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

Semi’s leaving, the sky is falling – just like last time, and the time before that…

Semi’s leaving, the sky is falling – just like last time, and the time before that…

by , 30 Jun 2016

Rugby league appears willing to revere and forgive anyone who stands even slightly above the pack for fear they will leave in search of greener pastures.

The NRL draw is so unfair it’s almost criminal

The NRL draw is so unfair it’s almost criminal

by , 30 Jun 2016

George Orwell’s Animal Farm was a metaphor for the Russian Revolution and the subsequent tyranny of the regime that deposed the old tyrants.

Trust me, Semi Radradra is definitely returning to Australia

Trust me, Semi Radradra is definitely returning to Australia

by , 30 Jun 2016 Video

It’s official: Semi Radradra will return to Australia to face the music sometime this week, with the exact date to be determined by variable forces like ‘Fiji Time’ and Semi Radradra.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 17

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 17

by , 30 Jun 2016

O Semi, Semi, wherefore art thou Semi? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love and I’ll no longer be a Parramatta Eel. Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this? ‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy: thou art thyself, though not […]

NRL Round 17 preview (Part 2)

NRL Round 17 preview (Part 2)

by , 30 Jun 2016

Three of the NRL’s top four will be on display in the second half of Round 17 with plenty of exciting games ahead.

Flair versus fatigue: What really wins the game?

Flair versus fatigue: What really wins the game?

by , 30 Jun 2016

Watching Nathan Ross score that amazing try for the Knights against the Dragons on the weekend made me feel a couple of things.

Assault accusations levelled at Radradra as ex-partner seeks AVO

by , 29 Jun 2016

NRL star Semi Radradra is alleged to have assaulted his former partner numerous times over an eight-month period dating back to 2014.

‘Club in crisis’ doesn’t go close to describing the nightmare at Parra

‘Club in crisis’ doesn’t go close to describing the nightmare at Parra

by , 29 Jun 2016

This week is shaping to be the worst in the Parramatta Eels’ storied history.

Radradra’s ex-partner seeking an AVO: Report

by , 29 Jun 2016

The ex-partner of Semi Radradra has reportedly applied for an apprehended violence order against the NRL superstar.

Revisiting the Brisbane Broncos’ most recent premiership win

Revisiting the Brisbane Broncos’ most recent premiership win

by , 29 Jun 2016

This Friday night, the Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm will renew hostilities in a rivalry which is one of the most celebrated in the National Rugby League.


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