In most rounds, one match is played on Thursday night, two on Friday night, three on Saturday and two on Sunday. Teams receive two competition points for a win, and one point for a draw. The bye also receives two points; a loss, no points. 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. At the end of the regular season, the club which is ranked highest on the ladder is declared minor premiers.
As well as playing for their club in the premiership, NRL players are regularly selected to play in a number of representative competitions that are conducted throughout each season. 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. From , the season was altered to create a shorter workload for players a number of representative games were scrapped and timing changed therefore the representative season was changed to include:.
The eight highest placed teams at the end of the regular season compete in the finals series. The system consists of a number of games between the top eight teams over four weeks in September, until only two teams remain. These two teams then contest the Grand Final, which is usually played on the first Sunday of October.
The NRL Grand Final , which determines the season's premiers, is one of Australia's major sporting events and is one of the largest attended club championship events in the world. Since it has been contested at Sydney's Stadium Australia , which was the primary athletics venue for the Olympic Games.
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. The game itself is usually preceded by an opening ceremony featuring entertainment and the singing of the national anthem by well-known Australasian and international musical acts. After the pre-game entertainment it is traditional for the NRL trophy to be delivered to the field by an Australian Army helicopter shortly before kick off.
At the conclusion of the Grand Final there is a presentation ceremony where the winning team are awarded premiership rings. Note — Melbourne Storm were stripped of their , premiership titles and their , , minor premiership titles due to their breach of the salary cap.
The titles were withheld by the NRL rather than awarding them to the runners up. These stats NRL era only to present Ranking: Teams are ranked in order of premierships won, grand final runners up then minor premierships won.
National Rugby League footballers are among Australasia's most famous athletes [ citation needed ] , commanding multimillion-dollar playing contracts and sponsorship deals. Each club in the NRL has a "top squad" of twenty-five players, who are signed under a salary cap. For the most part, the players who play in NRL matches are sourced from these top squads. During a season the need may arise for a club to use players outside these 25, in which case players are usually sourced from the club's corresponding NRL Under 20s side or a feeder club in the New South Wales Cup or Queensland Cup.
Since that time, many high-profile indigenous athletes have played in the competition, including Arthur Beetson the first Aborigine to captain an Australian national team in any sport  and current Test match representatives Johnathan Thurston and Greg Inglis.
To celebrate the strong Indigenous ties to the game, the NRL holds a preseason All Stars game, featuring a team made up of Indigenous Australians playing a publicly voted team consisting of the non-Indigenous players, and an Indigenous Leadership Group has formed, consisting of the game's elite Indigenous players. The Leadership Group hosts regular multi-day camps where all Indigenous NRL players are invited to learn more about Indigenous culture.
Both the All Stars match and the Leadership Group were ideas pioneered by former player Preston Campbell ,  with the All Stars man of the match receiving the Preston Campbell medal.
For example, six clubs were fined for minor infractions in These infractions are usually technical in nature, and can sometimes be affected by third-party factors such as loss of sponsorship revenue affecting an allowance. During the season the NRL implemented ways of creating a fair and more beneficial cap for players and clubs. In , following the Melbourne Storm salary cap scandal, the NRL introduced requirements for players and their agents to sign statutory declarations pledging their contracts comply with salary cap regulations, where previously only club chairmen and chief executives did so for biannual salary cap audits.
The points penalty meant that the club won the 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. Two senior club officials were jailed for fraud as a result of these breaches. The points penalty meant that the Warriors missed a finals berth in As a result, the club was stripped of the and premierships, — minor premierships and the following year, the World Club Challenge trophy.
The points penalty meant that the club won the wooden spoon. The former directors attempted unsuccessful legal action against the penalties which collapsed, and the club also had to pay the NRLs legal costs.
Prior to the start of the NRL season, the Parramatta Eels faced the prospect with starting the season on -4 points due to salary cap indiscretions in , however the NRL was satisfied with governance changes at the Eels and no points were deducted. Manly was proved by the NRL chief executive that third-party payments and deals were made to attract more players to the club.
Judiciary and Integrity Unit The NRL judiciary is made up of former players who convene in three-man panels to rule on on-field incidents. The Minor Premiership is a trophy awarded to the team finishing the season top of NRL in the sport of rugby league football. It is a three-dimensional cast of a famous photo called The Gladiators ,  which depicts a mud-soaked Norm Provan of St.
It was not officially named the Provan-Summons Trophy until , the 50th anniversary of the Grand Final. Each player from the premiership winning side are also awarded Premiership Rings. Created in , the J.
Giltinan Shield is awarded to the club ranked highest on the NRL ladder after the premiership season concludes. Typically this team is known as the minor premiers.
The Clive Churchill Medal is awarded to the most outstanding player in a grand final. It is named after former Australian fullback Clive Churchill. The awards were introduced in by News Limited. The Dally M has been the official player-of-the-year award, and the highest individual honour in Australian rugby league, since the unification of the game in Before the highest award was the Rothmans Medal.
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. The Immortals are eight players named by the sport's major Australian magazine Rugby League Week as the nation's greatest ever.
Established in , the group consists of eight former Test captains: The Queensland Rugby League's Team of the Century is a team that consisted of the greatest rugby league players from to This team was picked by six judges in from a list of nominated players.
The New South Wales Rugby League's Team of the Century is a team that consisted of the greatest rugby league players from to The NRL provides six of the top seven and 78 of the top programs on Australian subscription television. The NRL is available to the rest of the world via either local television networks or online through the official Livestream NRL channel.
In Australia there are television shows dedicated to discussing the NRL. The programs are listed in order of the day and time viewed in their primary broadcast market:. Radio coverage The NRL has several exclusive rights partners to broadcast matches live via radio nationwide. All radio coverage is available to be streamed live from the NRL website.
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. Print In print media, there are two major magazines: There have been many top selling video games made for the Australian rugby league market.
The games below are sorted by year released. Most NRL teams have a squad of dancers for cheerleading that are usually involved in dancing, charity work , fundraisers , and modelling. Helens and New Zealand Warriors coach Daniel Anderson was appointed to the position of referee's high performance manager, taking over from former referee Bill Harrigan. 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.
The Telstra Premiership has had four competition logos since The first, lasting only through the regular season, was the Telstra logo with an elongated circle enclosing the word Premiership. From the Finals series of through to the end of the logo was based around the shape of a football, with the words Telstra Premiership on respective lines along the bottom, culminating with a small football similar to the one in the official NRL logo at the peak. The main colours were dark blue and orange, the corporate colours of Telstra.
The company worked with the NRL to create the third logo pictured for the season onward as part of a new sponsorship deal. This logo was quite similar to the original National Rugby League emblem. From the Finals Series, a newer logo was commissioned in concert with a corporate re-brand undertaken by Telstra. The logo remained on club jerseys until due to the lateness of the change and was phased out in time for the NRL Season.
From , under a dramatic image rebranding of the competition, the Telstra Premiership logo was changed in conjunction with a new sponsorship deal to incorporate the key elements of rugby league in Australia to include the shield and chevrons, the green and gold, a red "Telstra" logo perched above the top of the shield and for the first time the iconic Provan-Summons trophy awarded to the premiers at the end of the season centred in the middle of the badge.
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For the Bulldogs, they thrashed the Knights last week by 20 points. That should give them a spark in attack this week as well. So in this one, I can see both teams scoring over 13 points. The Bulldogs have achieved this in 6 of their last 8. The Raiders have not scored under 13 points at all this season. With a record, this is a must win clash for the Titans and they should be confident. They upset the Broncos earlier in the year with a win at Suncorp.
The Broncos are in their last 5 games and they recorded a stunning victory in Round Down at the half, they stormed home to win So both sides are showing decent form in attack and Sunday afternoon football should see both sides throw the ball around. The Titans are against it and scored 33 in their last day game at home. There are a number of great Australian sports betting sites that offer a huge range of NRL betting markets and promotions.
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Hunt falters at finals hurdle In the second week of the NRL finals we saw a flood of field goals, twins collide, a veteran Shark shine, a blinder by Dallin, and Hunt fall at the final hurdle. Murray coming into own off Bunnies' bench Hunt fears for Roos spot, seeks clear head Inglis free to play in preliminary final NRL could farewell Allianz with sellout Cleary gives ultimate backing to Ciraldo Gallen in doubt for Storm prelim final Panthers to channel NRL heartbreak. Moylan wins the battle of the swapped halves When the Sharks and Panthers agreed to swap five-eighths before the season, no one knew the two would play such key roles in deciding the first final ever played between the clubs.
Finals footy doesn't disappoint In the first week of the NRL finals we learnt when Sam Burgess is off his game, the Rabbitohs struggle; the west is the best; the women can play and you can't fool the HIA test.