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The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will begin their 2017 pre-season campaign in the first weekend of February when they head to the Downer Auckland Nines.

The Bulldogs feature in the Waiheke pool group, alongside the Cronulla Sharks, Gold Coast Titans and the Penrith Panthers.

Following the Auckland Nines, the Bulldogs will host the Penrith Panthers in their first pre-season trial match on Saturday, February 11 at 6pm at Belmore Sportsground.

The match will provide the Bulldogs with the chance to gain revenge on the team that knocked them out of the Finals last season and will see a feast of football played on the day with five matches in NRL, NSW Cup, NYC, SG Ball and Harold Matthews.

The final trial match before the commencement of the Telstra Premiership, will see the Bulldogs tackle the Melbourne Storm at North Hobart Oval, on Saturday 18 February (4-30pm start).

The game between two of the top eight contenders last season, will see rugby league return to Tasmania for the first time in five years.

The game will also see Des Hasler field his strongest team available in preparation for Round One, which will take place against the Melbourne Storm at Belmore three weeks later.

Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 2017 Pre-Season Match Schedule:

4 - 5 February
NRL: Auckland Nines, Eden Park, Auckland

NYC v South Sydney Rabbitohs, Belmore Sports Ground, 4pm

Saturday 11 February 
NRL v Penrith Panthers, Belmore Sports Ground, 6pm

Intrust Super Premiership v Penrith Panthers, Belmore Sports Ground, 3.30pm

NYC v Penrith Panthers, Belmore Sports Ground, 1.15pm

SG Ball v Parramatta Eels, Belmore Sports Ground, 11.15am

Harold Matthews v Parramatta Eels, Belmore Sports Ground, 10am

Saturday 18 February
NRL v Melbourne Storm, North Hobart Oval, 4.30pm

Intrust Super Premiership v Illawarra Cutters, Win Stadium, 4pm (TBC)

NYC v St George Illawarra, Win Stadium, 2pm (TBC)

Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.