NRL Betting - 5th March - 4th October 2015
League got its start in Australia under circumstances similar to the game's creation in England in the late 1800s. Despite plans to bring Northern Rugby Union (early working name for league) to Australia already in the workings, things came to a head when New South Wales representative Alex Burdon was refused compensation for his time off work after breaking his arm. Despite the threat of lifetime expulsion to both clubs and players from the New South Wales Rugby Union, the New South Wales Rugby Football League was created in 1907. The inaugural competition kicked off in 1908. Rugby’s biggest star at the time, Dally Messenger, was signed to play in the new competition, helping the new code's popularity. The rest, they say, is history.
The 1980s and 1990s were times of great transition and upheaval for the game. Several expansions across New South Wales (and then Queensland and beyond) saw league reach beyond Sydney for the first time and begin to leave a genuine imprint across the country. The mid 1990s also saw the Super League war which threatened to destroy the game. More recently, however, league has enjoyed a period of growth and prosperity that has stemmed from the creation of the NRL in 1997. The NRL currently has 16 clubs who battle it out over 26 bone-crunching rounds for a spot in the finals, with the main aim of taking out the grand final.
|Brisbane Broncos||Brisbane, Queensland||Suncorp Stadium||52,500||1988||6|
|Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs||Sydney, New South Wales||ANZ Stadium||84,000||1934||8|
|Canberra Raiders||Canberra, ACT||Canberra Stadium||25,000||1981||3|
|Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks||Sydney, New South Wales||Remondis Stadium||22,500||1963||nil|
|Gold Coast Titans||Gold Coast, Queensland||CBUS Super Stadium||27,400||2007||nil|
|Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles||Sydney, New South Wales||Brookvale Oval||23,000||1946||8|
|Melbourne Storm||Melbourne, Victoria||AAMI Park||30,050||1997||2|
|Newcastle Knights||Newcastle, New South Wales||Hunter Stadium||33,000||1988||2|
|New Zealand Warriors||Auckland, New Zealand||Mount Smart Stadium||30,000||1995||nil|
|North Queensland Cowboys||Townsville, Queensland||1300SMILE Stadium||26,500||1995||nil|
|Parramatta Eels||Sydney, New South Wales||ANZ Stadium||84,000||1946||4|
|Penrith Panthers||Sydney, New South Wales||Penrith Stadium||22,500||1966||2|
|South Sydney Rabbitohs||Sydney, New South Wales||ANZ Stadium||84,000||1908||21|
|St George Illawarra Dragons||Sydney, New South Wales||WIN Jubilee Oval||22,000||1998||1|
|Sydney Roosters||Sydney, New South Wales||Allianz Stadium||45,500||1908||13|
|Wests Tigers||Sydney, New South Wales||ANZ Stadium||84,000||1991||1|
NRL Past Winners
Below are the past winners and runners-up of the NRL.
|2014||South Sydney Rabbitohs||30 – 6||Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs||Sydney Roosters|
|2013||Sydney Roosters||26-18||Manly Warringah Sea Eagles||Sydney Roosters (40 pts)|
|2012||Melbourne Storm||14-4||Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs||Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs (40 pts)|
|2011||Manly Warringah Sea Eagles||24-10||New Zealand Warriors||Melbourne Storm (42 pts)|
|2010||St George Illawarra Dragons||32-8||Sydney Roosters||St George Illawarra Dragons (38 pts)|
|2009||Melbourne Storm *stripped||23-16||Parramatta Eels||St George Illawarra Dragons (38 pts)|
|2008||Manly Warringah Sea Eagles||40-0||Melbourne Storm||Melbourne Storm (38 pts) *stripped|
|2007||Melbourne Storm *stripped||34-8||Manly Warringah Sea Eagles||Melbourne Storm (44 pts) *stripped|
|2006||Brisbane Broncos||15-8||Melbourne Storm||Melbourne Storm (44 pts) *stripped|
NRL Fast Facts
- The NRL is the most watched and attended Rugby Football competition in the world.
- In 1967, the then-named NSWRFL Grand Final was the first football Grand Final of any code to be broadcast live in Australia.
- Overachievers Melbourne Storm had three minor premierships (2006-2008) and two premierships (2007 & 2009) stripped for breaches to the NRL salary cap.
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