List of rugby league competitions

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The following is a list of notable rugby league competitions that are still currently in existence. This includes both international tournaments played by national Test teams and also domestic club and provincial competitions.

International tournaments[edit]

Name Participants First Played Last Played Frequency Holder Tier
Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) 14 - Top 12 nations plus 2 other qualifiers 1954 2013 Quadrennial Australia Australia All
Rugby League Four Nations 4 - Australia, New Zealand, England and 1 qualifier 1999 2011 Annually (Excluding WC Years) Australia Australia 1st Tier

Regional Tournaments[edit]


Name Participants First Played Last Played Frequency Holder Tier
Rugby League European Cup 3 - England Knights, Ireland, and Scotland 1935 2012 Annual England England Knights 1st Tier
Rugby League European Shield 4 - Russia, Italy, Serbia, and Germany 2006 2012-13 Annual Russia Russia 2nd Tier
Rugby League European Bowl 3 - Ukraine, Norway, and Czech Republic 2008 2013 Annual Ukraine Ukraine 4th Tier
Rugby League Euro-Med Challenge 3 - Morocco, Belgium, and Catalonia 2008 2009 Annual Morocco Morocco 2nd-3rd Tier
Nordic Cup 3 - Denmark, Norway, and Sweden 2011 2013 Annual Sweden Sweden 2nd-4th Tier

Australia & The Pacific[edit]

Name Participants First Played Last Played Frequency Holder Tier
Anzac Test 2 - Australia, and New Zealand 1997 2013 Annually Australia Australia 1st Tier
Pacific Cup 5 1975 2009 Sporadically Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea 2nd-3rd Tier
Peter Leitch QSM Challenge 2 - New Zealand and another pacific nation 2008 2010 Annually New Zealand New Zealand 1st-2nd Tier

Asia & The Atlantic[edit]

Name Participants First Played Last Played Frequency Holder Tier
Colonial Cup 2 - United States, and Canada 2010 2012 Annually United States United States 3rd Tier
Asia Cup 2 - Philippines, and Thailand 2012 2013 Annually Philippines Philippines 3rd Tier
Rugby League Atlantic Cup 3 - United States, Canada, and Jamaica 2009 2010 Annually United States United States 3rd Tier

Domestic Competitions[edit]

Knockout Cup Competitions[edit]

Nations Competition Teams Instituted Latest Year Winner
 UK/ FRA/ RUS Challenge Cup 57 1896 2013 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
 ENG/ WAL Northern Rail Cup 26 2002 2013 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions
 AUS/ ENG World Club Challenge 2 1976 2014 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters


Nations Competition Teams Instituted Latest Year Winner Tier/Division
 RSA Protea Cup 8 2013 2013-14 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg TUKS Blues South Africa 1st Tier
Rhino Cup 4 2011 2013 Samoa colours.svg TUKS Reds South Africa 2nd Tier

Australia & Oceania[edit]

Nations Competition Teams Instituted Last Season Winner Tier/Division
 AUS/ NZL National Rugby League (NRL) 16 1908 2013 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Australia A-Grade
National Youth Competition (NYC) 16 2008 2013 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers Australia Youth
New South Wales New South Wales Cup (NSWRL) 13 1908 2013 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Australia 2nd Tier
 AUS/ PNG Queensland Queensland Cup (QRL) 13 1996 2013 Mackay Cutters colours.svg Mackay Cutters
 AUS New South Wales Ron Massey Cup 11 2003 2013 Western Suburbs colours.svg Wentworthville Magpies Australia 3rd Tier
Queensland Brisbane A-Grade Rugby League 11 2001 2013 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Tigers
 COK Cook Islands League 6 1994 2012 Canterbury colours.svg Titikaveka Bulldogs Cook Islands 1st Tier
 FIJ Vodafone Cup 14 2010 2013 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sabeto Roosters Fiji 1st Tier
 NZL Pirtek National Premiership (NZRL) 7 2010 2013 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Akarana Falcons New Zealand 1st Tier
 PNG PNG Digicel Cup 10 19901 2013 Port Moresby Vipers Colours.svg Port Moresby Vipers Papua New Guinea 1st Tier
 SAM Samoa Rugby League 6 ? 2014 Samoa colours.svg Apia Barracudas Samoa 1st Tier
 TON Tongan National Rugby League 12 1988 ? LebanonRLcolours.png Lapaha Knights Tonga 1st Tier
  1. Formerly known as the SP Inter-City Cup or SP Cup (1990–2008) and later the Bemobile Cup (2009–2010) after changes in sponsorship.

Asia & the Middle East[edit]

Nations Competition Teams Instituted Latest Year Winner Tier/Division
 LIB Lebanon Championship 5 2002 2013-14 Castleford colours.svg Jounieh Al-Galacticos Lebanon 1st Tier
 PHI Philippines National Rugby League (PNRL) 9 2013 2013 Wests Panthers Colours.svg MAAP Warriors Philippines 1st Tier
 THA Thailand Rugby League Premiership 6 2014 2014 TBC Thailand 1st Tier
 UAE Emirates Rugby League (ENRL) ? 2013 2013 Quinscolours.svg Abu Dhabi Harlequins United Arab Emirates 1st Tier

The Americas[edit]

Nations Competition Teams Instituted Latest Year Winner Tier/Division
 CAN British ColumbiaBritish Columbia Rugby League (BCRLC) 6 2012 2013 Cairns Cyclones Colours.svg Surrey Beavers Canada 1st Tier
OntarioOntario Rugby League (ORL) 4 2010 2013 Valleys colours.svg Toronto City Saints
 JAM Jamaica Championship 5 2005 2013 Redcliffe colours.svg Vauxhall Vultures Jamaica 1st Tier
 USA American National Rugby League (AMNRL) 7 1998 2012 Newcastle colours.svg New York Knights United States 1st Tier
USA Rugby League (USARL) 8 2011 2013 Philadelphia colours.svg Philadelphia Flight


Nations Competition Teams Instituted Latest Year Winner Tier/Division
 CZE CZRLA First Division 4 2011 2013 Balmain colours.svg Lokomotiva Beroun Czech Republic 1st Tier
CZRLA Second Division 4 2011 2013 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Chrudim Angels Czech Republic 2nd Tier
 ENG/ FRA Super League (SL) 14 1996 2013 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors England A-Grade
 ENG/ WAL Championship 14 2003 2013 Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles England 2nd Tier
Championship 1 9 2003 2013 NWCrucolours.png North Wales Crusaders England 3rd Tier
 DEN/ SWE Pan-Scandinavian Cup 3 2013 2014 Ramscolours.svg Skåne Crusaders 1st Tier
 DEN Danish Rugby League Championship 2 2013 2014 Western Suburbs colours.svg Copenhagen RLFC 1st Tier
 FRA Elite One Championship 9 2002 2012-13 Papua New Guinea colours.svg Salanque Méditerranée Pia XIII France 1st Tier
 GRE Greek Championship ? 2013 2013-14 New Zealand colours.svg Rhodes Knights Greece 1st Tier
Greek Championship B Division ? 2014 2014 Fijibaticolours.PNG Neapoli Lakonia Greece 2nd Tier
 IRE All-Ireland Championship 10 2001 2014 New South Wales colours.svg Barnhall Butchers Republic of Ireland 1st Tier
 NED NRLB Nationale Kampioenschap 2 2014 Netherlands 1st Tier
 NOR Norge National Championship 5 2010 2013 Northern Pride colours.png Oslo Capitals Norway 1st Tier
 RUS Russian Championship 6 1991 2013 Barrowcolours.svg Vereya Bears Russia 1st Tier
 SCO Scottish Cup 10 2012 2014 Samoa colours.svg Aberdeen Warriors Scotland 1st Tier
 SER Serbian Championship 6 2002 2014 Newcastle colours.svg Dorćol RLFC Serbia 1st Tier
 SPA Campeonato Nacional de Liga 4 2014 2014 Illawarra colours.svg Irreductibles Edetans Spain 1st Tier
Copa España 6 2014 2014 New South Wales colours.svg Ciencias Valencia
 SWE Sweden Super League 4 2011 2013 Illawarra colours.svg Spartacus Reds Sweden 1st Tier
 UKR Ukrainian Championship 8 2012 2013 Parramatta colours.svg Legion XIII Ukraine 1st Tier
 WAL Welsh Conference 6 2010 2013 Balmain colours.svg Torfaen Tigers Wales 1st Tier

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