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 South Syndey Rabbitohs are the current reigning premiers, having beaten the Canterbury Bulldogs in the 2014 Grand Final, a 30-6 win that was South Sydney’s first premiership since their 1971 NSWRL victory.

The NSW Blues representative side are the current State of Origin Champions after a 2-1 win in the 2014 State of Origin series that ended an eight-year period of dominance from the Queensland Maroons.

NRL Articles

[Highlights] Turner concussion sours Souths win

by , 2 Aug 2015 Video

A concussion to Kyle Turner has soured South Sydney’s thrilling 20-16 win over a brave Penrith side at ANZ Stadium on Sunday evening.

[Highlights] Dragons revive season by thrashing Knights

by , 2 Aug 2015 Video

St George Illawarra have revived their NRL season, jumping back into the top eight with a comeback 46-24 win over Newcastle at Jubilee Oval.

[VIDEO] South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Penrith Panthers highlights: NRL live scores, blog

[VIDEO] South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Penrith Panthers highlights: NRL live scores, blog

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Match result: Rabbitohs 20 Panthers 16

[VIDEO] St George Illawarra Dragons vs Newcastle Knights highlights: NRL scores, blog

[VIDEO] St George Illawarra Dragons vs Newcastle Knights highlights: NRL scores, blog

by , 2 Aug 2015 Video

The 10th placed St George Illawarra Dragons host the 14th placed Newcastle Knights at Jubilee Oval in Round 20 of the NRL. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 1:50pm (AEST)

Friday night thriller soured by three incidents

Friday night thriller soured by three incidents

by , 2 Aug 2015 Video

With 12 tries and 66 points scored, Friday night’s Roosters versus Bulldogs clash was a cracker. Intense footy, great ball movement, brutal defence, see-sawing momentum and all completed at near-perfect execution rates by both teams.

Manly thrash Broncos to make late finals push

Manly thrash Broncos to make late finals push

by , 2 Aug 2015 Video

With that last performance I think it’s fair to say they are well and truly ready for an inspirational finals push.

Manly shock ladder leaders Brisbane

by , 1 Aug 2015 Video

Manly have put a week of turmoil behind them, producing a magnificent performance to destroy NRL competition leaders Brisbane 44-14 and giving unwanted coach Geoff Toovey plenty to smile about in his 100th game in charge.

[Highlights] Comeback king Cowboys beat Raiders

by , 1 Aug 2015 Video

North Queensland have pulled off an amazing comeback to escape with the two competition points after coming from behind to beat Canberra 32-24 in Townsville.

[VIDEO] Manly Sea Eagles vs Brisbane Broncos highlights: NRL scores, blog

[VIDEO] Manly Sea Eagles vs Brisbane Broncos highlights: NRL scores, blog

by , 1 Aug 2015 Popular article! Video

Match Result: The Manly Sea Eagles have kept their final chances alive, and sent a statement to the competition, with a 44-14 win over the table topping Brisbane Broncos on Saturday night. Manly 44 Brisbane 14

[Highlights] Sharks break Warriors’ heart at death

by , 1 Aug 2015 Video

Ricky Leutele gave Cronulla a thrilling 18-14 NRL victory over the Warriors at Mount Smart Stadium.


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