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From 1908 until 1994, Australia’s first rugby league competition was ran by New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL). However, the league along with other minor premiers were re-unified to form National Rugby League in 1998. A look at some of the most memorable moments over the years.
2015 - North Queensland Cowboys vs. Brisbane Broncos
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Prickly Bennett defends bizarre Lions selection move
Great Britain coach Wayne Bennett says he has picked what he thinks has been the best team during the Lions' tour,Speaking at a press conference in Port Moresby, the veteran Australian was also forced to explain his decision to fly Ash Handley 10,000 miles to join up with the Lions squad and not play him in the last match of the tour.
(Pictured) Matthew Scott and Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys hold aloft the premiership trophy after winning the 2015 NRL Grand Final match.
2014 – South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Canterbury Bulldogs
Since 1971, Rabbitohs won their first ever title with the help of Sam Burgess’ (pictured) incredible performance that earned him the Clive Churchill Medal. The final score was 30-6.
2013 – Sydney Roosters vs. Manly Sea Eagles
With 18-8 lead, Manly had everything under control until the last 25 minutes when Roosters made a stunning comeback to win the final for the first time since 2002. Roosters secured 26-18 victory when Michael Jennings (pictured) broke through to ground James Maloney's grubber in the last few minutes of the game.
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2012 – Melbourne Storm vs. Canterbury Bulldogs
In one of the most controversial moment in NRL history, Bulldogs’ James Graham (R) bit the ear of Storm’s Billy Slater (L), for which the former received a 12-match ban. Storm won the final 14-4.
2008 – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles vs. Melbourne Storm
Team Manly thrashed their opponents by the biggest ever margin (40-0) in the game’s history. The highlight of the game was Michael Robertson’s (L) hat trick tries that made him the first player to score three tries since Steve Renouf in 1997. The final also saw Steven Menzies equal Terry Lamb's record of 349 first-grade games.
2005 – Wests Tigers vs. North Queensland Cowboys
It was the first ever grand final appearance for both the teams, where West Tigers’ won 30-16. Tigers’ Brett Hodgson displayed an incredible performance by scoring five goals.
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2004 – Canterbury Bulldogs vs. Sydney Roosters
In the first half of the game, Bulldogs were trailing 13-6, but in the second half they quickly covered the lead with the help of Matt Utai and Hazem El Masri. During the last few minutes of the game, Bulldogs were leading 16-13, when Roosters’ Michael Crocker (pictured) made a break on the 40m line but was tackled by Bulldogs Captain Andrew Ryan. The Bulldogs win the final 16-13.
2003 – Penrith Panthers vs. Sydney Roosters
In the last game with Penrith, Scott Sattler made one of the greatest tackle in NRL history. It was a turning point of the game when Sattler chased down and made a tackle on the Roosters’ winger Todd Byrne (in white), sending him out of the field. Panthers won the game – 18-6.
2001 – Newcastle Knights vs. Parramatta Eels
Parramatta Eels were trailing 24-0 at high time and did everything to fight back but fell short. Knights won the final 30-24. The highlight of the match was Timana Tahu's (pictured) second-half try, where he got tangled up with Luke Burt before putting the ball down inside the chalk.
Venice’s dwindling population faces mounting woes
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1999 – Melbourne Storm vs. St George Illawarra Dragons
At half-time Dragons were leading 14-0 and everyone thought the game was going to end in their favor. However, Storm made a stunning comeback when Anthony Mundine knocked on over the try line that proved to be a turning point in the game. Storm quickly covered up the lead to 18-14. In the 77th minute, Brett Kimmorley bombed to winger Craig Smith but before he could ground it, Dragons’ Jamie Ainscough knocked him unconscious. The video referee gave a penalty try to Storm, which was successfully converted. Storm won the game 20-18.
1997 – Newcastle Knights vs. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Newcastle Knights’ Andrew Johns helped his team reach their first final against defending champions Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. Before the final game, there were concerns about Johns’ health as he had suffered a punctured lung, however, he went ahead and played the final. Both the teams were tied at 16-all and in the final moment of the game Johns ran down a narrow blind side and slipped a pass to winger Darren Albert who successfully scored, giving the Knights a 22-16 win over Manly.
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1989 – Canberra Raiders vs. Balmain Tigers
In one of the greatest final, Canberra Raiders defeated Balmain Tigers 19-14. The final witnessed Canberra’s Steve Jackson come off the bench to score his memorable try that earned his team their first premiership.
1975 – Eastern Suburbs vs. St George
The 1975 final is best remembered for Graeme Langlands wearing white boots rather than the standard black. But the main highlight was his groin injury for which he was given a painkilling injection just before the game. Instead of reducing the pain it numbed his leg completely. Talking about the incident, he wrote in his book “Larrikin and Saint” – "It was an injection that went wrong. It wasn't the doctor's fault. The injection went in where the nerves shouldn't have been. They had moved because of all the injuries that I've had around the groin." Eastern Suburbs won 38-0.
(Pictured) Graeme Langlands talks to media during an NRL press conference at Sydney Cricket Ground on April 1, 2014.
1970 – South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
In the 1970 final between South Sydney Rabbitohs and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, South’s captain John Sattler turned out to be a star player. In the opening moments of the game, Sattler suffered a double fracture of his jaw after being punched by Manly’s John Bucknall. However, he decided to continue playing and said to his teammate Mike Cleary, "Hold me up so they don't know I'm hurt." South Sydney won the final 23-12.
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(Pictured) John Sattler talks to the media during a NRL Grand Final media opportunity at Rugby League Central in Sydney on Oct. 3, 2014.
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Papua New Guinea have produced one of the proudest moments in the nation's rugby league history with a stunning Test win over Great Britain.
The Kumuls overcame an early 10-0 deficit to complete a stunning 28-10 win in front of thousands of jubilant fans in Port Moresby. © Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited The Kumuls defeated Fiji 24-22 for their first ever win over their Pacific rivals
It heaps more pressure on the Lions, and in particular coach Wayne Bennett, after a highly unsuccessful tour in which they also lost once to Tonga and twice to New Zealand.
First-half tries to makeshift winger Blake Austin in the 13th minute, followed by another from Raiders star Josh Hodgson in the 21st minute, suggested the Lions were on their way to a redemption win.
But the Kumuls piled on 28 unanswered points to claim a historic win.
First to cross for the home side was bench hooker Edwin Ipape, who crossed for what was easily the try of the game in the 40th minute.
In Damien Cook-like fashion, the speedy number 14 spotted lucky marker play from his own 40 metre line, and darted out of dummy half to split the English defence race in under the posts.
The Kumuls were in again in the 47th minute through Watson Boas, before NRL star's Justin Olam and Alex Johnston piled on the misery with two consecutive four-pointers, leaving the roudy PNG fans in raptures.
Once Nixon Putt took the lead out to 28-10 with a penalty goal with 13 minutes left on the clock, and the Kumuls well and truly in control, a Lions comeback seemed virtually impossible.
The gloss has now been completely wiped off the Lions' reformation after the Great Britain side was assembled again for their first tour since 1996.
Hodgson said post-game the Lions would be left to rue the handling errors the side struggled with throughout the tour.
"We've massively underachieved, there's no disguising that," Hodgson said.
"We didn't hold the ball well enough in the second-half and if you don't hold the ball you don't win games, it's not rocket science. It's something we've had a tough time of over these past four weeks, that's taking no credit at all from Papua New Guinea."
The blow torch is now expected to target Bennett, who despite his success leading England to the 2017 World Cup final, has come under pressure for the Lion's 0-4 tour formline.
Meghan Markle sends personal 'thank you' notes to school kids who wrote to her .
Meghan Markle has been an avid note-writer since well before she married into the British royal family. While becoming the Duchess of Sussex has changed her life in myriad ways, one thing Meghan has carried on is her habit of sending letters, often in her distinctive handwriting.Now, the royal mum has delighted a classroom of English schoolchildren by sending them personal notes.As part of their unit on Black History Month, a Year 3-4 class at Woodlands Community Primary School in Birkenhead, Merseyside wrote letters addressed to the Duchess.