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

Preston’s previews: NRL grand final

Preston’s previews: NRL grand final

by , 2 Oct 2016

A total of 200 games have been run and won and now we arrive at the final match in what has been in tremendous NRL season.

Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks NRL grand final live stream – how to watch on TV or stream online

Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks NRL grand final live stream – how to watch on TV or stream online

by , 2 Oct 2016

The NRL Grand final is finally here. The deciding game of the season will see minor premiers the Melbourne Storm take on the Cronulla Sharks at ANZ Stadium in Homebush at 7:15pm.

2016 Clive Churchill Medal: Preview, odds, tips and smokies

2016 Clive Churchill Medal: Preview, odds, tips and smokies

by , 2 Oct 2016

The 2016 NRL grand final is upon us, and that means every man, woman and their dog is split down the middle between the Cronulla Sharks and Melbourne Storm, despite what team they would normally support.

Greatness beckons for Melbourne Storm

by , 2 Oct 2016

History beckons for Cronulla and a place in the rugby league pantheon for Melbourne.

Sharks make Sydney switch off sport this September

Sharks make Sydney switch off sport this September

by , 2 Oct 2016

In all the euphoria and fairytale storylines of the Cronulla Sharks being on the verge of claiming their first premiership, you would be led to believe the popularity of the sport is on a high in Sydney.

Final teams for 2016 NRL Grand Final: Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks

Final teams for 2016 NRL Grand Final: Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks

by , 2 Oct 2016

It’s NRL grand final day! The Melbourne Storm will go up against the Cronulla Sharks this evening at 7:15pm (AEDT), but what do the team lists tell us?

No changes expected for NRL grand final

by , 2 Oct 2016

Neither Cronulla nor Melbourne is expected to make any late changes ahead of Sunday’s NRL grand final.

NRL grand final kick-off time, date, TV guide, teams, key information

NRL grand final kick-off time, date, TV guide, teams, key information

by , 1 Oct 2016 Popular article!

The biggest game of the NRL season sees two of the best sides from the regular season, the Melbourne Storm and the Cronulla Sharks, square off for the game’s ultimate prize with kick-off for the NRL grand final scheduled for 7:15pm (AEDT) on Sunday, October 2.

NRL Grand Final weather: Full forecast details

NRL Grand Final weather: Full forecast details

by , 1 Oct 2016

Summer is just around the corner, and NRL grand final on Sunday, with kick-off between the Melbourne Storm and Cronulla Sharks scheduled for 7:15pm (AEST) is promising to be the best weather Sydney has seen since last summer.

NRL Grand Final day: Complete schedule, entertainment guide

NRL Grand Final day: Complete schedule, entertainment guide

by , 1 Oct 2016

The NRL grand final between Cronulla and Melbourne is scheduled to kick off on Sunday October 2 at 7:15pm AEDT.


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