Canterbury Cup NSW

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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.

Canterbury Cup NSW
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019 Canterbury Cup NSW
FormerlyReserve Grade, Presidents Cup, NSWRL First Division, NSWRL Premier League and the NSW Cup
SportRugby league
Inaugural season1908
CEOPeter Griffin
DirectorNick Politis, Deborah Healey
PresidentDr George Peponis OAM
No. of teams12
CountriesAustralia, New Zealand
Most recent
Newtown Jets (8th title)
Most titlesSouth Sydney Rabbitohs (20 titles)
TV partner(s)Fox League Nine Network
Sponsor(s)Canterbury of New Zealand
NRL State Championship
Intrust Super Cup
National Rugby League
Official websiteOfficial Website

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.


2020 clubsEdit

New South Wales Cup
Colors Club Location Stadium Founded Joined* NRL affiliate
  Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles Blacktown H.E. Laybutt Field 1962 2017   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
  Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Belmore Belmore Sports Ground 1934 2010   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
  Mount Pritchard Mounties Mount Pritchard Mt Pritchard Oval 1927 2012   Canberra Raiders
  Newcastle Knights Newcastle Hunter Stadium 1988 2012   Newcastle Knights
  Newtown Jets Newtown Henson Park 1908 2000   Cronulla Sharks (since 2015)
  New Zealand Warriors Penrose Mt Smart Stadium 1995 2014   New Zealand Warriors
  North Sydney Bears North Sydney North Sydney Oval 1908 2003   Sydney Roosters (since 2019)
  Parramatta Eels Parramatta Bankwest Stadium 1947 2020   Parramatta Eels
  Penrith Panthers Penrith Panthers Stadium 1966 2014   Penrith Panthers
  St. George Illawarra Dragons Illawarra WIN Stadium 1999 2018   St. George Illawarra Dragons
  South Sydney Rabbitohs Redfern Metricon High Performance Centre 1908 2019   South Sydney Rabbitohs
  Western Suburbs Magpies Concord Campbelltown Stadium 1908 2018   Wests Tigers

*: The season the team joined competition in its current form and consecutive tenure.

Former teamsEdit

20th century

21st century

  • Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers (Wests Tigers feeder, joint venture with Ryde-Eastwood Hawks: 2005-2012)

† The club also competed in the 1997 Super League (Australia) season reserve-grade competition.

NSW Cup Logo until 2012


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.

'Stand-alone' clubsEdit

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; Norths Bears and Manly Sea Eagles; Balmain Tigers and Wests 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.

2007 ExpansionEdit

In 2007, Bartercard Cup club Auckland Lions joined the competition.

2008 ExpansionEdit

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.[1] 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.[2] The Parramatta Eels also formed a joint-venture with the Wentworthville Magpies to act as their Feeder Club in the competition from 2008 onwards.[3] 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.

2009 ExpansionEdit

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 Bulldogs feeder side. Bankstown will still field a team in the Jim Beam Cup. The Manly Sea Eagles have withdrawn from the competition and will have a feeder team in the Queensland Cup. Newcastle had also withdrawn from the competition, discontinuing the link with the Central Newcastle Rebels.

2012 ExpansionEdit

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.

2013 ExpansionEdit

NSW Cup Logo 2013-2015

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.

2014 SeasonEdit

In 2014 the Auckland Vulcans were replaced by a side from the New Zealand Warriors.[4] The Penrith Panthers will also be returning to the competition in 2014, replacing Windsor, who remain in the Ron Massey Cup.

Intrust Super Premiership Logo from 2016 to 2018

2016 Launch of the Intrust Super PremiershipEdit

On 29 January 2016 it was announced that Intrust Super had secured naming rights for the competition for a three-year agreement[5] The name would have been decided not to be confused with the Queensland-based competition the Intrust Super Cup.

2017 SeasonEdit

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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8]

2018 SeasonEdit

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.[9]

2019 Consolidation and Feeder ChangesEdit

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.[10] As a result, the Wyong Roos did not take part in the 2019 Intrust Super Premiership. On 5 September 2018, it was announced that the Norths Bears would assume the status as the official feeder club to the Roosters NRL side[11] 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.[12] Taylor, after leading the Bears to a third-place finish at the end of the regular season, was announced to have signed a two-year extension on November 5, 2019. [13]

On 07 March 2019, it was announced that apparel company 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.[14]

The Souths Rabbitohs, having had a previous feeder relationship with the Bears, would then field their own team in the Intrust Super Premiership,[15] keeping the number of competing teams at 12.

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.[16] It was announced that former Wyong Roos coach, Rip Taylor, would coach the Magpies in their final season.[17]

Broadcast & MediaEdit


SWR Triple 9 FM broadcast two games a week during the season plus all the finals matches.

Hawkesbury Radio broadcast Penrith Panthers matches online during the season when played on non-NRL game days, selected other matches and all the finals matches.

Triple H broadcast selected North Sydney Bears matches during the year plus selected finals matches.

There is also additional radio coverage of the finals series on 2GB and 702 ABC Sydney.


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 seasonEdit

NSWRL First Division
1998 Canberra Raiders Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Newcastle Knights North Sydney Bears Parramatta Eels Penrith Panthers South Sydney Rabbitohs Sydney City Roosters Balmain Tigers Western Suburbs Magpies Illawarra Steelers St. George Dragons
2000 Newtown Jets Sydney Roosters St. George-Illawarra Dragons
NSWRL Premier League
2003 Canberra Raiders Canterbury Bulldogs Cronulla Sharks Manly Sea Eagles Newcastle Knights Newtown Jets Norths Bears Parramatta Eels St Mary's-Penrith Cougars Souths Rabbitohs Sydney Roosters Balmain Tigers Wests Magpies St. George-Illawarra Dragons
2005 Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers
2006 Cronulla Sharks
2007 Penrith Pumas Auckland Lions
2008 Canterbury Bulldogs Cronulla-Sutherland Cobras Manly Sea Eagles Central Newcastle Rebels Newtown Jets Norths Bears Wentworthville Magpies Windsor Wolves Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers Wests Magpies Auckland Vulcans Central Coast Storm
2009 Bankstown City Bulls Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Shellharbour City Dragons
2010 Central Coast Centurions Melbourne Storm
2011 Canterbury Bulldogs Manly Sea Eagles
2012 Mount Pritchard Mounties Newcastle Knights Illawarra Cutters
2013 Wyong Roos Wests Tigers
2014 Penrith Panthers New Zealand Warriors
Intrust Super Premiership NSW
2016 Mount Pritchard Mounties Canterbury Bulldogs Manly Sea Eagles Newcastle Knights Newtown Jets Norths Bears Wentworthville Magpies Penrith Panthers Wyong Roos Wests Tigers Illawarra Cutters New Zealand Warriors
2017 Blacktown Workers
2018 Wests Magpies St. George Illawarra Dragons
Canterbury Cup NSW
2019 Mount Pritchard Mounties Canterbury Bulldogs Blacktown Workers Newcastle Knights Newtown Jets Norths Bears Wentworthville Magpies Penrith Panthers Souths Rabbitohs Wests Magpies St. George Illawarra Dragons New Zealand Warriors

Premiership WinnersEdit

Reserve Grade/Presidents Cup/First Division Premiers (1908 - 2002)Edit

Year Premiers
1908   Eastern Suburbs
1909   Eastern Suburbs
1910   Eastern Suburbs
1911   Eastern Suburbs
1912   Glebe Dirty Reds
1913   South Sydney Rabbitohs
1914   South Sydney Rabbitohs
1915   Balmain Tigers
1916   Balmain Tigers
1917   South Sydney Rabbitohs
1918   Glebe Dirty Reds
1919   Glebe Dirty Reds
1920   Glebe Dirty Reds
1921   Glebe Dirty Reds
1922   Newtown
1923   South Sydney Rabbitohs
1924   South Sydney Rabbitohs
1925   South Sydney Rabbitohs
1926   South Sydney Rabbitohs
1927   South Sydney Rabbitohs
1928   Balmain Tigers
1929   South Sydney Rabbitohs
1930   Balmain Tigers
1931   South Sydney Rabbitohs
1932   South Sydney Rabbitohs
1933   Balmain Tigers
1934   South Sydney Rabbitohs
1935   Eastern Suburbs
1936   Western Suburbs Magpies
1937   Eastern Suburbs
1938   St. George Dragons
1939   Canterbury-Bankstown
1940   North Sydney Bears
1941   Balmain Tigers
1942   North Sydney Bears
1943   South Sydney Rabbitohs
1944   Balmain Tigers
1945   South Sydney Rabbitohs
1946   Balmain Tigers
1947   Newtown
1948   Newtown
1949   Eastern Suburbs
1950   Balmain Tigers
1951   Newtown
1952   South Sydney Rabbitohs
1953   South Sydney Rabbitohs
1954   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
1955   North Sydney Bears
1956   South Sydney Rabbitohs
1957   Balmain Tigers
1958   Balmain Tigers
1959   North Sydney Bears
1960   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
1961   Western Suburbs Magpies
1962   St. George Dragons
1963   St. George Dragons
1964   St. George Dragons
1965   Balmain Tigers
1966   South Sydney Rabbitohs
1967   Balmain Tigers
1968   South Sydney Rabbitohs
1969   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
1970   Newtown
1971   Canterbury-Bankstown
1972   Canterbury-Bankstown
1973   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
1974   Newtown Jets
1975   Parramatta Eels
1976   St. George Dragons
1977   Parramatta Eels
1978   Balmain Tigers
1979   Parramatta Eels
1980   Canterbury-Bankstown
1981   Western Suburbs Magpies
1982   Balmain Tigers
1983   South Sydney Rabbitohs
1984   Balmain Tigers
1985   St. George Dragons
1986   Eastern Suburbs
1987   Penrith Panthers
1988   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
1989   North Sydney Bears
1990   Brisbane Broncos
1991   North Sydney Bears
1992   North Sydney Bears
1993   North Sydney Bears
1994   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
1995   Newcastle Knights
1996   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
1997   Parramatta Eels1
1998   Canterbury Bulldogs
1999   Parramatta Eels
2000   Canterbury Bulldogs
2001   St George Illawarra Dragons
2002   Canterbury Bulldogs

NSWRL Premier League Premiers (2003 - 2007)Edit

Year Premiers
2003   Canberra Raiders
2004   Sydney Roosters
2005   Parramatta Eels
2006   Parramatta Eels
2007   Parramatta Eels

New South Wales Cup (2008-Present)Edit

Year Premiers
2008   Wentworthville Magpies
2009   Bankstown City Bulls
2010   Canterbury Bulldogs
2011   Canterbury Bulldogs
2012   Newtown Jets
2013   Cronulla Sharks
2014   Penrith Panthers
2015   Newcastle Knights
2016   Illawarra Cutters
2017   Penrith Panthers
2018   Canterbury Bulldogs
2019   Newtown Jets

Number of premiership winsEdit

  • Team names in bold are the teams currently playing in the New South Wales Cup
Club Premierships
  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 8 (1922, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1970, 1974, 2012, 2019)
  St. George Dragons 6 (1938, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1976, 1985)
  Glebe Dirty Reds 5 (1912, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921)
  Manly 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 MatchEdit

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[19][20] and following the NRL Women's Grand Final in their inaugural premiership year in 2018.

In 2019 however, the State Championship was the first of three grand finals played on the day, preceding both the NRL Women’s premiership and NRL premiership. Newtown became the fourth NSWRL team to win in as many years after the first two championships were won by the QRL.

Champions:   New South Wales CupEdit

NRL State Championship winnersEdit

Season NRL State Championship Man of the Match
NRL State Championship Premiers Score NRL State Championship Runners-up Venue
2014   Northern Pride 32 – 28   Penrith Panthers ANZ Stadium   Javid Bowen
2015   Ipswich Jets 26 – 12   Newcastle Knights ANZ Stadium   Matt Parcell
2016   Illawarra Cutters 54 – 12   Burleigh Bears ANZ Stadium   Drew Hutchison
2017   Penrith Panthers 42 – 18   PNG Hunters ANZ Stadium   Kaide Ellis
2018   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 42 – 18   Redcliffe Dolphins ANZ Stadium   Josh Cleeland
2019   Newtown Jets 20 – 16   Burleigh Bears ANZ Stadium   Toby Rudolf
2020 00 – 00 Sydney Cricket Ground


  1. 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).

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ NSWRL news Archived 23 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 27 December 2006
  2. ^ League Loaded Central Newcastle enter Premier League[permanent dead link] retrieved 19 Nov 2007
  3. ^ Parramatta Sun Magpies in Deal with Eels Archived 14 July 2012 at retrieved 28 Jan 2008
  4. ^ Three Vodafone Warriors teams in 2014 Archived 16 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine, 16 October 2013
  5. ^ "NSWRL launch Intrust Super Premiership". NRL - The official site of the National Rugby League - Retrieved 29 February 2016.
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  14. ^ "Canterbury Cup NSW secures five year Grand Final stadium deal". NSWRL.
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  18. ^ "Intrust Super Premiership NSW Broadcast Schedule". New South Wales Rugby League. 19 April 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
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