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Thursday July 10, 2014

From hot shot to cold shoulder treatment

Once, Josh Reynolds would have been lauded. Engulfed by a swirl of applause as fellow New South Welshmen rushed him and, high up in the grandstand, grown men cheered like they were at a school swimming carnival.

Daily Telegraph, Edition Changes, 10/07/14, Nick Walshaw, page 70


Monday July 7, 2014

Trent’s tears gone

Emotional NSW Blues halfback Trent Hodkinson has opened up about the day he thought his career was over. The future State of Origin hero revealed he broke down in tears after playing a NSW Cup game with Canterbury in 2012.

Daily Telegraph, General News, 07/07/14, page 5

Blue tears

The phoenix emblazoned across NSW hero Trent Hodkinson’s chest is more than just a tattoo. It represents a source of hope and the new beginning he desperately craved at his lowest point, two years ago, as he sat on the side of a Sydney road and cried, believing his career had come to a premature end.

Daily Telegraph, Sport, 07/07/14, Dean Ritchie, page 68


Sunday June 22, 2014

Big-hearted Reynolds goes beyond Blues to help charity

He's just survived a brutal State of Origin battle, so he knows more than most about playing tough. But Blues hero Josh Reynolds says no one's so tough that they don't need help now and then, particularly when it comes to mental health issues.

Sunday Telegraph, General News, 22/06/14, Ian Walker, page 11

Castle earns respect as the top Dog at Canterbury

It is not about being the first woman to head the Bulldogs, Raelene Castle tells Adrian Proszenko, it's about doing a good job. When Raelene Castle first began walking through the Bulldogs gymnasium to calls of 'Aunty' from the Polynesian players, she wasn't sure how to react.

Sun Herald, Sport, 22/06/14, page 65

Saturday June 21, 2014

Blues halves back to bite the Raiders

Last week Des Hasler called for changes to the State of Origin schedule after the Bulldogs crashed to their third straight defeat without their superstar halves, who were away on NSW duties. But last night Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson admitted that the experience of playing for the Blues is going to make them even better players as the focus returns to club football and the run home to the finals.

Daily Telegraph, Sydney, Edition Changes, 21/06/2014, Page 101, 620 words, Paul Crawley

Our hero fits to a tee

Trent Hodkinson is looking down at his kicking tee. Staring at that plastic, green circle at the name "Curtis" scribbled large in thick black texta while, all around him inside ANZ Stadium, some 84,000 delirious fans bounce, scream, shake and pray. And then Curtis Landers moves.

Daily Telegraph, Sydney, Sport, 21/06/2014, Page 102, 520 words, Nick Walshaw

Tuesday June 17, 2014

Injuries sideline Bulldogs duo for six weeks

Canterbury duo Sam Perrett and David Klemmer are expected to be sidelined for around six weeks due to injuries suffered in Sunday’s loss to Parramatta. Both Perrett and Klemmer left the field in the first half of the Eels’ 22-12 win and didn’t return.

Daily Telegraph, Sport, 17/06/14, page 63

Monday June 16, 2014

Hasler: NRL must find a solution

Canterbury coach Des Hasler says the NRL 'geniuses' must find a solution to the State of Origin scheduling debate, saying: 'Would the Dallas Cowboys play without their quarterback?' On a run of seven consecutive wins earlier this year, the Bulldogs have now dropped three straight and conceded a whopping 86 points in the process since the representative season started. 

Daily Telegraph, Sport, 16/06/14, Nick Walshaw, page 59

Hasler rues player losses to Origin after Bulldogs fall to Eels

Frustrated Canterbury coach Des Hasler has joined the growing chorus of influential voices calling for dramatic NRL scheduling changes to limit the impact on clubs during the State of Origin period. Without their NSW halves, the Bulldogs crashed to their third straight loss on Sunday, a 22-12 defeat to Parramatta, to fall from the top of the NRL ladder.

Canberra Times, Sport, 16/06/14, James MacSmith, page 23

Thursday June 12, 2014

T-Rex back with point to prove

If it wasn't bad enough that Parramatta had to find a way to cope without star fullback Jarryd Hayne, now they have a fired-up T-Rex on their hands. Canterbury players yesterday said hulking backrower Tony Williams was ready to make a dent in the Eels’ defence at ANZ Stadium tomorrow night after being left out of the NSW team for game two of the State of Origin series.

The Australian, Sport, 12/06/14, page 35

Wednesday June 11, 2014

I love it

You’ll have to do better than that Queensland. That’s the attitude of NSW State of Origin five-eighth Josh Reynolds, who has brushed off a personal attack directed at him from north of the border in the wake of Origin I, by admitting he thrives on being public enemy No.1 in Queensland.

Daily Telegraph, Sport, 11/06/14, David Riccio, page 76


Tuesday June 10, 2014

Hodkinson fears classy Cherry-Evans could punish Blues

NSW halfback Trent Hodkinson got a close look at just how damaging Daly Cherry-Evans can be when the new Queensland half mesmerised the Canterbury defence as he starred for Manly on Friday night. Cherry-Evans laid on three tries in 10 minutes in a remarkable blitz that turned the game in Manly’s favour and put the Blues on notice as he helped the Sea Eagles to a 32-10 win over the Bulldogs.

Sydney Morning Herald, Sport, 10/06/14, page 46

T-Rex goes for blue bird

Big Tony Williams looks set to be the unlucky victim of NSW’s push to wrap up their first State of Origin series in nine long years next week. The Daily Telegraph has been told that Williams – nicknamed T-Rex – Is fighting to retain his spot for tomorrow week’s ANZ Stadium game because Greg Bird will return from suspension.

Daily Telegraph, Sport, 10/06/14, Dean Ritchie, page 60

Thursday June 5, 2014

Reynolds’ letter lifts little Tommy

He has great hands, fast feet and a brilliant football brain. Now you can add big heart to Josh Reynolds’ list of qualities.

Daily Telegraph, Sport, 05/06/14, Dean Ritchie, page 78


Friday May 30, 2014

Reynolds free to rumble in game two

Josh Reynolds capped a memorable 24 hours after having his dangerous throw charge downgraded, allowing him to play for the Blues in game two. After helping lead NSW to a 12-8 victory, Reynolds fronted the NRL tribunal at Moore Park on Thursday night after being hit with a grade two dangerous throw charge.

Sydney Morning Herald, Sport, 30/05/14, Michael Carayannis, page 48

Thursday May 29, 2014

Reynolds, Hodkinson put in wholehearted performances

From the moment Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson entered Origin camp they did everything together. From working with Laurie Daley on extra video sessions, addressing the team before training sessions, rooming with each other to standing side by side as the national anthem was played at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.

Sydney Morning Herald, Sport, 29/05/14, Michael Carayannis, page 45

Pairing's set to be swiftly shattered

They should be lucky number 16. Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds were the halves pairing that desperate NSW fans had waited eight long years for.

Daily Telegraph, Sport, 29/05/14, David Riccio, page 74

Tuesday May 27, 2014

Trent key to Blues showing a spine

When all the interviews, photos and formalities at the announcement of the Blues squad were completed at the Hilton on day one of preparations for State of Origin, Laurie Daley was on his way to the fourth-floor elevator when he grabbed Robbie Farah and told him: 'I want you, Jarryd and the halves in my room tonight.' Because for all the involvement of 13 other Blues players against the Maroons at Suncorp Stadium, the effectiveness of Daley's spine his hooker Farah, his fullback Jarryd Hayne, his halfback Trent Hodkinson and his five-eighth Josh Reynolds will be vital in deciding whether the Maroons are halted in their stride or racing towards a ninth straight series win.

The Australian, Sport, 27/05/14, Will Swanton, page 35


Johnathan Thurston has warned NSW scrumbase rivals Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson that no amount of club football can prepare them for an Origin baptism at Suncorp Stadium. Queensland skipper Cameron Smith yesterday said that pressuring the Blues' debutant halves will be a key plank in their blueprint for success tomorrow night in Origin I.

Courier Mail, Sport, 27/05/14, Peter Badel, page 64

Debutant halves in crosshairs

Johnathan Thurston has warned NSW scrumbase rivals Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson that no amount of club football can prepare them for an Origin baptism at Suncorp Stadium. Queensland skipper Cameron Smith yesterday said that pressuring the Blues' debutant halves will be a key plank in their blueprint for success tomorrow night in Origin I.

Daily Telegraph, Sport, 27/05/14, Peter Badel, page 85

Monday May 26, 2014

Ennis defends himself against dive claim

Michael Ennis says he didn't take a dive to milk a penalty on Friday night but stayed down because of concerns relating to an ongoing neck injury. The NRL has confirmed it will again investigate the Bulldogs' handling of the new concussion laws after Ennis and Sam Perrett were allowed to stay on the field after suffering heavy knocks.

Daily Telegraph, Sport, 26/05/14, Paul Crawley, page 65

Stem-cell therapy gives Blues star duo fresh legs for Origin

A $10,000 experimental medical procedure has helped saved the careers of two NSW players. Stem cells placed in the knees of Trent Hodkinson and Aaron Woods have helped resurrect their careers and allowed them to leap into the representative arena.

Sydney Morning Herald, Sport, 26/05/14, Michael Carayannis, page 44

Monday May 12, 2014

Big Doggies maul Dragons

The Bulldogs ran away from the Dragons in a one-sided heavyweight battle at ANZ Stadium yesterday. Canterbury boast six men weighing in at a combined 682kg, and St George Illawarra felt every kilogram as they were monstered from the opening minutes.

Daily Telegraph, Sport, 05/12/14, Paul Kent, page 68

Dogs' brute force and no-frills footy rattle rivals

It might not be the perfect formula. It certainly is not the prettiest method of play. However, the Canterbury Bulldogs have a style they can certainly call their own at the moment – and it’s working a treat.

Sydney Morning Herald, Sport, 05/12/14, Phil Gould, page 40

Tuesday May 6, 2014

Dogs not in clear over deal

Canterbury are yet to be given the all-clear over their botched multi-million-dollar deal with Andrew Fifita. The NRL has revealed some aspects of the contract saga are still being investigated.

Daily Telegraph, Sport, 06/05/14, page 69

Dogs' botched contract deal explored

Canterbury is yet to be given the all-clear over its botched multimillion-dollar deal with Andrew Fifita; the NRL said some aspects of the contract saga were still being investigated. Fifita was on the verge of signing with the Bulldogs for four seasons in March, based on an annual salary of about $800,000 as outlined in a memorandum of understanding.

Sydney Morning Herald, Sport, 06/05/14, page 45


Monday May 5, 2014

Daley can't split Reynolds and Mullen for Origin

The City-Country match ended in a draw and so did the battle for NSW's coveted five-eighth jersey. Country No.6 Jarrod Mullen appeared to slightly outpoint City counterpart Josh Reynolds in Dubbo yesterday, but Blues coach Laurie Daley couldn't split the pair.

Daily Telegraph, Sport, 05/05/14, Dean Ritchie, page 62

Mullen and Reynolds fight out a draw as Daley's dilemma deepens

NSW City and Country couldn’t be separated on the scoreboard at Caltex Field in Dubbo yesterday, and neither could the two players vying to fill the NSW five-eighth position if incumbent James Maloney fails to recover in time from his shoulder injury.

The Australian, Sport, 05/05/14, page 28

Thursday May 1, 2014

Phillips on path to success

Tyrone Phillips has a poster of Adam Reynolds in his room. There is every chance the South Sydney halfback, one of nine people living with Phillips in the same house, hung it there.

Sydney Morning Herald, Sport, 01/05/14, page 44

Bulldogs say they are in the clear over Fifita fiasco

Canterbury chief executive Raelene Castle has defended her handling of the Andrew Fifita contract saga, revealing the NRL has cleared the club of any wrongdoing.

Sydney Morning Herald, Sport, 01/05/14, Adrian Proszenko, page 44

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Ennis is ready to replace Farah

The three-way battle brewing over who will replace the injured Robbie Farah in the NSW side if he is ruled out is heating up, with Michael Ennis confident he’s a better player than he was three years ago. Ennis’s last of seven games for NSW was in 2011, before Farah took the reins at hooker, but a dislocated elbow could keep the Wests Tigers skipper from Game I on May 28. 

The Australian, Sport, 16/04/14, Margie McDonald, page 35

Friday April 11, 2014

Dogs defend themselves against concussion claim

Canterbury have sought to clarify their position on the controversial Josh Jackson concussion that has embroiled the club in a fresh scandal. After club sources claimed head trainer Steve McCullagh was not witness to the collision that concussed Jackson in round two against Cronulla because he was treating Aiden Tolman, unseen footage aired on NRL360 showed Tolman was on the bench at the time.

Daily Telegraph, Edition Changes, 11/04/14, Paul Kent, page 124<>

Thursday April10, 2014

Origin dog fight

Sydney Roosters five-eighth James Maloney is facing the sack from the NSW State of Origin, with in-form Bulldogs half Josh Reynolds nipping at his heels for the job. Maloney has struggled for form so far this season, leaving Blues coach Laurie Daley concerned about his recent displays, particularly compared to the NRL’s form five-eighth, Canterbury’s Josh Reynolds.

Daily Telegraph, Sport, 10/04/14, Phil Rothfield and Dean Ritchie, page 80

Television footage casts doubt on Bulldogs’ Jackson appeal

Unseen television footage has cast doubt on Canterbury’s appeal of the Josh Jackson concussion breach, which has the club facing a $20,000 fine from the NRL. Fox Sports last night broadcast a series of wide frame angles disputing Canterbury's explanation of the circumstances that saw Jackson play-on while concussed against Cronulla

Daily Telegraph, Sport, 10/04/14, Josh Massoud, page 76

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Bulldogs angered by fine as NRL draws ‘line in sand’

Canterbury are privately seething at the NRL’s decision to fine them $20,000 after Josh Jackson was allowed to remain on the field despite showing signs of concussion. The Bulldogs are certain to appeal the breach notice handed to them yesterday by the NRL’s head of football, Todd Greenberg.

Newcastle Herald, General News, 09/04/14, Ian McCullough, page 44

Bulldogs facing further punishment for concussion breaches

Canterbury faces a heavy fine, deregistration of a member of its coaching staff or even the loss of competition points if the NRL determines it has again breached new concussion guidelines with prop James Graham. The Bulldogs became the first club this season to be fined for putting player welfare and safety at risk.

The Australian, Sport, 09/04/14, Stuart Honeysett, page 32

Dogs to fight $20,000 concussion fine

Canterbury will appeal a $20,000 fine imposed for flouting the NRL’s new concussion laws, claiming their physio therapist was unaware of Josh Jackson’s condition because he was busy attending to fellow forward Aiden Tolman. The Bulldogs became the first club to receive a breach notice for allegedly not complying with the governing body’s new concussion guidelines during the round-two match against Cronulla.

Sydney Morning Herald, Sport, 09/04/14, Adrian Proszenko, page 48

NRL bites Dogs

The Bulldogs face fines of up to $40,000 and the NRL has the added power to strip them of competition points if the club is found to have breached the code’s strict new concussion rule for a second time. The NRL yesterday slapped Canterbury with a $20,000 penalty, $10,000 of which has been suspended, after the club’s on-field trainer failed to remove a concussed Josh Jackson from the field in round two against Cronulla.

Daily Telegraph, Sport, 09/04/14, David Riccio, page 74

Monday March 31, 2014

Shared passion for Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs leads to love

PASSIONATE Bulldogs fan Summer Neofytou often joked with her friends her future husband was somewhere in the crowd at ANZ Stadium and it turned out she was right.

Bulldogs face ire over ill Graham

Canterbury could receive its second letter from the NRL under the new concussion rules asking it to explain why James Graham stayed on the field after a heavy tackle on Saturday. Graham’s head was in an awkward position as he tackled Melbourne prop Jesse Bromwich in the second minute of play in the Bulldogs-Storm match in Perth.

The Australian, Sport, 31/03/14, Margie McDonald, page 26


Dogs could be in strife as Graham refuses spell

The NRL is this week expected to decide whether any clubs have breached the new rules on concussion after requesting explanations from Canterbury, Parramatta and Penrith over incidents in the opening three premiership rounds. NRL officials will also look closely at whether the Bulldogs could have got prop James Graham from the field quicker in Saturday night’s 40-12 defeat of Melbourne in Perth after he aggressively waved trainers away before coming from the field for a concussion assessment

Sydney Morning Herald, Sport, 31/03/14, Brad Walter, page 44

Graham head clash under scrutiny

The NRL will look carefully at the Canterbury doctor’s report after James Graham returned to action following a head injury in the Bulldogs win over Melbourne. Graham was taken from the field in the first half after a head clash in his side’s 40-12 victory over the Storm.

Daily Telegraph, Sport, 31/03/14, page 66

Monday March 24, 2014

NRL considering rookie draft option

A rookie draft is being considered by the NRL and will be discussed further by a new panel set up to review the salary cap each season. The draft for players with limited or no NRL experience is one of several key proposals on the table after a wide-ranging review of the cap that has already led to the establishment of an appeals process, changes to the long-serving player allowance and increases in third-party agreements and the second-tier salary cap.

Sydney Morning Herald, Sport, 24/03/14, Brad Walter, page 46

Sunday March 23, 2014

Daze of our lives

Canterbury, Parramatta and Penrith could face disciplinary action from the NRL this week if they have breached new concussion laws.

Sunday Telegraph, Edition Changes, 23/03/14, David Riccio, page 54

Saturday March 22, 2014

Bulldogs empire envy of Panthers

Ivan Cleary believes Penrith are closing the gap on the NRL's glamour clubs both on and off the field but admits they remain a long way from matching the financial muscle of today's opponents Canterbury. Cleary's Panthers brushed aside Newcastle in round one and lost by a single point to Melbourne at AAMI Park last week and were subsequently labelled the competition's form team by Des Hasler.

Daily Telegraph, Sport, 22/03/14, Ian McCullough, page 101

Friday March 21, 2014

Thursday March 20, 2014

Bulldogs’ splurge won’t breach salary cap: Castle

Canterbury chief executive Raelene Castle says the club can re-sign captain Michael Ennis and still remain under the salary cap without shedding any star players. The Bulldogs have announced a slew of signings and re-signings, most notably the addition of Cronulla prop Andrew Fifita on a four-year contract. 

Sydney Morning Herald, Sport, 20/03/14, Adrian Proszenko, page 48

Wednesday March 19, 2014

RLPA backs 18th man proposal for concussions

The Rugby League Players Association is backing moves for the introduction of an 18th man to prevent teams from being “severely disadvantaged” if they lose a player with concussion caused by foul play. The issue of teams having an 18th man to draw on has resurfaced after the NRL’s new concussion guidelines, which require any player suspected to have suffered a head knock to be taken from the field for assessment.

Sydney Morning Herald, Sport, 19/03/14, Brad Walter, page 46

Tuesday March 18, 2014

Feeding frenzy: Sharks have no answer for the Bulldogs’ giant pack

Canterbury has comfortably put a heavily depleted Cronulla side to the sword at ANZ Stadium, easing to a 42-4 win in a low-key Monday night affair. The Sharks, who were missing Paul Gallen, Beau Ryan, Todd Carney and Jeff Robson due to injury in addition to the suspended Canterbury-bound Andrew Fifita, included three players making their NRL debuts in their 17-man squad and were no match for a full-strength Bulldogs side in front of a crowd of 12,057.

Canberra Times, Sport, 18/03/14, Ian McCullough, page 22

Was Canterbury’s signing of Fifita a panic play because of new rule interpretations?

Canterbury's recruitment of Cronulla prop Andrew Fifita and hooker Michael Lichaa is the first reaction to the new rule interpretations in the NRL this season. With games now faster and the ball in play for longer, it took just one premiership match for the Bulldogs to confirm that big, mobile front-rowers with high endurance levels such as Fifita were now more valuable than hulking giants such as Sam Kasiano.

Sydney Morning Herald, Sport, 18/03/14, Brad Walter, page 44

Monday March 17, 2014

Dog eat Dog in pack fight

Tony “T-Rex” Williams breaks three times the tackles of Canterbury’s other big boppers – but is it enough reason to keep him? With the Bulldogs snaring star Kangaroo Andrew Fifita – and outlaying some $3 million to do so –League Land is awash with rumours about which of the Doggies’ hulking “Super Six” will be punted to squeeze him in.

Daily Telegraph, Sport, 17/03/14, Nick Walshaw, page 65

Sunday March 16, 2014

James graham re-signs until 2018

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are pleased to confirm the re-signing of front row forward, James Graham, for a further four years, through until the end of season 2018.

Daily Telegraph, Sport, 16/03/2014, David Riccio

Hodkinson says Bulldogs halves need to lift

With giant Canterbury and Cronulla forwards out with injury, the battle of the halves will go a long way to determining the outcome of Monday nights clash. 

SMH, Sport, 16/03/2014, Michael Carayannis

Saturday March 15, 2014

The Numbers Game

Bulldogs chief executive Raelene Castle denied Andrew Fifita was being paid the reported figure of $850,000. That is to be expected, and might be right.

Daily Telegraph, Sport, 15/03/14, page 102

Friday March 14, 2014

Fifita to be ambassador at Dogs, but move sparks third-party payments row

Andrew Fifita is set to follow in the footsteps of Greg Inglis and Johnathan Thurston by becoming an indigenous ambassador at Canterbury next season. However, his big-money move from Cronulla continues to cause consternation across the NRL, with some clubs privately asking whether the game now needs to place a cap on third-party payments.

The Australian, Sport, 14/03/14, Brent Read, page 30

Kasiano’s a wanted man

Cronulla are aiming to exact revenge on Canterbury for poaching Andrew Fifita by launching a retaliatory strike for Bulldogs prop Sam Kasiano. The news comes as David Fifita emerged as a contender to replace his suspended brother for the grudge match against the Bulldogs.

Daily Telegraph, Sport, 14/03/14, page 122

Sharks circle Kasiano as payback for losing Fifita

Cronulla are aiming to exact revenge on Canterbury for poaching Andrew Fifita by launching a retaliatory strike for Bulldogs prop Sam Kasiano. The news comes as David Fifita emerged as a contender to replace his suspended brother for the grudge match against the Bulldogs.

Sydney Morning Herald, Sport, 14/03/14, Adrian Proszenko and Michael Carayannis, page 42

No Bulldogs goodbye for richer Mbye

He hasn’t played a firstgrade game, but Moses Mbye is $350,000 richer after Canterbury staved off Wayne Bennett’s Knights to secure the Queensland young gun. Just days after outlaying $850,000 a season to prise Andrew Fifita from Cronulla, the Bulldogs have moved quickly to retain one of the NRL’s hottest playmaking talents – the 20-year-old agreeing to terms on a two year upgrade keeping him at Belmore until the end of 2016.

Courier Mail, Sport, 14/03/14, Peter Badel, page 78



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