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 runs 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 weekend of the ANZAC Test Match, City-Country and other international fixtures currently means a week off for the 16 club teams.

The Origin series is played on Wednesday nights throughout the middle of the season, normally with a three week break in each game. During the 2017 season they will be played between Round 12 and 19.

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 trophym named after Norm Provan and Arthur Summons. 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 current premiers of the NRL are the Cronulla Sharks, who won the 2016 grand final to break their 49-year drought annd win the first premiership in the club’s history, defeating the Melbourne Storm in an action packed decider by just two points.

Paul Gallen was captain of the Sharks during their premiership run, while the Clive Churchill medal went to Luke Lewis of the Sharks.

The Queensland Maroons representative side are the current State of Origin Champions after a 2-1 win in the 2016 State of Origin series where they had the series wrapped up in straight sets before losing the dead rubber.

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Last updated: 28 February, 2017

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I really didn’t want to be that guy. The whinger. The moaner. The sore loser. I tried to let it go and move on, but I just couldn’t come to terms with the way that New South Wales lost that game.

Cherry-Evans makes Origin statement

Cherry-Evans makes Origin statement

by , 25 Jun 2017 Video

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by , 25 Jun 2017

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Dragons survive scare from Knights

Dragons survive scare from Knights

by , 25 Jun 2017 Video

The St George Illawarra Dragons have scored four unanswered second half tries to snatch a 32-28 victory over Newcastle, after trailing 28-10 at half-time.

Cronulla Sharks vs Manly Sea Eagles: NRL live scores, blog

Cronulla Sharks vs Manly Sea Eagles: NRL live scores, blog

by , 25 Jun 2017 Video

Match result: Daly Cherry-Evans reckons he’s playing better now than when he last played for Queensland, and it showed as he steered Manly into the NRL top four on Sunday with a 35-18 flogging of Cronulla.

St George Illawarra Dragons vs Newcastle Knights highlights: NRL scores, blog

St George Illawarra Dragons vs Newcastle Knights highlights: NRL scores, blog

by , 25 Jun 2017 Video

Match result: The St George Illawarra Dragons have scored four unanswered second half tries to snatch a 32-28 victory over Newcastle, after trailing 28-10 at half-time.

Morgan set to replace JT in Maroons halves

Morgan set to replace JT in Maroons halves

by , 25 Jun 2017

Michael Morgan looks set to wear the Queensland No.6 jumper in next month’s State of Origin decider.

Roosters want to take more NRL to Adelaide

Roosters want to take more NRL to Adelaide

by , 25 Jun 2017

They Sydney Roosters want to develop a long-term deal to continue taking NRL games to Adelaide, after Saturday night’s experiment was declared a success.

Does the NRL’s future lie in Super League?

Does the NRL’s future lie in Super League?

by , 25 Jun 2017

How many times have we heard people say the English Super League is light years behind the NRL?

Bellamy not certain of big-three return

Bellamy not certain of big-three return

by , 25 Jun 2017

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy is not certain his rested State of Origin stars will be ready to return to the NRL against Brisbane on Friday night.


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