Thursday November 24, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby League
The reigning Premiers, the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks will open the 2017 National Rugby League Premiership in a blockbuster match against the Brisbane Broncos.
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg today launched the 2017 schedule which includes a reduction in five day turnarounds, the introduction of a 6pm Friday game and matches in every mainland State of Australia.
The season will kick off with the Downer NRL Auckland Nines (February 4 and 5) and the popular Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars game which will be held at Newcastle for the first time on February 10. Read more
Monday November 21, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby League
Some of the greatest players ever to represent Australia will be honoured during the final Country-City match next year.
Country Rugby League (CRL) and NSW Rugby League (NSWRL) today announced that Mudgee will host the match on Sunday 7 May at the Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium.
CRL CEO Terry Quinn said he was determined that the historic match, which has been staged on and off since 1911, would go out on a high. Read more
Sunday November 20, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby League
The Sydney Roosters have today announced that the Club will host a ‘home’ game in Adelaide in 2017.
The match will be played at one of the country’s most iconic grounds – Adelaide Oval – and will be the first time that the Sydney Roosters have played in South Australia.
South Australian Tourism and Sport Minister Leon Bignell today joined Roosters CEO John Lee, Head Coach Trent Robinson and senior player Mitchell Aubusson, as well as NRL Head of Football Brian Canavan, to make the announcement at Adelaide Oval. Read more
Two new State based competitions will be run in NSW and Queensland from 2018 as part of a new pathway program for elite NRL players.
Under the new structure, approved by the Australian Rugby League Commission, each competition will be expanded and decentralised to comprise up to 16 second tier clubs.
NRL Head of Football, Brian Canavan said all NRL clubs will be encouraged to form partnerships with two of these teams from which they will draw talent for the NRL Premiership. Read more
Decorated National Rugby League prop and North Queensland Cowboys premiership winner Ben Hannant has called time on a storied career, announcing his retirement from the game, effective immediately.
The 31-year-old forward – who has played 52 games for the Cowboys over the past two seasons – said injuries and medical advice prompted him to call time of his playing days, a decision he didn’t make lightly.
The veteran prop said it became evident after recent knee surgery that the best decision for his family and his body was to retire. Read more
Friday July 15, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby League
Australian sport’s greatest rivalry, State of Origin, will head to Perth for the first time in 2019.
The NRL can today announce that Game Two of the 2019 State of Origin series will be played at the new Perth Stadium.
It will be the first time, barring the 1987 exhibition match in Los Angeles, an Origin match has been played outside of the eastern states of Australia. Read more
Thursday February 25, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby League
The Canberra Raiders have officially announced the signing of former Newcastle Knights player Joseph Tapine, on a new four year contract effective immediately.
Tapine, 21, joined his new Raiders team mates at Raiders HQ for the first time today, after receiving a release from the final year of his contract with the Newcastle Knights earlier this week.
Tapine said he was ready to tackle the challenge of working his way into the Raiders NRL team and said he was impressed with what he saw in the Raiders trial match last weekend. Read more
Wednesday February 17, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby League
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles are today moving full steam ahead in their quest for 15,000 Members after reaching an agreement with Warringah Council over Brookvale Oval hiring fees.
The Sea Eagles and Council last night came to an agreement for the next two years which will see the Club pay $375,000 per annum and being provided with the right to sell the naming rights to Brookvale Oval.
The Club is now gearing up for a massive season opener against arch rivals Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Brookvale Oval on Friday March 4. Read more
Sunday February 7, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby League
Parramatta has secured the 2016 NRL Auckland Nines following a 22-4 victory over the Warriors in the final.
Eels captain Corey Norman was named the tournament’s most valuable player following the final, at Eden Park.
Norman joined his teammates Bevan French, who finished the tournament with eight tries, as well as Semi Radradra, in the Team of the Tournament. Read more
Saturday February 6, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby League
Melbourne, Manly and Cronulla will be the only unbeaten teams heading into tomorrow’s day two of the NRL Auckland Nines.
The Storm toppled defending premiers South Sydney as well as Parramatta, while the Sea Eagles surprised crowd favourites the Warriors, who were left with a win and a loss following the first day of the tournament.
The Sharks, last year’s grand finalists, proved again they would be difficult to beat by toppling both Gold Coast and St George Illawarra. Read more