National Rugby League

The National Rugby League (NRL) is an Australasian rugby league club competition which contains clubs from New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory and New Zealand. The NRL formed in 1998 as a joint partnership between the Australian Rugby League (ARL) and media giant News Corporation-controlled Super League,[3] in the aftermath of the 1990s Super League war, in which both ran parallel to each other in 1997.[4] The partnership was dissolved in 2012, with control of the NRL going to the re-constituted ARL, which was re-structured with an independent board of directors and renamed the Australian Rugby League Commission.

National Rugby League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2023 NRL season
SportRugby league
Founded1998; 25 years ago (1998)[1]
Inaugural season1998 (1908)
CEOAndrew Abdo
CommissionerPeter V'landys
No. of teams17[2]
Country Australia
(16 teams)
 New Zealand
(1 team)
HeadquartersRugby League Central, Sydney
Most recent
Penrith Panthers
(4th title)
Most titles South Sydney Rabbitohs (21 titles)
TV partner(s)Australia:
Nine Network/Fox League
New Zealand:
Sky Sport/Prime
Streaming partner(s)Kayo Sports
Level on pyramidLevel 1
International cup(s)World Club Challenge
Super League

NRL matches are played in Australia and New Zealand from March to October. Each team plays 24 matches, with the highest placed team at the end of the regular season awarded the minor premiership. This is followed by a finals series contested between the eight highest placed teams from the regular season. The season culminates in the premiership-deciding NRL Grand Final, one of Australia's most popular sporting events.[5] The winners play the World Club Challenge against the champions of the Super League.[6] The reigning premiers are the Penrith Panthers, having won their fourth premiership at the end of the 2022 season.

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