The National Rugby League (NRL) is the top league of professional rugby league clubs in Australasia. Run by the Australian Rugby League Commission, the NRL’s main competition is known as the Telstra Premiership due to sponsorship from Telstra Corporation and is contested by sixteen teams, fifteen of which are based in Australia with one based in New Zealand. It is regarded as the world’s elite rugby league championship and, per season, is the most viewed and attended rugby league club competition in the world.
NRL matches are played in Australia and New Zealand from March to October. The season culminates in the premiership-deciding game, the NRL Grand Final, traditionally one of Australia’s most popular sporting events and one of the world’s largest attended sporting championship games.
The reigning premiers are the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks winning their maiden premiership after 50 years in 2016 when they defeated the Melbourne Storm 14-12 in an epic Grand Final at ANZ Stadium.