South Sydney Rabbitohs

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the Sydney suburb of Redfern that competes in the National Rugby League (NRL). They are often referred to as Souths or the Bunnies.

 South Sydney Rabbitohs 
Club information
Full nameSouth Sydney District Rugby League Football Club
Rabbitohs, Souths
Bunnies, Rabbits, The Red and Green, The Cardinal and Myrtle, The Pride of the League
Colours  Red
Founded17 January 1908; 116 years ago (1908-01-17)
Current details
CEOBlake Solly
ChairmanNick Pappas
CoachBen Hornby (interim)
CaptainCameron Murray
2023 season9th
Current season
Home colours
Away colours
Premierships21 (1908, 1909, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 2014)
Runners-up14 (1910, 1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1949, 1952, 1965, 1969, 2021)
Minor premierships17 (1908, 1909, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1932, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1989)
Wooden spoons9 (1945, 1946, 1962, 1975, 1990, 2003, 2004, 2006)
Most capped336John Sutton
Highest try scorer187Alex Johnston
Highest points scorer1,896Adam Reynolds
Arthur Hennessy, South Sydney's first captain and coach

The club was formed in 1908, as one of the founding members of the New South Wales Rugby Football League, making it one of Australia's oldest rugby league teams. It is one of only two NSW foundation clubs still present in the NRL, the other being the Sydney Roosters.[note 1]

The Rabbitohs' traditional heartland covers the once typically working-class suburbs of inner-south Sydney. The club is based in Redfern, where its administration and training facilities are located, however it has long held a wide supporter base spread all over New South Wales. The team's home ground is currently Stadium Australia in Sydney Olympic Park. South Sydney is the most successful professional team in the history of Australian rugby league with twenty-one first grade premierships.





The South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club was formed at a meeting on 17 January 1908 at Redfern Town Hall[1] when administrator J. J. Giltinan, cricketer Victor Trumper and politician Henry Hoyle gathered together in front of a large crowd of supporters.[2] The club played in the first round of the newly formed New South Wales Rugby League, defeating North Sydney 11–7 at Birchgrove Oval on 20 April 1908.[2][3] The team went on to win the inaugural premiership then successfully defended its title in the 1909 season, winning the Grand Final by default.[4] During these early years Arthur Hennessy was considered the "founding father" of the South Sydney rugby league club.[citation needed] A hooker and prop forward, Hennessy was Souths' first captain and coach. He was also New South Wales' first captain and Australia's first test captain in 1908. S. G. "George" Ball became Club Secretary in 1911 after Arthur Hennessy stood down from the position, and he remained in that capacity for over fifty years, only retiring a few years before his death in 1969.[citation needed]

NSWRFL & ARL (1908–1997)


After further premiership success in 1914 and 1918, South Sydney won seven of the eight premierships from 1925 to 1932, missing out only in 1930. The 1925 side went through the season undefeated for 12 games.[5] and is only one of six Australian premiership sides in history to have achieved this feat. Such was Souths' dominance in the early years of the rugby league competition that the Rabbitohs were labelled "The Pride of the League".[1][6]

South Sydney struggled between 1940–1948. South Sydney's longest losing streak of 22 games was during the period 1945–1947.[citation needed] In the 1945 season the club only managed to win one game while in 1946 it was unable to win a single game.

1950s golden era (1949–1957)


1949 would mark the beginning of almost a decade of great success for South Sydney, winning five of the six premierships from 1950 to 1955, and losing the 1949 Grand Final against St. George, and also the 1952 Grand Final against Western Suburbs in controversial circumstances. The 1951 side's point scoring feat in its 42–14 victory over Manly-Warringah[7] remains the highest score by a team in a Grand Final and "the miracle of '55"[8][9] involved South Sydney winning 11 straight sudden death matches to win the premiership. Players that were involved in these years included Denis Donoghue, Jack Rayner, Les "Chicka" Cowie, Johnny Graves, Ian Moir, Greg Hawick, Ernie Hammerton, Bernie Purcell and Clive Churchill. Churchill, nicknamed "the Little Master" for his brilliant attacking fullback play, is universally regarded as one of the greatest ever Australian rugby league players.

In the late 1950s Souths began a poor run of form failing to make the finals from 1958 to 1964, during this time receiving the 1962 wooden spoon.

More premiership success (1965–1971)


In 1965 a talented young side made the Grand Final against St. George who were aiming to secure its tenth straight premiership. The young Rabbitohs were not overawed by the Dragons' formidable experience and in front of a record crowd of 78,056[10] at the Sydney Cricket Ground, it went down narrowly 12–8.[11] The nucleus of this side went on to feature in Australian representative teams for the next six years and ensured another golden period for South Sydney making five successive grand finals from 1967 to 1971, winning four. Bob McCarthy, John O'Neill, Eric Simms, Ron Coote, Mike Cleary and John Sattler from 1965 were later joined by Elwyn Walters, Ray Branighan, Paul Sait, Gary Stevens and coach Clive Churchill to form a fearsome combination before internal strife and poaching by other clubs from 1972 onwards unravelled the star studded pack.[12] From this period comes part of South's and Australian Rugby League folklore when in the 1970 premiership decider against Manly, captain John Sattler inspired the side to victory playing out 70 minutes of the match with his jaw broken[13] in three places after being king hit by Manly prop John Bucknall.[14][15]

Financial trouble and exclusion (1972–1999)


Financial problems started to hit Souths in the early 1970s, forcing some players to go to other clubs. The licensed Leagues Club, traditionally such an important revenue provider to all first grade league sides, was closed in 1973 but a "Save Our Souths" campaign ensured the club survived. "Super Coach"[note 2] Jack Gibson's arrival turned the club's form, winning the pre-season competition in 1978.[2] The club captured victories in the mid-week Tooth Cup competition in 1981[16] and in the pre-season "Sevens" competition in 1988.[2] The Rabbitohs made the finals on five occasions in the 1980s, including a dominant season to finish as minor premiers in 1989.[2] The 1989 season proved to be the club's most successful in years, but was also the last time the club reached the finals until 2007. The following season the Rabbitohs finished as wooden spooners.

The club stayed afloat in the 1990s despite major financial problems. Souths' only success came in 1994 when it won the pre-season competition, defeating the Brisbane Broncos 27–26 in the final.[2] The Super League War and the eventual formation of the National Rugby League affected the club greatly when it was determined in 1998 that the newly formed competition would be contracted to 14 teams for the 2000 season. Following a series of mergers by other teams,[note 3] and a planned merger with Cronulla-Sutherland was met with staunch opposition from both clubs,[17] South Sydney failed to meet the National Rugby League's selection criteria to compete in the competition and were subsequently excluded from the premiership at the end of the 1999 season.

South Sydney Rabbitohs shareholder, actor Russell Crowe.

Fight for readmission


In 2000 and 2001, South Sydney fought its way back into the competition following a string of high-profile legal battles[18] against the National Rugby League and News Limited.[19] A number of well attended public rallies took place during this time, as supporters from many different clubs got behind South Sydney's case. Upon appeal to the Federal Court in 2001,[20] South Sydney won readmission into the premiership for the 2002 season.[21]

National Rugby League (2002–present)


After being readmitted, South Sydney were initially unsuccessful in the premiership, finishing amongst the bottom three teams for five seasons straight including three wooden spoons. Following this, the club was taken over by actor Russell Crowe and businessman Peter Holmes à Court in 2006.[22] In the 2007 season South Sydney played in its first finals campaign since 1989.[23]

Broncos vs Rabbitohs 2008

May 2008 saw the sudden resignation of the then current executive chairman and CEO, Peter Holmes à Court. He had been appointed to the role of CEO at the start of 2008.[24][25] Reports suggested that Holmes à Court had been forced to stand down after his relationship with Russell Crowe had deteriorated beyond repair.[26][27][28][29][30]

Warriors v Rabbitohs 2009

The South Sydney Rabbitohs celebrated its centenary year during the 2008 National Rugby League season. That year the club were named the National Trust's inaugural 'Community Icon', in recognition of the club's significant longstanding contribution to sport and sporting culture at both state and national levels.[31]

Return to premiership success


The arrival of Sam Burgess and Greg Inglis to the club in the early 2010s saw South Sydney qualify for the finals. In April 2011, Souths announced Michael Maguire would replace retiring coach John Lang for the 2012 season, signing as head coach on a three-year deal.[32] Following consecutive preliminary final exits in 2012 and 2013, it defeated the Sydney Roosters in the 2014 preliminary final to advance to its first grand final since the successful 1971 campaign.

Following a slim 6–0 lead in the first half of the 2014 grand final, Souths scored four second half tries to defeat Canterbury 30–6. This was South Sydney's first premiership win in 43 years.[33] Sam Burgess received the Clive Churchill medal despite playing the entire match with a fractured cheekbone, suffered from a head clash during the first tackle of the match.[34]

Following the premiership victory, South Sydney were presented with the Keys to the City of Randwick by Mayor Ted Seng at a presentation ceremony at Souths Juniors in Kingsford and later the same day awarded the Keys to the City of Sydney by Lord Mayor Clover Moore at a reception at Sydney Town Hall.

On 23 October 2014, Holmes à Court sold his 50% share of Blackcourt League Investments, and consequently his 37.5% stake in South Sydney, to James Packer's Consolidated Press Holdings.[35]

After elimination early in the 2015 finals series,[36] a nine-game winning streak in 2018 saw South Sydney return to premiership contention.[37] This season marked the start of five consecutive preliminary finals appearances in the late 2010s and early 2020s. After losses in consecutive years to the Sydney Roosters, Canberra Raiders,[38] and Penrith Panthers,[39] South Sydney defeated Manly in 2021 to advance to the grand final against Penrith.

With the game poised at 8–8 in the second half, Cody Walker threw a pass that was intercepted by Panthers winger Stephen Crichton who scored untouched. Souths scored in the final five minutes of the match, but halfback Adam Reynolds missed the conversion from the sideline and a subsequent field-goal attempt, either of which would have seen the game tied. Penrith won the game 14–12.[40] Penrith defeated South Sydney in the 2022 preliminary final, ending Souths' season for the third year in a row.[41]

Prior to the 2022 season, Atlassian founder Mike Cannon-Brookes became a partial owner of the Rabbitohs by buying one third of the management firm alongside Crowe and Packer. Together, these three own 75% of the Rabbitohs; the remaining 25% of the club is owned by fans.[42] South Sydney started the 2023 NRL season strongly with the club sitting second at the midway point of the year which included impressive victories over Brisbane, Melbourne and Penrith. However, the club would suffer a slump in the second half the season only winning four of the remaining 13 fixtures which saw them finish 9th on the table after losing against the Sydney Roosters and miss the finals for the first time since 2017.[43]

South Sydney started the 2024 NRL season poorly winning only one game from their opening seven matches. On 30 April 2024, head coach Jason Demetriou was sacked by the club with Ben Hornby replacing him as interim head coach.[44]

Club symbols




The club mascot is the rabbitoh, a now-disused term that was commonly used in the early 20th century to describe hawkers who captured and skinned rabbits and then sold the meat at markets,[45] so named because they would shout "rabbit-oh!" around the markets and suburbs to attract buyers. The club is also informally referred to as the Rabbits, Bunnies or Souths.

Exactly how South Sydney came to be known as the Rabbitohs is unknown. According to one version of events, dating from pre-schism days at the turn of the 20th century, some of the club's players earned some extra money on Saturday mornings as rabbit-oh men, staining their jerseys with rabbit blood in the process; when they played in those blood stained jumpers that afternoon, opponents from wealthier rugby clubs did not always appreciate the aroma and would mockingly repeat the "Rabbitoh!" cry.[46] Another version was that the term was a disparaging reference by opposing teams to South's home ground being plagued with "rabbit 'oles"; in those early days Redfern Oval was then known as Nathan's Cow Paddock.[1] A third version claims the Rabbitoh name was adopted from that of the touring Australian rugby union teams of the early 1900s who were nicknamed "Rabbits" prior to discarding the name in 1908 in favour of the moniker "Wallabies".[47]

The "Rabbitoh" emblem, a running white rabbit, first appeared on the team's jersey in 1959. The Rabbitoh emblem has in various forms been carried as the club's crest on every player's jersey ever since. The original "Rabbitoh" emblem design that appeared on the team's jerseys throughout the 1960s and 1970s has now been incorporated on the current jersey.[citation needed]

The South Sydney Rabbitohs celebrated its centenary year during 2008. The club released a centenary emblem to commemorate the occasion. To also coincide with the centenary year, Souths opted to alter the logo by removing the red and green oval from the emblem for a solid white rabbit with the words South Sydney Rabbitohs set in uppercase type.



South Sydney has used cardinal red and myrtle green colours on its playing jerseys for the vast majority of the club's history. Prior to the establishment of the rugby league club in 1908, the South Sydney rugby union team originally wore a red and green hooped jersey. Some sources have suggested that this combination of colours was due to the local rugby union club being nicknamed the "Redfern Waratahs". The first British inhabitants had often called the waratah a "red fern" instead, hence giving the suburb its name, and ultimately the local rugby club its emblem. Red and green dominate the colours of the waratah and hence, possibly, the South Sydney Rugby League Football Club adopted these colours for its jerseys.[47] However, the suburb of Redfern was named in honour of William Redfern, one of the first doctors of the colony, who treated convicts and poor settlers as well as the wealthy.

The club's jersey has been a hooped-styled one comprising alternating red and green, and has been used for the vast majority of the club's history.[48] In 1945 and 1946 the club broke with this tradition and used a green design with a red "V" around the collar, before reverting to the original hoop style. From 1980 to 1984 the team played in a strip which saw the inclusion of white hoops within a predominately green design with a central red stripe and was affectionately known as the "Minties"[49] jersey (so-called due to its apparent similarity to the wrapper design of the popular sweet). With the introduction of "away" jerseys towards the end of the 20th century, the club initially introduced a predominantly white jersey for away matches which was changed to a predominantly black one for the 2006 season.[citation needed]

Before the start of the 2007 season, the club announced that the away jersey would be styled identically to the traditional home jersey, with the exception of sponsorship and the rabbit emblem, which has been styled similarly to the one that initially featured on jerseys in the 1960s.[50] For season 2009, the rabbit emblem is black for home matches whilst the emblem is the original white for away matches.[51]

The playing shorts worn were historically black, though in the late 1970s the club adopted green shorts with a red vertical stripe. This was then superseded by the white shorts of the "Minties" outfit. When the club subsequently reverted to the traditional playing strip, the decision was made to wear black shorts once more. In 2008 the Rabbitohs wore white shorts to match the white stripe running down the side of the jersey.

Reggie the Rabbit


Reggie the Rabbit is the Rabbitohs' mascot. The mascot first appeared in lifesize form in 1968 after celebrity fan Don Lane brought back a suit from the US in time for the 1968 grand final against Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, won by the Rabbitohs 13–9. Perhaps the most notable of the early Reggies was the club's groundsman Reg Fridd. Standing just over four feet tall, the Rabbitohs lured the diminutive New Zealander from a touring production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, the same troupe that had yielded the second Reggie, Roscoe Bova, killed in a car accident in the early 1970s. Most teams in the National Rugby League maintain mascots. During 2000 and 2001, when Souths was excluded from the NRL, Anth Courtney was Reggie Rabbit appearing at the second Town Hall rally and at games at Redfern Oval as well as being active in travelling extensively around the state to attend fundraisers as Reggie Rabbit.[52][53][54][55]

Geographic area


The South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club (precursor to the current corporate entity) was formed, under the original 1908 articles of association with the NSWRL competition, to represent the Sydney municipalities of Alexandria, Botany, Mascot, Waterloo, Redfern and Darlington and the southern parts of the City Of Sydney.[citation needed] It additionally represents southern parts of the eastern suburbs of Sydney, including the suburbs Coogee, Kensington, Kingsford, and Maroubra.[56]

Souths have a proud history of Indigenous players from the local district clubs including La Perouse United, Redfern All Blacks and Indigenous recruits from Country NSW.



During the early years of the New South Wales Rugby League premiership, "home games" were not assigned very often. However, South Sydney played most of its games at the Royal Agricultural Society Ground (Sydney Showground) from 1908 until the club's departure in 1920. From 1911 onwards, the Sydney Sports Ground was also used interchangeably with the Agricultural Ground over a decade for hosting matches.[57] In 1947 the club played its final season at the Sports Ground, before relocating to Redfern Oval in 1948.[58] It was here that team played in the heart of the club's territory and played the vast majority of its allocated home matches.

Stadium Australia, the Rabbitohs current home ground.

In 1988, the club began to play in the Sydney Football Stadium,[59] just built upon the former Sydney Sports Ground and Sydney Cricket Ground No. 2 Oval. The side continued to play here up until 2005, with the exception of 2000 and 2001 when South Sydney was absent from the premiership. During 2004–2005, when the Rabbitoh's contract with Sydney Football Stadium was about to expire, new home grounds were investigated at Gosford, North Sydney Oval and Telstra Stadium. Eventually the decision was made to relocate to Telstra Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park. The move was generally not well received by the fans,[60][61] but provided considerably more income for the club, which was several million dollars in the red at the end of 2005.[62]

Redfern Oval, Rabbitohs vs Wests Tigers pre-season trial game, 8 February 2009.

In 2006, the club relocated home games to Stadium Australia in Sydney's west (known as Telstra Stadium until the conclusion of 2007). In February 2008, the Rabbitohs renewed its partnership with Stadium Australia (which was then known as ANZ Stadium) to play NRL home games and home finals at the venue for the next 10 years, commencing season 2008.

During 2008, the City of Sydney Council[63] completed a $19.5 million upgrade and renovation of Redfern Oval. From season 2009, the upgraded Redfern Oval provided the Rabbitohs with training facilities and a venue for hosting pre-season and exhibition matches.

In 2023, the Rabbitohs relocated its headquarters and first team training facilities from Redfern Oval to the Heffron Centre,[64] a $58M community sporting complex in Maroubra owned by Randwick City Council.[65] The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ $26M Community and High Performance Centre provides training facilities for the NRL, Women’s and NSW Cup teams, as well as facilities for the administrative, commercial and Souths Cares staff members.[citation needed]



The South Sydney Rabbitohs continue to have a large supporter base in its traditional areas of South-eastern Sydney, despite having moved from Redfern Oval two decades ago, while also enjoying wide support throughout other rugby league playing centres around the country.[66] The official South Sydney supporter group is known as "The Burrow".[67]

South Sydney at one stage had the highest football club membership in the National Rugby League, with membership exceeding 35,000 as of June 23, 2015. That member number also included more than 11,000 ticketed members, the highest of the Sydney-based NRL clubs. Following the conclusion of the 2021 NRL season, new figures showed South Sydney to have the second highest membership of Sydney NRL clubs behind Parramatta.[68]

It was announced during the 2010 Charity Shield game that both St. George Illawarra and Souths had exceeded the 10,000 milestone, making the 2010 season the first time two Sydney clubs had entered the season with 10,000 ticketed members each. The club had members from every state in Australia and international members in 22 countries. Football club membership peaked at some 22,000 when the club was re-admitted to the National Rugby League for season 2002.[69]

"Group 14", a collection of club backers including businessmen, politicians, musicians and media personalities, was formed before the Rabbitohs' exclusion from the NRL in 1999.[70] Members include Anthony Albanese, Laurie Brereton, Michael Cheika, Rodger Corser, Michael Daley, Andrew Denton, Cathy Freeman, Nick Greiner, Deirdre Grusovin, Ron Hoenig, Ray Martin, Mikey Robins, and Mike Whitney.[71][72] They contributed to South Sydney's bid for reinstatement, following the club's exclusion from the competition at the end of the 1999 season. A sustained campaign of public support that year, unprecedented in Australian sporting history, saw 40,000 people[73] attend a rally in the Sydney CBD in support of South Sydney's cause.[74][75] In 2000 and 2001, public street marches took place in Sydney with in excess of 80,000 people rallying behind the Rabbitohs.[21] The club also has a number of high-profile supporters as well, many of whom were dominant figures in Souths' battle to be readmitted into the premiership in 2000 and 2001.[76][77] In 2007, supporters set a new club record for attendance with an average home crowd figure of 15,702 being the highest ever since the introduction of the home and away system in 1974.[78]

In 2023, incumbent Prime Minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese, a lifelong South Sydney supporter, was named the club’s number one ticket-holder.[79]

South Sydney Leagues Club

Souths Juniors on Anzac Parade in Kingsford

The Juniors


The Juniors aka Souths Juniors on Anzac Parade in Kingsford, New South Wales has been the club's leagues club since the old Souths Leagues closed in 2013.[80][81][82] The club is owned by the South Sydney District Junior Rugby Football League.

Juniors at the Junction


Juniors @ The Junction (Since 2009) – The result of a merger with South Sydney Junior Rugby League Club (Kingsford) and the struggling Maroubra Returned and Services League (RSL) Club. The club is on the site of the former Maroubra RSL club on Anzac Parade and Haig Street.[83]

The Juniors on Hawkesbury


The Juniors on Hawkesbury (Since 2008) – in the Hawkesbury River[84]

South Sydney Leagues Club


The South Sydney Leagues Club, colloquially known as Souths Leagues, was the club's official leagues club. The club closed in 2013 after being placed into administration with large debts.[81][82]

Culture and tradition


In 1999 Russell Crowe bought the foundation bell at the Red and Green Ball for the club.[85][86][87]

Team songs


Glory, Glory to South Sydney


The club's most well known song is played when the team runs out for home games and after victories at home. Originally recorded in 1967 [6] by the Will Dower Sounds as "South's Victory Song" [sic], "Glory, Glory to South Sydney" is one of the best-known NRL team songs, prominently featuring in promotional materials, merchandise and even the #GGTSS hashtag.

The original version was written when there were 10 clubs in the NSWRFL premiership, and predates the admission of Penrith and Cronulla-Sutherland for the 1967 season, despite its release date.

The song is likely to have been inspired by Glory Glory (football chant), sharing Battle Hymn of the Republic's tune and coincided with the club's most recent "golden era". While the NSWRFL premiership had been won for 11 consecutive seasons by the St. George Dragons, the Rabbitohs had a strong team and won the 1967 NSWRFL premiership, going back-to-back in 1968 and winning all but one Grand Final between then and 1971.

The song was heavily played and featured in the club's "fightback" effort when Souths were excluded from the 14-team NRL seasons in 2000 and 2001. In 2004, Allan Caswell wrote an updated and modernised version, referencing the 15 teams in the NRL Telstra Premiership at the time, which was played at home games for several years before being replaced by the original.

Somewhat controversially, whilst sponsored by Real Insurance in 2005 and 2006, the club made its entrance to a version of The Real Thing as a tie-in. Upon the expiration of the deal, the club reverted to "Glory Glory", but this time a modernised pop version incorporating only the chorus and "South Sydney" chant sung by a female vocalist.

As of 2023, the original 1967 version is used officially by the club[16] and featured at the club's 2014 and 2021 Grand Final appearances.

1967 Lyrics[8]
South Sydney marches on!


Glory, Glory to South Sydney

Glory, Glory to South Sydney

Glory, Glory to South Sydney

South Sydney marches on

When speaking of the champions, one stands above the rest

Of glories old and records proud, when often put to test

Of fine traditions, history, that others cannot best

They wear the Red and Green


They mauled the Balmain Tigers

Slew the Dragons from St. George

The Seagulls and the Mounties next

Were crushed by mighty force

They humbled Parramatta

And the Berries in due course

They wear the Red and Green


They plucked the Western Magpies

Slashed the Newtown bag of blue

The Eastern Suburbs Rooster crowed

And then was conquered too

The greatest name in any game

Within South Sydney grew

They wear the Red and Green

Chorus x2

South Sydney marches on!

Victory song


The Rabbitohs' victory song (also known as the "player's song"[11]) appears to be of pre-WWII origin, but awareness has grown over the years and especially around the passing of club legend John Sattler, whose performances of the song around the club's 2014 and 2021 NRL Grand Final in various media have become somewhat iconic within the South Sydney community and were played after the club's win the week after his passing.

The lyrics have varied over the year in a form of Oral tradition - the current version sung by the players after a win only features the first verse/stanza, preceded recently (in 2023) by a player or special guest calling out "If You're Happy and You Know It", responded en masse with claps.

The tune of the song differs by segment - the main part as still sung, according to John Sattler's version, is based on the melody of The Stars and Stripes Forever.

Current lyrics
And now that we're all around the bar

And the Captain's declared it a quorum

We are drinking our way through the night

And we're having the time of our lives

Throw the empties away, start again!

Start again!

For the boys of South Sydney are together

And we'll drink 'til the dawn breaks again!

May the sessions of South Sydney last forever

Up the Rabbitohs!

Botany Road


The Burrow (supporters' group) began singing a chant to the tune of Take Me Home, Country Roads during the club's resurgence in the 2010s, generally reserving this chant for when victory was assured within 5 minutes of full time.

Flags, banners and scarves bearing Botany Road are found throughout South Sydney's supporters at games, referencing the eponymous road that runs through the heart of the South Sydney geographical area.

The song is now an iconic part of the Rabbitohs fan experience, especially during rivalry and Finals Series games. The early repetitions are normally sung at a slow and deliberate pace a capella, with the pace increasing closer to full time and supporters clapping along as the time runs down.

Take me home, Botany Road

To the place I belong

Back to Redfern, South Sydney

Take me home, Botany Road!

Other club songs

The Burrow chants

The Burrow have numerous Football chants, both in support of the club and its players as well as against rivals. Some of the most prominent songs and chants, as found in their songbooks, include "South Sydney 'Til I Die", "Rabbitohs", the aforementioned "Botany Road" and several player-based songs, including a version of Whole Again in appreciation of Damien Cook.

The Burrow also gather in their bay to sing their own version of Under the Southern Cross I Stand after Rabbitohs victories, adapted from the Australian national cricket team.

Fightback-era songs

During the club's exile, numerous supporters of the club contributed songs to raise awareness of their plight and to serve as a fundraiser through the sale of "The Glory of South Sydney"[1] CD and VHS.

Allan Caswell and Mark Egan penned "Souths Can Stand Alone", which was performed at several fundraisers and protests. The song claims "if they dump South Sydney, they're dumping Rugby League" and thanks George Piggins for his efforts. A music video featuring a montage of South Sydney moments and heroes was included on the VHS version.[2]

Caswell himself became a prominent figure in the campaign, creating several satirical or parody versions of well-known songs, including the club's own "Glory Glory", in protest of News Corp Australia and the National Rugby League's decision to exclude South Sydney from the 2000 and future seasons.

Other contributions included "Glory in their Eyes", a song by John Maclean that touches on the long period since Souths' last premiership and the struggle of long-time Souths supporters having to accept the loss of their club, "Rabbitohs" by Daniel Lissing which concludes with the line "South Sydney marches on" in defiance of the club's exclusion, as well as "Calling All Rabbits" which was constructed from commentary and news soundbytes relating to famous moments on-field, the fight to remain in and return to NRL competition and the like.

Other songs

One of the more famous South Sydney inspired songs in recent years is "The Day John Sattler Broke His Jaw"[3] by Perry Keyes and later covered by The Whitlams and the Black Stump Band, referencing not only the famous heroics of John Sattler in the 1970 Grand Final, but also life in 1970s Australia and inner-city Sydney. The song's chorus incorporates Frank Hyde's famous "if it's high enough, if it's long enough, it's straight between the posts" commentary.

A Rabbitohs fan covered Eddie Vedder's song All the Way, adapting the original's references to the Chicago Cubs' century-long struggle to win its next World Series to South Sydney's exclusion and long premiership drought, and the ending of that drought in 2014. The Cubs would win its first World Series since 1908 (also the year Souths participated and won in the inaugural NSWRFL competition) in 2016.

Several supporters have written songs of their own, occasionally garnering some interest within the community.

Pre-game, Souths often have a hype package put together as well as team lineups presented to music. Previous choices for these have included Cochise, Kryptonite and Hail to the King, often interpolated with the "South Sydney" chant just prior to the entrance of the players.

Kit sponsors and manufacturers

Year Kit manufacturer Main shirt sponsor Back sponsors Sleeve sponsors Shorts sponsors
1977–1978 Classic Sportswear VIP Insurance
1978–1980 KLG Sparkplugs
1981–1983 100 Pipers Scotch
1984–1985 Ignis Refrigerators
1986–1991 Smith's Crisps
1992–1994 Northwest Airlines Amiga Computers
1995–1997 Canon Canon

Proposed: Souths Juniors (rejected by NRL)

1999 Downtown Duty Free RSL COM
2002 International Sports Clothing TV Week Arrive Alive
2003 Allight Linddales Personnel
2004 Linddales Personnel


2005 Real Insurance/Cinderella Man (select fixtures) Real Insurance Linddales Personnel


2006 Real Insurance Real Insurance/Glen Alpine Properties BBX


2007 Firepower (home)/High Concept (away)

Placement alternated on back/sleeves

Virgin Blue
2008 National Australia Bank (home)/De'Longhi (away)

Placement alternated on back

20092010 State of Play (film)
2011 Star City (home)/De'Longhi (away)

Placement alternated on back

V8 Supercars Kenwood
20122013 Star City/The Star (home)/De'Longhi (away)

Placement alternated on back

AFEX (sternum)

Kenwood Alcatel One Touch
2014 Crown Resorts/Fujitsu Fujitsu
20152017 Crown Resorts
2018 Fujitsu/Crown Resorts Fujitsu PlayUp
2019 Aqualand/Alcatel

Zoom (sternum)



2020 Safe2Pay(R1-2)/Wotif(R3-)


Crown Resorts MenulogHostplus
2021 Classic Sportswear Aqualand/TCL

Zoom (sternum)

Menulog/TCL(Home)/Aqualand(Away) Ingenia Holiday Parks
2022 MG Motor/Wotif (sternum) Menulog/Aqualand
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A book, The Book of Feuds, chronicling the rivalries of the Rabbitohs with its NRL competitors was written by Mark Courtney at the instigation of Russell Crowe. It has been used as a motivational tool before Souths matches and was later released on sale to the public.[88]



  Sydney Roosters – South Sydney and its fans have built up rivalries with other clubs, particularly the Sydney Roosters (Eastern Suburbs), the only other remaining foundation club.[89]

While South Sydney were historically strongly working class, the Roosters were viewed by South’s supporters as ‘Silvertails’ - supported by upper class folk from Sydney’s Eastern suburbs.

South Sydney and the Roosters share inner-Sydney territory, resulting in a strong rivalry since 1908 when Souths beat Eastern Suburbs in the first grand final 14–12. Games between the neighbouring foundation clubs have since formed part of the oldest "local derby" in the competition.[90] The rivalry increased after 1950 due to conflict between junior territories and since the 1970s escalated once more as both clubs drew key players away from each other (Souths lost internationals Ron Coote, Elwyn Walters and Jim Morgan to the Roosters from its last era of premiership winning teams, whilst more recently Souths lured key forwards Bryan Fletcher, Peter Cusack and centre Shannon Hegarty away from the Roosters 2002 premiership winning side) and later Michael Crocker. Other players to run out for both clubs include Ashley Harrison, Luke Keary, Angus Crichton, Daniel Suluka-Fifita and Latrell Mitchell. In round 1, 2010, South Sydney and Roosters became the first clubs to play 200 matches against each other. The Sydney Roosters 36–10 victory put the ledger at 105 games won by South Sydney, 90 by the Roosters (Eastern Suburbs) and 5 drawn.[91] In 2014, Souths defeated the Sydney Roosters in the preliminary final to reach its first grand final in 43 years. In 2018, the Sydney Roosters defeated Souths 12–4 in the preliminary final at Allianz Stadium which was the last game to be played at the venue. The crowd of 44,380 was also a ground record.[92] In 2019, the two clubs met in the qualifying final which was played at the Sydney Cricket Ground. South Sydney had beaten the Sydney Roosters only a week prior in the final game of the regular season but in the qualifying final, the Roosters won the match 30–6 in a dominant display.

In 2020, the Sydney Roosters managed to record a victory over South Sydney 28–12 in round 3. In the final round of the 2020 NRL season, Souths defeated the Sydney Roosters 60–8. This was the biggest win South Sydney had ever recorded over its rivals eclipsing the previous score set in 1952 when Souths defeated Eastern Suburbs 52–0.[93][94]

Before round 25 of the 2022 NRL season where the two sides were to meet, Sydney Roosters CEO Nick Politis issued a warning to South Sydney stating that the new Sydney Football Stadium has always been the home ground and territory of the Eastern Suburbs club and not South Sydney. Souths had declared they wanted to leave Stadium Australia and make the new Sydney Football Stadium as their home ground. Politis said to Fox Sports “I’ve heard other people say they want to play there because it’s their home, The point is we’ve been there since 1928. We started with the old sports ground and then 30 years with the old Allianz Stadium, Nobody else has played there. For another club to say we want to go there because it’s our home, it’s not their home. The Roosters are the only people that belong there. It’s our true home and it’s very sacred".

Despite Politis claims, the South Sydney club had used the Sydney Sports Ground as a home ground before Eastern Suburbs and the two clubs often ground shared for the first 30 years of its existence at the venue.[95] In the 2022 elimination final, seven players were sin binned which was the most in an NRL era game as South Sydney upset the Sydney Roosters 30-14 ending their season.[96] In the last round of the 2023 NRL season, the Sydney Roosters defeated South Sydney 26–12 to end their season and deny them a finals spot. Before the match started both sides knew whoever lost the game would miss out on the finals.[97] In round 3 of the 2024 NRL season, the Sydney Roosters recorded their second biggest win over South Sydney since 1908 beating them 48-6.[98]

To celebrate the rivalry, South Sydney and the Sydney Roosters play for the Ron Coote Cup annually.[99]



  St George Dragons and St George Illawarra Dragons – The long-standing rivalry against St. George results in the annual Charity Shield match, originally played against the original St. George Dragons and now (since the joint venture formed with Illawarra Steelers) played against the current team, St. George Illawarra.

South Sydney and St. George have met several times in grand finals prior to the joint-venture and being the north-eastern neighbours of St. George, had many fierce encounters. In 2001, South Sydney chairman and club legend George Piggins said there would be no chance of the Charity Shield being revived if Souths were to be included back into the NRL saying "The Dragons: They sold us out". This was in reference to St. George signing an affidavit at the time which included that it would be detrimental if Souths were returned to the competition.[100]

In 2018, both sides met for the first time in a finals match since 1984. Souths won a close semi-final 13–12.[101]

  Balmain Tigers – From 1908–1999, South Sydney had a fierce rivalry with Balmain. The rivalry with Balmain began in 1909 when both teams agreed to boycott the final which was being held as curtain raiser to a Kangaroos v Wallabies match. As agreed, Balmain did not turn up. However, Souths did turn up and were officially awarded the Premiership when it kicked off to an empty half of the field.[1][4]

South Sydney would later meet Balmain in the 1916 premiership final which Balmain won 5–3. In 1924, Balmain and Souths met in the grand final which is also the lowest scoring grand final in NSWRL/NRL History. Balmain ran out 3-0 winners with the match only seeing one try.[102] In 1939, Balmain and Souths met once more in the grand final with Balmain winning 33–4. In the 1969 NSWRFL season enmity was again fueled between the clubs with Balmain's controversial[note 4] victory against South Sydney in the grand final that year.[104][105]



  Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles – South Sydney first met Manly-Warringah in the 1951 NSWRFL season's Grand Final. South Sydney would win the match 42-14 which as of 2022 is the highest scoring grand final in NSWRL/NRL history. Souths would then meet in the 1968 and 1970 grand finals which South Sydney both won. In the 2013 preliminary final, Souths were looking to reach its first grand final since 1971 when it faced off against Manly. Souths lead the match 14-0 early on but were eventually defeated by Manly 30–20. In the 2021 NRL season, South Sydney and Manly once again met in the preliminary final but on this occasion South Sydney ran out comfortable winners to reach the 2021 NRL Grand Final.[106]

Manly have, since 1970, purchased many of Souths' star players including John O'Neill, Ray Branighan, Ian Roberts,[note 5] and more recently Dylan Walker.[107]

  Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs – A more recent feud that primarily developed in the years 2014 and 2015, following the 2014 NRL Grand Final and a controversial Good Friday match. Canterbury were also Grand Finalists in 1967 with South Sydney prevailing 12−10.[108] Annually, South Sydney and Canterbury-Bankstown compete in the Good Friday game, competing for the Good Friday Cup.



Current squad

Top 30 squad - 2024 NRL season Supplementary list Coaching staff

Extended squad

Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice-captain(s)

Updated: 8 May 2024
Source(s): Rabbitohs squad

Notable players


The Magnificent XIII (2002)


In 2002 on the Rabbitohs' readmission to the competition, The Magnificent XIII,[109] a team consisting of great South Sydney players over the years was selected by a panel of rugby league journalists and former Souths players and coaches. The team consists of 17 players (four being reserves) and a coach representing the South Sydney Rabbitohs Football Club from 1908 through to 2002.

No. Position Player

1 Clive Churchill FB (c) 2 Harold Horder WG 3 Ray Branighan CE 4 Paul Sait CE 5 Ian Moir WG 6 Alf Blair FE 7 Bob Grant HB 8 John Sattler PR 9 George Piggins HK

No. Position Player

10 John O'Neill PR 11 Jack Rayner SR 12 Bob McCarthy SR 13 Ron Coote LK 14 Terry Fahey positions 15 Ziggy Niszczot positions 16 Elwyn Walters positions 17 George Treweek positions Bernie Purcell positions (coach)

Dream Team (2004)


The Rabbitohs announced the South Sydney Dream Team at a gala dinner held on 29 July 2004, at the Westin Hotel in Sydney. 17 players were selected in position as well as a coach to represent the South Sydney Football Club from 1908 through to 2004. The team was selected by a group of Rugby League experts, historians and by Rabbitohs fans through a public vote.[110]

No. Position Player

1 Clive Churchill FB 2 Harold Horder WG 3 Herb Gilbert CE 4 Paul Sait CE 5 Ian Moir WG 6 Jimmy Lisle FE 7 Bob Grant HB 8 John Sattler PR (c) 9 Elwyn Walters HK

No. Position Player

10 John O'Neill PR 11 George Treweek SR 12 Bob McCarthy SR 13 Ron Coote LK 14 Greg Hawick positions 15 Ray Branighan positions 16 Ian Roberts positions 17 Les Cowie positions Jack Rayner positions (coach)

Season summaries


NSWRFL (1908-1994)

Season Ladder position Result
1908 1st Premiers
1909 1st Premiers
1910 2nd Runner-up
1911 3rd Finals
1912 4th
1913 3rd
1914 1st Premiers
1915 4th
1916 2nd Grand final
1917 2nd
1918 1st Premiers
1919 6th
1920 2nd
1921 5th
1922 4th
1923 2nd Grand final
1924 2nd Grand final
1925 1st Premiers
1926 1st Premiers
1927 1st Premiers
1928 3rd Premiers
1929 1st Premiers
1930 3rd Semi final
1931 2nd Premiers
1932 1st Premiers
1933 3rd Semi final
1934 4th Semi final
1935 2nd Grand final
1936 7th
1937 2nd
1938 2nd Semi final
1939 4th Grand final
1940 6th
1941 7th
1942 5th
1943 5th
1944 4th Semi final
1945 8th Wooden spoon
1946 8th Wooden spoon
1947 7th
1948 7th
1949 1st Grand final
1950 1st Premiers
1951 1st Premiers
1952 3rd Grand final
1953 1st Premiers
1954 2nd Premiers
1955 4th Premiers
1956 3rd Preliminary final
1957 3rd Preliminary final
1958 8th
1959 6th
1960 8th
1961 7th
1962 10th Wooden spoon
1963 9th
1964 5th
1965 4th Grand final
1966 6th
1967 2nd Premiers
1968 1st Premiers
1969 1st Grand final
1970 1st Premiers
1971 2nd Premiers
1972 4th Semi final
1973 7th
1974 5th Qualifying final
1975 12th Wooden spoon
1976 10th
1977 11th
1978 7th
1979 9th
1980 5th Qualifying final
1981 9th
1982 6th
1983 8th
1984 5th Semi final
1985 9th
1986 2nd Semi final
1987 5th Semi final
1988 8th
1989 1st Preliminary final
1990 16th Wooden spoon
1991 14th
1992 14th
1993 14th
1994 9th

ARL (1995-1997)

Season Ladder position Finish
1995 18th
1996 19th
1997 11th

NRL (1998–present)

Season Ladder Finish
1998 18th
1999 12th
2002 14th
2003 15th Wooden spoon
2004 15th Wooden spoon
2005 13th
2006 15th Wooden spoon
2007 7th Semi finals
2008 14th
2009 10th
2010 9th
2011 10th
2012 3rd Preliminary final
2013 2nd Preliminary final
2014 3rd Premiers
2015 7th Elimination final
2016 12th
2017 12th
2018 3rd Preliminary final
2019 3rd Preliminary final
2020 6th Preliminary final
2021 3rd Grand final
2022 7th Preliminary final
2023 9th

Club honours

Competition Level Wins Years won
NSWRFL/ARL/NRL First Grade 21 1908, 1909, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 2014
NSW Cup Second Grade 21 1913, 1914, 1917, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1943, 1945, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1966, 1968, 1983, 2023
Jersey Flegg Cup Under 21s 9 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1978, 2019
S. G. Ball Cup Under 18s 10 1965, 1969, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1986, 1994, 1998
Harold Matthews Cup Under 16s 1 1974
NSWRL Women's Women's 2 1996, 1997
Other titles and honours
Competition Level Wins Years won
World Club Challenge World Championship 1 2015
State Championship Second Grade 1 2023
NRL Nines Pre season 1 2015
Ron Coote Cup First Grade 9 2009, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Charity Shield Pre season 23 1984, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023
Finishing positions
Competition Level Wins Years won
NSWRFL/ARL/NRL Minor premiership

(J.J.Giltinan Shield)

17 1908, 1909, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1932, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1989
Runner up 14 1910, 1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1949, 1952, 1965, 1969, 2021
Wooden spoons 8 1945, 1946, 1962, 1975, 1990, 2003, 2004, 2006

Individual awards


Club Best & Fairest


The George Piggins Medal is the award given to the Rabbitohs player determined to have been the "best and fairest" throughout an NRL season. The inaugural winner of the award in 2003 was Bryan Fletcher. In 2013, John Sutton and Greg Inglis became the first joint winners of the award.[111][112]

George Piggins Medal (first grade)

Season Player Position
2003 Bryan Fletcher Second-row
2004 Ashley Harrison Lock
2005 Peter Cusack Prop
2006 David Fa'alogo Second-row
2007 Roy Asotasi Prop
2008 Luke Stuart Prop
2009 John Sutton Five eighth
2010 Issac Luke Hooker
2011 Nathan Merritt Wing
2012 John Sutton (2) Five eighth
2013 John Sutton (3) Five eighth
Greg Inglis Fullback
2014 Sam Burgess Lock
2015 Greg Inglis (2) Fullback
2016 Sam Burgess (2) Lock
2017 Sam Burgess (3) Lock
2018 Damien Cook Hooker
2019 Damien Cook (2) Hooker
2020 Cody Walker Five eighth
2021 Cody Walker (2) Five eighth
2022 Junior Tatola Prop
2023 Campbell Graham Centre

Clive Churchill Medal


The Clive Churchill medal is awarded annually to the player adjudged best on ground in the grand final.

* Retrospective medals

Dally M Award Winners


Latrell Mitchell (2024)

Dally M Medal


Awarded annually to the player of the year over the course of the first grade regular season.

Rookie of the Year


Coach of the Year


Team of the Year


NRL Immortals


NRL Hall of Fame


The NRL Hall of Fame recognises the contribution to rugby league in Australia since 1908.

Other distinctions


Statistics and records


South Sydney are the most successful club in terms of honours and individual player achievements in the history of NSW rugby league.

The club achievements include:

  • The Rabbitohs have won the most first grade premierships (21) during the history of elite rugby league competition in Australia,[113] in addition to the most reserve grade[note 6] premierships (21).
  • The club has the distinction of being the only team to win a premiership in its inaugural season (1908).
  • The club also has the distinction of scoring the most points (42), most tries (8) and most goals (9) in a grand final, all achieved against Manly in 1951.[7]
  • South Sydney's 1925 first grade side is one of six New South Wales sides to ever go through a season undefeated.[5] The club won the premiership in all three grades in 1925, a feat only repeated on three other occasions (Balmain Tigers in 1915 and 1916 and St George Dragons in 1963).
  • In 2008, the Rabbitohs equalled the second biggest comeback in Australian Rugby League history. After being down 28–4 after 53 minutes against the North Queensland Cowboys, the Rabbitohs won the match 29–28.

The club's players have also achieved some notable individual game and point scoring milestones:

  • John Sutton holds the record for the most first grade games for the club, having played 336 matches between 2004 and 2019.
  • Jack Rayner holds the individual record of the most grand final successes as a captain (5) and coach (5) achieved between 1950 and 1955.
  • Adam Reynolds holds the club record for the most points, tallying 1896 points between 2012 and 2021.[114]
  • Eric Simms scored 265 points on his own for South Sydney in 1969 and this tally remains unsurpassed by any other player at the club.[114]
  • Eric Simms still holds a club and competition record for the most goals (112 goals and 19 field goals) in a season, most career field goals (86) and most field goals in a game (5).
  • Johnny Graves' tally of 29 points in a match against Eastern Suburbs in 1952[114] remains the club record for the most individual points in a match. Had this feat been scored as it is today it would have stood at 32 points.
  • Alex Johnston is the only player to score 30 tries in a single season in the NRL era. He achieved the feat in both the 2021 and 2022 seasons, the only player in Australian rugby league history to complete the feat twice.
  • During his career Bob McCarthy scored 100 tries for the club, the most by a forward.[114]
  • Alex Johnston equalled the South Sydney club record of 5 tries in a 2017 match against Penrith at ANZ Stadium in a 42–14 win, joining greats such as Nathan Merritt, Harold Horder, Johnny Graves and Ian Moir. Johnston went on to score another 5 tries against the Sydney Roosters in a 60–8 win in the final round of the 2020 season.
  • Alex Johnston passed Nathan Merritt's all-time try scoring record in Souths win 44–18 against Wests Tigers in round 12 of the 2022 season, with 166 tries as of the end of the 2022 season.

Head-to-head records

Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
  Gold Coast Titans 22 22 0 0 100.00
  Dolphins 1 1 0 0 100.00
  Wests Tigers 42 25 0 17 59.52
  Parramatta Eels 134 75 3 56 55.97
  North Queensland Cowboys 40 21 1 18 52.50
  Warriors 40 21 0 19 52.50
  St George-Illawarra Dragons 40 21 0 19 52.50
  Sydney Roosters 231 120 5 106 51.95
  Penrith Panthers 94 48 1 45 51.06
  Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 149 72 0 77 48.32
  Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 168 80 4 84 47.62
  Cronulla Sharks 94 43 3 48 45.74
  Newcastle Knights 47 19 0 28 40.43
  Canberra Raiders 60 24 0 36 40.00
  Brisbane Broncos 48 15 1 32 31.25
  Melbourne Storm 39 7 0 32 17.95

Defunct teams

Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost Win%
Cumberland 1 1 0 0 100.00%
Northern Eagles 1 1 0 0 100.00%
University 31 30 1 0 98.38%
Annandale 21 19 1 1 92.85%
Newcastle (1908–09) 5 4 0 1 80.00%
South Queensland 4 3 0 1 64.70%
Glebe 42 27 0 15 64.28%
North Sydney 175 104 6 65 61.14%
Newtown 153 90 7 56 61.11%
Western Suburbs 182 106 5 71 59.61%
Balmain 178 95 3 80 54.21%
Gold Coast 18 9 1 8 52.77%
Western Reds/Perth 2 1 0 1 50.00%
St George 163 69 2 92 42.94%
Illawarra 31 12 2 17 41.93%
Adelaide 1 0 0 1 0.00%

See also



  1. ^ In Australia, a foundation club is one that played in the first season of competition. South Sydney played in the first season of the New South Wales Rugby League premiership, some call it the predecessor to the National Rugby League competition.
  2. ^ Reference to Jack Gibson as a "Super Coach" is common terminology in Australian rugby league circles given Gibson's outstanding coaching record – see: "Super coach Gibson salutes his favourite players". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 14 August 2003. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  3. ^ The St George Dragons and Illawarra Steelers merged into the St George Illawarra Dragons in 1998, the Balmain Tigers and Western Suburbs Magpies merged to form the Wests Tigers in 1999 whilst also in the same year the Manly Sea Eagles and North Sydney Bears (who were excluded from the competition on failing to meet solvency criteria) merged into the Northern Eagles (the merger was subsequently dissolved with Manly re-entering the competition in 2003).
  4. ^ Balmain players feigned injury in order to slow down the game, disrupt Souths attacking momentum and run-down the clock to full-time.[103]
  5. ^ Key Souths players purchased by Manly included internationals John O'Neill, Ray Branighan, Elwyn Walters, Mark Carroll, Terry Hill, Jim Serdaris and Ian Roberts and other stars such as Bob Moses, Tom Mooney and Craig Field.
  6. ^ Up until 2002, the second division of rugby league in New South Wales was Reserve Grade/Presidents Cup/First Division Premiers; since then, it has been the NSWRL Premier League.




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