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

MASCORD: Smith’s mindcrime and Bennett’s doublethink

MASCORD: Smith’s mindcrime and Bennett’s doublethink

by , 4 Sep 2015 Video

As NRL post-match media conferences go, these were two doozies.

Why Jarryd Hayne can’t be replicated

Why Jarryd Hayne can’t be replicated

by , 4 Sep 2015 Video

The media in the last few weeks has been awash with articles wondering who will be the next rugby league star to make the jump to the NFL.

I took a back seat this NRL season: Farah

by , 4 Sep 2015 Video

Unwanted Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah admits he has taken a back seat in attack this year in preparation for handing over the baton to the NRL club’s rising halves.

Pascoe to be new Wests Tigers NRL chief

by , 4 Sep 2015 Video

Wests Tigers have appointed Justin Pascoe as the NRL club’s new CEO.

[Highlights] Brisbane miss NRL minor premiership

by , 4 Sep 2015 Video

They came to farewell Justin Hodges but Brisbane also said goodbye to their NRL minor premiership hopes on Thursday night after suffering a 15-8 loss to Melbourne.

Paltry prizemoney proves NRL don’t care

by , 4 Sep 2015 Video

As Sydney Roosters close in on a third successive minor premiership, coach Trent Robinson says the paltry prizemoney on offer proves the NRL doesn’t care about it.

Brown the ‘man to turn Knights around’ in NRL

by , 4 Sep 2015 Video

Nathan Brown’s tenure at St George Illawarra ended when Wayne Bennett committed to the joint venture. But now, the former Dragons hooker will be asked to do one thing the super coach could not – bring a NRL premiership to the Hunter.

Brisbane Broncos vs Melbourne Storm highlights: NRL scores, blog

Brisbane Broncos vs Melbourne Storm highlights: NRL scores, blog

by , 3 Sep 2015 Popular article! Video

Match Results: Brisbane Broncos 8 Melbourne Storm 15

Nathan Brown confirmed as new Knights coach

Nathan Brown confirmed as new Knights coach

by , 3 Sep 2015 Video

Nathan Brown will take over as head coach of Newcastle, the NRL club’s chairman Brian McGuigan announced on Thursday.

In rugby league, contenders aren’t offloaders

In rugby league, contenders aren’t offloaders

by , 3 Sep 2015 Video

There is a perception in rugby league that getting an offload away is great – and in some cases that is true. However, in some cases it isn’t good, and in other cases it’s just awful.


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