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

Round 21 NRL teams: Every NRL team as it’s announced live

Round 21 NRL teams: Every NRL team as it’s announced live

by , 26 Jul 2016

There are a number of big stars set to miss Round 21 of the NRL with the likes of Johnathan Thurston and Sam Thaiday ruled out and suspended. Tune to The Roar for the live NRL team announcements from 4:30pm (AEST).

Dragons’ Lafai and Havili sacked over nightclub brawl

by , 26 Jul 2016

St George Illawarra players Tim Lafai and Siliva Havili have been stood down by the NRL club after being charged by police with affray and offensive behaviour.

Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: A blueprint for success?

Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: A blueprint for success?

by , 26 Jul 2016

Everyone loves a fairytale right? And at the moment, there is no greater fairytale in rugby league than that of the Cronulla Sharks.

Michael Ennis announces retirement: 2016 to be his last NRL season

Michael Ennis announces retirement: 2016 to be his last NRL season

by , 26 Jul 2016

Cronulla Sharks hooker Michael Ennis has announced his retirement from rugby league at the end of the 2016 season, breaking the news to teammates at a club luncheon today.

Lyon’s warning after referee spray

by , 26 Jul 2016

Manly skipper Jamie Lyon has escaped with a warning from the NRL after telling referee Henry Perenara it seemed like he was trying to get South Sydney back into Monday night’s game.

And then there were three: Cowboys, Storm and Sharks rise to the top

And then there were three: Cowboys, Storm and Sharks rise to the top

by , 26 Jul 2016

The dust has settled on another round of the premiership and we have been left with three clear contenders for end of season honours.

The Roar’s NRL MVP: Round 20

The Roar’s NRL MVP: Round 20

by , 26 Jul 2016

Welcome back to another instalment of The Roar‘s NRL MVP, including a special club-by-club breakdown of leaders with six rounds of the season to go.

Keep your light on for Harold

Keep your light on for Harold

by , 26 Jul 2016

Everyone in rugby league knows the famous Jack Gibson quote from 30-odd years ago. “Waiting for Cronulla to win a premiership is like leaving the porch lamp on for Harold Holt.”

McFadden needs to wear his thinking cap for team selections

McFadden needs to wear his thinking cap for team selections

by , 26 Jul 2016

It’s time to go back to basics with team selections for the New Zealand Warriors. We’ve seen too much tinkering and experiments with the 17 that are being selected during the 2016 season.

NRL referees aren’t on the same page

NRL referees aren’t on the same page

by , 26 Jul 2016 Video

NRL season 2016 has seen more refereeing controversy than any other in the code’s 108-year history.


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