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Bulldogs look for ‘three-peat’ in Legends of League

The Legends of League tournament returns this weekend at the McDonalds Jones Stadium, Newcastle for the third consecutive year, with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs side looking to claim a three-peat.

The Legends of League tournament is a charity event raising funds for the Mark Hughes Foundation into brain cancer research, with some of rugby league's biggest names in history playing in an action-packed day of "old school" rugby league.

The Bulldogs have won both tournaments since inception in 2017, and have never lost a game.

Canterbury claimed a thrilling 10-6 victory over Newcastle in the inaugural year, while last year’s win saw the Bulldogs fight their way back from a 14-point deficit against the Barbarians, with 27 unanswered points in a 27-14 victory.

This year’s side will be led by 2004 premiership winning captain Andrew Ryan and features fellow Canterbury greats like Rod Silva, Mark O’Meley, Willie Mason, Luke Patten, Reni Maitua, and Brent Sherwin, while club legend Hazem El Masri has been named as coach.

Five clubs in the NRL Telstra Premiership will be represented with ex-legends from Brisbane, Canterbury, Newcastle, Parramatta and Penrith.

A sixth team of Barbarians will consist of former greats from remaining clubs to round out the nine-a-side event.

Squads will be split into two pools with the top two sides in each advancing into the semi-finals.

Canterbury have been placed alongside Brisbane and the Barbarians with their first match kicking off at 2pm.

Fans can also grab a photo and an autograph from their favourite Bulldog player at the fan zone between 1pm and 1.30pm.

The opening match of the day features Brisbane and the Barbarians at 1pm before the Grand Final kicks off at 5.30pm.

To purchase tickets visit Ticketmaster online, phone 136 100 or visit the Ticketmaster box office at McDonald Jones Stadium (located at the Western grandstand ticket box).

The tournament will be live streamed HERE!


Andrew Ryan (c), Willie Mason, Reni Maitua, Mark O’Meley, Brent Sherwin, Luke Patten, Willie Tonga, Tony Grimaldi, Jamie Feeney, Dene Halatau, Roy Asotasi, Matt Utai, Brad Morrin, Daniel Holdsworth, Jonathan Wright.

Coach: Hazem El Masri

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.