Warrington Wolves R. L. F. C. is a professional rugby league football club based in Warrington, England that competes in Super League. They play at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, having moved there from Wilderspool in 2003 and they are nicknamed The Wire in reference to the wire-drawing industry in the town. Warrington have local rivalries with Widnes, St. Helens and Wigan and they have won three League Championships and are the fourth most successful team in the Challenge Cup with eight victories, behind Wigan, St. Helens and Leeds. The current head coach at the club is Tony Smith, who joined in March 2009, under the heading Outdoor Sports – Football the Widnes Guardian of 25 January 1873 reports on a recent game between Warrington and Wigan at the unnamed ground of the former. On 6 December 1873 that same newspaper carried details of a derby between Warrington and Zingari and in subsequent weeks there were matches with Sale and Free Wanderers. This club folded after its ground was lost to development work, Warrington Zingari Football Club was formed in 1876 by seven young local men.
When the earlier club folded, they decided to take the vacant Warrington Football Club name for the start of the 1877/8 season, another local club, Padgate Excelsior amalgamated with Warrington in 1881–82, and Warrington Wanderers joined in 1884 to form a representative town side. In 1886, the club won its first silverware, the West Lancashire, on 28 August 1895, the Committee decided to join with 21 other clubs throughout Lancashire and Yorkshire to form a new Northern Union and resigned from the RFU. In 1900–01, Warrington reached the final of the Challenge Cup, a crowd of 29,000 turned out at Leeds to see Warrington battle hard but be beaten by two tries to nil. Warrington appeared in the renamed South West Lancashire Cup against Leigh two days later, the strenuous game against Batley took its toll on the Warrington players and the match ended in a 0–0 draw, the replay never took place. In 1903–04, Warrington defeated Bradford Northern in a replay to earn a place in the final of the Challenge Cup.
Warrington put up a performance against Halifax but lost 8–3. In 1904–05, Warrington beat Hull Kingston Rovers 6–0 to win the Challenge Cup final in front of a crowd of 19,638, in 1908,14 November the first touring Australian rugby league team visit Warrington. The Kangaroos embarked upon a massive six months tour of Britain taking in 45 matches and their timing was not good as the north of England was hit by strikes in the cotton mills, which badly affected attendances as fans could not afford to watch the pioneering Aussies. On Saturday 14 November 1908 Warrington played the Kangaroos, Warrington won the match 10-3, with Jackie Fish the hero scoring one try and Ike Taylor the other and George Dickenson kicked a goal each. A crowd of 5,000 watched the match at Wilderspool, the Australians came back to Wilderspool for revenge in the tour but tries from Jack Fish, and John Jenkins earned the Wirepullers an 8-8 draw. Two members of the Kangaroo squad, Dan Frawley and Larry OMalley signed for Warrington, Warrington have the best record of any club side against the touring Kangaroos with eight wins, one draw, and seven defeats from sixteen matches.
In 1913, 5th challenge cup final, Warrington reached their fifth Challenge Cup Final, with wins over Keighley, Hull Kingston Rovers, the Final was lost 9–5 to the mighty Huddersfield team of All-Stars
Ben Hunt (rugby league)
Ben Hunt is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Brisbane Broncos of the National Rugby League. Hunt is an Australian international representative who primarily plays halfback, is a better player Reynolds. Looks up too him like a legend, better known as his role model. In 2008 Hunt was named NRL Under 20s player of the year, Hunt went on to play one more match that season in Round 20 against the Gold Coast Titans in the Broncos 34-14 loss at Robina Stadium. Hunt finished the Broncos 2009 NRL season with him playing in 2 matches in his year in the NRL. In Round 8 against the Newcastle Knights, Hunt scored his first NRL career try in the Broncos 30-22 loss at Suncorp Stadium. The 2010 NRL season was seen as a season for Hunt, playing in 19 matches. After some impressive performances that included two tries, many were calling for Hunt to get a run as a starting hooker, although Hunt stayed as a bench player, he demonstrated that he could be the Broncos future halfback.
After a shaky start to 2011, Hunt regained his form with a performance against the Canberra Raiders in the Broncos 20-4 win at Canberra Stadium in Round 2. Hunt returned in Round 19 in the Broncos 30-10 win against the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium, Hunt went on to play in 19 matches and score a try for the Broncos in the 2011 NRL season. After the retirement of Broncos captain Darren Lockyer, Hunt was nominated alongside teammate Corey Norman to fill the vacant five-eighth position, the pair battled out in the trials but Hunt eventually lost out to Norman, leaving Hunt on the bench once again for Round 1. In Round 7, against the Canberra Raiders and Norman both got the chance to showcase their skills on the stage with regular halfback Peter Wallace a late withdrawal through injury. Norman and Hunt didnt disappoint with the pair combining beautifully as the Broncos ran out 30-6 winners at Suncorp Stadium. After the Broncos stumbled at the end of 2012, losing 7 of 10 games en route to the finals.
Hunt played in all the Broncos 25 matches and scored a try in the 2012 NRL season, Hunt continued his bench role for the start of the 2013 NRL season as the Broncos made a shaky start. On 14 May 2013, Hunt signed a new deal with the Broncos. Hunt played in 23 matches and scored 2 tries for the Broncos in the 2013 NRL season, in February 2014, Hunt was selected in the Broncos runners-up 2014 Auckland Nines squad. Hunt had an excellent season for the Broncos, being one of the top contenders for the Dally M finishing fourth in the votes, Hunt finished off the 2014 NRL season with playing in all of the Broncos 25 matches, scoring 13 tries and kicking 21 goals
Wayne Bennett (rugby league)
Wayne James Bennett AM is an Australian professional rugby league football coach and former player who is the current head coach of the Brisbane Broncos of the National Rugby League. In 2016, he became the first foreigner to be appointed coach of the England national side. He has since coached the St. George Illawarra Dragons and the Newcastle Knights and he has two sisters and Gretta and two brothers and Dwight. In spite of his upbringing he remains an avowed non-smoker, non-drinker and non-gambler, before becoming involved with the Queensland Rugby League on a full-time basis, Bennett started to work as a police officer at the age of 15 while playing junior rugby league in Warwick. His family already had ties to the Police and rugby league in South East Queensland through his uncle,1948 Kangaroo forward Eddie Brosnan, from 1970, Bennett played football for Warwick, and in the Brisbane Rugby League premiership for Past Brothers and Souths. He was a winger and goal-kicker, and represented Queensland 9 times between 1971 and 1973.
Here Bennett was coached by Bob Bax, who he has credited as being an influence in his own coaching career. Bennett played two matches for Australia on the 1972 tour of New Zealand. Also in 1972 Bennett played for Toowoomba in the last ever Bulimba Cup Final against Brisbane, after that he had a spell playing for Huddersfield in England alongside fellow Queenslander and future brother-in-law Greg Vievers. He played for Brisbanes Brothers club and in 1974 under coach Paul Broughton reached the Grand Final which they lost to Fortitude Valley, Wayne Bennett is the most successful coach in the entire Australian Rugby League history and has experienced success with the last three teams he has coached. Bennett began coaching in Ipswich in 1976, before moving to Brisbane Rugby League Premiership sides, after the births of his 3 children, Bennett had a break from coaching. He returned in 1983 as coach of Souths Acacia Ridge under 16s as well as the Queensland Police Academy under 18s team which he took to a premiership and he worked as the Police Academys fitness instructor.
Bennett took over the Souths job and took them to the 1984 grand final, revenge was to come a year when the Bennett-coached Magpies defeated the Seagulls 10–8 in the BRL grand final to take the premiership. This was against a Seagulls line-up featuring Australian captain Wally Lewis and centre Gene Miles, in 1986 Bennett took over from Des Morris as coach of the Queensland State of Origin team. The Maroons were beaten 3–0 in a whitewash that year. In 1987 Bennett moved south to join the NSWRLs Winfield Cup Premiership when he was appointed co-coach of the Canberra Raiders alongside Australian team coach Don Furner, with the Queensland side, Bennett won the 1987 State of Origin series. By the end of the 1987 NSWRL season, He and Furner had guided the Raiders to their first Grand Final which was lost to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 18–8, Bennett was appointed to be the first coach of the Brisbane Broncos when the club was formed in 1988. That season with the Maroons he defeated New South Wales in a 3 nil whitewash in the State of Origin, Bennetts reputation for being able to make tough and even unpopular decisions was characterised by his sacking of Wally Lewis as club captain in 1990
North Queensland Cowboys
The North Queensland Cowboys are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in Townsville, the largest city in North Queensland. They compete in Australasias only rugby league competition, the National Rugby League premiership, since their foundation in 1995, the club has appeared in two grand finals, winning in 2015, and has reached the finals eight times. The teams management headquarters and home ground, the Willows Sports Complex, the Cowboys were admitted to the premiership for the 1995 ARL season. They played in the breakaway Super League competition in 1997 before continuing to compete in the re-unified National Rugby League competition the following year, after running into financial trouble in 2001, the club was taken over by News Limited. In 2007, the team was sold by News Limited to the Cowboys League Club, in 2015, the Cowboys played in the first all-Queensland grand final, defeating the Brisbane Broncos 17-16 in golden point to win their first premiership. With the success of the Broncos in 1988, speculation intensified as to if the NSWRL would admit a new team based in North Queensland, in 1993, the NSWRL announced that North Queensland would enter the competition in 1995, along with three other new sides.
One of the difficulties that faced the club in their early years was attracting followers from the more established Queensland-based Winfield Cup side. This was exacerbated by a lack of onfield success and stability. In their first two seasons, the Cowboys had eight different captains and finished last in their inaugural season, after much court action in 1995 and 1996, a ten team Super League competition was held in 1997. The Cowboys competed in competition, and their squad was bolstered by a number of new signings including Ian Roberts. However, they were unable to improve on the results in previous years. In 1998 the Super League and Australian Rugby League competitions merged to form the National Rugby League, the Cowboys began their first season in this competition strongly, and after six rounds they were in equal first place. 1998 saw the Cowboys record their largest loss to date, being defeated 62–0 by the North Sydney Bears in the last round of the home, the Cowboys signed their eleventh captain in 1999, Noel Goldthorpe.
Paul Bowman was to serve in that role during the season, although their on-field performances were not spectacular, continuing high attendance figures saw aggregate attendances exceed one million spectators. This season the Cowboys provided their first State of Origin representative when Paul Green was selected as Queenslands halfback for game 2 of the 1999 State of Origin series, in the years 2000 through to 2002 the Cowboys continued to struggle with off-field dramas and poor on-field performances. After finishing last in 2000, season 2001 began slowly, Tim Sheens]] resigned on the 25th of May and was replaced by his assistant Murray Hurst. 4 straight losses in the rounds of 2002 led to Hurst being replaced early in the 2002 season, by former Illawarra Steelers. Murray stamped his authority and coaching prowess on the club and the NQ Cowboys looked far more competitive towards the end of the 2002 season
Darius Boyd is an Australian professional rugby league footballer and captain of the Brisbane Broncos of the National Rugby League. He returned to the club for the 2015 NRL season after having played for them between 2006 and 2008, including winning the 2006 NRL Grand Final. An Australian international and Queensland State of Origin representative, he plays at fullback, born at the Gold Coast Hospital on 17 July 1987, Boyd was raised by his single mother throughout most of his childhood. He began playing football at a young age for the Parkwood Sharks. He switched clubs to the Mudgeeraba Redbacks, Boyd attended Robina State High School during this time but switched schools to the famed rugby league nursery, Palm Beach Currumbin High School, in Year 10. It was at this point Boyds mother became ill and he starting living with his grandmother, following graduation in 2004, he was not recruited by any NRL teams and decided to repeat Year 12 at PBC in the hope of garnering attention from NRL teams.
The decision turned out to be a one with the Brisbane Broncos offering Boyd a scholarship. In 2005, while playing for Palm Beach Currumbin, Boyd was selected at fullback for the Australian Schoolboys team and he debuted for the Burleigh Bears in the Queensland Cup. After playing for Burleigh, Boyd was signed by the Brisbane Broncos and he said, I was a bit scared of leaving home as an 18-year-old but Brisbane was always my favourite club since I was a little fella. I had to move into the Broncos house and was a pretty shy, quiet kid so didnt want to leave the family and different things but after a week or two they made me feel welcome. In round 1, Boyd made his NRL debut for the Broncos, against the North Queensland Cowboys, scoring a try on debut in the Broncos 36-4 loss at Suncorp Stadium. Playing on the wing for the majority of the season, Boyd got a chance at his position of fullback for a number of games after the regular fullback. At the end of the season, Boyd won the Broncos Rookie of the Year award.
Boyd played on the wing for the Broncos in their 2006 NRL Grand Final 15-8 win over the Melbourne Storm, Boyd played in 27 matches and scored 11 tries in an impressive debut year in the NRL. As 2006 NRL Premiers, the Brisbane Broncos travelled to England to face 2006 Super League champions, Boyd played on the wing and scored a try in the Broncos 14-18 loss. Boyd finished the 2007 NRL season with 22 matches and 7 tries, in round 1, Boyd scored a hat-trick in the Broncos 48-12 win against the Penrith Panthers at Suncorp Stadium. In May, Boyd started to receive attention from other clubs as he was off-contract at the end of the year, Boyd scored 2 tries on debut, both from passes from centre Greg Inglis, with Queensland winning 30-0 at Suncorp Stadium. He was selected for game 3, on 20 August, Boyd signed a 3-year contract with the Dragons starting in 2009, following teammate Nick Emmett and coach Wayne Bennett
The Sydney Roosters are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Only the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St. George Dragons have won more premierships, the club holds the record for having the most wins and the second greatest margin of victory in a match in Australian rugby league history. The Eastern Suburbs DRLFC is the club to have played in each and every season at the elite level. Coached by Trent Robinson along with captains Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend, as such, much of the clubs merchandise and paraphernalia, especially those marketed directly to long-serving and dedicated members, includes the insignia ESDRLFC. Indeed, the suburb of Sydney, postcode 2000, falls entirely within the boundaries of the ESDRLFC. Unofficially nicknamed the Tricolours due to their red and blue playing strip, Eastern Suburbs won its first match, the club rapidly declined and failed to win the premiership for the next nine seasons. Eastern Suburbs missed the finals once from 1926 to 1942, and in time won four titles.
During this period, Dave Brown set several point-scoring records that still stand, in 1935, the team lost just one game, and recorded the highest winning margin in their history, an 87–7 victory over Canterbury. In 1936, Eastern Suburbs became one of five teams in history to remain undefeated for an entire season. They are the club to remain unbeaten for two consecutive seasons. Despite claiming the premiership in 1945, Eastern Suburbs failed to make the finals for the seven seasons. A runners-up finish in 1960 was the closest the club came to claiming the premiership during this era, Eastern Suburbs were soundly defeated 31–6 in the grand final that year, by the famous record-beating St George outfit. In 1966, the fell to new depths and was winless for the first time in its history. It was the last occasion in which the Roosters won the wooden spoon until claiming it again in the 2009 season. It ended a run for Eastern Suburbs, from 1963 to 1966, they won 8 of 72 matches, finishing second to last in 1964.
The club underwent a renaissance in 1967 after appointing Jack Gibson as coach, and introducing a new emblem on the playing jerseys, from 1972 to 1982, the Roosters won four minor premierships and played in four grand finals, winning two consecutively. Gibson, now dubbed as Super Coach, returned to lead the team from 1974 to 1976, in 1974 and 1975, the team won 39 of 44 matches, both minor premierships, and both grand finals and set a premiership record of 19 consecutive wins. Between 1984 and 1995, the Roosters reached the semi-finals once, the club came close to reaching the premiership in 1987 under coach and favourite son Arthur Beetson, being defeated by eventual premiers Manly in a bruising major semi-final, 10–6
Salford Red Devils
Salford Red Devils R. L. F. C. is a professional rugby league club in Salford, Greater Manchester, who play in the Super League. Formed in 1873, they have won six Championships and one Challenge Cup and their home ground since 2012 has been the AJ Bell Stadium in Barton-upon-Irwell, before which they played at the Willows in Weaste. Before 1995, the club was simply as Salford, from 1995-98 Salford Reds. On a 1934 tour to France, the described the team as playing like devils. The club was founded in 1873 by the boys of the Cavendish Street Chapel in Hulme, using a local field, the boys organised matches amongst themselves before moving to nearby Moss Side. In an attempt to recruit new members, the link with the school was broken in 1875 and they moved to a new base on the Salford side of the River Irwell at Throstle Nest Weir in Ordsall. Two seasons later, they moved again to the west side of Trafford Road to a known as the Mile Field where they spent the 1877–78 season. Their next home was a north of the former Manchester Racecourse.
Their first season there, 1878–79, was the last to be played under the Cavendish name, Cavendish became Salford Football Club in 1879. The first match as Salford was at Dewsbury on 4 October 1879, the following week heralded the first home match at New Barnes against Widnes, on 11 October 1879. The result was a draw with one try each, Salford struggled to attract support as there were few local players in the team. In 1881, they almost disbanded but instead merged with the Crescent Football Club, since the 1881 merger, only 62 matches were lost from 263 played in the remaining nine years of the decade. In 1889, Salford moved their headquarters to the nearby London, Salford switched from their traditional amber and scarlet hoops to red jerseys. The club became the first side to win the Lancashire League in 1892–93, only three members opposed the motion. Salford were admitted to the Northern Union on 2 June 1896 and their first competitive Northern Union match was on Saturday,5 September 1896, with a visit to Widnes.
The Reds, competing in the Lancashire Senior Competition, lost 10–0 and their form improved and they finished third place in 1898–99. In 1900, Salford met old local rivals, Swinton, in the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final at Fallowfield, after a keenly fought contest, the result was a 16–8 win for Swinton. In 1900, Salford received notice to vacate New Barnes as the Manchester Ship Canal Company had purchased the land, Salford agreed a 14-year lease on 5 acres of land belonging to the Willows Estate Company, named after the abundance of willow trees in the area
National Rugby League
The National Rugby League is the top league of professional rugby league clubs in Australasia. It is regarded as the worlds elite rugby league championship and, the National Rugby League is Australias top-level domestic rugby-league club competition. It contains clubs from the original Sydney club Rugby League competition and this partnership was dissolved in February 2012, with control of the NRL going to the independently formed Australian Rugby League Commission. NRL matches are played in Australia and New Zealand from March to October, in addition, the NRL premiers play in the World Club Challenge, a pre-season match against the champions of the European Super League competition. The reigning premiers are the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks winning their maiden premiership after 50 years, the New South Wales Rugby League ran the major rugby league competition of New South Wales from its inception in 1908 until 1994. Following the 1983 season, Sydney foundation club Newtown Jets were ultimately forced to withdraw from the competition because of financial difficulties, the Brisbane and Newcastle sides proved to be successful and popular and paved the way towards a push for a truly national competition.
This was attempted in 1995 with control of the passing from the NSWRFL to the Australian Rugby League. The ARL undertook moves to invite the traditional clubs that had moved to the Super League competition back into a re-unified competition. Following a period of negotiation with News Corporation, on 23 September 1997 the ARL announced that it was forming a new company to conduct the competition in 1998, on 7 October News Manaaki Ranginui announced that he was confident that there would be a single competition in 1998. As a result, in the months the National Rugby League, jointly owned by the ARL. Clubs on both sides of the war were shut down, One condition of the peace agreement between the ARL and News Limited was that there would be a 14 team competition in 2000. The 20 clubs that played in 1998 would be assessed on various items such as sponsorship, crowds, on-field success and it was announced that clubs that merged would receive a large sum of money, as well as a guaranteed position in the 2000 NRL Competition.
The St. George Dragons and the Illawarra Steelers were the first clubs to take up the offer, the 1999 NRL Grand Final brought about a new official world record attendance for a game of rugby league. 107,999 spectators saw the Melbourne Storm defeat the newly created St. George Illawarra Dragons in the decider at Stadium Australia. Balmain and Western Suburbs formed the club, the Wests Tigers at the end of 1999, while North Sydney. As part of another image makeover, a number of teams released new club logos, the most notable of these was the Sydney Roosters, dropping the City section of their name for the 2000 season and beyond. Souths were controversially axed from the competition at the end of 1999 for failing to meet the criteria and this move was highly controversial and on 12 November 2000 about 80,000 marched in protest at their continued exclusion. South Sydney challenged the decision in the Federal Court claiming that the NRL agreement was exclusionary, intended to unfairly exclude South Sydney, justice Paul Finn ruled that the agreement did not specifically exclude any club and dismissed the Rabbitohs claims for re-instatement into the national competition
Herman Eseese is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League. He previously played for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, in 2013 and 2014, Eseese played for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs NYC team. In 2015, Eseese graduated to the Bulldogs New South Wales Cup team, in Round 7 of the 2015 NRL season, he made his NRL debut for the Bulldogs against the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. He was contracted to the Bulldogs until the end of 2016, after being stood down in April due to a driving charge. Late in the year, he signed with the Souths Logan Magpies in the Queensland Cup for 2016, after gaining a contract with the Broncos during the pre-season, Eseese made his Broncos debut against the South Sydney Rabbitohs in Round 8 of the season. In September, he re-signed with the Broncos on a 2-year contract until the end of 2018,2016 Brisbane Broncos profile NRL profile