2010 NRL season

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2010 National Rugby League
Teams 16
Premiers St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra (1st title)
Minor premiers St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra (2nd title)
Matches played 201
Attendance 3,491,890 (total)
17,373 (per match)
Top point scorer(s) Panthers colours.svg Michael Gordon (270)
Top try scorer(s) Newcastle colours.svg Akuila Uate (21)
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Shaun Kenny-Dowall (21)

The 2010 NRL season was the 103rd season of professional rugby league football club competition in Australia, and the thirteenth run by the National Rugby League. The season commenced on 12 March and ended with the Grand Final, played on 3 October at ANZ Stadium. Sixteen teams competed for the 2010 Telstra Premiership whilst the third season of the National Youth Competition was also in progress.

The 2010 season was marred by the Melbourne Storm's admission in April of systematically breaching the NRL salary cap. As part of the NRL's imposed penalties, the Storm were deducted all 8 competition points earned at the time of the announcement, and were barred from earning points for the rest of the season, guaranteeing them the wooden spoon.[1][2] The club was also stripped of all titles earned during the period they were in breach, including their 2007 and 2009 premierships and their 2006, 2007 and 2008 minor premierships, and later also their 2010 World Club Challenge title.

2010's NRL premiership was won by the season's minor premiers the St George Illawarra Dragons, the first title for the joint venture club. The Dragons became the first minor premiers since the Penrith Panthers in 2003 to complete the minor premiership and premiership double.

Season summary[edit]

During the pre-season the Melbourne Storm defeated the Leeds Rhinos 18-10 in the 2010 World Club Challenge.[3] The inaugural All Stars match took place on 13 February at Skilled Park, Gold Coast, where the Indigenous All Stars team won 16–12.[4]

Significant dates throughout the season include the annual ANZAC Test and City vs Country Origin weekend, resulting in a shortened round in early May. Byes take place throughout the State of Origin period between Rounds 11 and 18 (during June and July).[5] The annual heritage round takes place again in Round 10, a round celebrating Women in League has been earmarked for Round 16, and later in the season a round has been set aside to celebrate Indigenous Australians.

For the second successive year the St. George Illawarra Dragons took out the JJ Giltinan Shield for winning the minor premiership.

The overall attendance record during the regular season was 3,151,039, an increase on last year's record of 3,081,874. This was the second consecutive year that the rugby league attendance record has been broken.[6]

On 7 September 2010, Sydney Roosters' five-eighth Todd Carney won the coveted Dally M Medal for Player of the Year for season 2010 and was also awarded the people's choice Provan-Summons award (see 2010 Dally M Awards for full award listing). It was a remarkable return to the field for Carney who in 2008 was sacked by the Canberra Raiders and deregistered by the NRL for the 2009 season for repeated off-field indiscretions.

In 2010, NRL games on New Zealand's Sky network drew average audiences of 60,779.[7]

Rule changes[edit]

During the 2010 season, a rule change to the playing field was implemented so that if a player in possession of the ball made contact with the corner post that player would no longer be considered to be touch in-goal.[8] Proponents of the move argued a series of possible future scenarios made this preventative measure necessary, with ARL chief executive Geoff Carr stating, "no one has thought of the possibility of using the corner post as a weapon to defuse a try and we want to stop it before they do".[9] One scenario was that a defending player might manipulate the corner post to put an attacker out of play.[9] Another concern cited was that the corner post might be made to make contact with a rolling ball to ensure the defending team gains possession with a 20 metre restart.[9] Corner posts, which sometimes lean to one side, have no upper height limit set and this led to a fear that corner posts might become "long rubber snakes, biting attackers and sending them into touch", in the words of Roy Masters.[9] Other laws concerning the corner posts remained unchanged.[10] A ball that makes contact with the corner post while not in the possession of a player will be deemed to be touch in-goal as before.[10] There was no attempt to remove the corner posts from the playing field as they are used to promote sponsors and are also a useful aid for players to judge their kicks.[9] The change was agreed by the NRL Board and approved by the RLIF as an experimental rule.[8] Implementation occurred mid-season following feedback from clubs.[8]

Melbourne Storm salary cap breach[edit]

On 22 April, Melbourne Storm officials confessed to the NRL that the club had committed serious and systematic breaches of the salary cap regulations for the last five years by running a well-organized dual contract and bookkeeping system which left the NRL unable to know of $3.17 million in payments made to players outside of the salary cap, including $550,000 in 2007, $965,000 in 2009 and $1.03 million in 2010.

As a result of this confession, the following penalties were imposed by the NRL:

  • The Storm were stripped of their 2007 and 2009 premierships and their 2006–2008 minor premierships; these titles will be withheld, rather than be awarded to the respective grand finalists (Manly & Parramatta) and runners-up. The Storm however were allowed to keep the 2010 World Club Challenge title that they won two months earlier, until this was stripped thirteen months later.
  • The Storm were fined a record $1.689 million: $1.1 million in prize money which will be distributed equally between the remaining 15 clubs, $89,000 in prize money from the World Club Challenge which will be distributed to the Leeds Rhinos, and the maximum of $500,000 for breaching the salary cap regulations.
  • The Storm were ordered to cut their payroll by $1,012,500 by 31 December; failure to do so would have resulted in the club being suspended from the 2011 season.
  • The Storm were deducted all eight competition points received during the 2010 season and barred from receiving premiership points for the remainder of the season.

The Storm accepted this decision without question;,[1][2] however, the former directors of the club took legal action which later collapsed. The matter has been referred to ASIC, Australian Tax Office, the Victorian State Revenue Office, and the Victoria Police.[11]

Melbourne eventually finished the 2010 season with a 14-10 win-loss record, which would have seen them finish 5th disregarding the punishments, with Manly missing the finals. Statistically, the North Queensland Cowboys were the poorest performing team during the season, winning only five of its 24 matches played which, disregarding the Storm's punishment, would have been their first wooden spoon since 2000.

Season advertising[edit]

A new approach was taken in 2010 following the controversies of 2009 wherein marquee players Greg Inglis (who had featured in the season launch ad) and Brett Stewart (who had been the face of a season launch event) were charged with assault thus disempowering the message behind the ad. The NRL and their advertising agency MJW Hakuhodo set about presenting the acceptable face of Australian rugby league to the world and interspersed some sparse action shots with a gallery of characters to assure viewers that league is a family-friendly sport watched by everyman.

For the first time in many years did not use a popular soundtrack. Titled, the "Voices of the Game" the ad set out show the diversity of rugby league’s appeal featuring fans from all walks of life including a rodeo clown, a sculptor, a farmer, a businessman and Australian Paralympian Kurt Fearnley [12] The proposition was that "this season, many of you will....see/ feel/ experience/ dream/ hurt/ believe". The fans highlighted ticked all the boxes of a diverse but wholesome audience demographic.[13] Veteran Kangaroo captain Darren Lockyer is the only player to appear with a speaking part.

Teams[edit]

The number of teams in the NRL remains unchanged since the previous season, with sixteen participating in the regular season: ten from New South Wales, three from Queensland and one from each of Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory and New Zealand. Of the ten from New South Wales, eight are from Sydney's metropolitan area, with St. George-Illawarra being a Sydney and Wollongong joint venture. Just two foundation clubs from New South Wales Rugby League season 1908 played in this competition: the Sydney Roosters (formerly known as Eastern Suburbs) and the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Brisbane Broncos
23rd season
Ground: Suncorp Stadium
Coach: Ivan Henjak
Captain: Darren Lockyer
Canterbury Bulldogs home jersey 1997.svg
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
76th season
Ground: ANZ Stadium
Coach: Kevin Moore
Captain: Andrew Ryan
Canberra Raiders
29th season
Ground: Canberra Stadium
Coach: David Furner
Captain: Alan Tongue & Terry Campese
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
44th season
Ground: Toyota Stadium
Coach: Ricky StuartShane Flanagan
Captain: Trent Barrett
Gold Coast Titans
4th season
Ground: Skilled Park
Coach: John Cartwright
Captain: Scott Prince
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
61st season
Ground: Brookvale Oval
Coach: Des Hasler
Captain: Jamie Lyon & Jason King
Melbourne Storm
13th season
Ground: Etihad StadiumAAMI Park
Coach: Craig Bellamy
Captain: Cameron Smith
Newcastle Knights home jersey 2008.svg
Newcastle Knights
23rd season
Ground: EnergyAustralia Stadium
Coach: Rick Stone
Captain: Kurt Gidley
2009
New Zealand Warriors
16th season
Ground: Mt Smart Stadium
Coach: Ivan Cleary
Captain: Simon Mannering
North Queensland Cowboys
16th season
Ground: Dairy Farmers Stadium
Coach: Neil Henry
Captain: Johnathan Thurston
Parramatta Eels
64th season
Ground: Parramatta Stadium
Coach: Daniel Anderson
Captain: Nathan Cayless & Nathan Hindmarsh
Penrith Panthers Primary Jersey 2007.svg
Penrith Panthers
44th season
Ground: CUA Stadium
Coach: Matthew Elliott
Captain: Petero Civoniceva
South Sydney Rabbitohs
101st season
Ground: ANZ Stadium
Coach: John Lang
Captain: Roy Asotasi
Sydney Roosters
103rd season
Ground: Sydney Football Stadium
Coach: Brian Smith
Captain: Braith Anasta
St. George Illawarra Dragons home jersey 1999.svg
St George Illawarra Dragons
12th season
Ground: Jubilee Oval & Wollongong Showground
Coach: Wayne Bennett
Captain: Ben Hornby
Wests Tigers
11th season
Grounds: Campbelltown Stadium & Leichhardt Oval
Coach: Tim Sheens
Captain: Robbie Farah

Ladder[edit]

2010 NRL season
Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons 24 17 0 7 2 518 299 +219 38
2 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 24 15 0 9 2 645 489 +156 34
3 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 15 0 9 2 537 503 +34 34
4 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 24 15 0 9 2 520 498 +22 34
5 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 14 0 10 2 539 486 +53 32
6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 14 0 10 2 559 510 +49 32
7 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 13 0 11 2 499 493 +6 30
8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 24 12 0 12 2 545 510 +35 28
9 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 11 0 13 2 584 567 +17 26
10 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24 11 0 13 2 508 535 −27 26
11 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 24 10 0 14 2 499 569 −70 24
12 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 24 10 0 14 2 413 491 −78 24
13 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 9 0 15 2 494 539 −45 22
14 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 7 0 17 2 354 609 −255 18
15 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 24 5 0 19 2 425 667 −242 14
16 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 24 14 0 10 2 489 363 +126 01

1 Melbourne were deducted eight premiership points and barred from receiving premiership points for the rest of the season due to gross long-term salary cap breaches.[14]


Ladder progression[edit]

  • Numbers highlighted in green indicate that the team finished the round inside the top 8.
  • Numbers highlighted in blue indicates the team finished first on the ladder in that round.
  • Numbers highlighted in red indicates the team finished last place on the ladder in that round.
  • Underlined numbers indicate that the team had a bye during that round.
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
1 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra 2 4 6 6 8 10 12 14 14 16 16 18 20 22 24 26 26 28 30 30 30 32 34 34 36 38
2 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 2 2 2 4 6 8 10 10 12 14 16 16 18 20 22 24 26 26 26 26 28 28 28 30 32 34
3 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 2 2 4 6 8 8 8 8 10 10 12 14 16 18 20 20 22 24 26 26 28 28 30 32 34 34
4 Norths Devils colours.svg Gold Coast 2 4 6 6 8 8 10 12 14 14 16 16 16 18 20 20 22 22 22 24 26 28 30 32 32 34
5 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 0 2 4 4 6 6 6 6 8 10 12 12 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 24 24 26 28 28 30 32
6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 2 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 10 10 12 14 14 16 18 18 20 22 24 26 28 28 28 28 30 32
7 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 0 2 2 2 4 4 4 6 8 8 10 12 14 14 14 14 14 16 18 20 20 22 24 26 28 30
8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 0 0 2 4 6 8 8 10 12 12 14 16 16 16 18 18 20 20 22 24 24 26 26 28 28 28
9 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 0 0 2 4 6 6 8 8 10 12 12 14 16 16 16 18 20 20 20 22 22 24 24 24 26 26
10 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 16 18 18 20 22 22 24 26 26 26 26 26
11 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 10 10 12 14 16 18 18 18 20 22 22 24 24 24
12 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 0 2 2 2 2 4 6 8 10 12 12 12 14 16 16 16 16 18 20 22 22 22 24 24 24 24
13 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 0 0 2 2 2 4 6 6 8 8 8 8 8 10 10 12 14 16 16 16 18 18 18 20 20 22
14 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 0 0 0 2 2 2 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 12 12 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 16 16 18 18
15 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 0 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 6 6 8 8 8 10 10 10 12 12 12 14 14 14 14 14 14 14
16 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 2 4 6 8 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Finals Series[edit]

To decide the grand finalists from the top eight finishing teams, the NRL adopts the McIntyre Final Eight System.

Only three teams from 2009's finals series made an appearance in the 2010 finals race: St George Illawarra Dragons, Gold Coast Titans and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, with only the Dragons managing to not drop positions from last year. Major improvements saw the Canberra Raiders, New Zealand Warriors and Sydney Roosters make a return to the finals after finishing 13th, 14th and last in 2009. This season also saw the Wests Tigers and Penrith Panthers make their long awaited return to the finals race, with the Tigers last featuring in their grand final year of 2005 whilst the Panthers last appeared in the 2004 season.


  Qualifying Finals Semi Finals Preliminary Finals Grand Final
                                     
1  St George Illawarra 28
8  Manly-Warringah 0
  1W  St George Illawarra 13  
2  Penrith Panthers 22   4W  Canberra Raiders 24        Wests Tigers 12    
7  Canberra Raiders 24   2L  Wests Tigers 26            St George Illawarra 32
         Sydney Roosters 8
3  Wests Tigers 15         2W  Gold Coast Titans 6    
6  Sydney Roosters 19   3W  Sydney Roosters 34        Sydney Roosters 32  
  1L  Penrith Panthers 12  
4  Gold Coast Titans 28
5  NZ Warriors 16
Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referees Crowd
QUALIFYING FINALS
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 28 – 16 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 10 September, 7:45pm Skilled Park Gavin Badger
Tony Archer
27,026
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 15 – 19 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 11 September, 6:30pm Sydney Football Stadium Shayne Hayne
Matt Cecchen
33,315
Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 22 – 24 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 11 September, 8:30pm CUA Stadium Ben Cummins
Steve Lyons
16,668
St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 28 – 0 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 12 September, 4:00pm WIN Jubilee Oval Jarred Maxwell
Jason Robinson
15,574
SEMI FINALS
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 – 26 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 17 September, 7:45pm Canberra Stadium Tony Archer
Jared Maxwell
26,476
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 34 – 12 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 18 September, 7:35pm Sydney Football Stadium Shayne Hayne
Ben Cummins
23,459
PRELIMINARY FINALS
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 6 – 32 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 September, 7:45pm Suncorp Stadium Tony Archer
Jared Maxwell
44,787
St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 13 – 12 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 25 September, 7:45pm ANZ Stadium Ben Cummins
Shayne Hayne
71,212

† Match decided in golden point extra time.

Grand final[edit]

Main article: 2010 NRL Grand Final
Sunday, 3 October
17:15
St George-Illawarra Dragons 32 – 8 Sydney Roosters
Tries:
Jason Nightingale (2)
Nathan Fien
Mark Gasnier
Dean Young
Goals:
Jamie Soward (6/7)
Report Tries:
Braith Anasta
Mitchell Aubusson


Goals:
Todd Carney (0/2)
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 82,334
Referee/s: Tony Archer & Shayne Hayne
Man of the Match: Darius Boyd

Team and player records[edit]

The following statistics are correct as of the conclusion of Round 26.

Most points in a match by an individual

Points Player Tries Goals FG Opponent Score Venue Round
30 Panthers colours.svg Michael Gordon 3 9/10 0 South Sydney Rabbitohs 54–18 CUA Stadium Round 24
28 New Zealand colours.svg James Maloney 3 8/9 0 Brisbane Broncos 16–48 Suncorp Stadium Round 3
22 Panthers colours.svg Michael Gordon 3 5/5 0 Canterbury Bulldogs 31–16 CUA Stadium Round 11
22 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Jamie Lyon 2 7/7 0 Wests Tigers 38–20 Bluetongue Stadium Round 20

Most tries in a match by an individual

Tries Player Opponent Score Venue Round
4 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Shaun Kenny-Dowall Brisbane Broncos 34–30 Suncorp Stadium Round 20
4 Canterbury colours.svg Josh Morris Sydney Roosters 60–14 ANZ Stadium Round 3
4 Canberra colours.svg Reece Robinson North Queensland Cowboys 48–4 Canberra Stadium Round 25
4 Newcastle colours.svg Cooper Vuna Brisbane Broncos 44–18 EnergyAustralia Stadium Round 24

Most points in a match

Points Victor Opponent Score Venue Round
76 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Wests Tigers 44–32 Sydney Football Stadium Round 2
74 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Sydney Roosters 60–14 ANZ Stadium Round 3
74 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Newcastle Knights 38–36 EnergyAustralia Stadium Round 9
72 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos South Sydney Rabbitohs 50–22 Suncorp Stadium Round 14
72 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers South Sydney Rabbitohs 54–18 CUA Stadium Round 24

Fewest points in a match

Points Victor Opponent Score Venue Round
10 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Parramatta Eels 6–4 EnergyAustralia Stadium Round 15
11 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Parramatta Eels 11–0 Toyota Park Round 4
16 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Parramatta Eels 10–6 Parramatta Stadium Round 16
16 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos St George Illawarra Dragons 10–6 Suncorp Stadium Round 21

Most points scored in a match by an individual team

Points Team Opponent Score Venue Round
60 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Sydney Roosters 60–14 ANZ Stadium Round 3
58 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm North Queensland Cowboys 58–12 AAMI Park Round 15
54 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers South Sydney Rabbitohs 54–18 CUA Stadium Round 24
52 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Newcastle Knights 52–18 Canberra Stadium Round 19

Paul Gallen ran 4,056 metres with the ball in 2010, more than any other player in the competition.[15]

Attendances[edit]

The 2010 regular season attendance figures bettered last year's figures of 3,081,849 to become the highest attended regular season in Australia's rugby league history, with a total of 3,151,039. Along with 2009, the 2010 season also outshone other attendance blockbuster years of 2007 and the 1995 Winfield Cup.[16]

The highest twenty regular season match attendances:

Crowd Venue Home Team Opponent Round
48,516 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos North Queensland Cowboys Round 1
42,269 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos St George Illawarra Dragons Round 21
42,233 Suncorp Stadium
(Double header)
Brisbane Broncos
Gold Coast Titans
Penrith Panthers
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Round 15
40,168 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos Gold Coast Titans Round 10
38,872 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos Canberra Raiders Round 26
38,193 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos Parramatta Eels Round 23
37,994 Sydney Cricket Ground Sydney Roosters St George Illawarra Dragons Round 22
37,773 ANZ Stadium Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs St George Illawarra Dragons Round 10
36,212 Sydney Football Stadium St George Illawarra Dragons Sydney Roosters Round 7
34,662 ANZ Stadium Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Parramatta Eels Round 20
32,338 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos New Zealand Warriors Round 3
31,911 ANZ Stadium Parramatta Eels Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Round 8
30,685 Sydney Cricket Ground Wests Tigers South Sydney Rabbitohs Round 10
30,311 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos South Sydney Rabbitohs Round 14
30,127 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos Wests Tigers Round 17
30,120 ANZ Stadium South Sydney Rabbitohs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Round 4
26,486 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos Sydney Roosters Round 20
26,197 Skilled Park Gold Coast Titans Brisbane Broncos Round 19
26,103 Skilled Park Gold Coast Titans Wests Tigers Round 26
25,688 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos Cronulla Sharks Round 6
25,480 Etihad Stadium Melbourne Storm St George Illawarra Dragons Round 4

Transfers[edit]

Players[edit]

Player 2009 Club 2010 Club
Hunt, KarmichaelKarmichael Hunt Brisbane Broncos French Rugby Union (Biarritz Olympique)
Taylor, DaveDave Taylor Brisbane Broncos South Sydney Rabbitohs
Carroll, TonieTonie Carroll Brisbane Broncos (mid-season retirement) Retirement
Marsh, PJPJ Marsh Brisbane Broncos Brisbane Broncos (retired during off season)3
Gorrell, AaronAaron Gorrell Brisbane Broncos Country Rugby League (Queanbeyan Kangaroos)
Ah Mau, IsaakIsaak Ah Mau Brisbane Broncos North Queensland Cowboys
Tupou, WillWill Tupou Brisbane Broncos North Queensland Cowboys
Clinton, JoelJoel Clinton Brisbane Broncos Super League (Hull Kingston Rovers)
Robinson, ReeceReece Robinson Brisbane Broncos Canberra Raiders
Purtell, AdrianAdrian Purtell Canberra Raiders Penrith Panthers
Plum, NigelNigel Plum Canberra Raiders Penrith Panthers
Graham, PhilPhil Graham Canberra Raiders Sydney Roosters
Flanagan, StuartStuart Flanagan Canberra Raiders Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Turner, GlenGlen Turner Canberra Raiders Retirement
El Masri, HazemHazem El Masri Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Retirement
Eastwood, GregGreg Eastwood Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Super League (Leeds Rhinos)
Millard, DarylDaryl Millard Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Super League (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats)
Kite, JohnJohn Kite Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Melbourne Storm

1 Smith signed with the Brisbane Broncos but he later signed with Cronulla-Sutherland.

2 Tronc signed with the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, where he played 3 games, but he later signed with Brisbane Broncos.

3 Marsh retired during the off season because of a serious injury.

Coaches[edit]

Coach 2009 Club 2010 Club
Smith, BrianBrian Smith Newcastle Knights Sydney Roosters
Taylor, JasonJason Taylor South Sydney Rabbitohs[18] Wests Tigers (Kicking Coach)
Lang, JohnJohn Lang South Sydney Rabbitohs (Club Consultant) South Sydney Rabbitohs (Head Coach)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b McDonald, Margie (22 April 2010). "Melbourne Storm stripped of two rugby league titles over salary cap fraud". The Australian. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
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  4. ^ Walter, Brad (14 February 2010). "Grandparents join the party with proud Preston". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "2010 NRL Draw". nrl.com. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Glenn Jackson and Brad Walter (6 September 2010). "Marching in: Dragons lift shield and league". The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia: Fairfax Media). Archived from the original on 8 September 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
  7. ^ Kilgallon, Steve (10 April 2011). "Kiwi TV viewers go cold on rugby codes". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c "Finally, NRL dumps corner posts". heraldsun.com.au. 2 June 2010. Archived from the original on 25 June 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Masters, Roy (14 April 2010). "Carr wants corner posts out of the field of play". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 17 August 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  10. ^ a b NRL (2 June 2010). "NRL changes rules to corner post & player registration". National Rugby League. Archived from the original on 17 August 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  11. ^ Storm salary cap rort report handed to police
  12. ^ http://mumbrella.com.au/nrl-turns-to-real-life-supporters-to-kick-off-new-season-19416 2010 Season Launch ad
  13. ^ Lee, Julian (28 February 2010). "Why this NRL ad is simply the worst". The Age (Melbourne). Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  14. ^ Stuart Honeysett and Brent Read (23 April 2010) Shocking end to the Melbourne Storm era The Australian
  15. ^ Proszenko, Adrian (6 May 2012). "Gallen set to smash record". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  16. ^ Telstra Premiership sets new attendance record.
  17. ^ Balym, Todd (23 September 2009). "Daine Laurie a Panther, Tigers on signing spree". Daily Telegraph (Australia). Archived from the original on 14 October 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  18. ^ Taylor was sacked after the 2009 season: Read, B. & Kogoy, P., "South Sydney sacks Jason Taylor", The Australian, (Thursday, 17 September 2009). Read, B, "It was Jason Taylor's second breach as sacked Souths coach vows to clear his name", The Australian, (Friday, 18 September 2009).

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