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Kangaroos to face Fiji and PNG in Suva

Friday May 26, 2017 by  

The Australian Kangaroos will face Fiji and PNG in an historic contest in Suva ahead of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

The innovative format of the match will see all three teams face each other on October 14, at Suva’s ANZ Stadium.

Fiji will face PNG before Australia takes on both PNG and finally Fiji. All three match-ups will last 40 minutes. Read more

NRL recognises Indigenous Round

Monday May 8, 2017 by  

The NRL will celebrate Indigenous Round throughout Round 10, with every NRL club wearing Indigenous inspired jerseys during the round for the first time in history.

A series of cultural performances, gift exchanges, a performance on-screen by Judith Durham and Welcome to Country ceremonies will occur at matches, with a theme of Recognition as the focal point throughout the round.

Past Indigenous legends of the game, Dean Widders and George Rose will also spend time with each club in the lead up to the round, educating teams on the importance of the round and history of rugby league amongst Indigenous communities. Read more

Canberra to host 2017 ANZAC Test

Monday February 13, 2017 by  

Canberra will host the 2017 ANZAC Test between Australia and New Zealand, on Friday May 5.

The announcement was made today at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra by Deputy Chief Minister Yvette Berry, alongside Canberra Raiders’ representative players Shannon Boyd and Jordan Rapana, as well as NRL Ambassador Alan Tongue.

NRL Head of Football Brian Canavan said GIO Stadium would be a fitting venue for the 2017 ANZAC Test. Read more

Roosters win 2017 Auckland Nines

Sunday February 5, 2017 by  

It was the year of the Rooster at the 2017 NRL Auckland Nines, with the Sydney Roosters taking out the final against the Penrith Panthers, 10–8.

The Roosters held a 10–0 lead at half-time, with Daniel Tupou and Bernard Lewis scoring tries in both the semi-final (against the Storm) and final.

Malakai Watene-Zelezniak crossed for the Panthers in the second half, but it wasn’t enough in the end. Read more

2017 NRL Auckland Nines – day one summary

Saturday February 4, 2017 by  

Six teams remain undefeated after 99 tries were scored on the first day of the NRL Auckland Nines at Eden Park.

The Sharks and Titans opened the Nines with Kane Elgey scoring the first try of the tournament and recording a successful return to rugby league after a lengthy injury stint.

The Panthers, Sea Eagles and Eels secured two wins from two outings, while all three Queensland teams (Broncos, Cowboys and Titans) head into day two in good shape. Read more

2017 NRL Premiership Draw Launched

Thursday November 24, 2016 by  

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

New State Based Competitions

Thursday November 17, 2016 by  

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

Perth to Host State of Origin in 2019

Friday July 15, 2016 by  

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

Eels win 2016 NRL Auckland Nines

Sunday February 7, 2016 by  

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

2016 NRL Auckland Nines – Day One Review

Saturday February 6, 2016 by  

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