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

The one thing on your NRL team’s Christmas list

The one thing on your NRL team’s Christmas list

by , 8 Dec 2016

It’s that time of year. All around the country (well, the bits that play rugby league) NRL coaches, boards and support staff are sitting down to plan for season 2017.

Could the St George Illawarra Dragons be a force in 2017?

Could the St George Illawarra Dragons be a force in 2017?

by , 8 Dec 2016

The St George Illawarra Dragons failed to fire in 2016 with a boring and predictable attack, defence down on confidence, and a coach apparently unable to make adjustments necessary to rescue the season.

Your club’s transfer performance rating: Part 1

Your club’s transfer performance rating: Part 1

by , 7 Dec 2016

The end of the year draws nearer and nearer, we are getting closer to the promised land of the NRL season every day.

Panthers are 2017’s wild card

Panthers are 2017’s wild card

by , 7 Dec 2016

As far as 2017 is concerned, no team intrigues me quite like the Panthers. Few teams had such a tumultuous season this year.

Young Penrith trio headline emerging Blues squad

Young Penrith trio headline emerging Blues squad

by , 7 Dec 2016

He may have only one NRL season under the belt, but Nathan Cleary is on Laurie Daley’s radar as a NSW representative.

Ben Hunt out to test the NRL open market

Ben Hunt out to test the NRL open market

by , 7 Dec 2016

After an unhappy year, Ben Hunt admits he is considering what not so long ago seemed unthinkable – he may leave Brisbane.

QRL boss: If Grant goes, bush footy will be in trouble

QRL boss: If Grant goes, bush footy will be in trouble

by , 6 Dec 2016

Queensland Rugby League boss Peter Betros fears for NSW country footy’s future if John Grant is ousted by disgruntled NRL clubs.

Should Ponga stick with the Cowboys for 2017?

Should Ponga stick with the Cowboys for 2017?

by , 5 Dec 2016

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga says Newcastle will reap long-term benefits if NRL prodigy Kalyn Ponga sees out his North Queensland contract in 2017.

Is Boyd ready for Brisbane captaincy?

Is Boyd ready for Brisbane captaincy?

by , 5 Dec 2016

Darius Boyd has been named the Ron McAuliffe Medal winner as Queensland’s State of Origin player of the year.

New NFL teams in Taumalolo, Holmes hunt

New NFL teams in Taumalolo, Holmes hunt

by , 3 Dec 2016

NRL stars Jason Taumalolo and Valentine Holmes’ stocks in the NFL are on the rise.


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