List of rugby league competitions

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The following is a list of 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]

Global[edit]

Competition Criteria
Rugby League World Cup All Nations
Rugby League Four Nations  England,  Australia,  New Zealand, Guest

Continental[edit]

Competition Criteria
Rugby League European Championship European Union Europe
Rugby League European Championship B
Rugby League European Championship C
Rugby League European Championship D
Oceania Cup Oceania
Americas Rugby League Championship The Americas
South America Cup South America South America
MEA Championship African Union Africa and the Arab League Middle East

Regional[edit]

Competition Criteria
Balkans Cup The Balkans
Nordic Cup The Nordic Countries
Pacific Rugby League International Pacific Island Nations
Caribbean Carnival Cup The Caribbean

Challenge Matches[edit]

Competition Criteria
The Ashes  England vs  Australia
Anzac Test  Australia vs  New Zealand
Peter Leitch QSM Challenge  New Zealand vs Any Pacific Island Nations
Colonial Cup  United States vs  Canada
Hayne/Mannah Cup  Lebanon vs  Fiji
(On-off match)
State of Origin series  New South Wales vs  Queensland
War of the Roses  Lancashire vs  Yorkshire

Other[edit]

Domestic Leagues[edit]

Europe[edit]

 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Bosnia & Herzegovina Championship 3 2013 1

 Czech Republic

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
CZRLA First Division 7 2011 1
CZRLA Second Division 4 2011 2

 Denmark

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Danish Rugby League Championship 2 2013 1

 France

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Elite One Championship 10 1931 1
Elite Two Championship 11 1982 2
National Division 1 14 1976 3
National Division 2 22 1978 4

 Ireland

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Irish Elite League 10 2001 1

 Netherlands

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Dutch Rugby League Competition 5 2014 1

 Norway

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Norge National Championship 5 2010 1

 Russia

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Russian Championship 9 1991–2010 1

 Serbia

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Serbian Championship 8 2002 1

 Spain

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Campeonato Nacional de Liga 6 2014 1
Copa España 6 2013 1
Catalan Rugby League Championship 9 2009

 Sweden

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Sweden Super League 3 2011 1

 United Kingdom[a]

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Super League[b] 12 1996 1
RFL Championship[c] 14 2003 2
RFL League 1 11 2003 3
National Conference League Various[d] 1986 4
Conference League South 12 2012
Various Regional Leagues[e] Various Various 5

 Ukraine

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Ukraine Super League 7 2012 1

Australia and Pacific[edit]

The NRL Grand Final trophy

 Australia

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
National Rugby League[f] 16 1998 1
New South Wales Cup 13 1908 2
Queensland Cup[g] 13 1996
Ron Massey Cup 12 2003 3
Brisbane A-Grade Rugby League 11 2001
Western Australia Rugby League 17 1948
Melbourne Rugby League 17 2001
Newcastle Rugby League 8 1910

 Cook Islands

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Cook Islands League 6 1994 1

 Fiji

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Fiji National Rugby League 14 2010 1

 New Zealand

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
National Zonal Competition 7 2010 1

 Papua New Guinea

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Papua New Guinea National Rugby League 10 1990 1

 Tonga

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Tongan National Rugby League 12 1988 1

Africa[edit]

 South Africa

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Rhino Cup 4 2011 1
Protea Cup 8 2013 2

Asia and the Middle East[edit]

 Lebanon

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Lebanon Championship 5 2002 1

 Philippines

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Philippines National Rugby League 9 2013 1

 Thailand

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Thailand Rugby League Premiership 6 2014 1

 United Arab Emirates

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Emirates Rugby League ? 2013 1

The Americas[edit]

 Brazil

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
TOP 1 - Brazilian Rugby League 13-a-side Championship 8 2019 1
TOP 2 - Brazilian Rugby League 13-a-side Second Division Championship 4 2019 2

 Canada

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Canada Championship Rugby League 6 2022 1
British Columbia British Columbia Rugby League 6 2012 2
Ontario Ontario Rugby League Competition 3 2010
Alberta Alberta Rugby League Competition 3 2019

 Jamaica

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Jamaican Club Championship 5 2005 1

 United States/ Canada

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
North American Rugby League 14 2021 1

 United States

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
USA Rugby League (USARL) 6 2011 1
California Rugby League (CRL) 7 2018 1
Midwest Rugby League (MRL) 2 2009

Domestic Cups[edit]

The trophy of the World Club Challenge

 Australia/ United Kingdom

Competition Teams Instituted Criteria
World Club Challenge 2 1976 Champions of NRL and Super League

 Australia

Competition Teams Instituted Criteria
NRL State Championship 2 2014 Champions of New South Wales Cup and Queensland Cup
The Lord Derby Cup trophy

 France

Competition Teams Instituted Criteria
Lord Derby Cup 1934
The Challenge Cup trophy

 United Kingdom

Competition Teams Instituted Criteria
Challenge Cup[h] 80 1896 All Teams
1895 Cup 20 2019 Tiers 2 and 3

Women's Rugby League[edit]

International tournaments[edit]

International[edit]

Competition Criteria
Women's Rugby League World Cup Global

Domestic Leagues[edit]

 Australia

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
NRL Women's Premiership 6 2018 1
Brisbane and District Women's Rugby League 12 2004 2
Nellie Doherty Cup 2 1999 1
Sydney Metropolitan Women's Rugby League 12 2005 2
Tarsha Gale Nines 12 2016 3
Women's All Stars Match 2 2011 1

 Papua New Guinea

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
PNG Womens Rugby League 10 1990 1

 United Kingdom

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
RFL Women's Super League 10 2017 1
RFL Women's Super League South 6 2021
RFL Women's Championship 2017 2
RFL Women's Championship 1 2017 3

Domestic Cups[edit]

 United Kingdom

Competition Teams Instituted Criteria
RFL Women's Challenge Cup All Teams

Nines tournaments[edit]

International[edit]

Australia[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Super League and lower division are British competitions ran by the RFL. Despite this foreign teams do compete in these competition. For a list of Non-British clubs that currently compete in these competition see here.
  2. ^ Successor to Rugby Football League Championship First Division instituted in 1895.
  3. ^ Successor to Rugby Football League Championship Second Division instituted in 1902.
  4. ^ 4 divisions: 12 in Premier Division, Division One, and Division Two. 14 in Division Three.
  5. ^ Includes: Yorkshire League, North West League, Cumbria League, Barrow & District League, North East League, Pennine Championship, Hull & District League, Midlands League, South West League, East League, London & South East League, South Premier, North Wales Conference, South Wales Premiership, Scottish Conference League.
  6. ^ The National Rugby League is an Australian competitions ran by the ARL. Despite this a foreign team does compete in this competition – New Zealand's New Zealand Warriors.
  7. ^ The Queensland Cup is an Australian competitions ran by the QRL, a state governing body within the ARL. Despite this a foreign team does compete in this competition – Papua New Guinea's Papua New Guinea Hunters.
  8. ^ The Challenge Cup has also seen teams from Ireland, France, Russia, and Serbia compete in the competition.

References[edit]

External links[edit]