Australian Rugby League

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The Australian Rugby Football League, more commonly known as the Australian Rugby League (ARL), was the governing body for the sport of rugby league football in Australia.wikipedia
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National Rugby League

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During the mid-1990s' Super League war the ARL administered the country's first-grade premiership until the National Rugby League was formed. The ARL controls high-profile club competitions like the National Rugby League and National Youth Competition as well as annual representative competitions such as the State of Origin series, the Indigenous All Stars Match, City vs Country Origin and the Affiliated States Championship. As a consequence of the negotiations that followed, the National Rugby League was formed before the 1998 season from the ARL and Super League competitions.
The NRL formed in the aftermath of the 1990s' Super League war as a joint partnership between the Australian governing body, the Australian Rugby League (ARL) and media giant News Corporation-controlled Super League, after both organisations ran premierships parallel to each other in 1997.

State of Origin series

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The ARL controls high-profile club competitions like the National Rugby League and National Youth Competition as well as annual representative competitions such as the State of Origin series, the Indigenous All Stars Match, City vs Country Origin and the Affiliated States Championship.
Instead of announcing an Australian team dominated by Queenslanders, the Australian Rugby League Board of Control informed the media that the Rugby Football League had decided that the Kiwis would provide stronger opposition, and that there would be no Australian tour.

Affiliated States Championship

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The ARL controls high-profile club competitions like the National Rugby League and National Youth Competition as well as annual representative competitions such as the State of Origin series, the Indigenous All Stars Match, City vs Country Origin and the Affiliated States Championship.
The Affiliated States Championship is an annual rugby league competition run by the Australian Rugby League involving the four affiliated states (Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia) plus the Australian Police and Australian Defence Force.

Australia national rugby league team

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Since its inception the ARL administered the Australian national team and represented Australia in international rugby league matters.
Administered by the Australian Rugby League, the Kangaroos are ranked first in the RLIF World Rankings.

Ken Arthurson

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In 1984 the ARL was duly incorporated, as a separate entity, and Ken Arthurson was the first executive chairman of the new body.
Later he ran the NSWRL, and then the Australian Rugby League during the 1990s' Super League war, resigning in 1997 as part of the peace process for creating the unified National Rugby League.

Winfield Cup

Winfield Cup season
With national expansion of the competition implemented for the 1995 season the NSWRL passed control of the Winfield Cup competition to the ARL.
The Winfield Cup was an Australian rugby league trophy awarded to the winner of the New South Wales Rugby League premiership (NSWRL) Grand Final from 1982 to 1994, and then to the winner of the newly-founded Australian Rugby League (ARL) Grand Final in 1995.

Australian Women's Rugby League

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It currently falls under the Australian Rugby League Commission which oversees its running and management but it took the association five years to be recognized by the Australian Rugby League.

1995 State of Origin series

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In the 1995 State of Origin series, the ARL forbade the players of those eight clubs from participating in the interstate competition.
Due to the Australian Rugby League's ongoing conflicts with Super League, they ruled that no Super League-aligned players were eligible for State of Origin selection in 1995.

1997 Super League (Australia) season

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However, Super League conducted a rival competition in 1997.
Eight teams which had broken away from the existing Australian Rugby League, in addition to the newly created Hunter Mariners and Adelaide Rams, competed over eighteen weekly rounds of the regular season.

Super League (Australia)

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However, Super League conducted a rival competition in 1997. Following Kerry Packer's announcement that his Optus Vision company owned both free-to-air and pay television broadcasting rights for the sport in Australia, News Corporation, controlled by Rupert Murdoch, undertook a bold bid to create a rival competition, Super League (Australia).
After two years of legal battles the competition was played for a single season in 1997 alongside the rival Australian Rugby League (ARL) competition before the two merged in 1998 to form the National Rugby League (NRL).

1998 NRL season

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As a consequence of the negotiations that followed, the National Rugby League was formed before the 1998 season from the ARL and Super League competitions.
After the 1997 season, in which the Australian Rugby League and Super League organisations ran separate competitions parallel to each other, they joined to create a reunited competition in the NRL.

Australian Rugby League Commission

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The ARL, as a corporate entity, was handed over to the new Australian Rugby League Commission.
It was founded, as the Australian Rugby League 'Board of Control', in 1924, jointly by the New South Wales Rugby League and the Queensland Rugby League.

1995 ARL season

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With national expansion of the competition implemented for the 1995 season the NSWRL passed control of the Winfield Cup competition to the ARL. However, those clubs were allowed to participate in the premiership seasons of 1995 and 1996, while the ARL fought in the courtroom to stop the Super League competition from eventuating.
The 1995 ARL premiership was the 88th season of professional rugby league football in Australia, and the first to be run by the Australian Rugby League following the hand-over of the Premiership's administration by the New South Wales Rugby League.

Super League war

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During the mid-1990s' Super League war the ARL administered the country's first-grade premiership until the National Rugby League was formed.
The Super League war was the dispute over control of the top-level professional rugby league competition in Australia and New Zealand in the mid-1990s, between the Australian Rugby League (ARL) and the Australian Super League.

1996 ARL season

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However, those clubs were allowed to participate in the premiership seasons of 1995 and 1996, while the ARL fought in the courtroom to stop the Super League competition from eventuating.
The 1996 ARL premiership (also known as the 1996 Optus Cup due to sponsorship from Optus) was the 89th season of professional rugby league football in Australia, and the second to be administered by the Australian Rugby League (ARL).

1997 ARL season

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The 1997 Australian Rugby League season was the 90th season of professional rugby league football in Australia, and the third season run by the Australian Rugby League.

C7 Sport

Sports Australia
The programming lineup on the Sports Australia service rivalled Fox Sports, with the AFL, Australian Rugby League premiership, the Australian National Soccer League, the FA Premier League, and Sheffield Shield cricket.

Newcastle Knights

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The Knights made the semi-finals again in 1995 when the competition became the Australian Rugby League (ARL), and won the reserve grade premiership the same year.

Mod league

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The two introductory modified codes currently in use are mini footy and mod league.
Mod league is a form of rugby league developed by the Australian Rugby League.

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

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Although they only won one ARL premiership in 1996, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles dominated the competition in its three years under the ARL name, winning each minor premiership (1995-1997), and appearing in all three Grand Finals.
New South Wales Rugby League, Australian Rugby League and National Rugby League: 8

Laws of rugby league

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On completion of mod league, players make a move to full international rugby league laws.
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Rugby league in Australia

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The following season the premiership was re-united under the National Rugby League partnership committee, composed of representatives from Australian Rugby League and News Ltd.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

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New South Wales Rugby League, Australian Rugby League and National Rugby League premiers: 8

NRL Under-20s

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The ARL controls high-profile club competitions like the National Rugby League and National Youth Competition as well as annual representative competitions such as the State of Origin series, the Indigenous All Stars Match, City vs Country Origin and the Affiliated States Championship.