is number 2 Jamayne IsaakoWinger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
Centre for Dolphins is number 3 Euan AitkenCentre for Eels is number 3 Will Penisini
Centre for Dolphins is number 4 Valynce Te WhareCentre for Eels is number 4 Bailey Simonsson
Winger for Dolphins is number 5 Brayden McGradyWinger for Eels is number 5 Sean Russell
Five-Eighth for Dolphins is number 6 Kodi NikorimaFive-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Daejarn Asi
Halfback for Dolphins is number 7 Isaiya KatoaHalfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses
Prop for Dolphins is number 8 Jesse BromwichProp for Eels is number 8 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
Hooker for Dolphins is number 19 Sean O'SullivanHooker for Eels is number 9 Brendan Hands
Prop for Dolphins is number 10 Herman Ese'eseProp for Eels is number 14 Ofahiki Ogden
2nd Row for Dolphins is number 11 Felise Kaufusi2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Bryce Cartwright
2nd Row for Dolphins is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Andrew Davey
Lock for Dolphins is number 13 Ray StoneLock for Eels is number 13 J'maine Hopgood
Interchange for Dolphins is number 14 Josh KerrInterchange for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
Interchange for Dolphins is number 15 Mark NichollsInterchange for Eels is number 15 Joe Ofahengaue
Interchange for Dolphins is number 16 Connelly LemueluInterchange for Eels is number 16 Ryan Matterson
Interchange for Dolphins is number 18 Harrison GrahamInterchange for Eels is number 17 Makahesi Makatoa
Replacement for Dolphins is number 17 Max PlathReplacement for Eels is number 21 Waqa Blake
- Referee: Peter Gough
- Touch Judge: Wyatt Raymond
- Senior Review Official: Matt Noyen