The National Rugby League (NRL) first came into existence in 1998 when News Ltd formed a partnership with the Australian Rugby League to establish a national competition, and has grown in stature ever since.
Since its debut season, 23 clubs have played in the NRL with just eleven of the current sixteen having been part of the league every year.
Of the 16 teams to make up Australia’s top tier rugby league competition, all but the Warriors from New Zealand are based on Aussie soil.
In the NRL, teams will occasionally change from season to season, with financially troubled clubs removed, merger teams established and new clubs formed, though this is not a frequent occurrence.
The following sixteen clubs form the present line-up of the NRL – check out each team’s page for more information and a current squad list.
|Brisbane Broncos||Suncorp Stadium||Brisbane, QLD|
|Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs||ANZ Stadium||Sydney, NSW|
|Canberra Raiders||Canberra Stadium||Canberra, ACT|
|Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks||Toyota Stadium||Sydney, NSW|
|Gold Coast Titans||Skilled Park||Gold Coast, QLD|
|Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles||Brookvale Oval||Sydney, NSW|
|Melbourne Storm||AAMI Park||Melbourne, VIC|
|Newcastle Knights||EnergyAustralia Stadium||Newcastle, NSW|
|New Zealand Warriors||Mt Smart Stadium||Auckland, NZ|
|North Queensland Cowboys||Dairy Farmers Stadium||Townsville, QLD|
|Parramatta Eels||Parramatta Stadium||Sydney, NSW|
|Penrith Panthers||CUA Stadium||Penrith, NSW|
|St. George-Illawarra Dragons||WIN Jubilee Oval & WIN Stadium||Sydney, NSW & Wollongong, NSW|
|South Sydney Rabbitohs||ANZ Stadium||Sydney, NSW|
|Sydney Roosters||Sydney Football Stadium||Sydney, NSW|
|Wests Tigers||Campbelltown Stadium, Leichardt Oval & Sydney Football Stadium||Sydney, NSW|