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 runs 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 weekend of the ANZAC Test Match, City-Country and other international fixtures currently means a week off for the 16 club teams.

The Origin series is played on Wednesday nights throughout the middle of the season, normally with a three week break in each game. During the 2017 season they will be played between Round 12 and 19.

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, named after Norm Provan and Arthur Summons. 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 current premiers of the NRL are the Cronulla Sharks, who won the 2016 grand final to break their 49-year drought annd win the first premiership in the club’s history, defeating the Melbourne Storm in an action packed decider by just two points.

Paul Gallen was captain of the Sharks during their premiership run, while the Clive Churchill medal went to Luke Lewis of the Sharks.

The Queensland Maroons representative side are the current State of Origin Champions after a 2-1 win in the 2017 State of Origin series.

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Last updated: 15 September, 2017

NRL Articles

Set of six: The best Queensland Cup grand finals

Set of six: The best Queensland Cup grand finals

by , 24 Sep 2017

Footy fans will witness history at Suncorp Stadium on September 24 when the Papua New Guinea Hunters contest the grand final of Queensland’s statewide rugby league competition, for the first time.

Five talking points from Sydney Roosters vs North Queensland Cowboys NRL preliminary final

Five talking points from Sydney Roosters vs North Queensland Cowboys NRL preliminary final

by , 24 Sep 2017

The North Queensland Cowboys have done it again, overcoming all the odds to get over the Sydney Roosters in the second NRL preliminary final by 13 points. Here are my talking points from the match.

Cowboys have what it takes to beat the Storm

Cowboys have what it takes to beat the Storm

by , 24 Sep 2017

All of a sudden, this year’s grand final is an exciting prospect.

No Sydney teams in AFL or NRL grand finals

No Sydney teams in AFL or NRL grand finals

by , 24 Sep 2017

They may have lost but at least NSW State of Origin fans got to see the Blues play in Sydney this year.

Thurston in awe of magnificent Morgan

Thurston in awe of magnificent Morgan

by , 24 Sep 2017

Superstar halfback Johnathan Thurston paid Michael Morgan the ultimate compliment after North Queensland’s new masterful No.7 delivered yet again to pilot the Cowboys into the 2017 NRL grand final.

Green refuses to confirm or deny Matt Scott’s grand final return

Green refuses to confirm or deny Matt Scott’s grand final return

by , 24 Sep 2017

Matt Scott is a chance to make a fairytale return in next week’s NRL grand final after North Queensland coach Paul Green refused to rule his co-captain out of selection.

Can you believe it? Cowboys in the grand final after scalping Sydney!

Can you believe it? Cowboys in the grand final after scalping Sydney!

by , 23 Sep 2017

The North Queensland Cowboys are through to the NRL grand final after a 13-point roller coaster victory over the Sydney Roosters in the second preliminary final at Allianz Stadium.

NRL Grand Final Melbourne Storm vs North Queensland Cowboys fixture, start time, date

NRL Grand Final Melbourne Storm vs North Queensland Cowboys fixture, start time, date

by , 23 Sep 2017

The 2017 NRL Grand Final will be played between the Melbourne Storm and the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium on Sunday 1 October at 7:15pm AEST.

Sydney Roosters vs North Queensland Cowboys: NRL Finals live scores, blog

Sydney Roosters vs North Queensland Cowboys: NRL Finals live scores, blog

by , 23 Sep 2017 Popular article! Video

Match result: The North Queensland Cowboys are through to the NRL grand final after a 13-point roller coaster victory over the Sydney Roosters in the second preliminary final at Allianz Stadium.

Sydney Roosters vs North Queensland Cowboys live stream: How to watch the NRL Finals online or on TV

Sydney Roosters vs North Queensland Cowboys live stream: How to watch the NRL Finals online or on TV

by , 23 Sep 2017

The North Queensland Cowboys fairytale continues into the preliminary finals, but they need to get the Sydney Roosters if they’re to play next week. This is The Roar‘s guide to live streaming the match online and watching it on TV.


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