The National Rugby League is actually one of the most viewed and attended rugby leagues in the world. With its main competition, Telstra Premiership, there are a total of sixteen teams who try to chase down their crown of victory.
The NRL matches are usually played in New Zealand and Australia from March to October every year. Since its foundation in 1998, here are some of the fascinating facts that you probably did not know:
Fact no.1: During a trial match in Bega between the Parramatta Eels and Penrith Panthers, the crowd attendance is only 5,000 which is more than the actual population of Bega which is only 4,141.
Bega is small town in the south-east of New South Wales with its named derived from the local Aboriginal word ‘Bika’ meaning beautiful. Other rumours also associated the word ‘Bega’ as a big camping ground.
Fact no.2: The Sydney Roosters is the first Australian first-grade club who was able to acquire 19 consecutive wins from round 4 to round 22 during the 1975 season.
The Roosters is a football club based in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, the club is also regarded as one of the oldest and most successful clubs of the NRL. The club was originally named as the Eastern Suburbs District Rugby league Football Club in 1908, the Sydney City Roosters in 1995, and the Sydney Roosters in 2000.
Fact no.3: Ken Irvine holds the record of scoring the most tries in an Australian first-grade career. He was able to score a total of 212 out of 236 games from 1958 to 1973 with North Sydney Bears and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.
Fact no.4: George McGowan is the lightest first-grade rugby league player who weighs 47.6 kg. What’s amazing is that he played a total of 73 games with the Sydney Roosters, South Sydney Rabbitohs, and Western Suburbs Magpies.
Fact no.5: The NRL Grand Final in 1999 is recorded having the highest number of crowd to a first-grade game with a total of 107, 999 attendees. It was actually more than the entire population of Tonga during that time.
Fact no.6: The Brisbane Broncos are the last team to win back to back premierships in 1992 and 1993. The Broncos also holds the highest annual revenue out of all the NRL clubs.
Fact no.7: John Sutton made the most Australian first-grade appearance without playing an international match. Sutton formerly plays as a second-row, five-eight, and lock Rabbitohs. He is also noted as the most capped player of the Rabbitohs.
Fact no.8: Max King’s great grandfather, Cec King, have played in all of the first-grade leagues in Australia. Playing rugby really runs in their blood because his grandfather, Johnny King also won seven premierships. His father, David King, also played with the Cost Seagulls in 1991 and 1992.
Fact no.9: Arthur Beetson, also known as Artie, was the first indigenous Australian to captain an Australian sporting team. He also represented Australia and Queensland playing as a prop from 1964 to 1981.
Fact no.10: Ian Roberts is the first Kangaroo and NSW player who came out of the cabinet in 1995. Brave soul it is!
Well, these are some of the fascinating facts that you will surely enjoy sharing with your friends and other NRL fans. Don’t forget to support and cheer your hearts out as your favourite team defeats their opponents!