AFL England

Principal GB Bulldogs


The GB Bulldogs are the British 18-a-side representative team, competing in International matches and the currently tri-annual European Championships and International Cups. Players are selected from English, Welsh and Scottish players.

Formed in the early 1990’s to compete in the Atlantic Alliance with Denmark, Ireland and the USA, the Bulldogs have a long history of international competition, with matches each year in preparation for tournaments. They have attended all International Cups and European Championships since the tournaments’ inception (2002 and 2010 respectively) and continue to provide elite level opportunities to stand-out players.

Check out the GB Bulldogs International Cup history here.

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Led by a head coach, captain, vice-captains and a player leadership group, the squad has been instrumental in developing younger players to go beyond the club football and challenge themselves at International level. A marked improvement in performance culminated in a fantastic performance at the 2013 AFL Europe Championships, where the squad were runners up to hosts Ireland, the current European and International champions.

Eligibility for the Bulldogs is determined by the AFL rules, with players required to have spent the ages of 10-16 outside Australia and have a significant connection to their country of representation. Representing your country is an incredible opportunity and accepting selection is a commitment as well as a high honor. The Bulldogs strive to make sure this ethos is appreciated.

Team Management (click name to see profile)

Head Coach: Dean Thomas
Assistant Coach (UK based): Will Worthington
Assistant Coach (Australia Based): Rhys Long
Team Manager: Jason Hill
Sports Therapist: Guy Titman, Charley Dakin, Millie Morgan, Hilary Wilson, Simon Vardy
Captain: TBC

Twitter : @GBBulldogsAFL #BackTheBulldogs

History of Head Coaches

1994: Steve Morgan

1995: Kent Schubert

1996: Geoff Jackson & Paul Smith

2002-2005 : Michael Bolt & Martin Tunley

2005-2006: Matt Connell

2006-2009: Charlie Kielty

2009-2014: Mark Pitura & Rob Fielder

2015-Present: Dean Thomas

Our Sponsors & Partners


Principal Limited are the headline partners of the Great Britain representative teams

Mouthguard Provider:  – Our Mouthguard provider for AFL International Cup 2017 – Opro

Travel Partner: LOGO_LOCKUP_NEW_STA – Our Travel Provider for AFL International Cup 2017 – STA Travel

Training Kit Sponsor: lwc-logo-2– Our Training Kit Sponsor – LWC Drinks

Australian Rehabilitation Partner: urban – Our Rehabilitation Partner while in Australia – Urban Leopard

How to get involved?

If you are a coach looking to promote a stand-out player from your club, or a player challenging yourself to develop, please email and discuss with us getting involved with the squad. We rely on assessments from all areas of footy to alert us to the stars of tomorrow.

The Bulldogs will compete in the International Cup hosted in Melbourne from the 5th-19rd August 2017.