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The 2020 NRL season is the 113th season of professional rugby league in Australia and the 23rd season run by the National Rugby League (NRL). In terms of television viewers and match day attendances, the NRL is the most popular rugby league club competition in the world. 

The NRL is run by the Australian Rugby League Commission and the main competition is currently known as the Telstra Premiership. The 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership is contested by 16 clubs, 15 are based in Australia with one based in New Zealand. 

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When does the 2020 NRL Premiership start?

The 2020 NRL Premiership starts on 12 March 2020.

When is the 2020 NRL Grand Final?

The 2020 NRL Grand Final will be held on Sunday 25 October 2020.

Where is the 2020 NRL Grand Final?

The 2020 NRL Grand Final will be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia.

What is the NRL?

The NRL (National Rugby League) is a professional rugby league competition in Australia and New Zealand.

Where is the NRL played?

The NRL is played in Australia and New Zealand.

Who won the 2019 NRL competition?

The Sydney Roosters won the 2019 NRL competition after defeating the Canberra Raiders 14-8 in the Grand Final. The Roosters became the first team to win back-to-back NRL Premierships since the Brisbane Broncos in 1992 and 1993.

Who has won the most NRL titles?

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have won the most NRL titles with 21, which is compromised of the top grade competition in Australian rugby league, which is currently the NRL.

What clubs are playing in the 2020 NRL season?

The clubs that are playing in the 2020 NRL season are Brisbane Broncos, Canberra Raiders, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Gold Coast Titans, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Melbourne Storm, Newcastle Knights, New Zealand Warriors, North Queensland Cowboys, Parramatta Eels, Penrith Panthers, South Sydney Rabbitohs, St. George Illawarra Dragons, Sydney Roosters and Wests Tigers.

What are the 2020 NRL Dates?

The 2020 NRL dates sees competition start on 12 March 2020 and conclude on 4 October 2020.

NRL Live Streaming

Watch all the NRL matches no matter where you are with NRL TV.  The NRL Digital Pass allows you to watch every game live. Channel Nine also streams matches on their online TV platform 9Now.

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NRL Betting Odds

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What are the NRL Clubs?

The 16 teams contesting the 2020 NRL Premiership remain unchanged for the 14th consecutive season:

ClubHome Ground/s
Brisbane BroncosSuncorp Stadium
Canberra RaidersGIO Stadium
Canterbury-Bankstown BulldogsANZ Stadium, Belmore Sports Ground & Bankwest Stadium
Cronulla-Sutherland SharksNetstrata Jubilee Stadium
Gold Coast TitansCbus Super Stadium
Manly-Warringah Sea EaglesLottoland
Melbourne StormAAMI Park
Newcastle KnightsMcDonald Jones Stadium
New Zealand WarriorsMt. Smart Stadium
North Queensland CowboysQueensland Country Bank Stadium
Parramatta EelsBankwest Stadium
Penrith PanthersPanthers Stadium
South Sydney RabbitohsANZ Stadium & Bankwest Stadium
St. George Illawarra DragonsNetstrata Jubilee Stadium & WIN Stadium
Sydney RoostersSydney Cricket Ground
Wests TigersLeichhardt Oval, Campbelltown Stadium & Bankwest Stadium

NRL Premiers and Runners-Up

South Sydney defeated Eastern Suburbs 14-12 to become the first Premiers in the New South Wales Rugby League. The Sydney Roosters won the 2019 NRL Premiership after defeating the Canberra Raiders 14-8 in the 2019 Grand Final, becoming the first team to win back-to-back NRL Premierships since the Brisbane Broncos in 1992 and 1993.

2019Sydney Roosters Canberra14-8
2018Sydney RoostersMelbourne21-6
2017MelbourneNorth Queensland34-6
2015North QueenslandBrisbane17-16 (aet)
2014South SydneyCanterbury-Bankstown30-6
2013Sydney RoostersManly26-18
2011ManlyNew Zealand24-10
2010St. George-IllawarraSydney Roosters32-8
2005Wests TigersNorth Queensland30-16
2004Canterbury-BankstownSydney Roosters16-13
2003PenrithSydney Roosters18-6
2002Sydney RoostersNew Zealand30-8
2000BrisbaneSydney Roosters14-6
1999MelbourneSt. George-Illawarra20-18
1997 (SL)BrisbaneCronulla-Sutherland26-8
1996Manly Sea EaglesSt. George20-8
1993BrisbaneSt. George14-6
1992BrisbaneSt. George28-8
1989CanberraBalmain19-14 (aet)
1985Canterbury-BankstownSt. George7-6
1980Canterbury-BankstownEastern Suburbs18-4
1979St. GeorgeCanterbury-Bankstown17-13
1977St. GeorgeParramatta22-0
1975Eastern SuburbsSt. George38-0
1974Eastern SuburbsCanterbury-Bankstown19-4
1972ManlyEastern Suburbs19-14
1971South SydneySt. George16-10
1970South SydneyManly23-12
1969BalmainSouth Sydney11-2
1968South SydneyManly13-9
1967South SydneyCanterbury-Bankstown12-10
1966St. GeorgeBalmain23-4
1965St. GeorgeSouth Sydney12-8
1964St. GeorgeBalmain11-6
1963St. GeorgeWestern Suburbs8-3
1962St. GeorgeWestern Suburbs9-6
1961St. GeorgeWestern Suburbs22-0
1960St. GeorgeEastern Suburbs31-6
1959St. GeorgeManly20-0
1958St. GeorgeWestern Suburbs20-9
1957St. GeorgeManly31-9
1956St. GeorgeBalmain18-12
1955South SydneyNewtown12-11
1954South SydneyNewtown23-15
1953South SydneySt. George31-12
1952Western SuburbsSouth Sydney22-12
1951South SydneyManly42-14
1950South SydneyWestern Suburbs21-15
1949St. GeorgeSouth Sydney19-12
1948Western SuburbsBalmain8-5
1946BalmainSt. George13-12
1945Eastern SuburbsBalmain22-18
1943NewtownNorth Sydney34-7
1942Canterbury-BankstownSt. George11-9
1941St. GeorgeEastern Suburbs31-14
1940Eastern SuburbsCanterbury-Bankstown24-14
1939BalmainSouth Sydney33-4
1938Canterbury-BankstownEastern Suburbs19-6
1937Eastern SuburbsSouth SydneyN/A
1936Eastern SuburbsBalmain32-12
1935Eastern SuburbsSouth Sydney19-3
1934Western SuburbsEastern Suburbs15-12
1933NewtownSt. George18-5
1932South SydneyWestern Suburbs19-12
1931South SydneyEastern Suburbs12-7
1930Western SuburbsSt. George27-2
1929South SydneyNewtown30-10
1928South SydneyEastern Suburbs26-5
1927South SydneySt. George20-11
1926South SydneyCumberland11-5
1925South SydneyWestern SuburbsN/A
1924BalmainSouth Sydney3-0
1923Eastern SuburbsSouth Sydney15-12
1922North SydneyGlebe35-3
1921North SydneyEastern SuburbsN/A
1920BalmainSouth SydneyN/A
1919BalmainEastern SuburbsN/A
1918South SydneyWestern SuburbsN/A
1917BalmainSouth SydneyN/A
1916BalmainSouth Sydney5-3
1914South SydneyNewtownN/A
1913Eastern SuburbsNewtownN/A
1912Eastern SuburbsGlebeN/A
1911Eastern SuburbsGlebe11-8
1910NewtownSouth Sydney4-4
1909South SydneyBalmainForfeit
1908South SydneyEastern Suburbs14-12

What club has won the most NRL Premierships?

The most successful club in Australian Rugby League history is the South Sydney Rabbitohs who have won 21 titles. The St. George Dragons won 15 titles and hold the record for the most consecutive titles; 11 from 1956 to 1966.

Eastern Suburbs / Sydney Roosters are next best with 15 with the Balmain Tigers winning on 11 occasions. The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles are tied on eight each with the Brisbane Broncos winning six NRL premierships since 1992.

Gold Coast Titans and New Zealand Warriors are the only current competing clubs never to have won an NRL Premiership.

21South Sydney Rabbitohs1908, 1909, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 2014
15St. George Dragons1941, 1949, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1977, 1979
15Eastern Suburbs / Sydney Roosters1911, 1912, 1913, 1923, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1945, 1974, 1975, 2002, 2013, 2018, 2019
11Balmain Tigers1915, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1924, 1939, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1969
8Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs1938, 1942, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1995, 2004
8Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles1972, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1987, 1996, 2008, 2011
6Brisbane Broncos1992, 1993, 1997 (SL), 1998, 2000, 2006
4Western Suburbs Magpies1930, 1934, 1948, 1952
4Parramatta Eels1981, 1982, 1983, 1986
3Newtown Jets1910, 1933, 1943
3Canberra Raiders1989, 1990, 1994
3Melbourne Storm1999, 2012, 2017
2North Sydney Bears1921, 1922
2Newcastle Knights1997 (ARL), 2001
2Penrith Panthers1991, 2003
1Wests Tigers2005
1St George Illawarra Dragons2010
1North Queensland Cowboys2015
1Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks2016

NRL Ladder

Regularly check the NRL ladder to get a handle on in form teams and those that are on a downward spiral. The NRL ladder displays wins, losses and for and against which can be used to decide who advances to the finals if teams are tied on the same points.

2020 NRL Draw & Fixtures

Get all the latest NRL draw and fixtures from the official NRL website to plan ahead and get the best odds before bookmakers change the odds. 

NRL Results

Study all the NRL results including team and player statistics to gauge what teams could be under performing or over performing. Some teams were simply unlucky in defeat which means there will be value backing them in their next match.

NRL Highlights

Watch all the NRL highlights with at the NRL official website. This is great way to see how teams are playing and what players are in form if you can't find the time to watch every game. Fox Sports and Channel Nine also have highlights, interviews, press conferences and special features.

The NRL Digital Pass allows you to watch every NRL game on-demand without knowing the score so you can catch up on any games you might have missed.

NRL Rumours

NRL rumours often lead to player and coach moves that can have a big impact on the competition and how teams perform.

NRL News

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NRL History 

The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) ran the major rugby league competition in NSW from 1908 to 1994. The State of Origin series in the 1980s initiated an expansion of the NSWRL premiership with the addition of Canberra and Illawarra in 1982.

Further expansion occurred in 1988 with three more teams based outside Sydney; the Newcastle Knights, Brisbane Broncos and Gold Coast-Tweed Giants.
In 1995 control of the competition passed from the NSWRFL to the Australian Rugby League (ARL). What followed was a bitter battle for control of the game which culminated in the Super League war. 

News Limited formed their own Super League and the ARL announced it was forming a new company to organise the competition. In 1998 the disputes were finally settled with the formation of the National Rugby League which was jointly owned by the ARL and News Limited.

The inaugural National Rugby League (NRL) season in 1998 consisted of 20 teams. Clubs that didn’t survive the merger were the Hunter Mariners, Perth Reds, South Queensland Crushers, Adelaide Rams and the Gold Coast Chargers.

The competition was reduced to 14 teams in 2000 which resulted in mergers. The St. George Dragons and the Illawarra Steelers were the first clubs to merge and became the St. George Illawarra Dragons at the end of the 1998 season.

Balmain and Western Suburbs formed the Wests Tigers at the end of 1999, with North Sydney and Manly Warringah joining forces as the Northern Eagles. South Sydney Rabbitohs were controversially dumped from the competition at the end of 1999 for failing to meet the criteria which created another division in the game.

On 12 November 2000 almost 80,000 people marched in protest and South Sydney challenged the decision in the Federal Court. Souths were eventually re-admitted into the competition in 2002.

south sydney reinstated
The South Sydney Rabbitohs were reinstated into the NRL in 2002 after a bitter fallout (Scott Barbour/ALLSPORT)

The Auckland Warriors collapsed as an organisation before being reborn as the New Zealand Warriors in 2001. The Warriors made the 2002 and 2011 Grand Finals where they lost on both occasions.

In 2001, telecommunications company Telstra bought the naming rights with the competition becoming the NRL Telstra Premiership. In 2003 the Manly Warringah Rugby League Football Club took over the NRL licence from the doomed Northern Eagles franchise after the financial bankruptcy of North Sydney.

The NRL competition experienced significant growth with crowd average records broken in 2003, 2004 and 2005. The 2006 NRL Grand Final was a milestone with two interstate teams contesting the grand final for the first time where the Brisbane Broncos defeated the Melbourne Storm 15-8.

In 2007 the Gold Coast Titans were admitted into the competition. Throughout 2008 the NRL celebrated 100 years since the introduction of rugby league into Australia and on 17 April 2008 the Team of the Century was announced, consisting of:

  • Full-back: Clive Churchill
  • Wingers: Ken Irvine, Brian Bevan
  • Centres: Reg Gasnier, Mal Meninga
  • Five-eighth: Wally Lewis
  • Half-back: Andrew Johns
  • Lock: John Raper
  • Second Row: Norm Provan, Ron Coote
  • Props: Arthur Beetson, Duncan Hall
  • Hooker: Noel Kelly
  • Reserves: Graeme Langlands, Dally Messenger, Bob Fulton, Frank Burge
  • Coach: Jack Gibson

In 2010 the Inaugural All Stars Match was held in conjunction with the Sorry Day reconciliation anniversary. It features an Aboriginal team called the Indigenous All Stars who compete against the NRL All Stars. It has been a tremendous success and is now a permanent fixture on the rugby league calendar.

In 2010 the NRL set a record total season average attendance of 17,367 per game and a record total season aggregate attendance of 3,490,778.
In 2012 the Australian Rugby League Commission assumed full control of all levels of the game.

The 2014 season started with the introduction of the Auckland Nines tournament. The 2014 Grand Final saw the South Sydney Rabbitohs break their 43-year premiership drought with a 30-6 victory over the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs. The 2016 saw the Cronulla Sharks defeat the Melbourne Storm 14-12 in the Grand Final to claim their first premiership in history, ending a 49-year drought. 

A national women's league was established in 2017 after the successful 2017 Women's Rugby League World Cup. The first season started in September 2018 comprising four clubs aligned to existing NRL clubs.

In 2019 the Sydney Roosters became the first team to win back-to-back NRL Premierships since the Brisbane Broncos in 1992 and 1993 when they defeated the Canberra Raiders 14-8 in the 2019 NRL Grand Final.

The 2020 NRL season was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic which was formally declared a pandemic on 11 March 2020, one day prior to the start of the season. Matches were played in empty stadiums for the first time in NRL history.

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