Known to some as the Redcliffe Dolphins or as the Dolphins NRL, the club simply known as the Dolphins are a professional, Rugby League based in Queensland who were formed in 2021 to start the 2023 season.
The club are the first expansion side in the NRL since the Gold Coast Titans joined in 2007 and the second to be based out of the stunning Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, although they historic home is in Moreton Bay.
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The clubs historical home ground as the Redcliffe Dolphins is the more modest Moreton Daily Stadium, which is in the Kippa-Ring suburb of Moreton Bay and can host around 11,500 fans.
The third ground to be used by the Dolphins is the Sunshine Coast Stadium, which can host around 12,000 fans and is located in the Kawana Waters district of Queensland Sunshine Coast.
The club are based in the city of Brisbane, the largest city in Queensland and a Rugby League heartland and whilst they will play most matches at the centrally located Suncorp Stadium, the club are based in the Moreton Bay region of northern Brisbane.
The Redcliffe Dolphins’ Moreton Daily Stadium will play host to the club administrative base and it will also be the club training base and be the location for their junior and reserve teams.
Due to the success of the NRL on and off of the field and the growing finances of the league, the decision was made to allow clubs, cities, and region to apply for a new licences to form a new club to enter the NRL.
One such club to do just that was the Redcliffe Dolphins, who are a semi-professional Rugby League base in Redcliffe and who play in the Queensland Cup.
Although a well established club and with some pedigree in the state competition, their big was for a new entity to be started up to play out of Suncorp Stadium.
In the end, Brisbane was decided upon as the next destination for a new club and the decision was between the Dolphins, the Brisbane Firehawks and the Brisbane Jets, with the Dolphins ultimately coming out on top.
Upon gaining licence to join the NRL, the club quickly attracted Wayne Bennett to become their first ever head coach.
Soon after, the clubs first signings were announced with Felise Kaufusi joining form the Storm, to be followed shortly by his former team mates the Bromwich brothers of Jesse and Kenny Bromwich.
At the end of 2021, the club announced that the Central Queensland Capras had secured a full affiliation with the Dolphins that would see a number of players play for them in the QRL competition when not needed for top flight action.
Whilst the name for the new club was originally though to be the Redcliffe Dolphins, it was soon announced that the club would simply be known just as The Dolphins, to appeal to a wide region.
The club would also keep the traditional colours of the Redcliffe Dolphins, with a mostly red playing strip with white touches but to make them stand out from Redcliffe, the Dolphins would feature gold piping.
Other big names to sign up for the inaugural campaign of the club would include Robert Jennings, Brenko Lee, Edrick Lee and Valynce Te Whare who would step up from the Redcliffe Queensland Cup side.
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