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 trophym 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 2016 State of Origin series where they had the series wrapped up in straight sets before losing the dead rubber.

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Last updated: 28 February, 2017

NRL Articles

Wests Tigers vs Gold Coast Titans: NRL live scores

Wests Tigers vs Gold Coast Titans: NRL live scores

by , 23 Jun 2017

The Wests Tigers and Gold Coast Titans are both at the point where they’re playing almost solely for pride, but that’s always worth playing for. Join The Roar for live scores from the match at Campbelltown Stadium on Friday night, starting from 7:50pm AEST.

New Zealand Warriors vs Canterbury Bulldogs: NRL live scores, blog

New Zealand Warriors vs Canterbury Bulldogs: NRL live scores, blog

by , 23 Jun 2017 Video

The New Zealand Warriors face the Canterbury Bulldogs this Friday night. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 6pm AEST.

Queensland are great, Blues choked. The end.

Queensland are great, Blues choked. The end.

by , 23 Jun 2017

So … how did that happen?

Johnathan Thurston’s Origin career over! Star playmaker ruled out for the season

Johnathan Thurston’s Origin career over! Star playmaker ruled out for the season

by , 23 Jun 2017 Video

Queensland’s hopes of retaining the State of Origin shield have been dealt a massive blow, with superstar halfback Johnathan Thurston ruled out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.

It’s a lopsided NRL draw, so whose ladder position is bogus?

It’s a lopsided NRL draw, so whose ladder position is bogus?

by , 23 Jun 2017

With Round 16 of the NRL kicking off tonight, the similarities between now and 12 months ago offer a useful insight in the race to this year’s finals.

NRL Round 16 Predictions Part One: Broncos to pile more misery on the Raiders

NRL Round 16 Predictions Part One: Broncos to pile more misery on the Raiders

by , 23 Jun 2017

With another pulsating State of Origin clash in the books, attention turns to Round 16 of the NRL season.

International rugby union, AFL, NRL and much more: How to watch all the best sporting action this weekend

International rugby union, AFL, NRL and much more: How to watch all the best sporting action this weekend

by , 23 Jun 2017

After another State of Origin thriller there’s a full slate of AFL and NRL this weekend, but of course don’t forget to fit in the Wallabies Test and top it all off on Sunday night with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Suncorp to be over capacity for Origin III

Suncorp to be over capacity for Origin III

by , 23 Jun 2017

The NRL is in talks over extending Suncorp Stadium’s capacity for what former Queensland great Greg Dowling tips will be the biggest State of Origin clash of all time.

James Maloney says Blues didn’t play dumb footy in Origin 2

James Maloney says Blues didn’t play dumb footy in Origin 2

by , 22 Jun 2017

James Maloney has taken exception to Andrew Johns’ scathing verdict that NSW played dumb football and failed to target a visibly injured Johnathan Thurston in the second half of Wednesday night’s State of Origin II loss.

The Queensland champions rise one more time to humiliate the Blues

The Queensland champions rise one more time to humiliate the Blues

by , 22 Jun 2017 Popular article!

Even the greatest of champions must fall.


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