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It’s a new era of footy! Dawn of the Dolphins will chronicle the formation of Australia’s newest NRL club

The series will follow the Queensland Dolphins from a community club to an elite pro team.

It’s been 16 years since a new club joined the National Rugby League (NRL), and now, Stan’s Dawn of the Dolphins will chronicle the rise of Australia’s brand-new team.

Coinciding with the 2023 NRL season launch, the doco will document the formative months of the new club, featuring unprecedented access into the lives of sport’s elite.

Premiering on March 6 (only on Stan), the series will be comprised of three episodes, which will be released weekly.

What will Dawn of the Dolphins be about?

Told through the lens of a fly-on-the-wall camera crew, we’ll see the remarkable tale of the Queensland-based side as they “prepare to transition from a successful community club to an elite professional force in the world’s leading rugby league competition”. 

According to the official synopsis, the story will also be anchored by the business of becoming “NRL-ready” and will also include rare glimpses of the pressures and expectations facing the club.

Supercoach Wayne Bennett — who is the most successful NRL coach in history with seven premiership wins — returns to his hometown of Brisbane to oversee the recruitment and hopefully bring the Dolphins to victory.

Alongside Bennett is CEO Terry Reader, who deals with the challenges of creating a club from scratch, as well as Peter O’Sullivan, Australia’s “most revered” talent spotter.

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Wayne Bennett. Source: Stan.

“Giving the audience a behind-the-scenes look into our dressing room, meetings and training sessions will showcase the hard work that many passionate people put in behind the scenes to launch an NRL club,” Reader said in a statement.

“We can’t wait to get our season underway and for viewers to welcome us into their homes and hopefully create new fans and members of the Dolphins.”

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