Bulldogs skipper Ennis ruled out of NRL grand final
Canterbury Bulldogs skipper Michael Ennis has been ruled out of Australia`s National Rugby League grand final against South Sydney with a foot injury, the club said Saturday.
Sydney: Canterbury Bulldogs skipper Michael Ennis has been ruled out of Australia`s National Rugby League grand final against South Sydney with a foot injury, the club said Saturday.
Hooker Ennis suffered the injury during last week`s 18-12 preliminary final victory over the Penrith Panthers, and subsequent scans revealed two fractures in his left foot.
Ennis was unable to train and while he was given the week to battle through, coach Des Hasler decided he should not play.
A decision on Ennis`s replacement has yet to be made.
In the absence of Ennis, English Test forward James Graham and scrum-half Trent Hodkinson will be co-captains for the premiership decider, the club said.
Ennis, 30, has now played his last game for the Bulldogs, having signed a two-year deal to play with NRL rivals Cronulla Sharks from next season.
It will be the Bulldogs` second grand final appearance in three seasons under coach Hasler, with their 2012 campaign ending in disappointment against Melbourne.
South Sydney and Canterbury have only faced off in a grand final once before, back in 1967, a match won 12-10 by the Rabbitohs.
South Sydney, owned by Oscar-winning Hollywood actor Russell Crowe, have not been in a grand final since 1971 when they defeated St George 16-10.