The average attendance record remained until 2010. [106], "NRL" redirects here. There have been 21 NRL Premierships and 112 overall, including the competition's predecessors (NSWRL, ARL and Super League). Read the latest NRL News, line-ups and statistics. The match returned in 2019 and was hosted in Melbourne with the Australian Indigenous All Stars taking on the New Zealand Maori All Stars. On 22 April 2010, following revelations by an internal whistle blower and investigation by the NRL, Storm officials revealed that the club had committed serious and systematic breaches of the salary cap regulations between 2006 and 2010 by running a well-organized dual contract and bookkeeping system that concealed a total of $3.78 million in payments made to players outside of the salary cap from the NRL. [35] This two-day tournament has now become a regular fixture, taking place in February each year. The 2016 season saw the Melbourne Storm return to the minor premiership position while the Canberra Raiders returned to the top four for the first time since the 2003. Another change from the previous seasons was a reduction in the number of byes per team in the season. The points penalty meant that the club won the 2002 wooden spoon (Souths would have finished last if not for the breaches), and as the club had been leading the competition table prior to the imposition of the penalties, this was a shattering outcome for the club and its fans. Other Official NRL Sponsors are: Coca Cola Amatil, Hankook, Home Hardware, Rebel, TWE (Wolf Blass), Accor, Drinkwise, P&O, Gallagher and EISS Super. Manly recorded a 24–10 win claiming their second premiership under head coach Des Hasler. The new look aims to modernise the Telstra Premiership brand as well as integrate it more seamlessly with the 16 clubs.

AFL leaders commented "As a community and as a code we all need to take the unprecedented and required actions to get through this together. The Titans were the first professional sporting team to occupy the Gold Coast since 1998, when the Gold Coast Chargers were one of the teams removed during the NRL's rationalisation process between the end of the Super League war and the 2000 season. The St. George Dragons and the Illawarra Steelers were the first clubs to take up the offer, forming the joint-venture St. George Illawarra Dragons at the end of the 1998 season. The Penrith Panthers rose from the bottom of the table to win the Premiership, while the Broncos returned to Suncorp Stadium mid-year. The trials are typically played in cities and towns that normally don't host NRL matches. [62] Five officials, including chairman Steve Sharp, deputy chairman Tom Issa, director Peter Serrao, chief executive John Boulous and football manager Daniel Anderson, were also sacked. [10] From 2004 to 2005, there was a 39% increase in sponsorship, a 41% increase in merchandise royalties, and a 12% increase in playing participation.

However, some clubs play for trophies: Easts and Wests play for the Foundation Cup while South Sydney and St. George Illawarra play for the Charity Shield.

Crowd average records were broken in 2003, 2004 and 2005. In 2010 the Inaugural All Stars Match was held on 13 February, in conjunction with the Sorry Day reconciliation anniversary to promote rugby league's long association and involvement with the Aboriginal community.

In the past a World Seven's rugby league football tournament has been hosted, however this was scrapped due to injury concerns.

One condition of the peace agreement between the ARL and News Limited was that there would be a 14-team competition in 2000. At the end of the regular season, the club which is ranked highest on the ladder is declared minor premiers. In 2015, the competition was expanded to include two exhibition games before the Challenge game. Teams on the ladder are ranked by competition points, then match points differential (for and against) and points percentage are used to separate teams with equal competition points. A salary cap was introduced to the NSWRL in 1990 to even the playing field of teams in the Winfield Cup. [20][21], During the 2010 finals series, the second qualifying match between the Wests Tigers and Sydney Roosters became the first McIntyre System final to go into extra time, with the One Hundred Minute Epic described in media circles as one of the greatest of the modern era.[22]. Women's nines games were also fixtured alongside the main tournament between the Australian and New Zealand women's teams, however now feature the four NRLW teams.

The Queensland Rugby League's Team of the Century is a team that consisted of the greatest rugby league players from 1909 to 2008.

As rugby league is a winter sport in Australasia, the NRL premiership season begins in early March, with games played every weekend (except for a bye round held at the end of June for the 2nd State of Origin game and internationals) for 25 weeks, until the start of September.

The representative season is generally considered to be a period of rugby league that runs from about the middle of April until the middle of July each year.

[58] The players themselves were found to have not done anything wrong during this time so individual awards are recognised in addition, the players were still eligible for Test/State of Origin selection. In Australia there are television shows dedicated to discussing the NRL. The season culminated on 30 September 2007, with the Grand Final contested between Manly and Melbourne. In 2004, Canterbury-Bankstown put a year of turmoil and disgrace at the aftermath of the alleged rape scandal to hold aloft the NRL trophy and give the Bulldogs their first premiership since 1995. By Andrew Johns.

There are 2 clubs currently playing in the National Rugby League that are yet to win a premiership; New Zealand Warriors and Gold Coast Titans.

The 2014 Grand Final was contested by the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs. Triple M has exclusive access to Thursday night, Sunday 3 pm and Sunday night matches and is broadcast on commercial stations across the country. The current Chairman is Peter V'landys AM. The NRL and its clubs receive significant revenue from sponsorships, with sponsors' logos appearing on most parts of players' and referees' uniforms, the playing surface and even the ball itself.

Clubs generally use this time to organise trial matches to test playing combinations. Furthermore, it was the first time a team had been kept scoreless in a Grand Final since 1978. Teams receive two competition points for a win, and one point for a draw.

The coverage is networked to stations across the country, typically those owned by Southern Cross Media Group, Grant Broadcasters and other station groups on the Macquarie Radio Network. During the 2007 season the NRL implemented ways of creating a fair and more beneficial cap for players and clubs.

In 2002, the Bulldogs were fined the maximum of $500,000 and deducted all 37 premiership points received during the season after it was found that they had committed serious and systematic breaches of the salary cap totalling $2.13 million over the past three years, including $750,000 in 2001 and $920,000 in 2002; these were described by NRL chief executive David Gallop as "exceptional in both its size and its deliberate and ongoing nature". Youi and Harvey Norman sponsor the on-field match officials and KFC sponsors the NRL Bunker. [49] By way of comparison, 2.3% of the Australian population identified themselves as Indigenous in the 2006 Australian census. Established in 1981, the group of eight former Test captains: Arthur Beetson, Clive Churchill, Bob Fulton, Reg Gasnier, Graeme Langlands, Wally Lewis, Johnny Raper and Andrew Johns were those appointed by Rugby League Week between 1981 and 2012. Each year the NRL Grand Final Breakfast, a function that is attended by both teams, hundreds of guests and screened live on Australian television is held during the week before the game. [10] In 2005, the NRL reached record levels of popularity for its competition. The former directors attempted unsuccessful legal action against the penalties which collapsed, and the club also had to pay the NRLs legal costs. The 20 clubs that played in 1998 would be assessed on various items such as sponsorship, crowds, on-field success and the like.

The bye also receives two points; a loss, no points. It is named after former Australian fullback Clive Churchill. Both of which turned out to be ratings successes.

Most NRL teams have a squad of dancers for cheerleading that are usually involved in dancing, charity work, fundraisers, and modelling. Ben Hunt would drop the ball on the kick-off and hand the Cowboys the chance to win which was converted as Johnathan Thurston successfully kicked a field goal to win the match 17–16. In 2019, the NRL introduced Magic Round, which featured all sixteen teams playing at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane over the weekend. Since 1999 it has been contested at Sydney's Stadium Australia, which was the primary athletics venue for the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. South Sydney challenged the decision in the Federal Court claiming that the NRL agreement was exclusionary, intended to unfairly exclude South Sydney, and breached the Trade Practices Act. It was deemed a success and it's scheduled to comeback in 2020. Justice Paul Finn ruled that the agreement did not specifically exclude any club and dismissed the Rabbitohs' claims for re-instatement into the national competition. [citation needed] Up until the 2017 season the fixtures took into account the following games: From 2018, the season was altered to create a shorter workload for players. The 2019 NRL Season rated 88.201 million viewers at an average viewership of 459,000 per game, with an almost even split between free to air viewers on Nine and GEM, as well as Fox League.

This logo was quite similar to the original National Rugby League emblem.

Separate trophies between rival teams are also presented throughout the season. Official NRL statistics encompass all first grade competitions, namely the New South Wales Rugby League, Australian Rugby League, Super League, and the present day NRL.

The Cronulla Sharks claimed their first premiership ending a famous 49-year drought by a score of 14–12. As well as honouring the best and fairest player of the year, the Dally M awards recognise the premier player in each position, the best coach and the most outstanding rookie of the season. Throughout 2008, the NRL celebrated 100 years since rugby league was introduced into Australia, with several initiatives to recognise the important milestone, including an extensive marketing campaign called the 'Centenary of Rugby League'.

The most notable of these was the Sydney Roosters, dropping the City section of their name for the 2000 season and beyond. [40] The player judged to be the man-of-the-match by the Australian national team selectors is awarded the prestigious Clive Churchill Medal and the Prime Minister of Australia is typically on-hand to hand the trophy to the winning captain. For a list of all clubs past and present, see List of teams in the NSWRL/ARL/SL/NRL. In 2018 the series was cancelled, with only the usual Challenge match played and has continued as a single match since. The NRL has several exclusive rights partners to broadcast matches live via radio nationwide.