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The 2019 NRL season is the 112th season of professional rugby league in Australia and the 22nd season run by the National Rugby League.

2019 National Rugby League
DurationMarch 14 – October 6, 2019
Teams16
Matches played162
Points scored6,406
Attendance2,426,253 (Avg. 14,977)

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TeamsEdit

The lineup of teams remained unchanged for the 13th consecutive year.

Pre-seasonEdit

The 2019 pre-season featured the All Stars match held on February 15 at AAMI Park.[15] The 2019 World Club Challenge match saw the NRL premiers Sydney Roosters defeat the Super League champions Wigan Warriors.

Regular seasonEdit

For the first time, the NRL announced that the entirety of a round of games would be hosted at a single venue, adopting the Super League's Magic Weekend concept. Magic Round took place during Round 9 at Suncorp Stadium.[16]

State of Origin was played in Perth for the first time, with Game 2 of the 2019 series played at Optus Stadium.[17]

[citation needed]

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 F1 F2 F3 GF
Brisbane Broncos MEL
10
NQL
19
SGI
1
SYD
32
WTI
6
CAN
4
CRO
23
SOU
32
MAN
16
SYD
5
NZL
6
X GCT
8
PAR
28
NEW
14
CRO
2
NZL
0*
CBY
22
GCT
22
MEL
36
NQL
4
PEN
12
SOU PAR CBY
Canberra Raiders GCT
21
MEL
12
NEW
7
NQL
18
PAR
19
BRI
4
MAN
4
PEN
18
SYD
6
SOU
4
NQL
6
CBY
2
WTI
28
CRO
2
PAR
6
X SGI
22
WTI
8
PEN
12
NZL
34
SYD
4
MEL
4
MAN CRO NZL
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs NZL
34
PAR
20
WTI
14
MEL
2
SGI
36
SOU
8
NQL
12
MAN
8
NEW
12
GCT
6
MEL
22
CAN
2
SGI
24
SYD
26
CRO
2
X NEW
6
BRI
22
SYD
8
PEN
8
WTI
2
SOU
8
PAR NQL BRI
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks NEW
6
GCT
14
NQL
26
PAR
12
SYD
14
PEN
4
BRI
23
MEL
2
GCT
8
MAN
10
SGI
13
X PAR
20
CAN
2
CBY
2
BRI
2
MEL
24
NZL
1
NQL
2
SOU
15
PEN
6
SGI
6
NZL CAN WTI
Gold Coast Titans CAN
21
CRO
14
SOU
8
NZL
16
PEN
6
NEW
24
WTI
16
NQL
14
CRO
8
CBY
6
MAN
18
NQL
2
BRI
8
NZL
4
MAN
18
X PEN
22
MEL
20
BRI
22
SYD
52
SGI
12
PAR
24
MEL NEW SGI
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles WTI
14
SYD
8
NZL
34
SOU
1*
NEW
8
SGI
2
CAN
4
CBY
8
BRI
16
CRO
10
GCT
18
PEN
3
NQL
2
SGI
20
GCT
18
X SOU
1
PAR
12
MEL
1*
NEW
24
NZL
8
WTI
20
CAN MEL PAR
Melbourne Storm BRI
10
CAN
12
PEN
30
CBY
2
NQL
6
SYD
1*
NZL
1
CRO
2
PAR
54
WTI
2
CBY
22
X NZL
22
NEW
30
SYD
2
SGI
2
CRO
24
GCT
20
MAN
1*
BRI
36
SOU
10
CAN
4
GCT MAN NQL
Newcastle Knights CRO
6
PEN
2
CAN
7
SGI
1*
MAN
8
GCT
24
PAR
14
NZL
18
CBY
12
SGI
33
SYD
26
X SOU
8
MEL
30
BRI
14
NZL
4
CBY
6
SYD
38
WTI
2
MAN
24
PAR
6
NQL
36
WTI GCT PEN
New Zealand Warriors CBY
34
WTI
28
MAN
34
GCT
16
SOU
4
NQL
7
MEL
1
NEW
18
SGI
8
PEN
20
BRI
6
X MEL
22
GCT
4
PEN
1*
NEW
4
BRI
0*
CRO
1
PAR
2
CAN
34
MAN
8
SYD
36
CRO SOU CAN
North Queensland Cowboys SGI
12
BRI
19
CRO
26
CAN
18
MEL
6
NZL
7
CBY
12
GCT
14
SOU
16
PAR
7
CAN
6
GCT
2
MAN
2
WTI
1*
SGI
8
X SYD
3
SOU
12
CRO
2
WTI
24
BRI
4
NEW
36
PEN CBY MEL
Parramatta Eels PEN
8
CBY
20
SYD
14
CRO
12
CAN
19
WTI
45
NEW
14
SGI
14
MEL
54
NQL
7
PEN
6
SOU
12
CRO
20
BRI
28
CAN
6
X WTI
12
MAN
12
NZL
2
SGI
8
NEW
6
GCT
24
CBY BRI MAN
Penrith Panthers PAR
8
NEW
2
MEL
30
WTI
1*
GCT
6
CRO
4
SOU
4
CAN
18
WTI
26
NZL
20
PAR
6
MAN
3
SYD
9
SOU
1
NZL
1*
X GCT
22
SGI
22
CAN
12
CBY
8
CRO
6
BRI
12
NQL SYD NEW
South Sydney Rabbitohs SYD
10
SGI
16
GCT
8
MAN
1*
NZL
4
CBY
8
PEN
4
BRI
32
NQL
16
CAN
4
WTI
16
PAR
12
NEW
8
PEN
1
WTI
5
X MAN
1
NQL
12
SGI
4
CRO
15
MEL
10
CBY
8
BRI NZL SYD
St. George Illawarra Dragons NQL
12
SOU
16
BRI
1
NEW
1*
CBY
36
MAN
2
SYD
10
PAR
14
NZL
8
NEW
33
CRO
13
X CBY
24
MAN
20
NQL
8
MEL
2
CAN
22
PEN
22
SOU
4
PAR
8
GCT
12
CRO
6
SYD WTI GCT
Sydney Roosters SOU
10
MAN
8
PAR
14
BRI
32
CRO
14
MEL
1*
SGI
10
WTI
30
CAN
6
BRI
5
NEW
26
X PEN
9
CBY
26
MEL
2
WTI
8
NQL
3
NEW
38
CBY
8
GCT
52
CAN
4
NZL
36
SGI PEN SOU
Wests Tigers MAN
14
NZL
28
CBY
14
PEN
1*
BRI
6
PAR
45
GCT
16
SYD
30
PEN
26
MEL
2
SOU
16
X CAN
28
NQL
1*
SOU
5
SYD
8
PAR
12
CAN
8
NEW
2
NQL
24
CBY
2
MAN
20
NEW SGI CRO
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 F1 F2 F3 GF

Bold – Opposition's Home game
X – Bye
* – Golden point game
Opponent for round listed above margin

LadderEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1   Melbourne Storm 21 17 0 4 1 547 270 +277 36
2   Sydney Roosters 21 15 0 6 1 561 329 +232 32
3   Canberra Raiders 21 14 0 7 1 475 318 +157 30
4   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 21 13 0 8 1 456 364 +92 28
5   South Sydney Rabbitohs 21 13 0 8 1 452 377 +75 28
6   Parramatta Eels 21 13 0 8 1 479 428 +51 28
7   Brisbane Broncos 21 10 1 10 1 381 421 −40 23
8   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 21 10 0 11 1 433 425 +8 22
9   Penrith Panthers 21 10 0 11 1 343 418 −75 22
10   Newcastle Knights 21 9 0 12 1 433 418 +15 20
11   Wests Tigers 21 9 0 12 1 379 443 −64 20
12   New Zealand Warriors 21 8 1 12 1 383 481 −98 19
13   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 21 8 0 13 1 276 442 −166 18
14   St. George Illawarra Dragons 21 7 0 14 1 377 483 −106 16
15   North Queensland Cowboys 21 7 0 14 1 323 458 −135 16
16   Gold Coast Titans 21 4 0 17 1 342 565 −223 10


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 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
1   Melbourne Storm 2 4 6 8 10 10 12 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 32 34 36 36
2   Sydney Roosters 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 16 16 18 18 20 20 22 22 24 26 28 30
3   Canberra Raiders 2 2 4 6 8 10 10 12 12 12 12 14 16 18 18 20 22 24 26 28 28
4   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 0 0 2 4 6 6 8 10 10 12 12 12 14 16 18 20 20 22 24 26 26 28
5   South Sydney Rabbitohs 2 4 6 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 20 20 20 20 22 24 26 28 28 28 28
6   Parramatta Eels 2 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 10 10 10 12 12 14 16 18 20 20 22 24 26 28
7   Brisbane Broncos 0 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 6 8 10 12 12 12 12 14 15 17 19 19 21 23
8   Penrith Panthers 0 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 20 20 22
9   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 0 2 4 4 4 6 6 8 10 10 12 14 16 16 16 16 16 16 18 20 20
10   Wests Tigers 2 4 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 10 10 12 12 14 16 16 16 16 18 20 20
11   New Zealand Warriors 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 6 8 8 10 10 12 12 14 15 17 17 17 19
12   Newcastle Knights 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 16 18 18 18 18 18 18 18
13   North Queensland Cowboys 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 6 6 8 10 12 12 12 12 14 16 16 16 16 16
14   St. George Illawarra Dragons 0 0 2 4 6 8 8 8 8 8 8 10 12 12 14 14 14 14 14 14 16
15   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 0 0 2 2 2 2 4 4 4 6 6 6 6 6 8 10 12 12 12 14 16
16   Gold Coast Titans 0 0 0 0 2 4 4 4 4 4 6 6 8 8 8 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

Player statistics and recordsEdit

  • In Round 5, Cameron Smith surpassed Hazem El Masri's career tally of 2,418 points to become the highest point scorer in NRL history. In Round 17 he played his 400th NRL career game, becoming the first player to ever do so.

2019 TransfersEdit

PlayersEdit

Player 2018 Club 2019 Club
Jordan Kahu   Brisbane Broncos   North Queensland Cowboys
Josh McGuire   Brisbane Broncos   North Queensland Cowboys
Korbin Sims   Brisbane Broncos   St. George Illawarra Dragons
Sam Thaiday   Brisbane Broncos Retirement
Blake Austin   Canberra Raiders   Super League: Warrington Wolves
Shannon Boyd   Canberra Raiders   Gold Coast Titans
Charlie Gubb   Canberra Raiders   Widnes Vikings
Junior Paulo   Canberra Raiders   Parramatta Eels
Greg Eastwood   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs TBA
Matt Frawley   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs   Super League: Huddersfield Giants
David Klemmer   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs   Newcastle Knights
Moses Mbye   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs   Wests Tigers
Brett Morris   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs   Sydney Roosters
Josh Morris   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Clay Priest   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs TBA
Aaron Woods   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Trent Hodkinson   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Valentine Holmes   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks New York Jets (NFL)
Edrick Lee   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks   Newcastle Knights
Ricky Leutele   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Toronto Wolfpack
Luke Lewis   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Retirement
Joseph Paulo   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks   Super League: St. Helens
James Segeyaro   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks   Brisbane Broncos
Ava Seumanufagai   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks   Super League: Leeds Rhinos
Kane Elgey   Gold Coast Titans   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Brendan Elliot   Gold Coast Titans   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Konrad Hurrell   Gold Coast Titans   Super League: Leeds Rhinos
Ryan Simpkins   Gold Coast Titans Retirement
Lewis Brown   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Retirement
Jackson Hastings   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles   Super League: Salford Red Devils
Brian Kelly   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles   Gold Coast Titans
Shaun Lane   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles   Parramatta Eels
Akuila Uate   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles   Super League: Huddersfield Giants
Frank Winterstein   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles   Penrith Panthers
Jonathan Wright   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Retirement
Matthew Wright   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Central Queensland Capras (Intrust Super Cup)
Cheyse Blair   Melbourne Storm   Super League: Castleford Tigers
Tim Glasby   Melbourne Storm   Newcastle Knights
Ryan Hoffman   Melbourne Storm Retirement
Ryley Jacks   Melbourne Storm   Gold Coast Titans
Sam Kasiano   Melbourne Storm   Super League: Catalans Dragons
Billy Slater   Melbourne Storm Retirement
Young Tonumaipea   Melbourne Storm Hiatus
Chris Heighington   Newcastle Knights Retirement
Brock Lamb   Newcastle Knights   Sydney Roosters
Jacob Lillyman   Newcastle Knights Retirement
Nathan Ross   Newcastle Knights Retirement
Ken Sio   Newcastle Knights   Super League: Salford Red Devils
Luke Yates   Newcastle Knights   Super League: London Broncos
James Gavet   New Zealand Warriors   Newcastle Knights
Anthony Gelling   New Zealand Warriors   Widnes Vikings
Shaun Johnson   New Zealand Warriors   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Simon Mannering   New Zealand Warriors Retirement
Albert Vete   New Zealand Warriors   Melbourne Storm
Lachlan Coote   North Queensland Cowboys   Super League: St. Helens
Shaun Fensom   North Queensland Cowboys   Brisbane Broncos
Kane Linnett   North Queensland Cowboys   Super League: Hull Kingston Rovers
Ethan Lowe   North Queensland Cowboys   South Sydney Rabbitohs
Johnathan Thurston   North Queensland Cowboys Retirement
Antonio Winterstein   North Queensland Cowboys Retirement
Kirisome Auva'a   Parramatta Eels Retirement
Kenny Edwards   Parramatta Eels   Super League: Catalans Dragons
Bevan French   Parramatta Eels   Super League: Wigan Warriors
Jarryd Hayne   Parramatta Eels Retirement
Cameron King   Parramatta Eels Featherstone Rovers
Suaia Matagi   Parramatta Eels   Super League: Huddersfield Giants
Corey Norman   Parramatta Eels   St. George Illawarra Dragons
Kaysa Pritchard   Parramatta Eels Retirement
Beau Scott   Parramatta Eels Retirement
Siosaia Vave   Parramatta Eels TBA
Tony Williams   Parramatta Eels TBA
Corey Harawira-Naera   Penrith Panthers   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Trent Merrin   Penrith Panthers   Super League: Leeds Rhinos
Tyrone Peachey   Penrith Panthers   Gold Coast Titans
Peter Wallace   Penrith Panthers Retirement
Jason Clark   South Sydney Rabbitohs   Super League: Warrington Wolves
Angus Crichton   South Sydney Rabbitohs   Sydney Roosters
Robbie Farah   South Sydney Rabbitohs   Wests Tigers
Hymel Hunt   South Sydney Rabbitohs   Newcastle Knights
Robert Jennings   South Sydney Rabbitohs   Wests Tigers
Leeson Ah Mau   St. George Illawarra Dragons   New Zealand Warriors
Nene Macdonald   St. George Illawarra Dragons   North Queensland Cowboys
Kurt Mann   St. George Illawarra Dragons   Newcastle Knights
Jason Nightingale   St. George Illawarra Dragons Retirement
Kurt Baptiste   Sydney Roosters   North Queensland Cowboys
Blake Ferguson   Sydney Roosters   Parramatta Eels
Ryan Matterson   Sydney Roosters   Wests Tigers
Dylan Napa   Sydney Roosters   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Frank-Paul Nu'uausala   Sydney Roosters Retirement
Reece Robinson   Sydney Roosters Retirement
Pita Godinet   Wests Tigers Villeneuve Leopards (Elite One Championship)
Tim Grant   Wests Tigers   Penrith Panthers
Tuimoala Lolohea   Wests Tigers   Super League: Leeds Rhinos
Matt McIlwrick   Wests Tigers   Parramatta Eels
Kevin Naiqama   Wests Tigers   Super League: St. Helens
Sauaso Sue   Wests Tigers   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Malakai Watene-Zelezniak   Wests Tigers   Penrith Panthers
Ryan Hall   Super League: Leeds Rhinos   Sydney Roosters
Tyrone Roberts   Super League: Warrington Wolves   Gold Coast Titans
John Bateman   Super League: Wigan Warriors   Canberra Raiders
Ryan Sutton   Super League: Wigan Warriors   Canberra Raiders
Drew Hutchison   Leigh Centurions   Sydney Roosters
Lachlan Maranta Queensland Reds (Super Rugby)   St. George Illawarra Dragons
Lachlan Burr N/A   New Zealand Warriors

Source:[18]

CoachesEdit

Coach 2018 Club 2019 Club
Wayne Bennett   Brisbane Broncos   South Sydney Rabbitohs
Shane Flanagan   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Indefinite ban[19]
Anthony Seibold   South Sydney Rabbitohs   Brisbane Broncos
Ivan Cleary   Wests Tigers   Penrith Panthers
Des Hasler N/A   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Michael Maguire N/A   Wests Tigers

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Broncos sack Bennett, coaches swap clubs". NRL.com. 2 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Raiders to have Two Captains in 2019". Raiders.com.au. 20 December 2018.
  3. ^ "'Massive year ahead': Sharks confirm Morris as new coach". NRL.com. 1 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Club Statement". Titans.com.au. 14 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Hasler returns to Sea Eagles as coach". NRL.com. 22 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Captain and leadership group announced". NewcastleKnights.com.au. 6 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Introducing Captain Morgan!". Cowboys.com.au. 8 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Cleary appointed Panthers head coach". PenrithPanthers.com.au. 29 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Ivan Cleary: Tamou proved himself the man for the job". NRL.com. 17 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Sam Burgess appointed as Rabbitohs captain". Rabbitohs.com.au. 18 April 2019.
  11. ^ "2019 Membership On Sale Now". Roosters.com.au. 13 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Wests Tigers to play four matches at new stadium in 2019". NRL.com. 15 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Wests Tigers announce Michael Maguire as Head Coach". WestsTigers.com.au. 28 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Moses Mbye named as Wests Tigers Captain". WestsTigers.com.au. 8 February 2019.
  15. ^ "New Zealand Māori side to face Indigenous All Stars in 2019". NRL.com. 20 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Eight NRL games in three 'Magic' days at Suncorp Stadium". NRL.com. 17 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Sunday State of Origin confirmed for Perth in 2019". NRL.com. 3 July 2018.
  18. ^ "2019 NRL signings: Player transfers and contracts". NRL.com.
  19. ^ "NRL de-registers Shane Flanagan and Wests Tigers CEO". NRL.com. 19 December 2018.