Manly and Bulldogs will play in 2009 first round By Dean Ritchie | October 01, 2008 http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/sport/nrl/story/0,26799,24428344-5006066,00.html GRAND finalists Manly will play the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium, Homebush, in round one next season. The NRL will this morning release its draw for 2009 to the public in Martin Place. The Daily Telegraph has obtained several key dates for next season, including the Sea Eagles-Bulldogs clash in the opening round.ydney vs Melbourne: Take our Grand Final survey New Dogs halfback Brett Kimmorley will front up to Manly skipper Matt Orford in what should be an intriguing individual contest. Also in round one, Brisbane will play the Cowboys in an all-Queensland battle. The Grand Final rematch between Manly and Melbourne will be in round eight at Brookvale Oval. New Dragons coach Wayne Bennett will return to Suncorp Stadium in round four to play the Broncos. In a first for rugby league, the Test match between Australia and New Zealand will be played on the same night as City-Country on May 8.