NRL Teams

There are 16 NRL teams competing in the annual NRL Telstra Premiership, but only two face off in the NRL Grand Final on the first Sunday in October! Fifteen of the NRL teams hail from four states around Australia with the final club based in New Zealand.

Only two of the current NRL clubs are foundation teams that have competed in what began as the New South Wales Rugby League since 1908: the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters.

The current breakdown of the 16 NRL teams has eight based in Greater Sydney, two in regional New South Wales, three in Queensland, one in Victoria, one in the Australian Capital Territory and one in New Zealand.

Two of the clubs have multiple home stadiums and locations with the St. George Illawarra Dragons and Wests Tigers both merger clubs. The National Rugby League (NRL) in the current format came into existence in 1998 with the merging of News Ltd and the Australian Rugby League to establish the national competition we enjoy and bet on today.

There were 23 NRL teams in the competition’s debut season and only 11 clubs have played in the world’s best Rugby League competition since its inauguration; they are the: Brisbane Broncos, Canberra Raiders, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Cronulla Sharks, Melbourne Storm, New Zealand Warriors, Newcastle Knights, North Queensland Cowboys, Parramatta Eels, Penrith Panthers and Sydney Roosters.

Below is a full breakdown of each NRL team (alphabetically) in the current Premiership competition complete with establishment date, city, home stadium and number of NSWRL/NRL premiership wins as well as a link to the latest NRL Grand Final winners odds for each club.

Brisbane Broncos

The Brisbane Broncos have won 6 premierships in total during their 27 year history and until 2015 they had never been defeated in a NRL Grand Final. They are also the most financially successful NRL club in the league and boast the highest average game attendance of any Rugby League club in the world.

  • Established: 1988
  • Home City: Brisbane, Queensland
  • Home Stadium: Suncorp Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 52,500
  • Colours: Maroon & Gold
  • Mascot: Buck the Bronco
  • Premierships Won: 6 (1992, 1993, 1997 Super League, 1998, 2000, 2006)
  • NRL Grand Final Runners-Up: 1 (2015)
  • NRL Minor Premierships Won: 2 (1998, 2000)

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

One of 11 NRL clubs having played in every season since the NRL’s 1998 inception the Canterbury Bulldogs boast the Rugby League record of largest winning margin in a game when they defeated the St George Illawarra Dragons by 85 points in 1935.

  • Established: 1934
  • Home City: Canterbury, New South Wales
  • Home Stadium: Belmore Sports Ground; ANZ Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 25,000; 84,000
  • Colours: Blue & White
  • Mascot: Brutus the Bulldog
  • Premierships Won: 8 (1938, 1942, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1995, 2004)
  • NRL Grand Final Runners-Up: 3 (1998, 2012, 2014)
  • NRL Minor Premierships Won: 1 (2012)

Canberra Raiders

The only NRL team based in Australia’s capital city, the Canberra Raiders were the first non-Sydney team in the NSWRL to make the finals in 1987, feature in a Grand Final (1987) and win a Premiership (1989). The Raiders have also produced many champion Rugby League players and coaches including Mal Meninga, Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart and Steve Walters. Their NRL Grand Final drought however is the longest in the competition’s history.

  • Established: 1981
  • Home City: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
  • Home Stadium: Canberra Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 25,000
  • Colours: Lime Green, Blue & White
  • Mascot: Victor the Viking
  • Premierships Won: 3 (1989, 1990, 1994)
  • NRL Grand Final Runners-Up: 0
  • NRL Minor Premierships Won: 0

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

The Cronulla Sharks have been in Australia’s Rugby League competition for 47 years and have appeared in four Grand Finals, finally winning their first premiership with an upset Grand Final NRL win over the Storm in 2016. They have secured two Minor Premierships including the NRL Minor Premiership in 1999. In the 2000 and 2001 NRL seasons the club was known simply as the ‘Sharks’ before changing it back to Cronulla Sharks in 2002. Their home ground has had five name changes in total including Shark Park.

  • Established: 1967
  • Home City: Cronulla, New South Wales
  • Home Stadium: Remondis Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 22,500
  • Colours: Sky Blue, White & Black
  • Mascot: Reefy the Shark
  • Premierships Won: 1 (2016)
  • NRL Grand Final Runners-Up: 0
  • NRL Minor Premierships Won: 1 (1999)

Gold Coast Titans

The Gold Coast Titans are the youngest of all 16 NRL clubs having been inaugurated in 2007 as the third Queensland-based team. They were the first professional sports team based at the Gold Coast since 1998 when the Gold Coast Chargers were taken out of the NRL towards the end of the Super League war and the 2000 season. The first time the Titans kept a fellow NRL team scoreless was in their first year in the comp when defeating the Melbourne Storm 18 – nil. They would repeat that NRL score against the North Queensland Cowboys in 2012.

  • Established: 2007
  • Home City: Gold Coast, Queensland
  • Home Stadium: Cbus Super Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 27,400
  • Colours: Blue, Gold & White
  • Mascot: Blade
  • Premierships Won: 0
  • NRL Grand Final Runners-Up: 0
  • NRL Minor Premierships Won: 0

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

The Manly Sea Eagles played in the first ever twilight NRL Grand Final against the Melbourne Storm in 2008 when they won 40 – 0 to set the NRL record for highest winning margin in a Grand Final. It was also the first year a team failed to score in the Grand Final since 1978. Sea Eagles player Brett Stewart (163) holds the highest NRL try scoring record by a forward in history when he surpassed Steve Menzies (151 tries).

  • Established: 1947
  • Home City: Manly, New South Wales
  • Home Stadium: Brookvale Oval
  • Stadium Capacity: 23,000
  • Colours: Maroon & White
  • Mascot: Egor
  • Premierships Won: 8 (1972, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1987, 1996, 2008, 2011)
  • NRL Grand Final Runners-Up: 2 (2007, 2013)
  • NRL Minor Premierships Won: 0

Melbourne Storm

The Melbourne Storm are best known for the salary cap scandal that saw them stripped of their 2007 and 2009 NRL Premiership titles as well as their 2006, 2007 and 2008 Minor Premiership titles. They also played in the 1999 NRL Grand Final against the St George Dragons when the 107,999 crowd set a new world record attendance for a rugby league game. The Storm secured the 2017 Minor Premiership – Premiership double after finishing runners-up to the Sharks in 2016.

  • Established: 1997
  • Home City: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Home Stadium: AAMI Park
  • Stadium Capacity: 30,050
  • Colours: Purple & Gold
  • Mascot: Boom the Lightning Bolt
  • Premierships Won: 3 (1999, 2012, 2017)
  • NRL Grand Final Runners-Up: 2 (2006, 2016)
  • NRL Minor Premierships Won: 3 (2011, 2016, 2017)

*Were stripped of 2007 and 2009 Premierships & 2006, 2007 and 2008 Minor Premierships.

Newcastle Knights

The most notable NRL player produced by the Newcastle Knights is Rugby League 8th Immortal Andrew Johns who won three Dally M Medals in 1998, 1999 and 2002. From August of 2001 to April 2002 the Knights established a club record of 11 consecutive winning games.

  • Established: 1988
  • Home City: Newcastle, New South Wales
  • Home Stadium: Hunter Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 33,000
  • Colours: Blue & Red
  • Mascot: Novo
  • Premierships Won: 2 (1997, 2001)
  • NRL Grand Final Runners-Up: 0
  • NRL Minor Premierships Won: 0

New Zealand Warriors

The only NRL team based outside of Australia the club was inaugurated as the Auckland Warriors before collapsing and being resurrected as the New Zealand Warriors in 2001. They made their first NRL Grand Final appearance just one year later when going down 30 – 8 to the Sydney Roosters in 2002. The club’s biggest winning margin is 66 points when they held the Rabbitohs scoreless in a 2006 game.

  • Established: 1995
  • Home City: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Home Stadium: Mount Smart Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 30,000
  • Team Colours: Black & White
  • Mascot: Toki
  • Premierships Won: 0
  • NRL Grand Final Runners-Up: 2 (2002, 2011)
  • NRL Minor Premierships Won: 1 (2002)

North Queensland Cowboys

The 2015 NRL Grand Final winners took 10 years to play in their maiden Grand Final and 20 years before they clinched their first Premiership success. The win over the Brisbane Broncos was the NRL’s first all-Queensland Grand Final and is considered one of the sports greatest ever. It went into golden point overtime before the 17 – 16 score line eventuated. The Cowboys also worked their way from eighth in the 2017 ladder to play the Storm in that year’s Grand Final, but were well-beaten (34 – 6).

  • Established: 1995
  • Home City: Townsville, Queensland
  • Home Stadium: 1300SMILES Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 26,500
  • Colours: Navy Blue & Yellow
  • Mascot: Boots the Blue Cattledog
  • Premierships Won: 1 (2015)
  • NRL Grand Final Runners-Up: 2 (2005, 2017)
  • NRL Minor Premierships Won: 0

Parramatta Eels

It took the Parramatta Eels 30 years to make a Rugby League Grand Final (1976) and they lost that and the 1977 decider. Retired player Nathan Hindmarsh (1998 – 2012) holds the club record of most appearances with 330 games. Before they officially became the Eels in the late 1970s the Parramatta Rugby League club was known as the Fruit Pickers.

  • Established: 1947
  • Home City: Parramatta, New South Wales
  • Home Stadium(s): Pirtek Stadium; ANZ Stadium
  • Stadium Capacities: 21,487; 84,000
  • Colours: Blue & Gold
  • Mascot: Eric
  • Premierships Won: 4 (1981, 1982, 1983, 1986)
  • NRL Grand Final Runners-Up: 2(2001, 2009)
  • NRL Minor Premierships Won: 2 (2001, 2005)

Penrith Panthers

For their 2003 NRL Premiership win the Penrith Panthers rose from the bottom of the table to take out that year’s Grand Final 18 – 6 over the Sydney Roosters. The club’s largest win to date was their 72 – 12 success over the Manly Sea Eagles on August 7, 2004. Their most notable NRL fans are pro surfer Mick Fanning and V8 Supercar driver James Courtney.

  • Established: 1967
  • Home City: Penrith, New South Wales
  • Home Stadium: Penrith Stadium
  • Stadium Capacities: 22,500
  • Colours: Black & Teal
  • Mascot: Tryton
  • Premierships Won: 2 (1991, 2003)
  • NRL Grand Final Runners-Up: 0
  • NRL Minor Premierships Won: 1 (2003)

St. George Illawarra Dragons

The Dragons are one of the merger NRL teams that came out of the 1998 – 2002 rationalisation between the ARL and News Limited with the St George Dragons and Illawarra Steelers combining to form the joint-venture at the end of the 1998 season. Australian politicians John Howard and Mark Latham are famous supporters of the club. The major rivals of the Dragons are the Bulldogs, Sharks, Rabbitohs, Roosters, Broncos and Storm.

  • Established: 1998
  • Home City: Sydney, New South Wales
  • Home Stadium: WIN Stadium; WIN Jubilee Oval
  • Stadium Capacity: 23,750; 22,000
  • Colours: Red & White
  • Mascot: Scorch
  • Premierships Won: 1 (2010)
  • NRL Grand Final Runners-Up: 1 (1999)
  • NRL Minor Premierships Won: 2 (2009, 2010)

South Sydney Rabbitohs

One of the competition’s two foundation clubs the South Sydney Rabbitohs boast the most overall first grade Rugby League premiership wins in Australia (NSWRL, ARL, SL and NRL) with 21 victories. The club now is famously owned in a 50% share by actor Russel Crowe. They have a famous Rugby League club rivalry with fellow foundation club the Sydney Roosters (Eastern Suburbs) as they share inner-Sydney territory. Their other long-term traditional rival club is the Manly Sea Eagles. Their 2014 NRL Grand Final win over the Bulldogs 30 – 8 was their first Premiership decider appearance in 43 years.

  • Established: 1908
  • Home City: Sydney, Queensland
  • Home Stadium: Allianz Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 45,500
  • Colours: Red & Green
  • Mascot: Reggie
  • Premierships Won: 21 (1908, 1909, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 2014)
  • NRL Grand Final Runners-Up: 0
  • NRL Minor Premierships Won: 0

Sydney Roosters

Founded as the Eastern Suburbs the Sydney Roosters are one of two foundation Rugby League teams still in the current NRL competition. They have dominated the Minor Premiership in recent years securing three straight titles from 2013-15. In total across all the elite Rugby League past and current codes in Australia they hold the record of 19 Minor Premierships. The Eastern Suburbs Roosters also hold the record for the longest winning streak with 19 matches in 1975.

  • Established: 1908
  • Home City: Sydney, New South Wales
  • Home Stadium: Allianz Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 45,500
  • Colours: Red, White & Blue
  • Mascot: Rocky
  • Premierships Won: 13 (1911, 1912, 1913, 1923, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1945, 1974, 1975, 2002, 2013)
  • NRL Grand Final Runners-Up: 4 (2000, 2003, 2004, 2010)
  • NRL Minor Premierships Won: 4 (2004, 2013, 2014, 2015)

Wests Tigers

Balmain and Western Suburbs formed a joint-venture NRL club to become the Wests Tigers at the end of the 1999 season. They played in the first NRL finals match under the McInture System to go into extra time during the 2010 series in the second qualifier against the Roosters. Notable Wests Tigers supports include swimming great Dawn Fraser and Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes.

  • Established: 1999
  • Home City: Sydney, New South Wales
  • Home Stadium: Campbelltown Stadium; Leichhardt Oval
  • Stadium Capacities: 22,000; 22,000
  • Colours: Orange & Black
  • Mascot: Stripes the Tiger
  • Premierships Won: 1 (2005)
  • NRL Grand Final Runners-Up: 0
  • NRL Minor Premierships Won: 0