In the 1980’s the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs reigned supreme for much of the decade, winning four premierships and earning the nicknames “The Entertainers” and the “Dogs of War”.
The latter name was attributed to the club for their aggression and brutalising playing style that was lead by big and imposing forwards such as Peter Kelly, Peter Tunks, David Gillespie and Paul Dunn among others.
The Bulldogs of 2020 are looking to regain the monkier after assembling an imposing forward pack that is certainly the team’s strongest area.
This season the Bulldogs will boast Queensland Origin representative Dylan Napa, Renouf To’omaga and Aidan Tolman who in 2019 made 870 tackles and averaged 132.76 running metres per game.
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The second-row boasts a couple of New Zealand Internationals in Raymond Faitala-Mariner and Corey Harawira-Naera, not to mention Bulldogs captain and former New South Wales representative Josh Jackson and new signing Joe Stimson.
Last but certainly not least at lock former Indigenous All-Star Adam Elliott will be hungry for a New South Wales Origin jersey this season.
Are we going to see a new version of the “Dogs of War” return? Hopefully, as a strong Bulldogs side is a good thing for rugby league.