Barba back in action for Good Friday match against Bunnies
BULLDOGS coach Des Hasler has ended the club-endorsed suspension of Ben Barba with the reigning Dally M medallist listed to return for the Good Friday afternoon clash against the unbeaten Rabbitohs.
Barba was suspended indefinitely by the club on February 25 for behavioural issues and has spent time in a Sydney rehabilitation centre.
Initially it was suggested he might not play in 2013, but the dynamic fullback returned to training last weekend.
In other good news for the 'Dogs, Frank Pritchard returns from injury on an extended six-man bench.
A crowd in the vicinity of 40,000 is expected for the clash at ANZ Stadium, with Michael McGuire naming an unchanged Rabbitohs team despite their flimsy defence against the Panthers last weekend.
Skipper Michael Crocker will actually wear the No.13 jersey for the first time this season.
For tonight's clash between the Sea Eagles and Tigers at Brookvale, each coach has made one enforced change.
Jesse Sene-Lefao is on the Manly bench for the suspended Richie Fa'aoso, while Matt Utai returns for injured Tigers winger Marika Koroibete.
Justin Hodges is back from a hamstring injury for the Broncos in their Good Friday night clash at Suncorp Stadium with Melbourne, and David Stagg returns to the bench.
The unbeaten Storm will field an unchanged line-up.
Sharks centre Ben Pomeroy has been named for his first match of the season in the local derby against the Dragons at Shark Park, and hooker Isaac De Gois returns on the bench.
Jack Stockwell on the bench is the only change for the Dragons, who sit second last on the ladder with no wins.
Concussed Ashley Harrison has been named in the Titans line-up for their away clash against the Panthers, with Luke O'Dwyer and Steve Michaels named on the bench as cover for Harrison and Brad Takairangi (foot).
The Panthers have lock Cameron Ciraldo back, with Nathan Smith axed.
With skipper Kurt Gidley (calf injury) sidelined for another week, Wayne Bennett has retained Monday night star Tyrone Roberts at halfback for the Knights' clash meeting the Raiders at Hunter Stadium on Easter Sunday.
Timana Tahu returns on the bench, while David Furner has retained the 17 that beat the Dragons last weekend.
Tariq Sims has again failed to make an unchanged Cowboys outfit for their encounter with the Warriors in Auckland on Easter Monday, with winger Glen Fisiiahi replacing Bill Tupou in the only change for the Warriors.
And in the Easter Monday night game, the only change to both the Roosters and Eels is the axing of Luke O'Donnell from the Roosters bench for disciplinary reasons.