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Dogs at War

Triumph, Treachery and the Truth

Graeme Hughes

Allen & Unwin

The rise and fall of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs is one of the great sagas in Australian sport.

Bulldogs’ great and top-line commentator Graeme Hughes, a stalwart at the club, takes readers behind the dressing-room doors for the lowdown on some of rugby league’s most inspiring and explosive episodes.

In a stellar career, Hughes, a rugby league and cricket prodigy, and his brothers Mark and Garry, bled for the blue and white. In Dogs at War he tells of fierce encounters with some of the code’s finest and toughest players, and relives his part in the winning try when The Entertainers, arguably the most brilliant team in history and starring the Hughes and Mortimer brothers, won the grand final in 1980.

He candidly recalls his tumultuous relationship with his uncle, the legendary Bulldogs’ CEO Peter ‘Bullfrog’ Moore; and, with brutal honesty, he tells of the massive disappointment when his beloved team rorted the salary cap, costing them glory in 2002. He discusses how the Bulldogs became pariahs when embroiled in the 2004 Coffs Harbour sex scandal; and for the first time reveals a malicious bogus email campaign against him within the club that launched him on a crusade for justice and vindication that continues to this day.

Dogs at War is a compelling saga of how loyalty, pride and passion soured into anger and recrimination when former teammates, men Hughes revered, sacked his brother Garry in the wake of Coffs Harbour and shamed his close-knit family. He lifts the lid on vicious boardroom battles where strong and ruthless men did whatever was necessary to win control, and airs his hard-hitting thoughts on what is wrong with rugby league and the changes that the game must take if it is to survive and match strides with the incursions of rugby union, AFL and soccer.