2006 in rugby league
This article contains information on rugby league played in 2006. The season commenced with the World Club Challenge in England in February and concluded with the Tri-Nations Final in Australia in November.
- 1 January
- 2 February
- 3 May
- 4 August
- 5 September
- 6 October
- 7 November
- 8 December
- 9 Regular season matches
- 10 State of Origin
- 11 International
- 12 Sources
World Club Challenge
|Bradford Bulls||30–10||Wests Tigers||3/2/2006 20:00 – Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield|
Ref: Steve Ganson (England)
|Tries: Stuart Fielden (2), Marcus Bai (2), Stanley Gene||Tries: Daniel Fitzhenry, Brett Hodgson|
|Goals: Iestyn Harris (5)||Goals: Brett Hodgson (1)|
National Rugby League trial matches
- Brisbane def. Nth Qld 36–4. Rockhampton, NSW. 11/2/2006. Report
- Canberra def. New Zealand 28–16. Auckland, New Zealand. Report
- Melbourne def. Parramatta 38–18. Ballina, NSW. 11/2/2006 report
South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St George Illawarra Dragons played their annual Charity Shield match. The Rabbitohs narrowly took the shield with a score of 14–12, while most of the Dragons' top grade players were being rested on the bench in preparation for weeks to come.
|South Sydney||14–12||St George Illawarra||18 February 2006 20:00 – Telstra Stadium, Sydney|
Ref: Steve Clark
|Tries: Paul Mellor, Shannon Hegarty, David Fa'alogo||Tries: Trent Barrett, Ben Hornby|
|Goals: Ben Walker (1)||Goals: Wes Naiqama (2)|
Other results from this week of trials included:
- Brisbane def. Canberra 28–20. Port Macquarie, NSW.
- Cronulla def. Canterbury 34–30. Mollymook, NSW.
- Nth Qld def. New Zealand 26–10. Cairns, Qld. Crowd: c. 15,000.
- Parramatta def. Melbourne 30–24. Exies Oval, Griffith, NSW. Crowd: 6,831.
- Penrith def. Newcastle 38–30. Alice Springs, NT.
- Sydney def. Manly 44–14. Central Coast Stadium, Gosford, NSW. Crowd: c. 10,000.
- Manly def. Wests 42–18. Brookvale Oval, Sydney, NSW.
- Melbourne def. Brisbane 58–10. Toowoomba Stadium, Toowoomba, QLD.
- New Zealand def. Canterbury 24–20. Carrara Stadium, Gold Coast, Qld.
- Newcastle def. Cronulla 22–4
- North Queensland def. Souths 42–0
- Penrith def. Parramatta 26–14. Regional Stadium, Port Macquarie, NSW.
- Sydney def. St George Illawarra 16–12. WIN Stadium, Wollongong, NSW.
- 21st – Sydney, Australia: The 8th annual Tom Brock Lecture, entitled The Stuff of Dreams, or the Dream Stuffed? Rugby League, Media Empires, Sex Scandals, and Global Plays is delivered by Dr. David Rowe.
- The Brisbane Broncos win the NRL Premiership after defeating first-placed Melbourne in the Grand Final.
- 8: Brisbane, Australia – The Great Britain national rugby league team plays against Australia for the last time, losing 10–33 at Suncorp Stadium before a crowd of 44,358
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Regular season matches
Super League XI
The Super League kicked off the weekend after the World Club Challenge with Hull F.C. defeating the newly promoted Castleford Tigers 42–18. This season saw the entry of Catalans Dragons, who are the first French team to compete since the demise of Paris Saint-Germain at the end of Super League II. The regular season would finish with St. Helens taking out the minor premiership and the Castleford Tigers being relegated to division one. The Super League Grand Final saw St. Helens claim a twelve championship with victory over Hull F.C. at Old Trafford in front of 73,000.
National Rugby League – Season 2006
The 99th season of first grade rugby league in Australia was controversial before competition even began. The New Zealand Warriors were fined and penalised four competition points for salary cap breaches in 2004 and 2005. They were fined, and started the season on −4 points. The season began on Friday, 10 March, when defending premiers Wests Tigers and early favourites St George Illawarra Dragons played at Telstra Stadium. Melbourne Storm won the Minor Premiership, however, lost to the Brisbane Broncos in the Grand Final in front of over 79,000.
Powergen Challenge Cup 2006
The Powergen Rugby League Challenge Cup is the most prestigious knock-out competition in the world of Rugby League and the 2006 competition saw over a hundred clubs competing from countries including England, France, Russia, Scotland and Wales. The final would see St. Helens take victory 41–12 over the Huddersfield Giants at Twickenham Stadium in front of 65,187.
UK National Leagues
The National Leagues kicked off on 7 April. There are three divisions, and the top team in National One has the opportunity to enter SuperLeague, subject to minimum standards.
AMNRL – Season 2006
The American National Rugby League kicked off on Wednesday 17 June with the Glen Mills Bulls defeating the Philadelphia Fight 48–26. This season saw the entry of three new competition teams the Jacksonville Axemen, New Haven Warriors and the Boston Braves. At the conclusion of the AMNRL regular season the Glen Mills Bulls won the Minor Premiership, however, lost to the Connecticut Wildcats in the Grand Final Championship match in front of over 2,500.
State of Origin
|1||24 May||New South Wales 17–16 Queensland||Telstra Stadium||Sydney||72,773|
|2||14 June||Queensland 30–6 New South Wales||Suncorp Stadium||Brisbane||52,468|
|3||5 July||Queensland 16–14 New South Wales||Telstra Dome||Melbourne||54,833|
Other international teams
|26 January||New Zealand Maori def. Fiji 12–6||Coffs Harbour International Stadium||Coffs Harbour||10,000||Orara Valley Tournament|
|26 January||USA def. Japan 40–10||Coffs Harbour International Stadium||Coffs Harbour||10,000||Orara Valley Tournament|
|2 February||Italy A def. USA 38–6||Marconi Stadium||Sydney||2,000||Columbus Cup|
|23 February||Tonga 64 – 0 Tokelau||Ericsson Stadium||Auckland||2,000||Pacific Cup||1|
|23 February||Fiji 26 – 4 Samoa||Ericsson Stadium||Auckland||2,000||Pacific Cup||2|
|25 February||Tonga 42 – 14 New Zealand Maori||Trusts Stadium||Auckland||2,500||Pacific Cup||3|
|25 February||Fiji 40 – 18 Cook Islands||Trusts Stadium||Auckland||2,500||Pacific Cup||4|
|2 March||New Zealand Maori 64 – 4 Tokelau||Trusts Stadium||Auckland||Pacific Cup||5|
|2 March||Cook Islands 42 – 0 Samoa||Trusts Stadium||Auckland||Pacific Cup||6|
|5 March||New Zealand Maori 44 – 14 Cook Islands||Trusts Stadium||Auckland||2,000||Pacific Cup||Playoff|
|5 March||Tokelau 34 – 28 Samoa||Trusts Stadium||Auckland||2,000||Pacific Cup||Playoff|
|5 March||Tonga 22 – 4 Fiji||Trusts Stadium||Auckland||2,000||Pacific Cup||Final|
|28 April||Russia def. Netherlands 40–14||Hoek van Holland||250||2008 World Cup qualifier|
|1 May||England Lionhearts 46–6 Serbia||FK Radnički Stadium||Belgrade|
|5 May||Australia def. New Zealand 50–12||Suncorp Stadium||Brisbane||44,191||ANZAC Test|
|6 May||England Lionhearts 50–4 Serbia||FK Mladost Stadium||Novi Sad||400|
|13 May||Georgia def. Serbia 45–10||FK Radnički Stadium||Belgrade||500||2008 World Cup qualifier|
|23 May||Great Britain Police def. Belgrade 64–0||FK Radnički Stadium||Belgrade|
|26 May||Georgia def. Netherlands 57–16||Locomotive Stadium||Tbilisi||10,935||2008 World Cup qualifier|
|27 May||Great Britain Police def. Serbia 58–8||FK Mladost Stadium||Novi Sad|
|3 June||Ireland A def. Scotland A 38–30||St Mary's RFC||Limerick||Skanska Amateur Four Nations|
|4 June||Russia def. Serbia 44–6||FK Radnički Stadium||Belgrade||200||2008 World Cup qualifier|
|9 June||BARLA "B" def. Italy 38–18||Monselice||Simone Franchini Memorial Tournament|
|9 June||BARLA "A" def. South Africa 34–14||Monselice||Simone Franchini Memorial Tournament|
|10 June||France B def. Morocco 23–16||Stade Bernard Bardin||Istres|
|12 June||South Africa def. Italy 76–6||Monselice||Simone Franchini Memorial Tournament|
|13 June||South Africa def. Italy 60–20||Monselice||Simone Franchini Memorial Tournament|
|17 June||Netherlands def. Serbia 38–26||RC Rotterdamse||Rotterdam||2008 World Cup qualifier|
|17 June||France A def. Scotland A 31–16||Pollok Park||Glasgow|
|25 June||Germany def. Austria 34–32||Nonner Stadion||Bad Reichenhall||358||Central Europe Development Tri-nations||1|
|27 June||Great Britain def. New Zealand 46–14||Knowsley Road||St. Helens||10,103||XXXX Test|
|15 July||England Lionhearts def. Ireland A 44–23||Terenure RFC||Dublin||Skanska Amateur Four Nations|
|16 July||Wales A def. Scotland A 22–16||Pollok Park||Glasgow||Skanska Amateur Four Nations|
|22 July||Germany d. Estonia 38–24||Viimsi Stadium||Tallinn||528||Central Europe Development Tri-nations||2|
|4 August||Netherlands "Tasman" def. Czech Republic 34–28||RC Rotterdamse||Rotterdam||International Cup|
|12 August||Serbia def. Czech Republic 38–26||RC Sparta||Prague||Slavic Cup|
|13 August||England Lionhearts def. Scotland A. 46–14||GHA Rugby Club||Glasgow||Skanska Amateur Four Nations|
|19 August||Ireland A. def. Wales A 24–10||Brewery Field||Bridgend||Skanska Amateur Four Nations|
|2 September||Austria def. Estonia 56–32||Stier Arena||Paternion, Carinthia||237||Central Europe Development Tri-nations||3|
|10 September||England Lionhearts def. Wales A 30–26||Featherstone Rovers RL||Featherstone||Skanska Amateur Four Nations|
|29 September||Tonga def. Cook Islands 56–14||Cambelltown Stadium||Sydney||3,013||2008 World Cup qualifier|
|29 September||Samoa def. Fiji 30–28||Cambelltown Stadium||Sydney||3,013||2008 World Cup qualifier|
|30 September||Australian Prime Minister's XIII def. Papua New Guinea 28–8||Lloyd Robson Oval||Port Moresby||10,000|
|4 October||Fiji def. Tonga 30–28||Western Weekender Stadium||Sydney||3,813||2008 World Cup qualifier|
|4 October||Samoa def. Cook Islands 46–6||Western Weekender Stadium||Sydney||3,813||2008 World Cup qualifier|
|7 October||Fiji def. Cook Islands 40–4||CUA Stadium||Sydney||2008 World Cup qualifier|
|7 October||Fiji A def. Greece 34–12||OKI Jubilee Stadium||Sydney|
|8 October||Lebanon def. Malta 36–10||Western Weekender Stadium||Sydney||Battle of the Phoenicians|
|14 October||Australia def. New Zealand 30–18||Mt Smart Stadium||Auckland||17,887||Tri-nations||1|
|21 October||Australia def. New Zealand 20–15||Telstra Dome||Melbourne||30,732||Tri-nations||2|
|22 October||England def. France 26–10||Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds||5,547||Federation Shield||1|
|22 October||Tonga def. Samoa 18–10||Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds||5,547||Federation Shield||2|
|22 October||Ireland def. Russia 50–12||Sili Stadium||Moscow||2008 World Cup qualifier|
|25 October||Cumbria def. Tonga 28–16||Derwent Park||Workington||1,639||Friendly|
|28 October||Lebanon def. Russia 22–8||New River Stadium||London||2008 World Cup qualifier|
|28 October||USA def. Japan 54–18||Aston Community Center Field||Aston||2008 World Cup qualifier|
|28 October||Greece def. Serbia 44–26||Glyka Nera Football Club||Athens||150||Friendly|
|28 October||New Zealand def. Great Britain 18–14||Jade Stadium||Christchurch||17,005||Tri-nations||3|
|29 October||Scotland def. Wales 21–14||Brewery Field||Bridgend||2,378||2008 World Cup qualifier|
|29 October||France def. Samoa 28–6||Benichou Stadium||Colomiers||Federation Shield||3|
|29 October||England def. Tonga 40–18||Twickenham Stoop||London||Federation Shield||4|
|4 November||Great Britain def. Australia 23–12||Aussie Stadium||Sydney||24,953||Tri-nations||4|
|5 November||Ireland tied with Lebanon 18–18||Tolka Park||Dublin||2008 World Cup qualifier|
|5 November||Tonga def. France 48–10||Municipal Stadium Pierre Antoine||Castres||Federation Shield||5|
|5 November||England def. Samoa 38–14||KC Stadium||Hull||5,698||Federation Shield||6|
|11 November||New Zealand 34 – 4 Great Britain||Westpac Stadium||Wellington||Tri-nations||5|
|12 November||England 32 – 14 Tonga||Halton Stadium||Widnes||Federation Shield||Final|
|18 November||Australia 33 – 10 Great Britain||Suncorp Stadium||Brisbane||44,358||Tri-nations||6|
|25 November||Australia 16 – 12 New Zealand||Aussie Stadium||Sydney||Tri-nations||Final|
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