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Here is all you need to know about the Canterbury Bulldogs 2022 Telstra Premiership draw.

The Lowdown

Teams they play twice

Panthers, Rabbitohs, Sea Eagles, Eels, Knights, Sharks, Wests Tigers, Broncos, Cowboys

Teams they play once

Storm, Roosters, Titans, Raiders, Dragons, Warriors

Day-by-day breakdown

Thursday 0; Friday 8; Saturday 4; Sunday 11; Monday 1.

Opening month

The Dogs kick off with a month of Sundays. After a long trip to humid Townsville to open the season they play the Broncos at home and Manly at 4Pines before a tough trip to Melbourne. There's no way to sugar coat it, even two wins from the opening four would be a great result for Trent Barrett's men.

King hungry for success at Belmore

Toughest stretch

Starting with that round four trip to Melbourne, the Dogs have a nightmare five-game that goes Storm (away), Panthers (home), Souths (away but at Stadium Australia), Broncos (away) and Roosters (home). Even with a big improvement from last year, the Dogs will be doing well to win more than one or two of those.

Make it count

Canterbury's best chance to go on a bit of a run starts towards the end of the Origin period, with a seven-game run from round 15-22 (including a bye) against the Tigers, Sharks, Rabbitohs, Titans, Knights, Cowboys and Warriors. Five of the seven games are at home, four of the seven are against bottom-eight sides from last year and of the seven only Souths made the top six in 2021.

Top 10 tries for 2021: Bulldogs

Storyline to watch

The annual Queen’s Birthday clash between Canterbury and St George Illawarra will have further spice when Matt Dufty and Paul Vaughan go up against their former club in June. The Bulldogs’ recruitment spree for 2022 was impressive but how quickly combinations develop will be the major talking point throughout next season. If Josh Addo-Carr and Matt Burton hit their straps out wide then the points will flow and the Dogs will have a lot more bite.

Acknowledgement of Country

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