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

James Tedesco back at training, but won’t play as Tigers enter must win clash

James Tedesco back at training, but won’t play as Tigers enter must win clash

by , 31 Aug 2016

James Tedesco is back training but Wests Tigers teammates have quashed any hope of the star fullback playing in Sunday’s big NRL final round clash with Canberra.

Andrew McCullogh fit for big clash against Roosters

by , 31 Aug 2016

Brisbane’s Andrew McCullough has been declared fit for the Broncos’ NRL clash with the Sydney Roosters on Thursday.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 26

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 26

by , 31 Aug 2016

“When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.” Yes it has finally come to an end – The Roar’s NRL Expert tips for 2016, that is.

Minor premiership to be decided this Saturday night

Minor premiership to be decided this Saturday night

by , 31 Aug 2016 Video

The minor premiership will be decided between the Melbourne Storm and Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks when the top two teams in the NRL go head-to-head at AAMI Park this Saturday night.

eSports parallels with traditional sport: The Spine

eSports parallels with traditional sport: The Spine

by , 31 Aug 2016

For some, the term ‘eSports’ is such a fickle word, especially for people who follow traditional sports and have qualms with the thoughts of a video gamer being labelled an ‘eSports Athlete’.

NRL Round 26 preview (Part 1)

NRL Round 26 preview (Part 1)

by , 31 Aug 2016

Round 26 kicks off in Brisbane, with the Broncos competing for a top-four spot when they take on the Roosters, before the Bulldogs and Rabbitohs renew hostilities in another explosive clash between two of Sydney’s biggest clubs.

The five NRL stars who should head to Super League

The five NRL stars who should head to Super League

by , 31 Aug 2016

While they’ve given their all for their respective clubs, sometimes players just lose their spark.

NRL fans get 10 more hours of play: Bumper from the Bunker

by , 31 Aug 2016 Video

Fewer referrals, slashed decision times and a saving of more than 10 hours of live play.

I can solve Dragons’ attack: Hutchison

by , 31 Aug 2016

He was the kid who replaced Benji Marshall for one game, but now Drew Hutchison wants to take over for good.

Farewell Parramatta Stadium, thanks for the memories

Farewell Parramatta Stadium, thanks for the memories

by , 30 Aug 2016

People often ask me where my interest in rugby league began.


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