|Current season, competition or edition:|
2019 Canterbury Cup NSW
|Formerly||New South Wales Cup, NSWRL Premier League|
|Director||Nick Politis, Deborah Healey|
|President||Dr George Peponis OAM|
|No. of teams||12|
|Countries||Australia, New Zealand|
|Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (10th title)|
|Most titles||South Sydney Rabbitohs (20 titles)|
|TV partner(s)||Fox League Nine Network|
|Sponsor(s)||Canterbury of New Zealand|
|NRL State Championship|
Intrust Super Cup QLD
National Rugby League
|Official website||Official Website|
The Canterbury Cup NSW is a rugby league competition for clubs in New South Wales previously known as the Intrust Super Premiership, NSW New South Wales Cup, and NSWRL Premier League. It has a history dating back to the NSWRFL's origins in 1908, starting off as a reserve grade competition. It is now the premier open age competition in the state. The New South Wales Cup, along with the Queensland Cup, acts as a feeder competition to the National Rugby League premiership.
It is contested by reserve squads of NSW-based NRL teams and also includes sides representing teams that once competed at the first grade level in the NSWRL Premiership but do not field teams in the NRL competition. The North Sydney Bears are the only team to have competed in every season of the competition since 1908.
- 1 Clubs
- 2 History
- 3 Broadcast & Media
- 4 Participating clubs by season
- 5 Premiership Winners
- 6 NRL State Championship Match
- 7 Notes
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
*: The season the team joined competition in its current form and consecutive tenure.
- Enfield (1908-1908)
- Belmore (1910-1910)
- Banksia (1911-1911)
- Waverley (1911-1912)
- South Sydney Federals (1910-1912)
- Western Sydney (1912-1913)
- Mosman (1910-1914)
- Redfern (1911-1914)
- Grosvenor (1911-1915)
- Marrickville (1911-1915)
- Sydney (1908-1916)
- Randwick (1915-1916)
- Surry Hills (1912, 1915-1916)
- Annandale (1910-1920)
- Glebe (1908–1929)
- Sydney University (1920–1937)
- Brisbane Broncos (1988-1996†)
- Perth Reds (1992–1996)
- South Queensland Crushers (1995–1997)
- Adelaide Rams (1997-1998†)
- Auckland Warriors (1995-1998†)
(Returned to the competition in 2014 as New Zealand Warriors)
- Gold Coast Chargers (1988–1998)
- Illawarra Steelers (1982–2000)
- St George Dragons (1921–2000)
- North Queensland Cowboys (1992-2001†)
- Sydney Roosters (1908–2005)
- St Marys-Penrith Cougars (Penrith Panthers feeder, joint venture with St Marys Saints: 2003–2005)
- Penrith Pumas (Penrith Panthers feeder: 2007)
- South Sydney Rabbitohs (1908–2006) (Returned to the competition in 2019)
- Canberra Raiders (1982-2007†)
- Parramatta Eels (1947–2007) (Returning to the competition in 2020)
- Central Coast Bears (2000-2002) (Returned to North Sydney after NRL Northern Eagles joint-venture failure)
- St. George Illawarra Dragons (2001–2007) (returned to the competition in 2018)
- Central Newcastle Rebels (Newcastle Knights feeder, joint venture with Central Charlestown Butcher Boys: 2008)
- Central Coast Storm (Melbourne Storm feeder: 2008–2009)
- Bankstown City Bulls (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs feeder, joint venture with Sydney Bulls: 2009)
- Cronulla-Sutherland Cobras (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks feeder: 2008)
- Melbourne Storm (2010)
- Central Coast Centurions (Newcastle Knights feeder: 2010-2011)
- Balmain Tigers (Standalone: 1908-1999, Wests Tigers feeder: 2000-2004)
- Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers (Wests Tigers feeder, joint venture with Ryde-Eastwood Hawks: 2005-2012)
- Western Suburbs Magpies (Standalone: 1908-1999, Wests Tigers feeder: 2000-2012)
- Auckland Vulcans (New Zealand Warriors feeder: 2008-2013)
- Windsor Wolves (Penrith Panthers feeder: 2008-2013)
- Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles (1947-2008, 2011-2016)
- Wyong Roos (Sydney Roosters feeder, 2013-2018)
† The club also competed in the 1997 Super League (Australia) season reserve-grade competition.
The New South Wales Cup, run by the NSWRL, has been known by a variety of names and operated in several different ways since the inception of the NSWRL Premiership in 1908. Between 1908 and 1996, the competition was known as Reserve Grade and was competed for almost exclusively by reserve squads of each of the NSWRL Premiership Clubs, competing with that Club's name and colours. With the advent of the Super League war, and the resultant split competition in 1997, the NSWRL reconfigured the competition as the Presidents Cup. From 2002 until 2007, the competition was known as the NSWRL Premier League until it was reorganised into its present form as the New South Wales Cup in 2008.
With the competitions having merged back together, and with six NSWRL Premiership clubs having merged into three new NRL clubs (St. George Dragons and Illawarra Steelers; North Sydney Bears and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles; Balmain Tigers and Western Suburbs Magpies) the competition became known as the First Division and included these sides competing under their original name and colours.
The inclusion of these non-NRL clubs (along with the return of the Newtown Jets in 2000) in the competition signalled a move away from the 'reserve squad' competition it had become and became increasingly differentiated from the NRL competition with games played at non-NRL venues such as North Sydney Oval, Marrickville's Henson Park and Western Weekender Stadium at St Marys.
Another trend that began during this period was the phenomenon of NRL clubs 'out-sourcing' competing teams, with several NRL clubs choosing not to field sides in this competition and rather field either merged entities (as in the St Marys Penrith Cougars and Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers, both formed with NSWRL Jim Beam Cup sides) or form agreements with another club to take their place in the competition, those players being eligible for NRL selection, such as the agreement between Newtown Jets and Sydney Roosters for the 2006 season.
In 2008 and 2009, Jersey Flegg Cup club Central Coast Storm fielded a team in the competition. The team was based on the NSW Central Coast but acted as a feeder club to the Melbourne Storm. In addition the Panthers were replaced by the Windsor Wolves and the Sharks were replaced by the Cronulla-Sutherland Cobras. The Canberra Raiders withdrew from the competition on 1 August 2007. The Newcastle Knights also announced a joint venture with the Central Charlestown. The team used the original Central Newcastle Rebels Name. The Parramatta Eels also formed a joint-venture with the Wentworthville Magpies to act as their Feeder Club in the competition from 2008 onwards. The Saints decided to no longer run a Reserve Grade Side, but would use the St George District Rugby League & the Illawarra District Rugby League competitions instead as their Feeder Team/s.
Two new teams have been added to the competition. These two new teams will have both previously played in the Jim Beam Cup. The Shellharbour City Dragons, previously known as the Shellharbour Marlins, will be the St George-Illawarra Dragons feeder side. The Bankstown Bulls, who were known as the Sydney Bulls, will act as the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs feeder side. Bankstown will still field a team in the Jim Beam Cup. The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles have withdrawn from the competition and will have a feeder team in the Queensland Cup. Newcastle has also withdrawn from the competition, discontinuing the link with the Central Newcastle Rebels.
Season 2012 saw the return of feeder clubs for NRL teams St George Illawarra and Canberra. The Illawarra Steelers, in partnership with Illawarra Coal and the Illawarra Leagues Club re-entered a team into the league, the Illawarra Cutters. They previously acted as a feeder club to the Dragons. A Mounties Rugby League Club also entered the NSW Cup this season and is the Raiders' feeder club.
The 2013 season will see Wyong Roos entering a team in the NSWCUP for the first time. It will not be a feeder team to any NRL team. 2013 was also the first time in Rugby League history that teams with the names Western Suburbs and Balmain will not field a team in the cup, they played as the Wests Tigers. There is a current state of ambiguity surrounding this joint venture, and it is suggested that both Wests and Balmain will return as two separate clubs once financial requirements are met.
In 2014 the Auckland Vulcans were replaced by a side from the New Zealand Warriors. The Penrith Panthers will also be returning to the competition in 2014, replacing Windsor, who remain in the Ron Massey Cup.
2016 Launch of the Intrust Super Premiership
On 29 January 2016 it was announced that Intrust Super had secured naming rights for the competition for a three-year agreement The name would have been decided not to be confused with the Queensland-based competition the Intrust Super Cup.
On 5 July 2016, it was announced that starting the following season, the Blacktown Workers will become the feeder club for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in a joint-venture agreement. The Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles made their NSW Cup debut in Round 1 of the 2017 Season with a defeat to the Newtown Jets, before finishing 10th in the regular season and subsequently missing a post-season berth.
In September, Intrust Super extended their naming rights partnership with the New South Wales State Cup through to the end of the 2018 season.
On 27 October 2017, it was announced that Illawarra would be replaced by The St George Illawarra Dragons for The 2018 Intrust Super Premiership NSW season as part of a restructure in the competition.
In late November, 2017 it was announced that as part of a re-brand, the Western Suburbs Magpies will enter the competition from the following season acting as a feeder club to the Wests Tigers, who had previously competed under their own brand.
2019 Consolidation and Feeder Changes
On 2 March 2018, it was reported that the board of the Wyong Roos, feeder to Sydney Roosters since 2014, voted to cut all ties with the club at end of the 2018 season. As a result, the Wyong Roos will not take part in the 2019 Intrust Super Premiership. On 5 September 2018, it was announced that the North Sydney Bears would assume the status as the official feeder club to the Roosters NRL side until at least the end of the 2023 season, with Jason Taylor, a former North Sydney player and assistant coach to the Roosters, appointed head coach.
On 10 October 2018, it was reported that the Parramatta Eels will field a team in the Intrust Super Premiership starting 2020, thus ending their relationship with the Wentworthville Magpies at this time. It was announced that former Wyong Roos coach, Rip Taylor, would coach the Magpies in their final season.
Canterbury Cup NSW
On 7 March, it was announced that apparel giant Canterbury of New Zealand won the rights to be the new naming partner of the NSW Cup competition which was renamed the Canterbury Cup NSW. The deal was announced to run to the end of the 2024 season. The NSWRL also announced that the new Western Sydney Stadium would host the grand final in each of those seasons under the deal.
Broadcast & Media
Hawkesbury Radio broadcast Penrith Panthers matches during the season when played on non NRL game days, selected other matches ISP matches when not covered by other stations and all the finals matches.
SWR Triple 9 FM broadcast at least one game a week during the season plus all the finals matches.
Fox League show Live coverage of one to two games per round. From 2018, the Nine Network will broadcast one Sunday afternoon match each week LIVE at 1pm. All of the Intrust Super Premiership finals series are on Nine Network and Fox Sports.
The NSWRL website upload highlights of every game of the NSW Cup. It also gives half time and full-time scores of the other games.
Participating clubs by season
Reserve Grade/Presidents Cup/First Division Premiers (1908 - 2002)
NSWRL Premier League Premiers (2003 - 2007)
New South Wales Cup (2008-Present)
Number of premiership wins
- Team names in bold are the teams currently playing in the New South Wales Cup
|South Sydney Rabbitohs||20 (1913, 1914, 1917, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1943, 1945, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1966, 1968, 1983)|
|Balmain Tigers||16 (1915, 1916, 1928, 1930, 1933, 1941, 1944, 1946, 1950, 1957, 1958, 1965, 1967, 1978, 1982, 1984)|
|Canterbury Bulldogs||10 (1939, 1971, 1972, 1980, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2010, 2011, 2018)|
|Sydney Roosters||9 (1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1935, 1937, 1949, 1986, 2004)|
|North Sydney Bears||8 (1940, 1942, 1955, 1959, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993)|
|Parramatta Eels||8 (1975, 1977, 1979, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007)|
|Newtown Jets||7 (1922, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1970, 1974, 2012)|
|St George Dragons||6 (1938, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1976, 1985)|
|Glebe Dirty Reds||5 (1912, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921)|
|Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles||5 (1954, 1960, 1969, 1973, 1988)|
|Western Suburbs Magpies||3 (1936, 1961, 1981)|
|Cronulla Sharks||3 (1994, 1996, 2013)|
|Penrith Panthers||3 (1987, 2014, 2017)|
|Newcastle Knights||2 (1995, 2015)|
|Brisbane Broncos||1 (1990)|
|St George Illawarra Dragons||1 (2001)|
|Canberra Raiders||1 (2003)|
|Wentworthville Magpies||1 (2008)|
|Bankstown City Bulls||1 (2009)|
|Illawarra Cutters||1 (2016)|
NRL State Championship Match
Since 2014, The NSW Cup Grand Final Match has been played on the same day as the QLD Cup Grand Final, the weekend prior to the NRL Grand Final, allowing for the creation of the NRL State Championship which saw the NSW Cup premiers face off against the QLD Cup Premiers as a curtain raiser to the NRL Grand Final, originally following the National Youth Competition Grand Final from 2014 to 2017 and following the NRL Women's Grand Final since 2018.
- This was the year of the split competitions. This competition was known as Presidents Cup for this season, while the Super League competition was known as Reserve Grade (won by Canterbury Bulldogs).
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- Three Vodafone Warriors teams in 2014 Archived 16 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine thewarriors.com.au, 16 October 2013
- "NSWRL launch Intrust Super Premiership". NRL - The official site of the National Rugby League - NRL.com. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
- "Canterbury Cup NSW secures five year Grand Final stadium deal". NSWRL.
- "Intrust Super Premiership NSW Broadcast Schedule". New South Wales Rugby League. 19 April 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2018.