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NSWRL passes 100,000 participation milestone

The NSWRL is pleased to announce the game is on track for another successful season across the state with participation numbers officially going past the 100,000 mark today.

There are currently 100,488 male and female participants registered to play Rugby League in 2022 which is slightly ahead of the record numbers achieved at the corresponding time last year.

“It is extremely satisfying to see the game on track for another successful season after the challenges we have all faced over the past few years and this is an achievement everyone in the game should celebrate and feel proud of,” NSWRL Chief Executive David Trodden said.

“These figures show Rugby League is in a strong state in NSW despite the bushfires, severe flooding, COVID-19 pandemic and other problems the Rugby League community and the NSWRL has been forced to deal with.

“Against such a challenging backdrop, this type of success with participation numbers doesn’t happen by accident. It happens because of the great work which is being done right across the state by NSWRL employees, by NRL game development officers and by our wonderful group of volunteers without whom we wouldn’t have a game.”

The 2021 season was one of record growth for NSW with 107,436 signing up to play Rugby League; an increase of more than five per cent from the previous pre-COVID-19 season of 2019.

Other positive figures from last year included the total number of male participants recording their highest growth in six years, female participants easily broke 20,000 for the first time in history, and participation increasing in traditional Rugby League heartland areas.

Acknowledgement of Country

New South Wales Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.