NRL

New NRL LogoBoasting the best attendance figures for a domestic competition of either Rugby code, the National Rugby League or NRL competition, based in Australiasia, is the premier rugby league competition in the world.

The NRL competition features 15 Australian teams and one New Zealand-based side. The NRL season carries across 26 rounds, starting in march and culminating in October with the NRL Grand Final.

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The NRL year also runs in tandem with a representative season, which includes an ANZAC Test Match, a City-Country fixture, and most prominently, the three-game State Of Origin series.

The first season of the NRL was held in 1998, but the league can date its origins back to the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) which began in 1908.

Two clubs remain from the foundation of the NSWRL, the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs, though the modern club Wests Tigers is a merger of two foundation clubs, the Balmain Tigers and the Western Suburbs Magpies.

The league expanded over time and in 1982 added its first two clubs from outside the suburbs of Sydney, Canberra and Illawarra. 1988 saw another regional side, the Newcastle Knights, join the league, as well as the first two Queensland clubs, the Brisbane Broncos and Gold Coast-Tweed Giants.

In the 1990s the emergence of a truly national league caught the attention of international media organisation News Corporation, who formed their own ‘Super League’, admitting some of the existing clubs and poaching prominent players.

In 1997 the one and only season of the Super League ran opposite to the ARL with a total of 22 teams running across the two competitions, most of them struggling to turn a profit.

Eventually a compromise was brokered that allowed a single league to be run and this was the birth of the NRL. It ran with 20 teams in 1998 but this was reduced by merger and removal to 14 by 2000. This was later bolstered to 16 by the return of South Sydney in 2002 and the creation of the Gold Coast Titans in 2007.

The League’s popularity has rapidly grown since and its Grand Final and State of Origin representative games are now among the biggest events on Australia’s sporting calendar.

The League’s premiership trophy is known as the Provan-Summons trophy. The Brisbane Broncos are the most successful team in the modern NRL, with three premiership wins to date (1998, 2000 and 2006).

The Clive Churchill Medal is awarded each year to the player judged the best on ground in the NRL Grand Final, while the Dally M Medal is awarded each year to the player of the year.

The North Queensland Cowboys are the current reigning premiers, having defeated the Brisbane Broncos 17-16 in the 2015 Grand Final, a memorable game that was the first NRL Grand Final to be decided in golden-point time.

The Queensland Maroons representative side are the current State of Origin Champions after a 2-1 win in the 2015 State of Origin series which was capped off by a record 52-6 victory.

Cowboys Jonathan Thurston celebrates winning the 2015 NRL Grand Final

NRL Articles

Cronulla Sharks vs Brisbane Broncos highlights: NRL live scores, blog

Cronulla Sharks vs Brisbane Broncos highlights: NRL live scores, blog

by , 1 May 2016 Popular article! Video

The Cronulla Sharks and Brisbane Broncos will do battle in what could be the game of the round. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 4pm (AEST).

Gold Coast Titans vs Melbourne Storm highlights: NRL scores, blog

Gold Coast Titans vs Melbourne Storm highlights: NRL scores, blog

by , 1 May 2016 Video

The Gold Coast Titans will play host Melbourne Storm this afternoon as they look to sneak into the top eight. Catch all the highlights and NRL action from 2:00pm (AEST) on The Roar. The Storm went on a rampage last week against the hapless Warriors on Anzac Day, piling on 42 unanswered points to leave […]

New Zealand Warriors vs St George Illawarra Dragons Highlights: NRL live score, blog

New Zealand Warriors vs St George Illawarra Dragons Highlights: NRL live score, blog

by , 1 May 2016 Popular article! Video

Match Results: The New Zealand Warriors have broken a long-standing hoodoo and bounced back from a treacherous week off the field to take a 16 point victory over the hapless St George Illawarra Dragons at Mt Smart Stadium.

The bunker conjures up a ludicrous reason to get the Panthers home

The bunker conjures up a ludicrous reason to get the Panthers home

by , 1 May 2016 Video

“There’s a new rule in place this year where you are not allowed to have blockers impede a player who’s chasing down the kicker of a field goal.

The myth of Darius Boyd

The myth of Darius Boyd

by , 1 May 2016

They love a good story north of the Tweed. I’ve heard and experienced a few of the Queensland ones.

Highlights: Eagles lose Walker as Cowboys run riot

by , 30 Apr 2016 Video

As if being trounced 34-18 by premiers North Queensland wasn’t enough, Manly have lost star Dylan Walker to a leg in jury.

Highlights: Pearce returns to guide Roosters home

by , 30 Apr 2016 Video

Mitchell Pearce has breathed fresh life into the Sydney Roosters’ NRL season with an inspired return from his drunken Australia Day antics.

Manly Sea Eagles vs North Queensland Cowboys Highlights: NRL live score, blog

Manly Sea Eagles vs North Queensland Cowboys Highlights: NRL live score, blog

by , 30 Apr 2016 Popular article! Video

Match Results: The North Queensland Cowboys have put on an attacking masterclass to run away with their Round 9 fixture against the Manly Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval by 16 points.

Panthers win a close one in Bathurst

by , 30 Apr 2016

A 79th-minute field goal to Peter Wallace has given Penrith a thrilling 19-18 NRL win over Canberra, continuing their remarkable recent run of close contests.

Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights Highlights: NRL live score, blog

Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights Highlights: NRL live score, blog

by , 30 Apr 2016 Video

The Sydney Roosters host the Newcastle Knights at Allianz Stadium in a battle of the cellar dwellers. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 5:30pm (AEST).


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