The Canterbury Bulldogs made mass changes from top to bottom after missing finals again in 2017.
Des Hasler, James Graham and Josh Reynolds left the building, leaving Dean Pay to take the reins and Josh Jackson to pull on the captain’s armband.
It is perhaps unsurprising that the Dogs have continued to struggle after such significant upheaval, but how will they fare in NRL 2020? Let’s check in with the bookies.
About the Canterbury Bulldogs
|Home grounds:||Belmore Oval, ANZ Stadium|
|Premierships:||Eight – 1938, 1942, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1995, 2004|
|2019 ladder finish:||12th (10-14)|
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Updated Canterbury Bulldogs futures odds
|2020 Premiership||Make Finals||Wooden Spoon||Dally M Odds|
Best Canterbury Bulldogs bets for NRL 2020
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- Don’t even think about it. This is a time of transition for a Canterbury side that probably exceeded expectations to finish 12th last year. The Dogs would have to improve out of sight just to make the finals, let alone push for the flag.
- The Gold Coast Titans are leading the race for the wooden spoon at most online bookmakers, but Canterbury are their closest challengers. If the Titans show any sort of improvement this season, the Dogs might be in a bit of bother.
- You don’t have to look to far into the past for examples of teams bolting into finals contention after being written off in preseason. It is a long shot, to be sure, but this is the market for those who fancy the Dogs to bite back at their critics.
Canterbury Bulldogs players to watch in 2020
DWZ joined the Bulldogs midway through the 2019 season and wasted no time making the no.1 jersey his own. Canterbury won six out of nine games with the Kiwi international at fullback, so Dogs fans should be delighted that he has signed on until 2022.
Some questioned whether the lightly framed Lewis was ready to take over the playmaking duties at Canterbury last year, but the young halfback impressed with his defensive application as much as his kicking and passing skills. Keep an eye on this guy.
With Kieran Foran set to miss most of the home-and-away season as he recovers from a shoulder injury, Cogger will fill out one of the NRL’s younger halves pairings. The former Newcastle Knights man is off contract at the end of the season, so he will want to impress.
Canterbury Bulldogs records and stats
- Most games: 317 – Hazem El Masri
Most career points: 2,418 – Hazem El Masri
Most career tries: 159 – Hazem El Masri
Most points in a season: 342 – Hazem El Masri (2004)
Most points in a match: 34 – Hazem El Masri (vs. Tigers, 2006)
- Most wins in a season: 20 (2002)
Fewest wins in a season: One (1964)
Most consecutive wins: 17 (2002)
Most consecutive losses: 11 (1955-56, 1965-66)
Biggest winning margin: 66-4 (vs. Cowboys, 1995)
Biggest losing margin: 6-91 (vs. Dragons, 1935)
- Formed in 1934, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are the oldest surviving expansion club in the top flight of Australian rugby league. Only two teams in the NRL have contested more first-grade premierships: the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs, both foundation members of the NSWRL.
It took Canterbury only four years to win their first flag, and only four more to repeat the feat. However, things got much tougher after World War II. The Berries, as they were once known, were nowhere near it in the 1950s and did not reach the grand final again until 1967, when they ended St George’s 11-year premiership streak with a one-point win in the prelim. They lost the decider to South Sydney, who would go on to win four titles between ’67 and ’71.
That year was something of a watershed for Canterbury. The club grew stronger as the ’70s progressed and developed an exciting, free-flowing brand of footy that took them to the GF in 1974 and 1979. They lost both of those encounters, but the drought broke at last in 1980 when the Dogs exacted revenge for ’74 with an 18-4 demolition of Eastern Suburbs.
The floodgates were open. Canterbury added back-to-back flags in 1984 and 1985, then another in ’88. They finished the decade as one of the strongest teams in the division, which put them in a position of rare security while other clubs battled for survival during the Super League wars of the 1990s.