Rugby league is one of the most popular codes of football in the Australian Capital Territory. The Canberra Raiders of the National Rugby League became the Territory's first professional sports team when they were established in 1982. For decades before that rugby league clubs in the area had been competing and proviing footballers for representative sides that played against domestic and foreign teams.
Governing body [ edit ]
The New South Wales Country Rugby League (NSWCRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in areas of
New South Wales outside the Sydney metropolitan area and also the Australian Capital Territory.
National Rugby League Teams [ edit ]
National Rugby League (NRL) is Australia's top level competition for the sport of rugby league. [2 ]
Canberra Raiders are Canberra's National Rugby League team, being admitted to the competition in 1982.
Canberra Rugby League [ edit ]
The Canberra Rugby League competition is more commonly known as the Canberra Raiders Cup, covering the
Australian Capital Territory and surrounding New South Wales towns Queanbeyan, Goulburn and Yass. The competition is run under the auspices of the Country Rugby League and players are eligible for selection in the Monaro Division of the CRL Divisional Championships.
Representative rugby league [ edit ]
ACT players are eligible to represent Country in the NSWRL
City vs Country Origin in an annual match against a City side selected by the NSWRL. It is played before the Rugby League State of Origin series and is often referred to as a selection trial for the New South Wales Blues team.
They can also go onto play for
New South Wales Blues in the State of Origin series against Queensland Maroons.
An Australian Capital Territories representative side took part in the early
Affiliated States Championship.
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