Grand Final

Fill-in role elevated Russell Aitken to grand final folklore

Michael Carayannis Russell Aitken was sitting around with his mates on Tuesday night half joking that his name would bob up this week.

Canterbury Bulldogs sponsor Jaycar Electronics offers bonus for grand final win

Adrian Proszenko Canterbury have been given further incentive to win Sunday's grand final after their major sponsor promised to kick in a bonus payment if they defeat South Sydney.

South Sydney's Issac Luke to miss NRL grand final against Canterbury

Shattered: Issac Luke leaves the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night.

Brad Walter South Sydney hooker Issac Luke will miss Sunday’s grand final against Canterbury after the NRL judiciary upheld his one-match ban for a dangerous throw on Tuesday night.

It should be South Sydney, but you can never write off Canterbury Bulldogs in NRL grand final

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Phil Gould South Sydney's demolition of the Roosters last Friday night was one of the most powerful and complete performances I have seen from a team in a big game for many years.

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Canterbury Bulldogs plan not so Mad Monday after NRL grand final

Raelene Castle.

Brad Walter Canterbury chief executive Raelene Castle believes the players have a right to celebrate "Mad Monday" and insists the Bulldogs have taken precautions to ensure there is no repeat of the controversy...

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Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs fans hungry at the Kennel ahead of Sunday's NRL grand final

Frank Pritchard with fans at Belmore Oval on Tuesday.

Patrick Begley At 6am, Stephen Ellis rose to extinguish the last red from his beard, replacing it with blue and white.

South Sydney legend John Sattler reflects on the Rabbitohs' 1971 grand final

John Sattler.

Adam Pengilly South Sydney Rabbitohs legend John Sattler takes a flashback to 1971 with Adam Pengilly.

Shayne Hayne, Gerard Sutton to referee grand final

Referees Shayne Hayne and Gerard Sutton will officiate Sunday's NRL grand final between South Sydney and Canterbury.

Why South Sydney Rabbitohs v Canterbury Bulldogs will be the biggest grand final in NRL history

Greg Inglis celebrates with Issac Luke and Jason Clark after the fullback's try on Friday night.

Brad Walter The inclusion of South Sydney and Canterbury has ensure that next Sunday night's grand final will be the biggest premiership decider in NRL history.

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Greg Inglis says Souths grand final is biggest of career

Roje Adaimy South Sydney superstar Greg Inglis rates Sunday's grand final as one of the biggest games of his storied NRL career.

NRL Grand Final: South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canterbury Bulldogs risk loss of competition points for concussion breaches

Early-season concussion: Josh Jackson was allowed to play on despite a head knock against Cronulla in round two.

Chris Barrett South Sydney and Canterbury have been warned that the microscope on concussion will be intensified in the grand final.

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Canterbury Bulldogs prop Tim Browne shrugs off head surgery to make NRL grand final

Tim Browne

Michael Chammas He had a hole in his head the size of golf ball and was told his season was over, but three metal plates and 11 weeks later Tim Browne is preparing for a grand final.

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Sonny Bill Williams may hold key to Issac Luke's grand final hopes

It's nothing: Issac Luke shows concern for Sonny Bill Williams.

Brad Walter South Sydney are considering asking Sonny Bill Williams to give evidence at Tuesday night's judiciary hearing to support hooker Issac Luke's bid to be free to play in Sunday's grand final against...

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Grand final appearance unlikely for Canterbury Bulldogs captain Michael Ennis

Bitter-sweet victory: An injured Michael Ennis (second from right) and teammates celebrate beating the Panthers.

Michael Chammas Canterbury skipper Michael Ennis appears to have played his final game for the Bulldogs, requiring a miracle to play in Sunday's grand final against South Sydney.

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NRL Preliminary Final: Canterbury Bulldogs hold off Penrith Panthers to book grand final tickets

Feeling blue: The Bulldogs celebrate Josh Jackson's try.

Adrian Proszenko Despite being under the pump for much of the contest, it was Des' Dogs who won the key moments and, in turn, the contest.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs seal place in grand final, 43 years in the making

Once more with feeling: Chris McQueen shows Greg Inglis the love.

Andrew Webster The Forty-three. They don’t talk about it at training at Redfern. They didn’t talk about it before Friday night’s game at ANZ Stadium.

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Canterbury Bulldogs and South Sydney Rabbitohs may have to use rookie hookers in NRL grand final

Brad Walter Canterbury and South Sydney may both be forced to field rookie hookers in next Sunday night’s grand final at ANZ Stadium, with Bulldogs captain Michael Ennis having suffered two fractures in...

South Sydney's Issac Luke charged with dangerous throw, could miss NRL Grand Final

Issac Luke

South Sydney hooker Issac Luke will need to beat a grade one dangerous throw charge to take his place in Sunday's grand final against Canterbury.

Michael Maguire uses leadership coach while Des Hasler puts faith in camera footage

Brad Walter A leadership coach praised by Des Hasler for helping Manly win two grand finals under his charge has been working with South Sydney players in their bid to end the Rabbitohs 43-year-old premiership...

A prayer for the Doggies: Australia's Holy See Ambassador cheering on the Bulldogs from Rome

John McCarthy, QC, KCSG, may be the biggest Canterbury-Bankstown fan in the world's smallest nation.

Patrick Begley In the Vatican City this week, Australia's ambassador to the Holy See will be on his knees, praying: may God grant the Bulldogs form against the Rabbits.