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 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.

Cowboys Jonathan Thurston celebrates winning the 2015 NRL Grand Final

NRL Articles

Eagles and Storm set pace at Nines

by , 6 Feb 2016

North Queensland and the Warriors turned in powerhouse performances on day one of the NRL Auckland Nines but a host of sides flying under the radar are threatening to steal the show.

Hurrell escapes suspension for kneeing

by , 6 Feb 2016

Warriors wrecking ball Konrad Hurrell has escaped sanction for an incident in which he appeared to knee Manly prop Jake Trbojevic in the head at the NRL Auckland Nines on Saturday.

Manly’s Trbojevic injured at Nines

by , 6 Feb 2016

Manly have suffered a horror injury toll at the NRL Auckland Nines, with prop Jake Trbojevic and utilty Jamie Buhrer ruled out for the rest of the tournament.

NRL Auckland Nines: Storm, Sea Eagles, Sharks unbeaten on Day 1

NRL Auckland Nines: Storm, Sea Eagles, Sharks unbeaten on Day 1

by , 6 Feb 2016

Session results: Only three teams remain unbeaten after Day 1 of the Auckland Nines – the Melbourne Storm, the Manly Sea Eagles, and the Cronulla Sharks.

NRL Auckland Nines: Cowboys, Warriors claim big wins early on Day 1

NRL Auckland Nines: Cowboys, Warriors claim big wins early on Day 1

by , 6 Feb 2016 Video

Session results: The North Queensland Cowboys had a good start to their title defence in the first session of the Auckland Nines defeating the Newcastle Knights by 16 points, though it was the New Zealand Warriors who claimed the biggest win of the session, 26 points better than the Brisbane Broncos.

NRL Auckland Nines live stream: How to watch the Auckland Nines online or on TV

NRL Auckland Nines live stream: How to watch the Auckland Nines online or on TV

by , 6 Feb 2016 Popular article!

The Auckland Nines will this weekend give NRL fans their first taste of football for 2016 as all sixteen NRL clubs go head to head at Eden Park.

Five reasons the Panthers can make the top four in 2016

Five reasons the Panthers can make the top four in 2016

by , 6 Feb 2016

With the NRL season just around the corner, it’s time to consider the teams that may surprise us in 2016.

New NRL CEO another month away

by , 6 Feb 2016

The next NRL chief executive is not expected to be unveiled before the end of March.

Wayne Pearce ‘pragmatic’ over son Mitchell

by , 6 Feb 2016

ARL commissioner Wayne Pearce says he hasn’t spoken to his son Mitchell since the Sydney Roosters’ star went into an overseas rehab clinic for alcohol addiction.

New NRL CEO another month away

by , 6 Feb 2016

The next NRL chief executive is not expected to be unveiled before the end of March.


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