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Quiz about The Early Years of Rugby League
Quiz about The Early Years of Rugby League

The Early Years of Rugby League Quiz


The NSW rugby league competition started in 1908, the first World Cup was in 1954, and the State of Origin started in 1982. How much do you know, or remember, about the early days?
This is a renovated/adopted version of an old quiz by author Hoppalot

A multiple-choice quiz by gtho4. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
gtho4
Time
3 mins
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Multiple Choice
Quiz #
65,003
Updated
Sep 05 22
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10
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Question 1 of 10
1. The NSWRL competition started in 1908 with nine teams. Who contested the Final, the end-of-season premiership decider? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. No end-of-season finals series (play-offs) were played from 1912 to 1925. The minor premiers, the leaders at the end of the home-and-away season, were also the premiers in each of those seasons.


Question 3 of 10
3. Which team was the first to win three consecutive NSWRL premierships? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. St George have won the most consecutive premierships with 11, from 1956 to 1966. Who did they beat three times in a row during that streak? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. How many matches did NSW win in the original NSW v Queensland inter-state series from 1908 to 1981 (not the State of Origin series, which began in 1982), before Queensland won its first match? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Who won the first rugby league World Cup in 1954? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. What was the score in the first State of Origin match? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Who won the first Brisbane premiership in 1909? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. What was the result of the first international rugby league match between Australia and Great Britain, played in December 1908? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Who was the Rugby Union star who attracted all the interest by changing codes to promote Rugby League in Sydney, in its inaugural 1908 season? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The NSWRL competition started in 1908 with nine teams. Who contested the Final, the end-of-season premiership decider?

Answer: Eastern Suburbs and South Sydney

South Sydney defeated Eastern Suburbs 14-12. The nine teams were those eight plus Newcastle. Cumberland folded at the end of the first season and Newcastle folded after two seasons. Annandale joined in 1910, which kept it as an eight-team competition (Annandale folded at the end of the 1920 season). Glebe folded at the end of the 1929 season. The Newtown Jets were removed from the NSWRL competition at the end of the 1983 season.

Balmain Tigers and Western Suburbs Magpies merged in 1999 to form Wests Tigers. North Sydney Bears and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles merged in 2000 to form the Northern Eagles. This joint venture lasted four seasons, through to the end of 2003, when North Sydney left the competition, leaving the Manly club with the sole rights to that franchise.
2. No end-of-season finals series (play-offs) were played from 1912 to 1925. The minor premiers, the leaders at the end of the home-and-away season, were also the premiers in each of those seasons.

Answer: True

The premiership in each of those seasons was decided on a first-past-the-post basis. When first and second were tied for points at the end of the season, there was an end of season play-off to decide the premiership. This happened in 1916, 1923 and 1924 and, in each instance, the minor premiers won the play-off.
3. Which team was the first to win three consecutive NSWRL premierships?

Answer: Eastern Suburbs

Eastern Suburbs were the first. Parramatta were the last side to achieve this feat prior to the formation of the NRL in 1998.

Eastern Suburbs : 1911-12-13.
Balmain : 1915-16-17
South Sydney :1925-26-27-28-29 (5)
Eastern Suburbs : 1935-36-37
South Sydney : 1953-54-55
St George : 1956 to 1966 (11)
Parramatta : 1981-82-83.

The NSWRL competition expanded in 1995 to form the ARL (Australian Rugby League) with the admission of a NZ team. The ARL merged with Super League in 1998 to form the NRL (National Rugby League).
4. St George have won the most consecutive premierships with 11, from 1956 to 1966. Who did they beat three times in a row during that streak?

Answer: Western Suburbs

St. George beat Western Suburbs in three consecutive grand finals, 1961-62-63. They were the first team to lose three consecutive grand finals. In fact, they were the only team to lose three straight from 1908 through to 1998, when the NRL was formed.
5. How many matches did NSW win in the original NSW v Queensland inter-state series from 1908 to 1981 (not the State of Origin series, which began in 1982), before Queensland won its first match?

Answer: 19

NSW won the first 19 interstate matches, from 1908 to 1921 .. they won the first nine series (the series was not played in 1909, 1914 or 1916-17-18). Queensland then won the next 8 games (1922 to 1925)... they won the next 5 series 1922-23-24-25-26. These "lopsided results" continued, and were the catalyst for the change of format, to State of Origin, in 1982.

A total of 66 inter-state series were played, of which NSW won 50 and Queensland 10, with six drawn. NSW won the last 20 in a row, 1962-1981. [State of Origin = where you were born or played your junior rugby league, not state of residence when playing in the series]
6. Who won the first rugby league World Cup in 1954?

Answer: Great Britain

Great Britain beat France 16-12 in what many regard was a spiteful match. France were hosts of the first RL World Cup. Four nations participated: Australia, France, Great Britain and New Zealand. The same four nations participated in the second World Cup, held in 1957 in Australia. Australia won all six of its group matches and were declared champions (no final was played).
7. What was the score in the first State of Origin match?

Answer: Queensland won 20-10

After New South Wales had won the 1980 inter-state series 2-0 (best of three series), the scheduled third game was played using a State of Origin format. Queensland won 20-10. The concept, which was borrowed from the AFL, saw players selected for the state in which they were born or first played grade football, not their state of residence.

The first two games of the 1981 interstate series were not in State of Origin format either: when the 1981 series was again won by New South Wales in the second match, the experiment was repeated. This was the last inter-state series. In 1982 it was replaced by the State of Origin series.
8. Who won the first Brisbane premiership in 1909?

Answer: Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley were the first QRL champions in 1909 (run by the Queensland Rugby League). There were four teams in the first competition: North Brisbane, South Brisbane, Toombul and Valley.

The BRL became the controlling body in 1922 (Brisbane Rugby League), and Wests were the first BRL champions. There were seven teams in the inaugural BRL competition: Eastern Suburbs, Fortitude Valley, Northern Suburbs, Christian Bothers Old Boys, Southern Suburbs, University of Queensland and Western Suburbs. The Brisbane competition folded at the end of the 1997 season, upon the formation of the NRL for the 1998 season. Valley won 17 premierships, followed by Northern Suburbs with 13 titles.
9. What was the result of the first international rugby league match between Australia and Great Britain, played in December 1908?

Answer: 22-22 draw

The First Ashes Test was played on 12th December, 1908. Great Britain won the next two games of the Test Series 15-5 and 6-5 to win the inaugural best-of-three Ashes series 2-0 (one drawn).
10. Who was the Rugby Union star who attracted all the interest by changing codes to promote Rugby League in Sydney, in its inaugural 1908 season?

Answer: Dally Messenger

He began playing for Eastern Suburbs (rugby union team) in 1905 aged 22. He debuted for the Wallabies in 1907 (the national rugby union team). He joined the Eastern Suburbs rugby league team in 1908, the first season of the newly-formed break-away rugby league competition. The NSW Rugby Football Union was founded in 1874.

Herbert "Dally" Messenger is regarded by most historians as "the father of rugby league". Without him the game might not have taken off. In one match he kicked a penalty goal from the side line on his own 25 yard line (a distance of over 80 yards, 73m). The NSWRFU reacted to his monumental switching of codes by removing him and all his records from their books. They were restored in June 2007, thus honouring the dual international: "Dally was so big in 1907 that the crowd used to follow him rather than a particular code, and he even became the target of approaches from Aussie Rules."
Source: Author gtho4

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