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

Why State of Origin is great for the premiership competition

Why State of Origin is great for the premiership competition

by , 30 May 2016

Both the Broncos versus Tigers and Dragons versus Cowboys clashes reminded us on the weekend of the invaluable influence that Origin has on the premiership competition.

The dawning of a new Origin era – and it’s all Blue

The dawning of a new Origin era – and it’s all Blue

by , 30 May 2016

Kevin Walters will have a different Maroon 17 in twelve months’ time as he marches out the old guard and finally gets to put his very own imprimatur on his team as head coach.

Eels confirm immediate Paulo release

by , 29 May 2016

Parramatta have announced the immediate release of Junior Paulo, freeing him to join Canberra on their push for a spot in the NRL finals.

Highlights: Raiders’ late charge makes for a 12-point win over Bulldogs

Highlights: Raiders’ late charge makes for a 12-point win over Bulldogs

by , 29 May 2016 Video

The Canberra Raiders have put in a dominant second half display at GIO Stadium to claim a 12-point victory over the Canterbury Bulldogs, who will be absolutely kicking themselves after flying out of the gates.

Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs highlights: Raiders by 12

Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs highlights: Raiders by 12

by , 29 May 2016 Video

Match result: The Canberra Raiders took a 12-point win over the Canterbury Bulldogs on Sunday, coming from behind to snatch a victory despite the Bulldogs dominating in the first half and early in the second.

The Roosters and Knights are awful and we’re cool with it

The Roosters and Knights are awful and we’re cool with it

by , 29 May 2016

Just because State of Origin is here to shaft club footy to the doghouse, it doesn’t mean we have to refrain from exercising our divine birthright to death ride the beleaguered coaches of the NRL.

Cherry-Evans leaves Queensland camp, Lillyman the potential Cronk replacement

Cherry-Evans leaves Queensland camp, Lillyman the potential Cronk replacement

by , 29 May 2016 Video

Daly Cherry-Evans has left the Queensland Maroons training camp with assistant coach Trevor Gillmeister saying Queensland will opt to include Warriors backrower Jacob Lillyman instead should Cooper Cronk be unavailable.

Will Cooper Cronk be fit for State of Origin Game 1? No one knows

Will Cooper Cronk be fit for State of Origin Game 1? No one knows

by , 29 May 2016 Video

The clock is ticking on Cooper Cronk and we are no nearer to finding out whether or not he will be available for the first match of the 2016 State of Origin series this coming Wednesday night.

Dragons beat Cowboys, back in top eight

by , 29 May 2016

St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor has lauded his NRL team’s defensive grit after they fought off a depleted North Queensland’s comeback to win 14-10 in Wollongong.

Highlights: Dragons return to top eight with win over weakened Cowboys

Highlights: Dragons return to top eight with win over weakened Cowboys

by , 28 May 2016 Video

The St George Illawarra Dragons have run out winners at WIN Stadium tonight against a depleted, but gutsy North Queensland Cowboys team.


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