National Youth Competition (rugby league)
|National Youth Competition|
|Current season or competition::
2017 National Youth Competition (rugby league) season
|Number of teams||16|
|Countries|| Australia (15 teams)
New Zealand (1 team)
|Premiers||Sydney Roosters (2016)|
|Most titles||New Zealand Warriors (3 titles)|
|Website||Official Holden Cup website|
|Related competition||National Rugby League|
The National Youth Competition (sponsored as the Holden Cup) is the top league of professional rugby league for players aged 20 years or younger in Australasia. Contested by sixteen teams, the NYC commenced in 2008 and was originally known as the Toyota Cup. The competition runs parallel to Australasia's professional competition, the National Rugby League, with NYC matches played immediately prior to the NRL games. Similar to the NRL, the NYC enforces a salary cap and puts a heavy focus on life outside of football for the players.
The New Zealand Warriors are the most successful club in the competition's short history, with three premierships from four Grand Final appearances; in 2010, 2011 and 2014. In 2018, the NYC will be replaced by state-based under-20s competitions in New South Wales and Queensland.
The NYC succeeded the Jersey Flegg Cup in 2008, which existed from 1961 to 2007. The competition was administered by the New South Wales Rugby League as an under-19s competition, until it was changed to an under-20s competition in 1998.
|Season||Grand Final information||Minor Premiers||Points|
|2008||Canberra Raiders||28 - 24 *||Brisbane Broncos||Canberra Raiders||40|
|2009||Melbourne Storm||24 - 22||Wests Tigers||Manly Warringah Sea Eagles||43|
|2010||New Zealand Warriors||42 - 28||South Sydney Rabbitohs||South Sydney Rabbitohs||38|
|2011||New Zealand Warriors||31 - 30 *||North Queensland Cowboys||New Zealand Warriors||43|
|2012||Wests Tigers||46 - 6||Canberra Raiders||Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs||39|
|2013||Penrith Panthers||42 - 30||New Zealand Warriors||Canberra Raiders||43|
|2014||New Zealand Warriors||34 - 32||Brisbane Broncos||Newcastle Knights||40|
|2015||Penrith Panthers||34 - 18||Manly Warringah Sea Eagles||Penrith Panthers||44|
|2016||Sydney Roosters||30 - 28||Penrith Panthers||Penrith Panthers||43|
- * = Golden Point
Player of the Year
The National Youth Competition Player of the Year award is the premier individual award in the National Youth Competition. The voting for the award is similar to the Dally M Medal voting, where after each National Youth Competition game 3 points are awarded to the best player on ground, 2 points to the second and 1 point to the third. As of 2015, every winner of the award has gone on to play first grade in the NRL. The inaugural winner was Ben Hunt from the Brisbane Broncos in 2008. Hunt is also the youngest player to win the award, at age 18 years, 5 months and 13 days.
Jack Gibson Medal
The Jack Gibson Medal is awarded to the man of the match of the Toyota Cup grand final. The award is named after legendary rugby league coach, Jack Gibson. Gibson, who guided Eastern Suburbs to premierships in 1974 and 1975, the Parramatta Eels to three successive premierships from 1981 to 1983 and was named coach of the Team of the Century, died in 2008.
- Free to air: Channel 9 show the Grand Final as part of the Grand Final Coverage.
- Subscription television: FOX Sports show 2 games live every weekend, live coverage of the Toyota Cup precede Fox Sports' Super Saturday and Sunday live NRL coverage.
- All New Zealand Warriors home games in the U20's competition are shown live by Sky NZ. Māori Television also broadcasts Ngāti NRL, a series that focuses on young Māori and Pacific Islanders who travel to Australia and play in the Toyota Cup.
- Gallop, David (2007). "Australian Rugby Football League Annual Report 2007" (pdf). Australian Rugby League Limited. p. 6. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
- "ARL set to approve national youth comp". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2006-12-12.
- Toyota Cup to kick off in 2008, NRL.COM
- "NRL Holden Cup under-20s competition to end in season 2017". Fox Sports. 28 October 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
- "Ex-Broncos under 20s coach Craig Hodges to link with Gold Coast Titans in 2017". Fox Sports. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
- "High Performance Staff Update". bulldogs.com.au. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
- "NYC squad coming together". newcastleknights.com.au. 16 January 2017. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
- Becht, Richard (11 October 2016). "Coaches confirmed for ISP and NYC". warriors.kiwi. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
- "Rabbitohs Appoint Ryan Carr As NYC Coach, Pat Richards And Ben Lowe As Assistant Coaches". rabbitohs.com.au. 27 October 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
- "Dragons Football Department 2017". dragons.com.au. 8 November 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
- Corfe, Brock (2 December 2016). "Wests Tigers confirm ISP and Holden Cup Coaches". weststigers.com.au. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
- 2007 Big League Annual (page 11)
- Fox Sports to show Toyota Cup live - NRL - Fox Sports
- NGATI NRL RETURNS TO MAORI TELEVISION at media.maoritelevision.com