Rugby League

The NRL is Australia's pre-eminent rugby league tournament. Founded in 1997, its top division, the Telstra Premiership, now boasts 16 teams, including current champions, Melbourne Storm.

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Sport Type

Rugby League

Event Date(s):

March - October

Event Time:

Variable

Location(s):

Australasia

Teams

16

Status:

Annual

Previous (Year) Winner & Score/Time

Melbourne Storm (Premiers & Minor Premiers)

Prize Money

Minor Premiers ($100,000)

Finals Week 1 loser ($20,000 per team)

Finals Week 2 loser ($30,000 per team)

Finals Week 3 Losers ($100,000 per team)

Grand Final Runner Up ($200,000)

Grand Final Winner ($400,000)

 

Info for 2017 via nrl.com

 

NRL HISTORY

 

Between 1908 and 1994, the New South Wales Rugby League was the leading competition in the country. This was followed in the mid-1990s by the controversial ‘Super League War’, with the NewsCorp-backed Super League and the Optus Vision-backed Australian Rugby League running parallel to one another, battling to control top-level professional rugby.

 

Following various disputes and legal action, the National Rugby League (NRL) was eventually formed in 1997 and is now the singular top level of professional rugby league played in Australasia, currently featuring fifteen clubs from Australia and one from New Zealand.

 

Twenty-three clubs have played in the NRL since the inaugural 1998 season, during which time various changes to the competition have taken place. Most notable was the establishment of the Australian Rugby League Commission in 2010, replacing the former state boards and assuming overall responsibility for all levels of the game.

 

 

NRL FORMAT

 

The sixteen teams competing in the NRL compete in the regular Premiership season, which usually begins at the end of March each year, with 26 rounds of fixtures through until September. Teams receive two points for a win and one for a draw, and, if points are tied, the match points differential (for and against) and points percentage are used to separate teams.

 

The club at the top of the ladder by the end of the regular season wins the Minor Premiers title. The top eight teams in the competition then make it through to the Finals Series.

 

 

NRL FINALS SERIES

 

The current Finals Series consists of the top eight Premiership teams competing in a number of games, usually through September, until only two remain. Those two teams then compete in the NRL Grand Final, which is usually held on the first Sunday of October, to decide the overall Premiership title. The winners of the Grand Final then qualify for the World Club Challenge, taking on opponents from the European Super League, featuring mostly English club sides.

 

Since 1999, the NRL Grand Final has been held at Stadium Australia in Sydney, and is one of the largest attended sporting events in the country, with over 80,000 spectators on average. The first Grand Final held at this venue achieved a record number of 107,999 spectators.

 

 

NRL TROPHY

 

The winners of the NRL Grand Final are awarded The Provan-Summons Trophy, which was first introduced for the 1982 NSWRFL season. Inspired by a famous photo called ‘The Gladiators’, the cast depicts Norm Provan of St. George and Arthur Summons of Western Suburbs in a mud-soaked embrace following the 1963 NSWRFL Grand Final.

 

 

NRL AWARDS

 

The man-of-the-match in the NRL Grand Final is awarded the Clive Churchill Medal, created to honour the legendary player following his death in 1985. The recipient of the medal is chosen by selectors from the Australian national team, to the player they judge to have been the best and fairest during the Grand Final.

 

The players and head coach of the winning side in the Grand Final are also individually presented with Premiership Rings. Since 2015, the Premiership Rings have been designed by Affinity Diamonds, featuring the playing number of each recipient etched into a ring littered with one carat of black and white diamonds. The NRL provides each Grand Final winning team with 20 rings, which are estimated to be worth around AUS $10,000 each in value.

 

 

NRL BETTING

 

The NRL has continued its phenomenal rise each year and has attracted a huge following, making it a highly popular competition for bookmakers and bettors to follow. Always popular throughout the season are NRL Outright markets for the Grand Final and Regular Season Winner, along with Top 8 Finish and Top 4 Finish predictions. For the matches themselves, there are also First Try Scorer odds with a number of bookmakers, plus various in-play markets such as Winning Margin.

 

 

NRL TIPS

 

Throughout the NRL season, from the first Premiership regular season game to the Grand Final, Oddschecker will provide data-driven previews of all the key games, with statistics and information about teams and players. Also featured are details of all the most important betting markets, along with up-to-date odds comparisons to follow, in all the key markets offered by the bookmakers.

 

 

NRL GRAND FINAL PREMIERS AND MINOR PREMIERS WINNERS

 

YEAR

PREMIERS

RUNNERS-UP

MINOR PREMIERS

1998

Brisbane Broncos

Cantebury Bulldogs

Brisbane Broncos

1999

Melbourne Storm

St George Illawarra Dragons

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

2000

Brisbane Broncos

Sydney Roosters

Brisbane Broncos

2001

Newcastle Knights

Parramatta Eels

Parramatta Eels

2002

Sydney Roosters

New Zealand Warriors

New Zealand Warriors

2003

Penrith Panthers

Sydney Roosters

Penrith Panthers

2004

Cantebury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Sydney Roosters

Sydney Roosters

2005

Wests Tigers

North Queensland Cowboys

Parramatta Eels

2006

Brisbane Broncos

Melbourne Storm

Melbourne Storm *

2007

Melbourne Storm *

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Melbourne Storm *

2008

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Melbourne Storm

Melbourne Storm *

2009

Melbourne Storm *

Parramatta Eels

St George Illawarra Dragons

2010

St George Illawara Dragons

Sydney Roosters

St George Illawarra Dragons

2011

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

New Zealand Warriors

Melbourne Storm

2012

Nelbourne Storm

Cantebury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Cantebury-Bankstown Bulldogs

2013

Sydney Roosters

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Sydney Roosters

2014

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Cantebury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Sydney Roosters

2015

North Queensland Cowboys

Brisbane Broncos

Sydney Roosters

2016

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Melbourne Storm

Melbourne Storm

2017

Melbourne Storm

North Queensland Cowboys

Melbourne Storm

 

*Melbourne Storm were stripped of their titles due to breaching the salary cap. Titles were withheld by the NRL, rather than being awarded to the runners-up.

 

 

NRL ERA RECORDS

 

Most times Grand Final Premiers: Melbourne Storm (3), Brisbane Broncos (3)

 

Most times Grand Final runners-up: Sydney Roosters (4)

 

Most times Minor Premiers: Sydney Roosters (4)

 

Most Points scored in a season: Parramatta Eels (801), NRL 2001

 

Most tries scored in a season: Parramatta Eels (159), NRL 2001

 

Most goals kicked in a season: Parramatta Eels (153), NRL 2001

 

Most points conceded in a season: Western Suburbs (944), NRL 1999

 

Biggest winning margin: 70 points, Parramatta Eels vs. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, NRL 2003

 

Most Points scored in a match: 74, Parramatta Eels vs. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, NRL 2003

 

Note: More records available here, with all-time (all competitions) since 1908

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