NRL

Last updated: 28 February, 2017

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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NRL Articles

George Burgess cops four-game NRL ban

by , 24 Apr 2017

South Sydney forward George Burgess’ NRL season has hit a new low after he accepted a four-game ban for a shoulder charge on Brisbane’s Anthony Milford.

Six of the best Anzac Day matches in NRL history

Six of the best Anzac Day matches in NRL history

by , 24 Apr 2017

On our national day of remembrance, when we proudly honour those who fought for our country, there have been some great sporting deeds. Here, we recall six of the best Anzac Day rugby league clashes.

Landing the big fish: Are NRL clubs using the right bait?

Landing the big fish: Are NRL clubs using the right bait?

by , 24 Apr 2017

Recruitment used to be such a simple process. A player and his agent would arrange to meet with potential suitors at the local Chinese joint. You didn’t worry about being seen.

Josh Reynolds encapsulates the Bulldogs’ culture

Josh Reynolds encapsulates the Bulldogs’ culture

by , 24 Apr 2017

It was Good Friday 2016 and the Bulldogs were completing a 42-12 demolition job on South Sydney at ANZ Stadium.

Don’t blame Issac Moses for looking after his players

Don’t blame Issac Moses for looking after his players

by , 24 Apr 2017

“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist … and like that, he’s gone.”

Brooks playing without pressure after sorting out future

Brooks playing without pressure after sorting out future

by , 24 Apr 2017

Re-signed Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks felt the weight of off-contract pressure lift off his shoulders before his match-winning role in Sunday’s 18-12 victory over Canterbury.

Nine talking points from the NRL weekend: Round 8

Nine talking points from the NRL weekend: Round 8

by , 23 Apr 2017

What a weekend of footy! Out of the six games played so far in Round 8, four of them were decided in the last five miuntes, with one of those going to golden point. The other two weren’t exactly blowouts either and with that, let’s get into The Roar‘s NRL talking points from the weekend.

Tigers trump Bulldogs in a thriller, 18-12

Tigers trump Bulldogs in a thriller, 18-12

by , 23 Apr 2017 Video

The Wests Tigers have recorded an important win at ANZ Stadium, downing the Canterbury Bulldogs by 6 points in an ANZAC Weekend thriller.

Wests Tigers unlikely to wait on Cronk

Wests Tigers unlikely to wait on Cronk

by , 23 Apr 2017 Video

Wests Tigers officials wouldn’t wait for the remaining members of their so-called big four to re-sign and it seems they won’t be playing the long game for Cooper Cronk either.

Wests Tigers vs Canterbury Bulldogs: NRL live scores, blog

Wests Tigers vs Canterbury Bulldogs: NRL live scores, blog

by , 23 Apr 2017 Video

Match result: The Wests Tigers have recorded an important win at ANZ Stadium, downing the Canterbury Bulldogs by 6 points in an ANZAC Weekend thriller.


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