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NRL Mad Monday goes full circle

Instead of holding beers they held shovels, bins and food packages.Rather than taking off their clothes, they donned protective masks and aprons.For the Canterbury Bulldogs, this was a Mad Monday like no other.A footy club that was left red-faced after an infamous end of season celebration at the Harbour View Hotel in the Rocks two…

Instead of holding beers they held shovels, bins and food packages.

Rather than taking off their clothes, they donned protective masks and aprons.

For the Canterbury Bulldogs, this was a Mad Monday like no other.

A footy club that was left red-faced after an infamous end of season celebration at the Harbour View Hotel in the Rocks two years ago came full circle on Monday when its players spent just their second day outside of the NRL’s bubble helping the homeless.

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In what must have been a first, more than 20 Canterbury players and staff were inside a church building instead of at the pub on a day our footy stars traditionally spend letting their hair down.

They helped prepare and serve food, packed care packages and mixed with other volunteers and the needy at the Rev Bill Crews Foundation in Ashfield.

It was a much different story in 2018 when the Bulldogs were initially fined a record $250,000 for misbehaviour after players were photographed singing and dancing naked on an upper-level balcony at the Harbour View.

Players Adam Elliott and Asipeli Fine both pleaded guilty to NSW police charges of wilful and obscene exposure and were handed two-year good behaviour bonds.

Elliott and Fine were each fined $25,000 ($10,000 suspended) by the Bulldogs, while Marcelo Montoya and Zac Woolford were fined $10,000 each ($5000 suspended).

The NRL initially fined the Belmore club $250,000 but after an appeal, that was reduced by half on condition there was no other breaches of the game’s Code of Conduct within the next two years.

No chance of that happening this year after Monday’s exemplary showing.

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