How Canterbury coach Des Hasler turned Bulldogs' despair into a grand-final showdown

Michael Chammas Canterbury were written off by everybody a month ago, but was their coach the first one to do so or was it another stroke of genius?

Moses Mbye edges ahead in race to play hooker for Canterbury Bulldogs in NRL final

Strong: Moses Mbye could start for Canterbury.

Adrian Proszenko Rookie rake Moses Mbye has emerged as the most likely replacement for Michael Ennis as the Bulldogs vow to win the grand final for their injured skipper.

Canterbury Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle is the new face of rugby league

Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle and NRL CEO David Smith at the NRL Grand Final lunch on Thursday.

Brad Walter To the Canterbury players, she is known as "Aunty" but in the corporate world Bulldogs chief executive Raelene Castle is considered the new face of rugby league.

Canterbury Bulldogs sponsor Jaycar Electronics offers bonus for grand final win

Unlikely to make the final: Bulldogs captain Michael Ennis.

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.

Des Hasler raps to get the Canterbury Bulldogs fired up

Artist: Des Hasler.

Michael Carayannis Des Hasler has channelled his inner-rapper by trying to emulate the likes of an Eminem or 50 Cent as the Bulldogs coach took his bizarre antics to a whole new level leaving the Canterbury playing...

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.

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.

Canterbury Bulldogs props Aiden Tolman and David Klemmer in contention for Kangaroos berths

Aiden Tolman.

Michael Carayannis Canterbury props Aiden Tolman and Dave Klemmer may be teammates on Sunday but the Bulldogs duo could be squaring off for a spot in Australia’s Four-Nations squad.

Newcastle Mata'utia brothers not going to Canterbury Bulldogs: Matt Gidley

Brothers in arms: Chanel (L), and Sione (R) with Peter who plays for the Dragons.

Simon Walker Knights CEO Matt Gidley has dismissed reports that Canterbury have signed Newcastle’s Mata’utia brothers – Sione, Chanel and Pat – to long-term deals starting in 2016.

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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Bunnies' bell set to ring in historic clash with Bulldogs

Historic moment: Russell Crowe and the oldest surviving Rabbitohs player at the time, Albert Clift, ring the bell in 2002.

Brad Walter It is the 106 year-old timekeeper's bell that symbolises South Sydney's struggle for survival and all of the triumphs the game's oldest and most succesful club has achieved.

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Injured Bulldogs captain Michael Ennis says he needs a miracle

Tough ask: Michael Ennis says he will need a miracle.

Injured Canterbury skipper Michael Ennis admits he will need a miracle if he is to play in Sunday's NRL grand final against South Sydney.

Canterbury Bulldogs captain Michael Ennis says he'll be ready for the Rabbitohs

Early finish: An injured Michael Ennis looks on from the bench.

Michael Carayannis As Des Hasler bellowed out his best version of Glory, Glory to South Sydney, skipper Mick Ennis sat alongside his coach confident he’ll be fit to play the Rabbitohs in Sunday’s grand...

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Bulldogs skipper Michael Ennis diagnosed with fractures in foot

Michael Ennis

Canterbury have suffered a devastating blow ahead of the NRL grand final, with captain Michael Ennis set to be ruled out of the decider against South Sydney with fractures in his foot.

Panthers v Bulldogs

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Ash Gray Will the Bulldogs halt Penrith's dream run to the NRL finals? Live coverage from ANZ Stadium.

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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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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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Canterbury's Tony Williams admits joining Bulldogs was for money, not love

Tony Williams.

Michael Chammas He's the Canterbury giant with the giant pay packet.

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Push for greater representation on NRL club boards not just about gender, says Bulldogs' Raelene Castle

Erin Molan was reportedly being considered for the Canberra Raiders board.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra's quest to appoint sports reporter Erin Molan to its board was quashed by her employer.

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