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REAL NRL SEASON REVIEW: Bulldogs hoping to bite back in 2024



  • Coach: Rip Taylor
  • 2023 finish: 11th
  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 16
  • Draws: 0
Photo: Michael Gorton Images

Summary: It was a tough year for the Kurri Kurri Bulldogs. Following the surprise departure of coach Aaron Watts in the pre-season, club legend Danny Linnane stepped up to the plate. But, his young squad struggled to maintain the intensity required for the week-in, week-out grind of Newcastle Rugby League.

Photo: Michael Gorton Images

Despite the results on the scoreboard, it isn’t all doom and gloom for Kurri Kurri. The lack of experienced players in the senior squad meant a lot of the Bulldogs’ juniors received a crack in “firsts”. Linnane even blooded his own teenage son, Jye, who displayed a skillset far greater than those around the same age. To the organisation’s credit, Kurri Kurri was competitive in most matches and even pushed a few top sides right until the final whistle. With well-respected mentor Rip Taylor linking up with the Bulldogs, there’s plenty of positives heading into 2024.

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