History of Rugby League (NRL) in Australia

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Professional rugby league was established in Australia in 1908, following a split from the rugby union competition.  The competition was based in Sydney New South Wales for much of its existence (as the NSWRL), before expanding to other regions of Australia. Presently, sixteen teams compete in the National Rugby League, and provide quality entertainment for fans every season!

Known as: New South Wales Rugby League (1908-1994),  Australian Rugby League (1995-1997) (Super League 1997), NRL (1998-present)

The competition was split in 1997, with half of the-then teams rebelling and playing for the News Limited operated Super League competition.

Who are the most successful teams in the game’s history?

The top 4 the competition’s best ever!

  1. South Sydney Rabbitohs (1908-1999,2002-present) Premierships: 21

(1908, 1909, 1914, 1918, 1925-29, 1931-32, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954-55, 1967-68, 1970-71, 2014)

  1. St George Dragons (1921-1998) Premierships: 15

(1941, 1949, 1956-66, 1977, 1979)

Formed a joint venture at the end of 1998 with Illawarra, the St George Illawarra Dragons.

The joint venture club played its first season in 1999 and won the 2010 premiership.

  1. Sydney Roosters (1908-present) Premierships: 13

(1911-13,1923, 1935, 1936-37 ,1940, 1945, 1974,1975, 2002, 2013 )

  1. Balmain Tigers (1908-1999) Premierships: 11

(1915-17, 1919, 1920, 1924, 1939, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1969

Formed a joint venture with Western Suburbs at the end of 1999. The joint venture played its first season in 2000 and won the 2005 premiership.


What’s happening in 2017!

Season 2017 should be an absolute thriller!

Here are some clashes in Round 1 2017 that fans shouldn’t miss

  • Cronulla Sharks vs Brisbane Broncos, Southern Cross Stadium. Defending premiers Cronulla take on the Brisbane Broncos to open the season.
  • Wests Tigers vs Souths, ANZ Stadium. Souths hooker Robbie Farah takes on his former club for the first time following a controversial departure
  • Bulldogs vs Storm, Belmore Sports Ground. The Bulldogs take on the Storm at the first of two games at their spiritual Belmore home.
  • St George-Illawarra Dragons vs Penrith, UOW Jubilee Oval. Former Dragons hooker Mitch Rein takes on his former club
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