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The 2009 NRL season was the 102nd season of professional rugby league football club competition in Australia, and the twelfth run by the National Rugby League. For the third consecutive year, sixteen teams competed for the 2009 Telstra Premiership title. The season commenced with the first match played on 13 March and ended with the Grand Final, played on 4 October. The Grand Final was won by the Melbourne Storm in their fourth consecutive grand final appearance. However, they were stripped of their Premiership on 22 April 2010 after they were found to be guilty of breaching the league's salary cap.[2][3]

2009 National Rugby League
Teams16
PremiersMelbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm[1]
Minor premiersSt. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra (1st title)
Matches played201
Points scored8315
Attendance3412872
Top points scorer(s)Canterbury colours.svg Hazem El Masri (248)
Player of the yearParramatta colours.svg Jarryd Hayne (Dally M Medal)
Top try-scorer(s)St. George colours.svg Brett Morris (25)
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The second season of the National Youth Competition also commenced in line with the Telstra Premiership.

Season summaryEdit

This season the NRL introduced a second on-field referee.[4] Previously when the ball changed possession the lone on-field referee would have to change his position to stay with the defending team. He also could only observe the ruck from one direction. The two-referee system saves the referees some running back and forth to get into position as possession changes and also improves watchfulness over the ruck.

The Manly Sea Eagles began their premiership title defense in horrific fashion, losing their first four games, before a stunning revival led to them losing only four of their final 16 regular season games. The St. George Illawarra Dragons, under new coach Wayne Bennett finished the regular season with their first minor premiership title as a joint venture club. However, the Dragons then became the first minor premiers since the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 1993 to be eliminated from the final series in consecutive losses.

For the first time since the McIntyre Final Eight System was introduced, a game was played twice in a row in the same stadium. This happened when the Dragons and Parramatta Eels played each other in round 26 (the final regular season round) and again in the first week of finals, both at WIN Jubilee Oval at Kogarah. The first game saw St George Illawarra come away with a 37-0 win in front of 17,974, while the next weeks Qualifying final saw Parramatta reverse the result with a 25-12 win in front of 18,174.

The Eels went on to become the first side since the McIntyre Final Eight System was introduced (in 1999) to make the grand final from eighth position. Along the way, they defeated the top three teams – the St George Illawarra Dragons, Gold Coast Titans and Bulldogs – in their three finals series matches, to make it to their first Grand Final since 2001. Their Grand Final opponents, the Melbourne Storm, were playing in their fourth straight Grand Final and were looking for their third premiership having previously won in 1999 and 2007.

In 2009, NRL games on New Zealand's Sky network drew average audiences of 46,221.[5]

Records set in 2009Edit

AdvertisingEdit

Keen to speak to its grass roots following in light of the AFL's aggressive expansion in rugby league's suburban heartland the NRL and its agency MJW Hakuhodo created a TVC which tells the story of junior rugby league players enjoying the game and perhaps becoming stars of the future. The commercial featured two young boys playing league in a suburban park. As they contest the game, they morph into stars of the League as a packed stadium emerges around them. Seven-year-old Penrith junior Cameron Lloyd and 14-year-old La Perouse junior Alex Johnston play the main roles in the campaign with Johnson morphing into Melbourne's Greg Inglis scoring a try in corner in a big match. Announcing the 2009 launch TVC

The ad's strapline was "Feel It" and the soundtrack a re-worked version of 2008 Australian Idol winner Wes Carr's "Feels Like Whoa."

TeamsEdit

The clubs in the League for 2009 remained unchanged for the third consecutive year, 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 were from Sydney's metropolitan area (with St. George Illawarra being a Sydney and Wollongong joint venture). Just two foundation clubs from the 1908 New South Wales Rugby Football League season played in this competition: the Roosters and the Rabbitohs.

Brisbane Broncos
22nd season
Ground: Suncorp Stadium
Coach: Ivan Henjak
Captain: Darren Lockyer
Bulldogs
75th season
Ground: ANZ Stadium
Coach: Kevin Moore
Captain: Andrew Ryan
Canberra Raiders
28th season
Ground: Canberra Stadium
Coach: David Furner
Captain: Alan Tongue
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
43rd season
Ground: Toyota Stadium
Coach: Ricky Stuart
Captain: Paul GallenTrent Barrett
Gold Coast Titans
3rd season
Ground: Skilled Park
Coach: John Cartwright
Captain: Scott Prince & Luke Bailey
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
60th season
Ground: Brookvale Oval
Coach: Des Hasler
Captain: Matt Orford
Melbourne Storm
12th season
Ground Olympic Park Stadium
Coach: Craig Bellamy
Captain: Cameron Smith
Newcastle Knights
22nd season
Ground: EnergyAustralia Stadium
Coach: Brian SmithRick Stone
Captain: Kurt Gidley
New Zealand Warriors
15th season
Ground: Mt Smart Stadium
Coach: Ivan Cleary
Captain: Steve Price
North Queensland Cowboys
15th season
Ground: Dairy Farmers Stadium
Coach: Neil Henry
Captain: Johnathan Thurston
Parramatta Eels
63rd season
Ground: Parramatta Stadium
Coach: Daniel Anderson
Captain: Nathan Cayless
Penrith Panthers
43rd season
Ground: CUA Stadium
Coach: Matthew Elliott
Captain: Petero Civoniceva
South Sydney Rabbitohs
100th season
Ground: ANZ Stadium
Coach: Jason Taylor
Captain: Roy Asotasi
Sydney Roosters
102nd season
Ground: Sydney Football Stadium
Coach: Brad Fittler
Captain: Braith Anasta
St. George Illawarra Dragons
11th season
Ground: WIN Jubilee Oval & WIN Stadium
Coach: Wayne Bennett
Captain: Ben Hornby
Wests Tigers
10th season
Grounds: Campbelltown Stadium
& Leichhardt Oval
Coach: Tim Sheens
Captain: Robbie Farah

LadderEdit

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1   St. George Illawarra Dragons 24 17 0 7 2 548 329 +219 38
2   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 18 0 6 2 575 428 +147 38*
3   Gold Coast Titans 24 16 0 8 2 514 467 +47 36
4   Melbourne Storm 24 14 1 9 2 505 348 +157 33
5   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 24 14 0 10 2 549 439 +90 32
6   Brisbane Broncos 24 14 0 10 2 511 566 −55 32
7   Newcastle Knights 24 13 0 11 2 508 491 +17 30
8   Parramatta Eels 24 12 1 11 2 476 473 +3 29
9   Wests Tigers 24 12 0 12 2 558 483 +75 28
10   South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 11 1 12 2 566 549 +17 27
11   Penrith Panthers 24 11 1 12 2 515 589 −74 27
12   North Queensland Cowboys 24 11 0 13 2 558 474 +84 26
13   Canberra Raiders 24 9 0 15 2 489 510 −31 22
14   New Zealand Warriors 24 7 2 15 2 377 545 −188 20
15   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 5 0 19 2 359 568 −209 14
16   Sydney Roosters 24 5 0 19 2 382 681 −299 14

* Bulldogs stripped of 2 competition points after an interchange breach in round 2

Ladder progressionEdit

  • 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 in 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 Illawarra 0 2 4 6 8 8 10 12 12 14 16 18 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 36 36 36 38
2   Bulldogs 2 2 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 14 16 16 18 20 22 24 24 26 28 28 30 32 34 36 38 38
3   Gold Coast 2 2 4 6 8 10 10 12 12 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 24 26 26 28 28 30 32 34 36 36
4   Melbourne 2 2 4 4 6 6 7 9 11 13 13 15 17 19 21 21 23 25 25 27 27 29 29 29 31 33
5   Manly-Warringah 0 0 0 0 2 4 4 4 6 8 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 24 24 24 26 28 30 32
6   Brisbane 2 4 6 6 8 10 12 12 12 14 16 18 18 18 18 18 20 22 22 22 22 24 26 28 30 32
7   Newcastle 0 2 2 4 6 8 8 10 12 14 14 16 16 16 18 20 20 22 24 24 24 24 26 28 28 30
8   Parramatta 0 2 4 4 4 4 4 6 8 8 9 9 11 11 13 15 15 15 17 19 21 23 25 27 29 29
9   Wests Tigers 2 2 4 4 4 6 8 8 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 26 26 28
10   South Sydney 2 2 4 6 6 6 8 8 10 12 13 13 13 13 15 15 15 17 19 21 21 23 23 23 25 27
11   Penrith 0 0 2 4 4 4 6 8 10 12 14 14 16 16 16 18 20 20 22 24 25 25 25 27 27 27
12   North Queensland 0 2 2 2 2 4 6 6 8 10 12 14 16 16 18 18 20 22 22 22 24 24 24 24 24 26
13   Canberra 0 0 0 2 4 4 4 4 6 6 8 10 12 12 12 14 16 16 16 16 18 18 20 20 22 22
14   New Zealand 2 4 4 4 4 6 7 7 9 9 9 11 11 13 15 15 15 15 17 17 18 18 18 20 20 20
15   Cronulla-Sutherland 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 4 6 8 10 12 12 12 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14
16   Sydney Roosters 0 2 2 4 4 4 4 6 6 6 6 8 8 8 8 10 10 12 12 12 14 14 14 14 14 14


Finals seriesEdit

The NRL finals series adopted the McIntyre Final Eight System. Four teams made a return to the 2009 finals from 2008, grand finalists Melbourne Storm, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles along with the Brisbane Broncos and St George Illawarra Dragons. Both the Bulldogs and Parramatta Eels made a return after being absent in 2008. The Newcastle Knights made the finals for the first time since 2006 and their first since the departure of club legend Andrew Johns. The Gold Coast Titans entered their maiden finals series. It was also the first finals series since 2002 that no team was held scoreless.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referees Crowd
QUALIFYING FINALS
  Melbourne Storm 40 – 12   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 11 September, 7:45pm Etihad Stadium Gavin Badger
Shayne Hayne
21,155
  Gold Coast Titans 32 – 40   Brisbane Broncos 12 September, 6:30pm Skilled Park Ben Cummins
Ashley Klein
27,227
  Bulldogs 26 – 12   Newcastle Knights 12 September, 8:30pm ANZ Stadium Tony Archer
Jason Robinson
21,369
  St George Illawarra Dragons 12 – 25   Parramatta Eels 13 September, 4:00pm WIN Jubilee Oval Jarred Maxwell
Matt Cecchin
18,174
SEMI FINALS
  Parramatta Eels 27 – 2   Gold Coast Titans 18 September, 7:45pm Sydney Football Stadium Shayne Hayne
Jared Maxwell
28,524
  Brisbane Broncos 24 – 10   St. George Illawarra Dragons 19 September, 7:45pm Suncorp Stadium Tony Archer
Ben Cummins
50,225
PRELIMINARY FINALS
  Bulldogs 12 – 22   Parramatta Eels 25 September, 7:45pm ANZ Stadium Tony Archer
Ben Cummins
74,549
  Melbourne Storm 40 – 10   Brisbane Broncos 26 September, 7:45pm Etihad Stadium Shayne Hayne
Jared Maxwell
27,687
  Qualifying Finals Semi Finals Preliminary Finals Grand Final
                                     
1   St. George Illawarra 12
8   Parramatta 25
  1W   Canterbury 12  
2   Canterbury 26   4W   Parramatta 27         Parramatta 22    
7   Newcastle 12   2L   Gold Coast 2             Parramatta 16
          Melbourne 23
3   Gold Coast 32         2W   Melbourne 40    
6   Brisbane 40   3W   Brisbane 24         Brisbane 10  
  1L   St. George Illawarra 10  
4   Melbourne 40
5   Manly 12

Grand finalEdit

Sunday, 4 October
17:00
Melbourne Storm 23 – 16 Parramatta Eels
Tries:
Adam Blair
Ryan Hoffman
Greg Inglis
Billy Slater
Goals:
Cameron Smith (3/4)
Field goals:
Greg Inglis (1/1)
Report Tries:
Eric Grothe, Jr.
Fuifui Moimoi
Joel Reddy

Goals:
Luke Burt (2/3)
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 82,538
Referee: Tony Archer & Shayne Hayne
Man of the Match: Billy Slater

Club and Player recordsEdit

The following figures were collected from the completion of round 26 of the regular season and therefore do not represent any figures associated with the finals series or any representative matches for this year.

Top 5 point scorers

Pts Player Try Gls FG
234   Hazem El Masri 14 89 0
228   Jamie Soward 12 87 6
202   Johnathan Thurston 11 79 0
180   Luke Burt 13 63 2
172   Scott Prince 7 72 0

Top 5 try scorers

Try Player
22   Brett Morris
21   Taniela Tuiaki
20   Josh Morris
19   Nathan Merritt
19   Bryson Goodwin

Most points in a match by an individual

Pts Player Try Gls FG Opponent Score Venue Round
24   Luke Burt 2 8/8 0 Newcastle Knights 40–8 Parramatta Stadium Round 22
24   Luke Burt 2 8/8 0 Penrith Panthers 48–6 Parramatta Stadium Round 25
24   Benji Marshall 2 8/10 0 Cronulla Sharks 56–10 Toyota Stadium Round 23
24   Joe Tomane 3 6/9 0 Brisbane Broncos 48–4 Olympic Park Stadium Round 13

Most tries in a match by an individual

Tries Player Opponent Score Venue Round
4   Israel Folau Gold Coast Titans 32–18 Suncorp Stadium Round 10
4   Phil Graham Brisbane Broncos 56–0 Canberra Stadium Round 21
4   Joel Moon Penrith Panthers 32–32 CUA Stadium Round 21
4   Brett Morris North Queensland 20–24 Dairy Farmers Stadium Round 9
4   Billy Slater Manly Sea Eagles 40–12 Etihad Stadium Qualifying Final

Largest winning margin

Score Victor Opponent Venue Round
56 – 0
(56 pts)
  Canberra Raiders Brisbane Broncos Canberra Stadium Round 21
56 – 10
(46 pts)
  Wests Tigers Cronulla Sharks Toyota Stadium Round 23
48 – 4
(44 pts)
  Melbourne Storm Brisbane Broncos Olympic Park Round 13

Most points in a match

Points Victor Opponent Score Venue Round
82   Brisbane Broncos Penrith Panthers 58–24 Suncorp Stadium Round 23
74   Wests Tigers South Sydney Rabbitohs 54–20 ANZ Stadium Round 17
72   Penrith Panthers Parramatta Eels 38–34 CUA Stadium Round 17

Fewest points in a match

Points Victor Opponent Score Venue Round
13   New Zealand Warriors Newcastle Knights 13–0 Mt Smart Stadium Round 14
14   New Zealand Warriors Wests Tigers 14–0 Mt Smart Stadium Round 12
14   Brisbane Broncos St. George Illawarra Dragons 12–2 WIN Stadium Round 24
16   St. George Illawarra Dragons Cronulla Sharks 10–6 WIN Jubilee Oval Round 3

Most points scored in a match by an individual team

Pts Team Opponent Score Venue Round
58   Brisbane Broncos Penrith Panthers 58–24 Suncorp Stadium Round 23
56   Wests Tigers Cronulla Sharks 56–10 Toyota Stadium Round 23
56   Canberra Raiders Brisbane Broncos 56–0 Canberra Stadium Round 21
54   Wests Tigers South Sydney Rabbitohs 54–20 ANZ Stadium Round 17
52   South Sydney Rabbitohs Sydney Roosters 52–12 Sydney Football Stadium Round 1

Jarryd Hayne ran 4,429 metres with the ball in 2009, more than any other player in the competition.[7]

AttendanceEdit

2009's regular season attendance figures were the highest recorded in Australian rugby league history, with a total of 3,081,849. This figure bettered the previous record set by the 1995 Winfield Cup's regular season (3,061,338 in a 20 team competition) and also beat the Telstra Premiership's previous best of 3,024,149 set in 2007.[8]

The 2009 season also saw the second highest average crowd figure of a regular season, with a crowd average of 16,051, behind the best of 16,466 set in the 2005 NRL season.

The 20 highest regular season match attendances:

Crowd Venue Home Team Opponent Round
50,109 Suncorp Stadium
(Double Header)
Brisbane Broncos
Bulldogs RLFC
South Sydney Rabbitohs
Gold Coast Titans
Round 19
45,022 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos North Queensland Cowboys Round 1
43,079 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos Gold Coast Titans Round 10
42,435 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos St George Illawarra Dragons Round 4
41,835 ANZ Stadium Bulldogs RLFC New Zealand Warriors Round 25
36,647 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos Melbourne Storm Round 2
35,112 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos Canberra Raiders Round 26
34,272 Sydney Football Stadium Wests Tigers Parramatta Eels Round 24
32,456 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos New Zealand Warriors Round 17
31,664 ANZ Stadium Bulldogs RLFC Parramatta Eels Round 20
30,887 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos Parramatta Eels Round 7
29,970 Sydney Cricket Ground Wests Tigers South Sydney Rabbitohs Round 10
28,926 Sydney Football Stadium Sydney Roosters St George Illawarra Dragons Round 7
27,527 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Round 9
26,353 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos Bulldogs RLFC Round 14
26,336 Skilled Park Gold Coast Titans Brisbane Broncos Round 20
25,622 ANZ Stadium Bulldogs RLFC Wests Tigers Round 8
25,305 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos Penrith Panthers Round 23
24,538 Mt Smart Stadium New Zealand Warriors Brisbane Broncos Round 3
24,486 Sydney Football Stadium Sydney Roosters South Sydney Rabbitohs Round 1
24,332 Dairy Farmers Stadium North Queensland Cowboys Brisbane Broncos Round 25

2009 TransfersEdit

PlayersEdit

Player 2008 Club 2009 Club
Darius Boyd   Brisbane Broncos   St. George Illawarra Dragons
Greg Eastwood   Brisbane Broncos   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Michael Ennis   Brisbane Broncos   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Ben Hannant   Brisbane Broncos   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Denan Kemp   Brisbane Broncos   New Zealand Warriors
Joel Moon   Brisbane Broncos   New Zealand Warriors
Shane Perry   Brisbane Broncos   Super League: Catalans Dragons
David Stagg   Brisbane Broncos   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Colin Best   Canberra Raiders   South Sydney Rabbitohs
Marshall Chalk   Canberra Raiders   Super League: Celtic Crusaders
Neville Costigan   Canberra Raiders   St. George Illawarra Dragons
Bronx Goodwin   Canberra Raiders   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Michael Weyman   Canberra Raiders   St. George Illawarra Dragons
William Zillman   Canberra Raiders   Gold Coast Titans
Andrew Emelio   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs   Penrith Panthers
Corey Hughes   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Nick Kouparitsas   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs   Sydney Roosters
Reni Maitua   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Willie Tonga   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs   North Queensland Cowboys
Sonny Bill Williams   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs RC Toulonnais (French rugby union)
Nick Youngquest   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs   Gateshead Thunder
Fraser Anderson   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Kobelco Steelers (Japanese rugby union)
Greg Bird   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks   Super League: Catalans Dragons
Isaac De Gois   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks   Newcastle Knights
Brett Kimmorley   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Kevin Kingston   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks   Parramatta Eels
Danny Nutley   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Retirement
Clint Amos   Gold Coast Titans   North Queensland Cowboys
Gavin Cooper   Gold Coast Titans   Penrith Panthers
Matt Cross   Gold Coast Titans   Melbourne Storm
Ian Donnelly   Gold Coast Titans   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Michael Hodgson   Gold Coast Titans   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
James Stosic   Gold Coast Titans   Super League: Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
Luke Swain   Gold Coast Titans   Super League: Salford City Reds
Jack Afamasaga   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Steven Bell   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles   Super League: Catalans Dragons
Nick Bradley-Qalilawa   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Retirement
Mark Bryant   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles   Super League: Celtic Crusaders
Steve Menzies   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles   Super League: Bradford Bulls
Luke Williamson   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles   Super League: Harlequins RL
Michael Crocker   Melbourne Storm   South Sydney Rabbitohs
Israel Folau   Melbourne Storm   Brisbane Broncos
Matt Geyer   Melbourne Storm Retirement
Antonio Kaufusi   Melbourne Storm   North Queensland Cowboys
Jeremy Smith   Melbourne Storm   St. George Illawarra Dragons
Chris Bailey   Newcastle Knights   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Danny Buderus   Newcastle Knights   Super League: Leeds Rhinos
Jesse Royal   Newcastle Knights   New Zealand Warriors
Matthew White   Newcastle Knights   Gold Coast Titans
Wairangi Koopu   New Zealand Warriors   Melbourne Storm
Grant Rovelli   New Zealand Warriors   North Queensland Cowboys
Logan Swann   New Zealand Warriors Retirement
Ruben Wiki   New Zealand Warriors Retirement
Michael Witt   New Zealand Warriors Otago (New Zealand rugby union)
Ray Cashmere   North Queensland Cowboys   Super League: Salford City Reds
Sione Faumuina   North Queensland Cowboys   Super League: Castleford Tigers
Mark Henry   North Queensland Cowboys   Super League: Salford City Reds
Jacob Lillyman   North Queensland Cowboys   New Zealand Warriors
Justin Smith   North Queensland Cowboys Retirement
Brett Finch   Parramatta Eels   Melbourne Storm
Mark Riddell   Parramatta Eels   Super League: Wigan Warriors
Chad Robinson   Parramatta Eels   Super League: Harlequins RL
Daniel Wagon   Parramatta Eels Limoux Grizzlies (Elite One Championship)
Luke Priddis   Penrith Panthers   St. George Illawarra Dragons
Tony Puletua   Penrith Panthers   Super League: St. Helens
Shane Rodney   Penrith Panthers   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Luke Rooney   Penrith Panthers RC Toulonnais (French rugby union)
Rhys Wesser   Penrith Panthers   South Sydney Rabbitohs
Yileen Gordon   South Sydney Rabbitohs   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Shannon Hegarty   South Sydney Rabbitohs   North Queensland Cowboys
Manase Manuokafoa   South Sydney Rabbitohs   North Queensland Cowboys
Nigel Vagana   South Sydney Rabbitohs Retirement
Dean Widders   South Sydney Rabbitohs   Super League: Castleford Tigers
Rangi Chase   St. George Illawarra Dragons   Super League: Castleford Tigers
Mark Gasnier   St. George Illawarra Dragons Stade Français (French rugby union)
Josh Morris   St. George Illawarra Dragons   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Kirk Reynoldson   St. George Illawarra Dragons Retirement
Ben Rogers   St. George Illawarra Dragons   Newcastle Knights
Jason Ryles   St. George Illawarra Dragons   Super League: Catalans Dragons
Lagi Setu   St. George Illawarra Dragons   Brisbane Broncos
Simon Woolford   St. George Illawarra Dragons Retirement
Amos Roberts   Sydney Roosters   Super League: Wigan Warriors
David Shillington   Sydney Roosters   Canberra Raiders
Anthony Tupou   Sydney Roosters   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Bronson Harrison   Wests Tigers   Canberra Raiders
Mathew Head   Wests Tigers   St. George Illawarra Dragons
Brett Hodgson   Wests Tigers   Super League: Huddersfield Giants
Ryan O'Hara   Wests Tigers   Super League: Celtic Crusaders
Ben Te'o   Wests Tigers   Brisbane Broncos
Aaron Gorrell   Super League: Catalans Dragons   Brisbane Broncos
Shane Elford   Super League: Huddersfield Giants   Penrith Panthers
John Skandalis   Super League: Huddersfield Giants   Wests Tigers
Garret Crossman   Super League: Hull Kingston Rovers   South Sydney Rabbitohs
Gareth Ellis   Super League: Leeds Rhinos   Wests Tigers
Jordan Tansey   Super League: Leeds Rhinos   Sydney Roosters
Trent Barrett   Super League: Wigan Warriors   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Stacey Jones N/A   New Zealand Warriors

CoachesEdit

Coach 2008 Club 2009 Club
Wayne Bennett   Brisbane Broncos   St. George Illawarra Dragons
Neil Henry   Canberra Raiders   North Queensland Cowboys

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stuart Honeysett and Brent Read (23 April 2010) Shocking end to the Melbourne Storm era The Australian
  2. ^ "Melbourne Storm breach NRL Salary Cap". National Rugby League. 22 April 2010. Archived from the original on 25 April 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  3. ^ McDonald, Margie (22 April 2010). "Melbourne Storm stripped of two rugby league titles over salary cap fraud". The Australian. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  4. ^ Nicolussi, Christian (29 January 2009). "NRL coaches briefed on dual refereee system, content with concept". Fox Sports News (Australia). Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  5. ^ Kilgallon, Steve (10 April 2011). "Kiwi TV viewers go cold on rugby codes". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  6. ^ Magnay, Jaquelin (5 September 2009). "Dragons finish on top with a gallop". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 September 2009.
  7. ^ Proszenko, Adrian (6 May 2012). "Gallen set to smash record". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  8. ^ 2009 sees largest crowd figures in history Archived 2009-09-17 at the Wayback Machine.

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