Get Our Extension

South Sydney Rabbitohs

From Wikipedia, in a visual modern way
South Sydney Rabbitohs
South Sydney Rabbitohs.png
Club information
Full nameSouth Sydney District Rugby League Football Club
Colours  Cardinal Red
  Myrtle green
  White
  Black
Founded17 January 1908; 114 years ago (1908-01-17)
Websiterabbitohs.com.au
Current details
Ground(s)
CEOBlake Solly
ChairmanNick Pappas
CoachJason Demetriou
CaptainCameron Murray
2022 seasonPreliminary finalists
7th on ladder
Rugby football current event.png Current season
Uniforms
Home colours
Away colours
Records
Premierships21 (1908, 1909, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 2014)
Runners-up14 (1910, 1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1949, 1952, 1965, 1969, 2021)
Minor premiership17 (1908, 1909, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1932, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1989)
Wooden spoons8 (1945, 1946, 1962, 1975, 1990, 2003, 2004, 2006)
Most capped336John Sutton
Highest try scorer166Alex Johnston
Highest points scorer1,896Adam Reynolds
Arthur Hennessy, South Sydney's first captain and coach
Arthur Hennessy, South Sydney's first captain and coach
Jack Rayner c. 1949, Premiership player and coach
Jack Rayner c. 1949, Premiership player and coach

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are a professional Australian rugby league club based in Redfern, a suburb of inner-southern Sydney, New South Wales.[1] They participate in the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership and are one of nine existing teams from the state capital, Sydney. They are often called Souths or The Bunnies.

The club was formed in 1908, as one of the founding members of the New South Wales Rugby Football League, making them one of Australia's oldest rugby league teams. The Rabbitohs were formed, under their original 1908 articles of association, with the NSWRL competition, to represent the Sydney municipalities of Redfern, Alexandria, Zetland, Waterloo, Mascot and Botany. They are one of only two NSW foundation clubs still present in the NRL, the other being the Sydney Roosters.[note 1]

The Rabbitohs' traditional heartland covers the once typically working-class suburbs of inner-south Sydney. The club is based in Redfern, where the club's administration and training facilities are located, however they have long held a wide supporter base spread all over New South Wales. The team's home ground is currently Stadium Australia in Sydney Olympic Park. South Sydney are the most successful professional team in the history of Australian rugby league with 21 first grade premierships.

Discover more about South Sydney Rabbitohs related topics

Rugby league

Rugby league

Rugby league football, commonly known as just rugby league and sometimes football, footy, rugby or league, is a full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field measuring 68 metres wide and 112–122 metres long with H shaped posts at both ends. It is one of the two codes of rugby football, the other being rugby union. It originated in 1895 as the result of a split from the Rugby Football Union over the issue of payments to players. The rules of the game governed by the new Northern Rugby Football Union progressively changed from those of the RFU with the specific aim of producing a faster and more entertaining game to appeal to spectators, on whose income the new organisation and its members depended. Due to its high-velocity contact, cardio-based endurance and minimal use of body protection, rugby league is widely regarded as the toughest and most brutal collision sport in the world.

Redfern, New South Wales

Redfern, New South Wales

Redfern is an inner-city suburb of Sydney located 3 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district and is part of the local government area of the City of Sydney. Strawberry Hills is a locality on the border with Surry Hills. The area experienced the process of gentrification and is subject to extensive redevelopment plans by the state government, to increase the population and reduce the concentration of poverty in the suburb and neighbouring Waterloo.

New South Wales

New South Wales

New South Wales is a state on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, and South Australia to the west. Its coast borders the Coral and Tasman Seas to the east. The Australian Capital Territory and Jervis Bay Territory are enclaves within the state. New South Wales' state capital is Sydney, which is also Australia's most populous city. In December 2021, the population of New South Wales was over 8 million, making it Australia's most populous state. Just under two-thirds of the state's population, 5.3 million, live in the Greater Sydney area.

National Rugby League

National Rugby League

The National Rugby League (NRL) is an Australasian rugby league club competition which contains clubs from New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory and New Zealand. The NRL formed in 1998 as a joint partnership between the Australian Rugby League (ARL) and media giant News Corporation-controlled Super League, in the aftermath of the 1990s Super League war, in which both ran parallel to each other in 1997. The partnership was dissolved in 2012, with control of the NRL going to the re-constituted ARL, which was re-structured with an independent board of directors and renamed the Australian Rugby League Commission.

Sydney

Sydney

Sydney is the capital city of the state of New South Wales, and the most populous city in both Australia and Oceania. Located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds Sydney Harbour and extends about 70 km (43.5 mi) towards the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north, the Royal National Park to the south and Macarthur to the south-west. Sydney is made up of 658 suburbs, spread across 33 local government areas. Residents of the city are known as "Sydneysiders". The 2021 census recorded the population of Greater Sydney as 5,231,150, meaning the city is home to approximately 66% of the state's population. Nicknames of the city include the 'Emerald City' and the 'Harbour City'.

Sydney Roosters

Sydney Roosters

The Sydney Roosters are an Australian professional Rugby League Football Club based in the Eastern Suburbs (Sydney) and parts of inner Sydney. The club competes in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition. The Roosters have won fifteen New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) and National Rugby League titles, and several other competitions. First founded as the Eastern Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club (ESDRLFC), it is the only club to have played in each and every season at the elite level, and since the 1970s has often been dubbed the glamour club of the league. The Sydney Roosters have won 15 premierships, equal to the record of the St George Dragons. Only the South Sydney Rabbitohs have won more premierships. The club holds the record for having won more matches than any other in the league, the most Minor Premierships and the most World Club Challenge trophies. The Sydney Roosters are one of only two clubs to finish runners-up in their inaugural season. Currently coached by Trent Robinson and captained by James Tedesco, the Roosters play home games at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Stadium Australia

Stadium Australia

Stadium Australia, currently known as Accor Stadium for sponsorship purposes, is a multi-purpose stadium located in the Sydney Olympic Park, in Sydney, Australia. The stadium, which in Australia is sometimes referred to as Sydney Olympic Stadium, Homebush Stadium or simply the Olympic Stadium, was completed in March 1999 at a cost of A$690 million to host the 2000 Summer Olympics. The Stadium was leased by a private company, the Stadium Australia Group, until the Stadium was sold back to the NSW Government on 1 June 2016 after NSW Premier Michael Baird announced the Stadium was to be redeveloped as a world-class rectangular stadium. The Stadium is owned by Venues NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.

Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic Park is a suburb of Greater Western Sydney, located 13 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Parramatta Council. It is commonly known as Olympic Park but officially named Sydney Olympic Park. The area was part of the suburb of Lidcombe and known as "North Lidcombe", but between 1989 and 2009 was named "Homebush Bay". The names "Homebush Bay" and, sometimes, "Homebush" are still used colloquially as a metonym for Stadium Australia as well as the Olympic Park precinct as a whole, but Homebush is an older, separate suburb to the southeast, in the Municipality of Strathfield.

Rugby league in Australia

Rugby league in Australia

Rugby league in Australia has been one of Australia's most popular sports since it started being played there in 1908. It is the dominant winter football code in the states of New South Wales and Queensland. In 2009, it was the most watched sport on Australian television eclipsing the AFL nationally with an aggregate audience of 128.5 million viewers. The elite club competition is the National Rugby League (NRL), which features ten teams from New South Wales, three teams from Queensland, and one team each from Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory and New Zealand.

History

Origins (1908–1950)

The South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club was formed at a meeting on 17 January 1908 at Redfern Town Hall[2] when administrator J. J. Giltinan, cricketer Victor Trumper and politician Henry Hoyle gathered together in front of a large crowd of supporters.[3] The club played in the first round of the newly formed New South Wales Rugby League, defeating North Sydney 11–7 at Birchgrove Oval on 20 April 1908.[3][4] The team went on to win the inaugural premiership then successfully defended their title in the 1909 season, winning the Grand Final by default.[5] During these early years Arthur Hennessy was considered the "founding father" of the South Sydney rugby league club. A hooker and prop forward, Hennessy was Souths' first captain and coach. He was also New South Wales' first captain and Australia's first test captain in 1908. S. G. "George" Ball became Club Secretary in 1911 after Arthur Hennessy stood down from the position, and he remained in that capacity for over fifty years, only retiring a few years before his death in 1969.

After further premiership success in 1914 and 1918, South Sydney won seven of the eight premierships from 1925 to 1932, missing out only in 1930. The 1925 side went through the season undefeated[6] and is only one of six Australian premiership sides in history to have achieved this feat. Such was Souths dominance in the early years of the rugby league competition that the Rabbitohs were labelled "The Pride of the League".[2][7]

South Sydney struggled through most of the 1940s, only making the semifinals on two occasions (1944 and 1949). South Sydney's longest losing streak of 22 games was during the period 1945–1947. In the 1945 season they only managed to win one game while in 1946 they were unable to win a single game.

Golden era (1950–1955)

In the 1950s South Sydney again had great success, winning five of the six premierships from 1950 to 1955, and losing the 1952 Grand Final against Western Suburbs in controversial circumstances. The 1951 side's point scoring feat in their 42–14 victory over Manly-Warringah[8] remains the highest score by a team in a Grand Final and "the miracle of '55"[9][10] involved South Sydney winning 11 straight sudden death matches to win the premiership. Players that were involved in these years included Denis Donoghue, Jack Rayner, Les "Chicka" Cowie, Johnny Graves, Ian Moir, Greg Hawick, Ernie Hammerton, Bernie Purcell and Clive Churchill. Churchill, nicknamed "the Little Master" for his brilliant attacking fullback play, is universally regarded as one of the greatest ever Australian rugby league players.

Inbetween years (1956–1964)

In the late 1950s Souths began a poor run of form failing to make the finals from 1958 to 1964.

"Glory years" (1965–1971)

In 1965 a talented young side made the Grand Final against St. George who were aiming to secure their tenth straight premiership. The young Rabbitohs were not overawed by the Dragons' formidable experience and in front of a record crowd of 78,056[11] at the Sydney Cricket Ground, they went down narrowly 12–8.[12] The nucleus of this side went on to feature in Australian representative teams for the next six years and ensured another golden period for South Sydney making five successive grand finals from 1967 to 1971, winning four. Bob McCarthy, John O'Neill, Eric Simms, Ron Coote, Mike Cleary and John Sattler from 1965 were later joined by Elwyn Walters, Ray Branighan, Paul Sait, Gary Stevens and coach Clive Churchill to form a fearsome combination before internal strife and poaching by other clubs from 1972 onwards unravelled the star studded pack.[13] From this period comes part of South's and Australian Rugby League folklore when in the 1970 premiership decider against Manly, captain John Sattler inspired the side to victory playing out 70 minutes of the match with his jaw broken[14] in three places after being king hit by Manly prop John Bucknall.[15][16]

Hard times and revival (1972–1989)

Financial problems started to hit Souths in the early 1970s, forcing some players to go to other clubs. The licensed Leagues Club, traditionally such an important revenue provider to all first grade league sides, was closed in 1973 but a "Save Our Souths" campaign ensured the club survived. "Super Coach"[note 2] Jack Gibson's arrival turned the club's form, winning the pre-season competition in 1978.[3] The club captured victories in the mid-week Tooth Cup competition in 1981[17] and in the pre-season "Sevens" competition in 1988.[3] The Rabbitohs made the finals on five occasions in the 1980s, including a dominant season to finish as minor premiers in 1989.[3] The 1989 season proved to be the club's most successful in years, but was also the last time the club reached the finals until 2007. The following season the Rabbitohs finished as wooden spooners.

Financial trouble, exclusion and readmission (1990–2002)

The club stayed afloat in the 1990s despite major financial problems. Souths' only success came in 1994 when they won the pre-season competition, defeating the Brisbane Broncos 27–26 in the final.[3] The Super League War and the eventual formation of the National Rugby League affected the club greatly when it was determined in 1998 that the newly formed competition would be contracted to 14 teams for the 2000 season. Following a series of mergers by other teams,[note 3] South Sydney failed to meet the National Rugby League's selection criteria to compete in the competition and were subsequently excluded from the premiership at the end of the 1999 season.

South Sydney Rabbitohs shareholder, actor Russell Crowe.
South Sydney Rabbitohs shareholder, actor Russell Crowe.

In 2000 and 2001, South Sydney fought their way back into the competition following a string of high-profile legal battles[18] against the National Rugby League and News Limited.[19] A number of well attended public rallies took place during this time, as supporters from many different clubs got behind South Sydney's case. Upon appeal to the Federal Court in 2001,[20] South Sydney won readmission into the premiership for the 2002 season.[21]

NRL era (2002–present)

Early struggles (2002–2006)

After being readmitted, the Rabbitohs were initially unsuccessful in the premiership, finishing amongst the bottom three teams for five seasons straight including three wooden spoons. However, following the club's takeover by actor Russell Crowe and businessman Peter Holmes à Court in 2006,[22] the club has had great success in securing a number of major national and international player signings such as the four Burgess Brothers and Greg Inglis. The club was also successful in recruiting several key managerial positions including Jason Taylor as head coach in 2007 and more recently Michael Maguire in 2012.

South Sydney was a party to one of the sponsorship deals promoted by the fraudulent company Firepower International.[23]

Building years (2007–2011)

South Sydney won their first three games of the 2007 season (marking their best start to a season since 1972) and being competitive in every game. On the back of one of the best defences in the competition, the Rabbitohs finished strongly making the semi-finals for the first time since 1989. They finished the season in seventh position, going down to Manly in the playoffs.

On 26 January 2008, the Rabbitohs lost 24–26 to the Leeds Rhinos in front of 12,000 fans at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida, the first time first-grade professional rugby league teams from Australia and England have played each other in the United States.

Broncos vs Rabbitohs 2008
Broncos vs Rabbitohs 2008

May 2008 saw the sudden resignation of the then current Executive chairman and CEO, Peter Holmes à Court. He had been appointed to the role of CEO at the start of 2008.[24][25] Reports suggested that Holmes à Court had been forced to stand down after his relationship with Russell Crowe had deteriorated beyond repair.[26][27][28][29][30]

Warriors v Rabbitohs 2009
Warriors v Rabbitohs 2009

The South Sydney Rabbitohs celebrated their centenary year during the 2008 National Rugby League season. That year they were named the National Trust's inaugural 'Community Icon', in recognition of the club's significant longstanding contribution to sport and sporting culture at both state and national levels.[31]

On 11 November 2010, South Sydney signed Melbourne back Greg Inglis on a three-year deal starting in the 2011 season.[32]

In April 2011, Souths announced Michael Maguire would replace retiring coach John Lang for the 2012 season, signing as head coach on a three-year deal.[33]

2012

In Maguire's first year as coach, South Sydney finished third at the end of the regular season, qualifying for the finals for the first time since 2007 and just the second time since 1989,[34] recording their 1000th First Grade win in the process.[35] Souths were eventually eliminated in the preliminary final, losing 32–8 to the Bulldogs.

2013

In 2013 Souths finished second on the table, again reaching the preliminary finals before being knocked out by Manly in a 30–20 loss.

2014

South Sydney finished third at the end of the regular season in 2014. In week 1 of the finals series they defeated Manly 40–24 and backing up in week 3 to beat the Roosters 32–22 in the preliminary final, qualifying for their first grand final since 1971, playing the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

After a slim lead of 6–0 early in the first half of the decider, Souths went on to score 4 unanswered tries in the second to defeat Canterbury-Bankstown 30–6, breaking a 43-year drought to claim the premiership. Lock forward Sam Burgess received the Clive Churchill Medal despite playing Hath entirety of the match with a fractured cheekbone suffered Entirely due to A head clash during the first Tackle of the game. ThiS was the last match Burgess played before his departure to rugby union.

On Thursday 9 October 2014, the South Sydney club were presented with the Keys to the City of Randwick by Mayor Ted Seng at a presentation ceremony at Souths Juniors in Kingsford and later the same day awarded the Keys to the City of Sydney by Lord Mayor Clover Moore at a reception at Sydney Town Hall.

On 23 October 2014, Holmes à Court sold his 50% share of Blackcourt League Investments Pty Limited, and consequently his 37.5% stake in South Sydney, to James Packer's ScrumPac Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Packer's Consolidated Press Holdings.[36]

2015

South Sydney started the 2015 season in promising fashion before injuries to key players set in with the club finishing seventh on the table and qualifying for the finals. In week one of the finals they played against Cronulla in the elimination match and lost 28–12, ending their season.[37][38]

2016

The 2016 NRL season proved to be a disappointing one for Souths as they finished 12th on the table, with only 9 wins for the entire season.[39]

2017

The 2017 NRL season seemed to mirror the previous year with the club again finishing 12th on the table and captain Greg Inglis missing the entire season through injury after an anterior cruciate ligament injury acquired in the first game of the year. At seasons end, coach Michael Maguire was terminated and assistant coach Anthony Seibold was appointed head coach.[40][41]

2018

For the 2018 NRL season, many experts predicted Souths to finish outside the top 8 but the club performed strongly throughout the year finishing third on the table at the end of the regular season. In week one of the finals, South Sydney played against Melbourne and looked to have secured the victory until a late try and a field goal gave Melbourne the win 29–28. In week two, South Sydney played against St George for the first time in the finals series since 1984. Souths won the match 13–12 thanks to three field goals from Adam Reynolds including one in the final minute of the match. In the preliminary final, Souths faced off against arch rivals Eastern Suburbs in what would also be the last match played at the Sydney Football Stadium. In front of a ground record crowd of 44,380, Souths were defeated 12–4.[42][43]

2019

South Sydney started the 2019 NRL season strongly with the club winning 10 of their first 11 matches. Following the 2019 State of Origin series, Souths suffered a slump in form losing four games in a row. The club then recovered towards the end of the regular season winning 3 games in a row to finish in third place on the table and qualified for the finals series.[44][45]

South Sydney would go on to lose their qualifying final against their arch rivals the Sydney Roosters 30–6 in week one of the 2019 finals series at the Sydney Cricket Ground. In the elimination final against Manly-Warringah, Souths won a hard-fought match 34–26 at ANZ Stadium to reach their second consecutive preliminary final. In the preliminary final against Canberra, Souths would go on to fall short of a grand final appearance losing the match 16–10 at a sold out Canberra Stadium.[46][47][48]

2020

South Sydney finished the 2020 NRL season in sixth place and qualified for the finals. Along the way, the club recorded big victories over Parramatta winning 38–0 and defeating arch-rivals the Sydney Roosters 60–8 which was Souths' biggest ever win over the club. Souths would then defeat Newcastle and Parramatta to reach the preliminary final against Penrith. In the preliminary final, Souths lost a close encounter 20–16 which ended their season. The result also meant it was the club's third straight preliminary final loss.[49][50]

2021

South Sydney began the 2021 NRL season as one of the favourites to win the premiership. After losing to Melbourne in the opening round of the year, Souths went on to win the next seven games in a row. In the next three games however, the club suffered a 50–0 loss against Melbourne and a 56–12 loss against Penrith.[51][52] In round 22, they set a new record in the competitions 113-year history being the first club to score 30 points or more in eight consecutive matches.[53] Souths would go on to finish the regular season in third place after winning 13 of their last 14 matches.[54] In week one of the finals series, South Sydney defeated Penrith 16–10 to book a place in the preliminary final for the fourth season in a row. In the preliminary final, the club defeated Manly 36–16 to reach the Grand Final for the first time since 2014 and only the second time since 1971.[55] In the 2021 NRL Grand Final, South Sydney trailed Penrith 8–6 at the half-time break. In the second half, Souths player Cody Walker threw a long pass which was intercepted by Penrith's Stephen Crichton which saw the player score untouched under the posts. With five minutes remaining, South Sydney scored in the corner through Alex Johnston. South Sydney captain Adam Reynolds then had a conversion attempt from the sideline to make the game 14–14. Reynolds narrowly missed his attempt which went just wide of the post. In the final minute, Reynolds attempted a two-point field goal which fell short of the crossbar. Penrith would go on to win the match 14–12.[56]

2022

Following the departure of coach Wayne Bennet and captain Adam Reynolds, Rabbitohs assistant coach Jason Demetriou and lock Cameron Murray were appointed as head coach and captain respectively. The 2022 NRL season got off to a rough start for Souths, losing three of their first four games, including an upset loss to the Brisbane Broncos, and a golden point loss to the Melbourne Storm. However, Souths would finish the regular season strongly, winning seven of their last ten games, including a four game winning streak between rounds 16 and 19, and narrow losses to Cronulla-Sutherland and Panthers. The South Sydney club finished seventh with a win-loss record of 14-10.

In week one of the finals, Souths beat arch-rivals the Sydney Roosters 30-14 after losing to them the week prior. The game was notable for having seven sin bins (four of which were Souths players), setting a new record for the most sin bins in a single game. The following week, Souths beat the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in a one-sided match, winning 38-12, and advancing to a fifth consecutive preliminary final, where they would face the Penrith Panthers. After leading 12-0, Penrith scored five unanswered tries to win the game 32-12, ending South Sydney’s season.

Discover more about History related topics

History of the South Sydney Rabbitohs

History of the South Sydney Rabbitohs

The history of the South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league football club stretches back to the pre-schism (1908) days of rugby football in Australia to the present. The club's history is one of the longest of any Australian rugby league club and they are one of the National Rugby League's last two extant foundation clubs along with the Sydney Roosters.

Redfern Town Hall

Redfern Town Hall

The Redfern Town Hall is a landmark sandstone civic building located in the heart of Redfern, New South Wales, Australia. built in 1870 and designed in the Victorian Regency style by George Allen Mansfield. It was the seat of the Municipality of Redfern from 1870 to 1948. It stands at 73 Pitt Street, Redfern.

J. J. Giltinan

J. J. Giltinan

James Joseph Giltinan (1866–1950) was an Australian entrepreneur who helped to introduce the sport of rugby league football to Australia. The J. J. Giltinan Shield, which is awarded annually to the National Rugby League minor premiers, was named after him.

Victor Trumper

Victor Trumper

Victor Thomas Trumper was an Australian cricketer known as the most stylish and versatile batsman of the Golden Age of cricket, capable of playing match-winning innings on wet wickets his contemporaries found unplayable. Archie MacLaren said of him, "Compared to Victor I was a cab-horse to a Derby winner". Trumper was also a key figure in the foundation of rugby league in Australia.

Henry Hoyle

Henry Hoyle

Henry "Harry" Clement Hoyle was an Australian politician and rugby league football administrator of the 1890s and 1900s. A life member of the New South Wales Rugby League, Hoyle is credited with helping to craft the rhetoric justifying its successful 1908 split from the New South Wales Rugby Football Union.

New South Wales Rugby League premiership

New South Wales Rugby League premiership

The New South Wales Rugby League premiership was the first rugby league football club competition established in Australia and contributor to today's National Rugby League. Run by the New South Wales Rugby League from 1908 until 1994, the premiership was the state's elite rugby league competition, parallel to Queensland's first-class league, the Brisbane Rugby League.

North Sydney Bears

North Sydney Bears

The North Sydney Bears is an Australian rugby league football club based in North Sydney, New South Wales. The club competes in the New South Wales Cup, having exited the National Rugby League following the 1999 NRL season after 90 years in the premier rugby league competition in Australia. North Sydney is based on Sydney's Lower North Shore, and has played at North Sydney Oval since 1910. There have been on-going bids to resurrect the club in the NRL as either The Bears, based in Perth and Sydney, or as the Central Coast Bears, based at Gosford.

Arthur Hennessy

Arthur Hennessy

Arthur Stephen "Ash" Hennessy was an Australian pioneer rugby league identity. He was a seminal figure in the creation of the South Sydney Rabbitohs for whom he played and later coached. He was a state and national representative hooker/forward and was the first captain of the Australian national rugby league team. He played for New South Wales in the first rugby match run by the newly created 'New South Wales Rugby Football League' which had just split away from the established New South Wales Rugby Football Union. He later coached at club, state and national representative levels.

Emblem

The club mascot is the rabbitoh, a now-disused term that was commonly used in the early 20th century to describe hawkers who captured and skinned rabbits and then sold the meat at markets,[57] so named because they would shout "rabbit-oh!" around the markets to attract buyers. The club is also informally referred to as the Rabbits, Bunnies or Souths.

Exactly how South Sydney came to be known as the Rabbitohs is unknown. According to one version of events, dating from pre-schism days at the turn of the 20th century, some of the club's players earned some extra money on Saturday mornings as rabbit-oh men, staining their jerseys with rabbit blood in the process; when they played in those blood stained jumpers that afternoon, opponents from wealthier rugby clubs did not always appreciate the aroma and would mockingly repeat the "Rabbitoh!" cry.[58] Another version was that the term was a disparaging reference by opposing teams to South's home ground being plagued with "rabbit 'oles"; in those early days Redfern Oval was then known as Nathan's Cow Paddock.[2] A third version claims the Rabbitoh name was adopted from that of the touring Australian rugby union teams of the early 1900s who were nicknamed "Rabbits" prior to discarding the name in 1908 in favour of the moniker "Wallabies".[59]

The "Rabbitoh" emblem, a running white rabbit, first appeared on the team's jersey in 1959. The Rabbitoh emblem has in various forms been carried as the club's crest on every player's jersey ever since. The original "Rabbitoh" emblem design that appeared on the team's jerseys throughout the 1960s and 1970s has now been incorporated on the current jersey.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs celebrated their centenary year during 2008. The club released a centenary emblem to commemorate the occasion. To also coincide with the centenary year, Souths opted to alter their logo by removing the red and green oval from their emblem for a solid white rabbit with the words South Sydney Rabbitohs set in uppercase type.

Discover more about Emblem related topics

Colours

South Sydney has used cardinal red and myrtle green colours on its playing jerseys for the vast majority of the club's history. Prior to the establishment of the rugby league club in 1908, the South Sydney rugby union team originally wore a red and green hooped jersey. Some sources have suggested that this combination of colours was due to the local rugby union club being nicknamed the "Redfern Waratahs". The first British inhabitants had often called the waratah a "red fern" instead, hence giving the suburb its name, and ultimately the local rugby club its emblem. Red and green dominate the colours of the waratah and hence, possibly, the South Sydney Rugby League Football Club adopted these colours for their jerseys.[59] However, the suburb of Redfern was named in honour of William Redfern, one of the first doctors of the colony, who treated convicts and poor settlers as well as the wealthy.

The club's jersey has been a hooped-styled one comprising alternating red and green, and has been used for the vast majority of the club's history.[60] In 1945 and 1946 the club broke with this tradition and used a green design with a red "V" around the collar, before reverting to the original hoop style. From 1980 to 1984 the team played in a strip which saw the inclusion of white hoops within a predominately green design with a central red stripe and was affectionately known as the "Minties"[61] jersey (so-called due to its apparent similarity to the wrapper design of the popular sweet). With the introduction of "away" jerseys towards the end of the 20th century, the club initially introduced a predominantly white jersey for away matches which was changed to a predominantly black one for the 2006 season.

Before the start of the 2007 season, the club announced that the away jersey would be styled identically to the traditional home jersey, with the exception of sponsorship and the rabbit emblem, which has been styled similarly to the one that initially featured on jerseys in the 1960s.[62] For season 2009, the rabbit emblem is black for home matches whilst the emblem is the original white for away matches.[63]

The playing shorts worn were historically black, though in the late 1970s the club adopted green shorts with a red vertical stripe. This was then superseded by the white shorts of the "Minties" outfit. When the club subsequently reverted to their traditional playing strip, the decision was made to wear black shorts once more. In 2008 the Rabbitohs wore white shorts to match the white stripe running down the side of their jersey.

Discover more about Colours related topics

New South Wales Rugby Union

New South Wales Rugby Union

The New South Wales Rugby Union, or NSWRU, is the governing body for the sport of rugby union within most of the state of New South Wales in Australia. It is a member and founding union of Rugby Australia. Within Australia it is considered the strongest Union. It has the largest player base, biggest population, most suburban clubs, and the oldest running club rugby competition in the country.

Waratah

Waratah

Waratah (Telopea) is an Australian-endemic genus of five species of large shrubs or small trees, native to the southeastern parts of Australia. The best-known species in this genus is Telopea speciosissima, which has bright red flowers and is the NSW state emblem. The Waratah is a member of the family Proteaceae, flowering plants distributed in the Southern Hemisphere. The key diagnostic feature of Proteaceae is the inflorescence, which is often very large, brightly coloured and showy, consisting of many small flowers densely packed into a compact head or spike. Species of waratah boast such inflorescences ranging from 6–15 cm in diameter with a basal ring of coloured bracts. The leaves are spirally arranged, 10–20 cm long and 2–3 cm broad with entire or serrated margins. The name waratah comes from the Eora Aboriginal people, the pre-European inhabitants of the Sydney area.

William Redfern

William Redfern

William Redfern was an English-raised surgeon in early colonial Australia who was transported to New South Wales as a convict for his role in the Mutiny on the Nore. He is widely regarded as the “father of Australian medicine“.

Geographic area

The South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club (precursor to the current corporate entity) was formed, under the original 1908 articles of association with the NSWRL competition, to represent the Sydney municipalities of Alexandria, Botany, Mascot, Waterloo, Maroubra and Zetland.

Souths have a proud history of Indigenous players from the local district clubs including La Perouse United, Redfern All Blacks and Indigenous recruits from Country NSW.

Stadium

During the early years of the New South Wales Rugby League premiership, "home games" were not assigned very often. However, South Sydney played most of their games at the Royal Agricultural Society Ground (Sydney Showground) from 1908 until the club's departure in 1920. From 1911 onwards, the Sydney Sports Ground was also used interchangeably with the Agricultural Ground over a decade for hosting matches.[64] In 1947 the club played its final season at the Sports Ground, before relocating to Redfern Oval in 1948.[65] It was here that team played in the heart of the club's territory and played the vast majority of its allocated home matches.

Stadium Australia, the Rabbitohs current home ground.
Stadium Australia, the Rabbitohs current home ground.

In 1988, the club began to play in the Sydney Football Stadium,[66] just built upon the former Sydney Sports Ground and Sydney Cricket Ground No. 2 Oval. The side continued to play here up until 2005, with the exception of 2000 and 2001 when South Sydney was absent from the premiership. During 2004–2005, when the Rabbitoh's contract with Sydney Football Stadium was about to expire, new home grounds were investigated at Gosford, North Sydney Oval and Telstra Stadium. Eventually the decision was made to relocate to Telstra Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park. The move was generally not well received by the fans,[67][68] but provided considerably more income for the club, which was several million dollars in the red at the end of 2005.[69]

Redfern Oval, Rabbitohs vs Wests Tigers pre-season trial game, 8 February 2009.
Redfern Oval, Rabbitohs vs Wests Tigers pre-season trial game, 8 February 2009.

In 2006 the club relocated home games to Stadium Australia in Sydney's west (known as Telstra Stadium until the conclusion of 2007). In February 2008, the Rabbitohs renewed their partnership with ANZ Stadium to play NRL home games and home finals at the venue for the next 10 years, commencing season 2008. The agreement runs until the end of 2017, superseding the inaugural three-year home ground arrangement at ANZ Stadium that started in 2006. During 2008 the City of Sydney Council[70] completed a $19.5 million upgrade and renovation of Redfern Oval. From season 2009, the upgraded Redfern Oval will provide the Rabbitohs with training facilities and a venue for hosting pre-season and exhibition matches.[70]

As well as their main home ground, South Sydney also play home games at the Sunshine Coast Stadium and at the Central Coast Stadium during the year.

As well as hosting Rabbitohs games, the stadium is also home to SEDA College NSW who host their rugby based curriculum at the venue.

Discover more about Stadium related topics

New South Wales Rugby League premiership

New South Wales Rugby League premiership

The New South Wales Rugby League premiership was the first rugby league football club competition established in Australia and contributor to today's National Rugby League. Run by the New South Wales Rugby League from 1908 until 1994, the premiership was the state's elite rugby league competition, parallel to Queensland's first-class league, the Brisbane Rugby League.

Sydney Sports Ground

Sydney Sports Ground

The Sydney Sports Ground No. 1 was a Stadium and Dirt track racing venue in Sydney, New South Wales. The ground was located where the car park of the Sydney Football Stadium (SFS) currently sits. The ground had two main grandstands and was surrounded by a grass covered hill, giving it a capacity of more than 35,000. It was demolished along with the smaller No.2 Ground in 1986 to allow the building of the SFS, which opened in 1988. During its lifespan the Sports Ground hosted Rugby league, Rugby Union, Soccer, Motorcycle speedway and Speedway car racing.

Redfern Oval

Redfern Oval

Redfern Oval is an Australian football ground, in the Sydney suburb of Redfern, New South Wales, Australia. The South Sydney Rabbitohs Rugby League Football Club played at Redfern Oval between 1948 and 1987. Rabbitoh supporters often refer to Redfern Oval as "The Holy Land".

Stadium Australia

Stadium Australia

Stadium Australia, currently known as Accor Stadium for sponsorship purposes, is a multi-purpose stadium located in the Sydney Olympic Park, in Sydney, Australia. The stadium, which in Australia is sometimes referred to as Sydney Olympic Stadium, Homebush Stadium or simply the Olympic Stadium, was completed in March 1999 at a cost of A$690 million to host the 2000 Summer Olympics. The Stadium was leased by a private company, the Stadium Australia Group, until the Stadium was sold back to the NSW Government on 1 June 2016 after NSW Premier Michael Baird announced the Stadium was to be redeveloped as a world-class rectangular stadium. The Stadium is owned by Venues NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.

City of Sydney

City of Sydney

The City of Sydney is the local government area covering the Sydney central business district and surrounding inner city suburbs of the greater metropolitan area of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Established by Act of Parliament in 1842, the City of Sydney is the oldest, and the oldest-surviving, local government authority in New South Wales, and the second-oldest in Australia, with only the City of Adelaide being older by two years.

Sunshine Coast Stadium

Sunshine Coast Stadium

Sunshine Coast Stadium is a multi-sport venue located at Kawana Waters on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. The stadium is the main venue in a sporting precinct that also includes seven fields.

Central Coast Stadium

Central Coast Stadium

Central Coast Stadium, known commercially as Industree Group Stadium is a sports venue in Gosford, on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia. The stadium is home to the Central Coast Mariners association football club which competes in the A-League. The stadium also hosts rugby league and rugby union fixtures on an ad hoc basis as well as other major social events.

Supporters

The South Sydney Rabbitohs continue to have a large supporter base in their traditional areas of South-eastern Sydney, despite having moved from Redfern Oval two decades ago, while also enjoying wide support throughout other rugby league playing centres around the country.[71] The official South Sydney supporter group is known as "The Burrow".[72]

South Sydney at one stage had the highest football club membership in the National Rugby League, with membership exceeding 35,000 as of June 23, 2015. That member number also included more than 11,000 ticketed members, the highest of the Sydney-based NRL clubs. Following the conclusion of the 2021 NRL season, new figures showed South Sydney to have the second highest membership of Sydney NRL clubs behind Parramatta.[73]

It was announced during the 2010 Charity Shield game that both St. George Illawarra and Souths had exceeded the 10,000 milestone, making the 2010 season the first time two Sydney clubs had entered the season with 10,000 ticketed members each. The club had members from every state in Australia and international members in 22 countries. Football club membership peaked at some 22,000 when the club was re-admitted to the National Rugby League for season 2002.[74]

"Group 14", a collection of club backers including businessmen, politicians, musicians and media personalities, was formed before the Rabbitohs' exclusion from the NRL in 1999.[75] Members include Anthony Albanese, Laurie Brereton, Michael Cheika, Rodger Corser, Michael Daley, Andrew Denton, Cathy Freeman, Nick Greiner, Deirdre Grusovin, Ron Hoenig, Ray Martin, Mikey Robins, and Mike Whitney.[76][77] They contributed to South Sydney's bid for reinstatement, following the club's exclusion from the competition at the end of the 1999 season. A sustained campaign of public support that year, unprecedented in Australian sporting history, saw 40,000 people[78] attended a rally in the Sydney CBD in support of South Sydney's cause.[79][80] In 2000 and 2001, public street marches took place in Sydney with in excess of 80,000 people rallying behind the Rabbitohs.[21] The club also has a number of high-profile supporters as well, many of whom were dominant figures in their battle to be readmitted into the premiership in 2000 and 2001.[81][82] In 2007, supporters set a new club record for attendance with an average home crowd figure of 15,702 being the highest ever since the introduction of the home and away system in 1974.[83]

Notable supporters

Source:[85][86][87]

Discover more about Supporters related topics

2021 NRL season

2021 NRL season

The 2021 NRL season was the 114th season of professional rugby league in Australia and the 24th season run by the National Rugby League.

Parramatta Eels

Parramatta Eels

The Parramatta Eels are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta that competes in the National Rugby League.

Anthony Albanese

Anthony Albanese

Anthony Norman Albanese is an Australian politician who has been Prime Minister of Australia since May 2022. He has been Leader of the Labor Party since May 2019 and Member of Parliament (MP) for Grayndler in New South Wales since March 1996. Albanese previously served as Deputy Prime Minister under the second Rudd Government in 2013, and held various ministerial positions in the governments of Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard from 2007 to 2013.

Laurie Brereton

Laurie Brereton

Laurence John "Laurie" Brereton is a former Australian politician who was a state minister, a federal member of cabinet, and kingmaker in the election of several Australian Labor Party leaders, including Paul Keating and Mark Latham. He was a Labor member of the Australian House of Representatives from March 1990 to October 2004, representing the Division of Kingsford Smith, New South Wales. He is credited with building Sydney's controversial monorail.

Michael Cheika

Michael Cheika

Michael Cheika is an Australian rugby union and rugby league coach, and former rugby union player. He is currently head coach of Argentina in rugby union and Lebanon in rugby league.

Michael Daley

Michael Daley

Michael John Daley is an Australian politician who was the Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament of New South Wales from November 2018 to March 2019. He is currently a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Maroubra for the Australian Labor Party since 2005. Daley is aligned with the Labor Right faction.

Andrew Denton

Andrew Denton

Andrew Christopher Denton is an Australian television producer, comedian, Gold Logie-nominated television presenter and former radio host, and was the host of the ABC's weekly television interview program Enough Rope and the ABC game show Randling. He is known for his comedy and interviewing technique. He is also responsible for introducing the troupe of The Chaser to Australian audiences.

Cathy Freeman

Cathy Freeman

Catherine Astrid Salome Freeman is an Aboriginal Australian former sprinter, who specialised in the 400 metres event. Her personal best of 48.63 seconds currently ranks her as the ninth-fastest woman of all time, set while finishing second to Marie-José Pérec's number-four time at the 1996 Olympics. She became the Olympic champion for the women's 400 metres at the 2000 Summer Olympics, at which she lit the Olympic Flame.

Nick Greiner

Nick Greiner

Nicholas Frank Hugo Greiner (;) is an Australian politician who served as the 37th Premier of New South Wales from 1988 to 1992. Greiner was Leader of the New South Wales Division of the Liberal Party from 1983 to 1992 and Leader of the Opposition from 1983 to 1988. Greiner had served as the Federal President of the Liberal Party of Australia from 2017 to 2020. He is the current Consul-General in the United States of America, New York.

Deirdre Grusovin

Deirdre Grusovin

Deirdre Mary Grusovin was a Labor member of the New South Wales Parliament for over twenty five years.

Ray Martin (television presenter)

Ray Martin (television presenter)

Raymond George Martin AM is an Australian television journalist and entertainment personality. Having won the Gold Logie five times, he is the most awarded star of Australian television, along with Graham Kennedy.

Mikey Robins

Mikey Robins

Mikel Mason "Mikey" Robins is an Australian media personality, comedian and writer. He is best known for the satirical game show Good News Week, which ran on the ABC and Network Ten between 1996 and 2000, and returned again when the series was resurrected in February 2008.

Reggie the Rabbit

Reggie the Rabbit is the Rabbitohs' mascot. The mascot first appeared in lifesize form in 1968 after celebrity fan Don Lane brought back a suit from the US in time for the 1968 grand final against Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, won by the Rabbitohs 13–9. Perhaps the most notable of the early Reggies was the club's groundsman Reg Fridd. Standing just over four feet tall, the Rabbitohs lured the diminutive New Zealander from a touring production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, the same troupe that had yielded the second Reggie, Roscoe Bova, killed in a car accident in the early 1970s. Most teams in the National Rugby League maintain mascots. During 2000 and 2001, when Souths was excluded from the NRL, Anth Courtney was Reggie Rabbit appearing at the second Town Hall rally and at games at Redfern Oval as well as being active in travelling extensively around the state to attend fundraisers as Reggie Rabbit.[88][89][90][91]

Discover more about Reggie the Rabbit related topics

Don Lane

Don Lane

Don Lane was an American-born talk show host and singer, best known for his television career in Australia, especially for hosting Tonight with Don Lane and The Don Lane Show which aired on the Nine Network from 1975 to 1983, and his appearances with Bert Newton.

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles are an Australian professional rugby league club based in Sydney's Northern Beaches. The team colours are maroon and white, while their namesake and logo is the sea eagle. They compete in Australia's premier rugby league competition, the National Rugby League (NRL). The club debuted in the 1947 New South Wales Rugby Football League season and currently host the majority of their home games from Brookvale Oval in Brookvale, while training at the New South Wales Academy of Sport in Narrabeen.

National Rugby League

National Rugby League

The National Rugby League (NRL) is an Australasian rugby league club competition which contains clubs from New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory and New Zealand. The NRL formed in 1998 as a joint partnership between the Australian Rugby League (ARL) and media giant News Corporation-controlled Super League, in the aftermath of the 1990s Super League war, in which both ran parallel to each other in 1997. The partnership was dissolved in 2012, with control of the NRL going to the re-constituted ARL, which was re-structured with an independent board of directors and renamed the Australian Rugby League Commission.

Redfern Oval

Redfern Oval

Redfern Oval is an Australian football ground, in the Sydney suburb of Redfern, New South Wales, Australia. The South Sydney Rabbitohs Rugby League Football Club played at Redfern Oval between 1948 and 1987. Rabbitoh supporters often refer to Redfern Oval as "The Holy Land".

South Sydney Leagues Club

Souths Juniors on Anzac Parade in Kingsford
Souths Juniors on Anzac Parade in Kingsford

The Juniors

The Juniors aka Souths Juniors on Anzac Parade in Kingsford, New South Wales[92][93][94]

Juniors at the Junction

Juniors @ The Junction (Since 2009) – The result of a merger with South Sydney Junior Rugby League Club (Kingsford) and the struggling Maroubra Returned and Services League (RSL) Club. The club is on the site of the former Maroubra RSL club on Anzac Parade and Haig Street.[95]

The Juniors on Hawkesbury

The Juniors on Hawkesbury (Since 2008) – in the Hawkesbury River[96]

Discover more about South Sydney Leagues Club related topics

Culture and tradition

In 1999 Russell Crowe bought the foundation bell at the Red and Green Ball for the club.[97][98][99]

Kit sponsors and manufacturers

Year Kit manufacturer Main shirt sponsor Back sponsors Sleeve sponsors Shorts sponsors
1977–1978 Classic Sportswear VIP Insurance
1978–1980 Classic Sportswear KLG Sparkplugs
1981–1983 Classic Sportswear 100 Pipers Scotch
1984–1985 Classic Sportswear Ignis Refrigerators
1986–1991 Classic Sportswear Smith's Crisps
1992–1994 Classic Sportswear Northwest Airlines Amiga Computers
1995–1997 Classic Sportswear Canon Canon
1998 Classic Sportswear
1999 Classic Sportswear Downtown Duty Free RSL COM
2002 International Sports Clothing TV Week Arrive Alive
2003 International Sports Clothing Allight Arrive Alive
20042006 International Sports Clothing Real Insurance Arrive Alive
2007 International Sports Clothing High Concept and Real Insurance Firepower
2008 International Sports Clothing National Australia Bank and Firepower De'Longhi Trivest
20092010 International Sports Clothing National Australia Bank De'Longhi V8 Supercars
2011 International Sports Clothing The Star De'Longhi V8 Supercars Kenwood
20122013 International Sports Clothing The Star De'Longhi Kenwood Alcatel One Touch
2014 International Sports Clothing Crown Resorts De'Longhi Fujitsu Alcatel One Touch
20152017 International Sports Clothing Crown Resorts Fujitsu Crown Resorts Alcatel One Touch
2018 International Sports Clothing Fujitsu Crown Resorts Fujitsu PlayUp
2019 International Sports Clothing Aqualand and Alcatel Safe2Pay and TCL PlayUp
2020 International Sports Clothing Aqualand and Alcatel Wotif.com and TCL Crown Resorts Menulog and Hostplus
2021 Classic Sportswear Aqualand and TCL Menulog Crown Resorts Ingenia Holiday Parks

Discover more about Kit sponsors and manufacturers related topics

Classic Sportswear

Classic Sportswear

Classic Sportswear, also simply known as Classic, is an Australian sports clothing manufacturer. The company was founded in Sydney in 1934, making them one of the oldest family owned sports clothing companies in Australia. Classic Sportswear manufactures clothing for Australian rules football, basketball, cricket, rugby league, rugby union and soccer.

100 Pipers

100 Pipers

100 Pipers is a brand of blended Scotch whisky with smoked notes that is produced by Pernod Ricard. The company says it is the "seventh-largest blended Scotch worldwide", the "No. 2 standard whisky in Asia", and the "No. 1 standard whisky" in Thailand. In addition to Thailand, it is also distributed in India, Spain, and South America. 100 Pipers is a blend of between 25 and 30 source whiskies. Much of it comes from the Allt a'Bhainne distillery, which is also owned by Pernod Ricard and does not have its own bottling facilities. 100 Pipers is bottled in Scotland and India.

Northwest Airlines

Northwest Airlines

Northwest Airlines Corp. (NWA) was a major American airline founded in 1926 and absorbed into Delta Air Lines, Inc. by a merger. The merger, approved on October 29, 2008, made Delta the largest airline in the world until the American Airlines-US Airways merger on December 9, 2013. Northwest continued to operate under its own name and brand until the integration of the carriers was completed on January 31, 2010.

Amiga

Amiga

Amiga is a family of personal computers introduced by Commodore in 1985. The original model is one of a number of mid-1980s computers with 16- or 32-bit processors, 256 KB or more of RAM, mouse-based GUIs, and significantly improved graphics and audio compared to previous 8-bit systems. This includes the Atari ST—released earlier the same year—as well as the Macintosh and Acorn Archimedes. Based on the Motorola 68000 microprocessor, the Amiga differs from its contemporaries through the inclusion of custom hardware to accelerate graphics and sound, including sprites and a blitter, and a pre-emptive multitasking operating system called AmigaOS.

Canon Inc.

Canon Inc.

Canon Inc. is a Japanese multinational corporation headquartered in Ōta, Tokyo, Japan, specializing in optical, imaging, and industrial products, such as lenses, cameras, medical equipment, scanners, printers, and semiconductor manufacturing equipment.

2002 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

2002 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

The 2002 South Sydney Rabbitohs season was the 93rd in the club's history and the 1st since 1999. Coached by Craig Coleman and captained by Adam Muir, Andrew Hart and Jason Death, they competed in the National Rugby League's 2002 Telstra Premiership, finishing the regular season 14th out of 15 teams, failing to reach the finals.

TV Week

TV Week

TV Week is a weekly Australian magazine that provides television program listings information and highlights, as well as television-related news.

Arrive Alive

Arrive Alive

Arrive Alive is an unfinished comedy film directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik and starring Willem Dafoe and Joan Cusack. It was produced by Art Linson.

2003 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

2003 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

The 2003 South Sydney Rabbitohs season was the 94th in the club's history. Coached by Paul Langmack and captained by Bryan Fletcher, Owen Craigie, Paul Stringer and Jason Death, they competed in the National Rugby League's 2003 Telstra Premiership, finishing the regular season 15th out of 15 teams, failing to reach the finals.

Rivalries

A book, The Book of Feuds, chronicling the rivalries of the Rabbitohs with their NRL competitors was written by Mark Courtney at the instigation of Russell Crowe. It has been used as a motivational tool before Souths matches and was later released on sale to the public.[100]

Major

Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters – South Sydney and their fans have built up rivalries with other clubs, particularly the Sydney Roosters (Eastern Suburbs), the only other remaining foundation club.[101]

South Sydney and the Roosters share inner-Sydney territory, resulting in a strong rivalry since 1908 when Souths beat Eastern Suburbs in the first grand final 14–12. Games between the neighbouring foundation clubs have since formed part of the oldest "local derby" in the competition.[102] The rivalry increased after 1950 due to conflict between junior territories and since the 1970s escalated once more as both clubs drew key players away from each other (Souths lost internationals Ron Coote, Elwyn Walters and Jim Morgan to the Roosters from their last era of premiership winning teams, whilst more recently Souths lured key forwards Bryan Fletcher, Peter Cusack and centre Shannon Hegarty away from the Roosters 2002 premiership winning side) and later Michael Crocker. In Round 1, 2010, South Sydney and Roosters became the first clubs to play 200 matches against each other. The Sydney Roosters 36–10 victory put the ledger at 105 games won by South Sydney, 90 by the Roosters (Eastern Suburbs) and 5 drawn.[103] To celebrate their rivalry, South Sydney and the Sydney Roosters play for the Ron Coote Cup annually.[104]

St. George colours.svg St George Dragons and St George Illawarra Dragons – The long-standing rivalry against St. George results in the annual Charity Shield match, originally played against the original St. George Dragons and now (since the joint venture formed with Illawarra Steelers) played against the current team, St. George Illawarra.

South Sydney and St. George have met several times in grand finals prior to the joint-venture and being the north-eastern neighbours of St. George, had many fierce encounters. In 2001, South Sydney chairman and club legend George Piggins said there would be no chance of the Charity Shield being revived if Souths were to be included back into the NRL saying "The Dragons: They sold us out". This was in reference to St. George signing an affidavit at the time which included that it would be detrimental if Souths were returned to the competition.[105]

In 2018, both sides met for the first time in a finals match since 1984. Souths won a close semi-final 13–12.[106]

Minor

Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles – South Sydney first met Manly-Warringah in the 1951 NSWRFL season's Grand Final. South Sydney would win the match 42-14 which as of 2022 is the highest scoring grand final in NSWRL/NRL history. Souths would then meet in the 1968 and 1970 grand finals which South Sydney both won. In the 2013 preliminary final, Souths were looking to reach their first grand final since 1971 when they faced off against Manly. Souths lead the match 14-0 early on but were eventually defeated by Manly 30–20. In the 2021 NRL season, South Sydney and Manly once again met in the preliminary final but on this occasion South Sydney ran out comfortable winners to reach the 2021 NRL Grand Final.[107]

Manly have, since 1970, purchased many of Souths' star players including John O'Neill, Ray Branighan, Ian Roberts,[note 4] and more recently Dylan Walker.[108]

Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers – The rivalry with Wests continues from the historical rivalry between Souths and one of the teams that merged to form Wests, Balmain. The rivalry with Balmain began in 1909 when both teams agreed to boycott the final which was being held as curtain raiser to a Kangaroos v Wallabies match. As agreed, Balmain did not turn up. However, Souths did turn up and were officially awarded the Premiership when they kicked off to an empty half of the field.[2][5]

South Sydney would later meet Balmain in the 1916 premiership final which Balmain won 5–3. In 1924, Balmain and Souths met in the grand final which is also the lowest scoring grand final in NSWRL/NRL History. Balmain ran out 3-0 winners with the match only seeing one try.[109] In 1939, Balmain and Souths met once more in the grand final with Balmain winning 33–4. In the 1969 NSWRFL season enmity was again fueled between the clubs with Balmain's controversial[note 5] victory against South Sydney in the grand final that year.[111] The Wests Tigers and South Sydney also compete for the Beyond Blue Cup in a similar format as the Ron Coote Cup.

Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs – A more recent feud that primarily developed in the years 2014 and 2015, following the 2014 NRL Grand Final and a controversial Good Friday match. They were also Grand Finalists in 1967 with South Sydney prevailing 12−10.[112] Annually, South Sydney and Canterbury-Bankstown compete in the Good Friday game, competing for the Good Friday Cup.

Discover more about Rivalries related topics

Book of Feuds

Book of Feuds

The Book of Feuds is a book commissioned by South Sydney Rabbitohs' co-owner Russell Crowe to chronicle the rivalries of the club and to be used as a motivational tool. A chapter is dedicated to each of their 15 National Rugby League competitors. It was written by Mark Courtney.

Sydney Roosters

Sydney Roosters

The Sydney Roosters are an Australian professional Rugby League Football Club based in the Eastern Suburbs (Sydney) and parts of inner Sydney. The club competes in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition. The Roosters have won fifteen New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) and National Rugby League titles, and several other competitions. First founded as the Eastern Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club (ESDRLFC), it is the only club to have played in each and every season at the elite level, and since the 1970s has often been dubbed the glamour club of the league. The Sydney Roosters have won 15 premierships, equal to the record of the St George Dragons. Only the South Sydney Rabbitohs have won more premierships. The club holds the record for having won more matches than any other in the league, the most Minor Premierships and the most World Club Challenge trophies. The Sydney Roosters are one of only two clubs to finish runners-up in their inaugural season. Currently coached by Trent Robinson and captained by James Tedesco, the Roosters play home games at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Sydney Roosters Juniors

Sydney Roosters Juniors

The Sydney Roosters Juniors are officially known as the Eastern Suburbs District Junior Rugby League. It is an affiliation of junior clubs in the Eastern Suburbs area, covering the Woollahra and Waverley local government areas (LGAs), the northern parts of the Randwick LGA and the City of Sydney LGA.

Ron Coote

Ron Coote

Ron Coote AM is an Australian former representative rugby league player whose club career was played with South Sydney and the Eastern Suburbs Roosters, with both of whom he won premierships. He is considered one of the nation's finest footballers of the 20th century. Ron Coote Cup, contested annually by South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters is named in his honour - his entire club career having been played at these two clubs.

Elwyn Walters

Elwyn Walters

Elwyn Aubrey Walters is an Australian former rugby league footballer who played for South Sydney and Eastern Suburbs clubs and for the Australian national side.

Jim Morgan (rugby league)

Jim Morgan (rugby league)

Jim Morgan was an Australian rugby league footballer who played in the 1960s and 1970s. He played at prop in the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and later the Eastern Suburbs Roosters, and also represented Australia.

Peter Cusack (rugby league)

Peter Cusack (rugby league)

Peter Cusack is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1990s and 2000s. A Country New South Wales representative prop, Cusack played his club football in Australasia's National Rugby League for the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs, and in the Super League for Hull FC.

Shannon Hegarty

Shannon Hegarty

Shannon Hegarty is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 2000s. An Australia international and Queensland State of Origin representative three-quarter back, he played club football in the National Rugby League for the Sydney Roosters, South Sydney Rabbitohs and North Queensland Cowboys.

Ron Coote Cup

Ron Coote Cup

The Ron Coote Cup is a rugby league match contested annually in the National Rugby League between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters. The Ron Coote Cup was introduced in 2007 in the name of Ron Coote who played with distinction for both clubs.

Illawarra Steelers

Illawarra Steelers

The Illawarra Steelers are an Australian rugby league football club based in the city of Wollongong, New South Wales. The club competed in Australia's top-level rugby league competition from 1982 until 1998. On the 13th of December 1980, they were the first non-Sydney based team to be admitted into the New South Wales Rugby League premiership, with the Canberra Raiders being admitted later ensuring an even number of teams in the competition for the start of their first season, 1982. Over their seventeen years in the top grade, the club received three wooden spoons, made the play-offs twice and had a total of three of its players selected to play for the Australia national rugby league team.

George Piggins

George Piggins

George Leslie Piggins AM is an Australian rugby league personality. He is a former player, coach and administrator of the South Sydney Rabbitohs club. Following their exclusion from the National Rugby League premiership at the end of the Super League war, Piggins also successfully led the Rabbitohs' battle for re-inclusion in the NRL in the early 2000s. Since 2003, the "George Piggins Medal" has been awarded annually to South Sydney's player of the year.

1951 NSWRFL season

1951 NSWRFL season

The 1951 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the forty-fourth season of Sydney’s top-level rugby league competition, Australia’s first. Ten teams from across the city competed for the newly created J. J. Giltinan Shield during the season which culminated in a grand final between South Sydney and Manly-Warringah.

Players

Current squad

Top 30 NRL Squad - 2023 Season Development List Coaching staff

Extended squad

Head coach

Assistant coaches


Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)

Updated: 14 November 2022
Source(s): Rabbitohs Squad

Discover more about Players related topics

Jai Arrow

Jai Arrow

Jai Arrow is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a second-rower, lock and prop for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL

Tom Burgess (rugby league)

Tom Burgess (rugby league)

Thomas Burgess is an English professional rugby league footballer who plays as a prop for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL. He has played for the England Knights, England and Great Britain at international level.

Jed Cartwright

Jed Cartwright

Jed Cartwright is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a centre and second-row forward for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the National Rugby League.

Damien Cook

Damien Cook

Damien Cook is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a hooker for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL and Australia at international level.

Hooker (rugby league)

Hooker (rugby league)

Hooker is one of the positions in a rugby league football team. Usually wearing jersey or shirt number 9, the hooker is one of the team's forwards. During scrums the hooker plays in the front row, and the position's name comes from their role of 'hooking' or 'raking' the ball back with the foot. For this reason the hooker is sometimes referred to in Australia as the rake.

Campbell Graham

Campbell Graham

Campbell Graham is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a centre or winger for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL and Australia at international level.

Siliva Havili

Siliva Havili

Siliva Havili is a professional rugby league footballer who plays as a hooker and lock for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the National Rugby League (NRL). He has played for both Tonga and New Zealand at international level.

Dean Hawkins

Dean Hawkins

Dean Hawkins is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a halfback and five-eighth for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL.

2023 Signings & Transfers

Notable players

No. Position Player
1 Australia FB Clive Churchill
2 Australia WG Harold Horder
3 Australia CE Herb Gilbert
4 Australia CE Paul Sait
5 Australia WG Ian Moir
6 Australia FE Jimmy Lisle
7 Australia HB Bob Grant
8 Australia PR John Sattler (c)
9 Australia HK Elwyn Walters
No. Position Player
10 Australia PR John O'Neill
11 Australia SR George Treweek
12 Australia SR Bob McCarthy
13 Australia LK Ron Coote
14 Australia RE Greg Hawick
15 Australia RE Ray Branighan
16 Australia RE Ian Roberts
17 Australia RE Les Cowie
Australia CO Jack Rayner (coach)

In 2002 on the Rabbitohs' readmission to the competition, The Magnificent XIII,[113] a team consisting of great South Sydney players over the years was selected by a panel of rugby league journalists and former Souths players and coaches. The team consists of 17 players (four being reserves) and a coach representing the South Sydney Rabbitohs Football Club from 1908 through to 2002.

No. Position Player
1 Australia FB Clive Churchill (c)
2 Australia WG Harold Horder
3 Australia CE Ray Branighan
4 Australia CE Paul Sait
5 Australia WG Ian Moir
6 Australia FE Alf Blair
7 Australia HB Bob Grant
8 Australia PR John Sattler
9 Australia HK George Piggins
No. Position Player
10 Australia PR John O'Neill
11 Australia SR Jack Rayner
12 Australia SR Bob McCarthy
13 Australia LK Ron Coote
14 Australia RE Terry Fahey
15 Australia RE Ziggy Niszczot
16 Australia RE Elwyn Walters
17 Australia RE George Treweek
Australia CO Bernie Purcell (coach)

Discover more about 2023 Signings & Transfers related topics

Nick Mougios

Nick Mougios

Nick Mougios is a Greece international rugby league footballer who plays as a Centre, Wing for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NSW Cup.

Josh Mansour

Josh Mansour

Josh Mansour is a professional rugby league footballer who plays as a winger. He has represented Lebanon and Australia at international level.

Mark Nicholls (rugby league)

Mark Nicholls (rugby league)

Mark Nicholls is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a prop for the Dolphins in the NRL.

Dolphins (NRL)

Dolphins (NRL)

The Dolphins are a professional rugby league football team based in the Redcliffe Peninsula area of the Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, that competes in the Australian National Rugby League (NRL). Launched as a bid for inclusion into the NRL by Queensland Cup side Redcliffe Dolphins in 2020, the Dolphins were granted a separate licence in October 2021 to compete as the national league's 17th side from the 2023 season onwards. It is the fourth NRL team in the state of Queensland, and the second in the capital city of Brisbane, alongside the Brisbane Broncos. The Dolphins are the first team to join the NRL competition since the Gold Coast Titans joined in 2007.

Kodi Nikorima

Kodi Nikorima

Kodi Nikorima is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who plays as a five-eighth, halfback, hooker and fullback for the Dolphins in the NRL.

Jaxson Paulo

Jaxson Paulo

Jaxson Paulo is a Samoa international rugby league footballer who plays as a winger for the Sydney Roosters in the NRL.

Sydney Roosters

Sydney Roosters

The Sydney Roosters are an Australian professional Rugby League Football Club based in the Eastern Suburbs (Sydney) and parts of inner Sydney. The club competes in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition. The Roosters have won fifteen New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) and National Rugby League titles, and several other competitions. First founded as the Eastern Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club (ESDRLFC), it is the only club to have played in each and every season at the elite level, and since the 1970s has often been dubbed the glamour club of the league. The Sydney Roosters have won 15 premierships, equal to the record of the St George Dragons. Only the South Sydney Rabbitohs have won more premierships. The club holds the record for having won more matches than any other in the league, the most Minor Premierships and the most World Club Challenge trophies. The Sydney Roosters are one of only two clubs to finish runners-up in their inaugural season. Currently coached by Trent Robinson and captained by James Tedesco, the Roosters play home games at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Australia

Australia

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. With an area of 7,617,930 square kilometres (2,941,300 sq mi), Australia is the largest country by area in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country. Australia is the oldest, flattest, and driest inhabited continent, with the least fertile soils. It is a megadiverse country, and its size gives it a wide variety of landscapes and climates, with deserts in the centre, tropical rainforests in the north-east, and mountain ranges in the south-east.

Fullback (rugby league)

Fullback (rugby league)

Fullback is one of the positions in a rugby league football team. Typically wearing jersey number 1, the fullback is a member of the team's 'back-line'. The position's name comes from their duty of standing the furthest back in defence, behind the forwards (8-13), half backs and the three-quarter backs (2-5). Fullbacks are therefore the last line of defence, having to tackle any opposition players and regather the ball from any kicks that make it through their teammates. It is for this reason that the fullback is also referred to as the sweeper or custodian. Being able to secure high bomb kicks is a highly sought quality in fullbacks.

Clive Churchill

Clive Churchill

Clive Bernard Churchill AM was an Australian professional rugby league footballer and coach in the mid-20th century. An Australian international and New South Wales and Queensland interstate representative fullback, he played the majority of his club football with and later coached the South Sydney Rabbitohs. He won five premierships with the club as a player and three more as coach. Retiring as the most capped Australian Kangaroos player ever, Churchill is thus considered one of the game's greatest ever players and the prestigious Clive Churchill Medal for man-of-the-match in the NRL grand final bears his name. Churchill's attacking flair as a player is credited with having changed the role of the fullback.

Harold Horder

Harold Horder

Harold Norman Horder was an Australian rugby league player. He was a national and state representative player whose club career was with South Sydney and North Sydney between 1912 and 1924. Regarded as one of the greatest wingers to play the game, from 1924 until 1973 his 152 career tries was the NSWRFL record.

Herb Gilbert

Herb Gilbert

Herbert R. Gilbert was an Australian rugby league and rugby union player – a dual-code international. He represented the Wallabies in three Tests in 1910 and the Kangaroos in seven Tests from 1911 to 1920, his last two as captain. The captain-coach of the St. George Dragons club in Sydney in their inaugural season, he is considered one of Australia's finest footballers of the 20th century. His sons, Herb Gilbert, Jr and Jack Gilbert were also notable rugby league footballers.

Season summaries

Legend:   Premiers   Grand Finalist   Finals   Wooden spoon

NSWRL (1908–1994)

Season Ladder position Result
1908 1st Premiers
1909 1st Premiers
1910 2nd Runner-up
1911 3rd Finalist
1912 4th Did not qualify
1913 3rd Did not qualify
1914 1st Premiers
1915 4th Did not qualify
1916 2nd Runner-up
1917 2nd Did not qualify
1918 1st Premiers
1919 6th Did not qualify
1920 2nd Did not qualify
1921 5th Did not qualify
1922 4th Did not qualify
1923 2nd Runner-up
1924 2nd Runner-up
1925 1st Premiers
1926 1st Premiers
1927 1st Premiers
1928 3rd Premiers
1929 1st Premiers
1930 3rd Semi-finalists
1931 2nd Premiers
1932 1st Premiers
1933 3rd Semi-finalists
1934 4th Semi-finalists
1935 2nd Runner-up
1936 7th Did not qualify
1937 2nd Did not qualify
1938 2nd Semi-finalists
1939 4th Runner-up
1940 6th Did not qualify
1941 7th Did not qualify
1942 5th Did not qualify
1943 5th Did not qualify
1944 4th Semi-finalists
1945 8th Wooden spoon
1946 8th Wooden spoon
1947 7th Did not qualify
1948 7th Did not qualify
1949 1st Runner-up
1950 1st Premiers
1951 1st Premiers
1952 3rd Runner-up
1953 1st Premiers
1954 2nd Premiers
1955 4th Premiers
1956 3rd Preliminary Finalists
1957 3rd Preliminary Finalists
1958 8th Did not qualify
1959 6th Did not qualify
1960 8th Did not qualify
1961 7th Did not qualify
1962 10th Wooden spoon
1963 9th Did not qualify
1964 5th Did not qualify
1965 4th Runner-up
1966 6th Did not qualify
1967 2nd Premiers
1968 1st Premiers
1969 1st Runner-up
1970 1st Premiers
1971 2nd Premiers
1972 4th Semi-finalists
1973 7th Did not qualify
1974 5th Qualifying Finalists
1975 12th Wooden spoon
1976 10th Did not qualify
1977 11th Did not qualify
1978 7th Did not qualify
1979 9th Did not qualify
1980 5th Qualifying Finalists
1981 9th Did not qualify
1982 6th Did not qualify
1983 8th Did not qualify
1984 5th Semi-finalists
1985 9th Did not qualify
1986 2nd Semi-finalists
1987 5th Semi-finalists
1988 8th Did not qualify
1989 1st Preliminary Finalists
1990 16th Wooden spoon
1991 14th Did not qualify
1992 14th Did not qualify
1993 14th Did not qualify
1994 9th Did not qualify

ARL (1995–1997)

Season Ladder position Result Coach Captain Most points Most tries
1995 18th Did not qualify Ken Shine Craig Field, Lee Jackson Willett (70) Wilson (6)
1996 19th Did not qualify Ken Shine Craig Salvatori, Craig Field Field (72) Mellor (9)
1997 11th Did not qualify Ken Shine Darren Trindall O'Neill (42) McLeod, Penna, Trindall (6)

NRL (1998–present)

Season Ladder position Result Coach Captain Most points Most tries
1998 18th Did not qualify Steve Martin, Craig Coleman Tim Brasher O'Neill (102) Brasher (9)
1999 12th Did not qualify Craig Coleman Sean Garlick O'Neill (94) Wing (11)
2000 Excluded from competition
2001
2002 14th Did not qualify Craig Coleman Adam Muir McLean (72) Grose (9)
2003 15th Wooden spoon Paul Langmack Bryan Fletcher Smith (130) Merritt (10)
2004 15th Wooden spoon Paul Langmack, Arthur Kitinas Bryan Fletcher Williams (98) Harrison, Hookey (10)
2005 13th Did not qualify Shaun McRae Bryan Fletcher, Peter Cusack Walker (63) MacDougall (11)
2006 15th Wooden spoon Shaun McRae Peter Cusack Merritt (114) Merritt (22)
2007 7th Semi finalist Jason Taylor Roy Asotasi, David Kidwell Williams (88) Merritt (10)
2008 14th Did not qualify Jason Taylor Roy Asotasi, David Kidwell Luke (108) Merritt (13)
2009 10th Did not qualify Jason Taylor Roy Asotasi Sandow (133) Merritt (19)
2010 9th Did not qualify John Lang Roy Asotasi Luke (128) Merritt (16)
2011 10th Did not qualify John Lang Roy Asotasi Sandow (195) Merritt (23)
2012 3rd Preliminary finalist Michael Maguire Michael Crocker, Roy Asotasi, John Sutton Reynolds (208) Everingham (19)
2013 2nd Preliminary finalist Michael Maguire John Sutton Reynolds (218) Merritt (16)
2014 3rd Premiers Michael Maguire John Sutton Reynolds (221) Johnston (25)
2015 7th Elimination finalist Michael Maguire Greg Inglis Reynolds (111) Johnston (17)
2016 12th Did not qualify Michael Maguire Greg Inglis Reynolds (95) Johnston (11)
2017 12th Did not qualify Michael Maguire Greg Inglis, Sam Burgess Reynolds (144) Johnston (22)
2018 3rd Preliminary finalist Anthony Seibold Sam Burgess Reynolds (211) Jennings (20)
2019 3rd Preliminary finalist Wayne Bennett Sam Burgess Reynolds (207) Walker (17)
2020 6th Preliminary finalist Wayne Bennett Adam Reynolds Reynolds (221) Johnston (26)
2021 3rd Runners up Wayne Bennett Adam Reynolds Reynolds (260) Johnston (33)
2022 7th Preliminary finalist Jason Demetriou Cameron Murray Mitchell (150) Johnston (30)

Discover more about Season summaries related topics

1909 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

1909 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

The 1909 South Sydney season was the 2nd in the club's history. Captained by primarily by Arthur Conlin, the club competed in the New South Wales Rugby Football League Premiership (NSWRFL), finishing the season repeating as Australian rugby league premiers.

1911 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

1911 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

The 1911 South Sydney Rabbitohs season was the 4th in the club's history. The club competed in the New South Wales Rugby Football League Premiership (NSWRFL), finishing the season 3rd. The top two teams were to play each other for the grand final, however South Sydney and Eastern Suburbs both finished second on the ladder with 20 points. An addition playoff game was put in place to decide who would play Glebe in the final. Souths lost 23-10.

1912 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

1912 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

The 1912 South Sydney season was the 5th in the club's history. The club competed in the New South Wales Rugby Football League Premiership (NSWRFL), finishing the season 4th and missing the finals for the first time in club history. Souths also competed in the inaugural season of the post season tournament, the City Cup. The competition culminated with Souths defeating Glebe in the final.

2002 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

2002 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

The 2002 South Sydney Rabbitohs season was the 93rd in the club's history and the 1st since 1999. Coached by Craig Coleman and captained by Adam Muir, Andrew Hart and Jason Death, they competed in the National Rugby League's 2002 Telstra Premiership, finishing the regular season 14th out of 15 teams, failing to reach the finals.

2003 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

2003 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

The 2003 South Sydney Rabbitohs season was the 94th in the club's history. Coached by Paul Langmack and captained by Bryan Fletcher, Owen Craigie, Paul Stringer and Jason Death, they competed in the National Rugby League's 2003 Telstra Premiership, finishing the regular season 15th out of 15 teams, failing to reach the finals.

2004 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

2004 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

The 2004 South Sydney Rabbitohs season was the 95th in the club's history. Coached by Arthur Kitinas and Paul Langmack and captained by Bryan Fletcher and Ashley Harrison, they competed in the National Rugby League's 2004 Telstra Premiership, finishing the regular season 15th out of 15 teams, failing to reach the finals.

2005 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

2005 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

The 2005 South Sydney Rabbitohs season was the 96th in the club's history. Coached by Shaun McRae and captained by Bryan Fletcher and Peter Cusack, they competed in the National Rugby League's 2005 Telstra Premiership, finishing the regular season 13th out of 15 teams, failing to reach the finals.

2006 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

2006 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

The 2005 South Sydney Rabbitohs season was the 97th in the club's history. Coached by Shaun McRae and captained by Peter Cusack, they competed in the National Rugby League's 2006 Telstra Premiership, finishing the regular season in last place, and collecting their 8th wooden spoon.

2007 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

2007 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

The 2007 South Sydney Rabbitohs season was the 98th in the club's history. They competed in National Rugby League season 2007 under the new ownership of Russell Crowe and Peter Holmes à Court and with a new coach in Jason Taylor. The club finished the regular season 7th and were knocked out of the play-offs by eventual grand-finalists Manly-Warringah.

2008 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

2008 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

The 2008 South Sydney Rabbitohs season was the 99th in the club's history. Coached by Jason Taylor and captained by David Kidwell & Roy Asotasi, the team competed in the National Rugby League's 2008 Telstra Premiership, finishing the regular season in 14th place out of 16 teams and so failing to reach the finals. The club also competed in the 2008 Under-20s competition.

2009 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

2009 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

The 2009 South Sydney Rabbitohs season in Australian rugby league was the 100th in the club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2009 Telstra Premiership, and despite being in 1st position at some points during the year and scoring over 500 points in a season for the first time, they finished 10th out of 16 teams and so failed to reach the play-offs.

2010 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

2010 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

The 2010 South Sydney Rabbitohs season was the 101st in the club's history. It competed in the National Rugby League's 2010 Telstra Premiership and finished 9th out of 16 teams, only just missing out on a place in the finals. The coach of the club was John Lang and club captain was Roy Asotasi.

Club honours

Premierships
Competition Level Wins Years won
National Rugby League First Grade 21 1908, 1909, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 2014
NSW Cup Reserve Grade 20 1913, 1914, 1917, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1943, 1945, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1966, 1968, 1983
Jersey Flegg Cup Under 21s 9 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1978, 2019
Presidents Cup Third Grade 10 1912, 1918, 1925, 1928, 1933, 1962, 1969, 1981, 1986, 1989
S. G. Ball Cup Under 18s 10 1965, 1969, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1986, 1994, 1998
Harold Matthews Cup Under 16s 1 1974
NSWRL Women's Premiership Women's 2 1996, 1997
Other titles and honours
Competition Level Wins Years won
Charity Shield Pre season 22 1984, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
World Club Challenge Pre season 1 2015
NRL Nines (2014–present) Pre season 1 2015
Finishing positions
Competition Level Wins Years won
National Rugby League Minor premiership

(J.J.Giltinan Shield)

17 1908, 1909, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1932, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1989
Grand Finalist 14 1910, 1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1949, 1952, 1965, 1969, 2021
Wooden spoons 8 1945, 1946, 1962, 1975, 1990, 2003, 2004, 2006

Discover more about Club honours related topics

South Sydney Rabbitohs competition honours

South Sydney Rabbitohs competition honours

The following is a list of titles that the South Sydney Rabbitohs have won. The premiership victories represent finals and grand finals won to decide the premier for the particular season. As minor premiers in 1914, 1918 and 1925, Souths were declared premiers under the "first past the post" system.

List of National Rugby League Premiers

List of National Rugby League Premiers

As of the end of 2022, there have been 25 NRL Premierships and 116 overall, including the competition's predecessors. This is a list of all the grand finals that were played to decide those premierships.

NSW Cup

NSW Cup

The NSW Cup, currently known as the Knock-On Effect NSW Cup for sponsorship reasons, is a rugby league competition for clubs in New South Wales. The competition has a history dating back to the NSWRFL's origins in 1908, starting off as a reserve grade competition, and is now the premier open age competition in the state. The NSW Cup was the Reserve Grade/Presidents Cup/First Division from 1908 until 2002, and the NSWRL Premier League from 2003 to 2007, the NSW Cup from 2008 to 2015, the Intrust Super Premiership NSW from 2016 to 2018, the Canterbury Cup NSW from 2019 to 2020. The New South Wales Cup, along with the Queensland Cup, acts as a feeder competition to the National Rugby League premiership.

Jersey Flegg Cup

Jersey Flegg Cup

The Jersey Flegg Cup is a junior rugby league competition played in New South Wales, contested among teams made up of players aged 21 or under. The competition is administered by the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL), and is named for Eastern Suburbs foundation player and prominent administrator of the game, Harry "Jersey" Flegg.

Presidents Cup (Rugby League)

Presidents Cup (Rugby League)

The NSWRL President Cup is a semi-professional, open-aged rugby league football competition played in New South Wales. The competition is administered by the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL). The competition includes teams from domestic rugby league clubs, Ron Massey Cup, Sydney Shield and Canterbury Cup clubs.

S. G. Ball Cup

S. G. Ball Cup

The S. G. Ball Cup is a junior rugby league football competition played predominantly in New South Wales, between teams made up of players aged under 19. Teams from Canberra and Melbourne also participate. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in New South Wales teams from Perth and Auckland also participated. The competition is administered by the New South Wales Rugby League. The competition includes both junior representative teams of NRL and NSW Cup clubs that do not field a team in the NRL competition.

Harold Matthews Cup

Harold Matthews Cup

The NSWRL Harold Matthews Cup is a junior rugby league competition played in New South Wales between teams made up of players aged under 16. The competition is administered by the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL). The competition is made up of NSW-based clubs and includes both junior representative teams of the elite National Rugby League (NRL) and clubs that do not field teams in the NRL competition.

NSWRL Women's Premiership

NSWRL Women's Premiership

The Harvey Norman Women's Premiership is a rugby league competition for clubs in New South Wales. It is the only state wide open age competition for women in New South Wales and is run by New South Wales Rugby League.

Charity Shield (NRL)

Charity Shield (NRL)

The National Rugby League's Charity Shield match is an annual pre-season game between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and St. George Illawarra Dragons played before the start of the Premiership regular season. It has been regarded as the unofficial start to the National Rugby League (NRL) season and has been in operation since 1982, with the exception of 2000 and 2001 when Souths were omitted from the NRL.

NRL Nines

NRL Nines

The NRL Nines is a rugby league nines competition, normally held during the NRL preseason each year. It was initially held in Auckland, New Zealand, between 2014 and 2017 before going on hiatus. Returning in 2020, hosting duties moved to Perth, Western Australia.

J. J. Giltinan Shield

J. J. Giltinan Shield

The J.J. Giltinan Shield is an Australian rugby league trophy, awarded annually to the National Rugby League minor premiers. It was named after James J. Giltinan who was central to the founding of rugby league in Australia. Giltinan died in 1950 and the Shield was created for the following season in his honour, first introduced for the 1951 New South Wales Rugby Football League season. From 1951, the Shield was awarded to the winner of the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) Grand Final, replacing the Labor Daily Cup. In addition to the Shield, premiership winning teams received the W. D. & H. O. Wills Cup from 1960 to 1981, the Winfield Cup from 1982 to 1995, and the Optus Cup in 1996. Since 1997 the J.J. Giltinan Shield has been awarded to the competition's minor premiers.

NRL Grand Final

NRL Grand Final

The NRL Grand Final determines the champions of the National Rugby League club competition. It is a major sport event in Australia. Since 1999, it has been contested at Stadium Australia in Sydney. The first year it was held at Stadium Australia, it set a new record for attendance at an Australian rugby league game, with 107,999 people attending.

Individual awards

Club awards

The George Piggins Medal is the award given to the Rabbitohs player determined to have been the "best and fairest" throughout an NRL season. The inaugural winner of the award in 2003 was Bryan Fletcher. In 2013, John Sutton and Greg Inglis became the first joint winners of the award.[114][115]

First grade

Year George Piggins Medal Jack Rayner Players' Player Award Bob McCarthy Clubman of the Year Award John Sattler Rookie of the Year Award Roy Asotasi Members' Choice Award The Burrow Appreciation Award
2003 Bryan Fletcher Luke Stuart Jason Death Mark Minichiello Justin Smith
2004 Ashley Harrison Ashley Harrison Ashley Harrison Joe Williams Mark Minichiello
2005 Peter Cusack Peter Cusack Luke Stuart Manase Manuokafoa and Yileen Gordon John Sutton
2006 David Fa'alogo Nathan Merritt Peter Cusack Germaine Paulson Nathan Merritt
2007 Roy Asotasi Roy Asotasi Luke Stuart Issac Luke Roy Asotasi Paul Mellor
2008 Luke Stuart Luke Stuart and Nathan Merritt Beau Champion Chris Sandow Luke Stuart Luke Stuart
2009 John Sutton Luke Stuart Scott Geddes David Tyrrell Nathan Merritt Nathan Merritt
2010 Issac Luke Sam Burgess Sam Burgess Dylan Farrell Issac Luke Chris Sandow
2011 Nathan Merritt Chris Sandow Michael Crocker Nathan Peats Michael Crocker Michael Crocker
2012 John Sutton Greg Inglis Sam Burgess and Michael Crocker Adam Reynolds Adam Reynolds Adam Reynolds
2013 John Sutton and Greg Inglis Sam Burgess Matt King Dylan Walker Issac Luke Issac Luke
2014 Sam Burgess Sam Burgess Sam Burgess Alex Johnston Sam Burgess Sam Burgess
2015 Greg Inglis Greg Inglis Ben Lowe Chris Grevsmuhl Bryson Goodwin Jason Clark
2016 Sam Burgess Sam Burgess Jason Clark Cody Walker Cody Walker Kyle Turner
2017 Sam Burgess Angus Crichton Damien Cook Cameron Murray Angus Crichton Angus Crichton
2018 Damien Cook Sam Burgess John Sutton Adam Doueihi Damien Cook Damien Cook
2019 Damien Cook Cameron Murray Braidon Burns Corey Allan Damien Cook John Sutton
2020 Cody Walker Cody Walker Damien Cook Keaon Koloamatangi Adam Reynolds Thomas Burgess
2021 Cody Walker Cody Walker Mark Nicholls Blake Taaffe Cameron Murray Cody Walker
2022 Junior Tatola Campbell Graham Jacob Host Lachlan Ilias Cameron Murray Alex Johnston

Other grades

Year Reserve Grade Best and Fairest Reserve Grade Players' Player U20 Player of the Year U20 Players Player Women's Player of the Year Women's Players' Player
2008 Trent Totter Jason Clark
2009 Jason Clark Jason Clark
2010 Matt Mundine Malcolm Webster
2011 Kyle Turner Adrian Ha’angana
2012 Luke Keary Jesse Roberts
2013 Cameron McInnes Cameron McInnes
2014 Cheyne Whitelaw Jack Gosiewski
2015 Clayton Williams Clayton Williams
2016 Maia Sands Maia Sands
2017 Gabe Hamlin Campbell Graham
2018 Maddie Studdon Chloe Caldwell & Taleena Simon
2019 Billy Brittain Billy Brittain Blake Taaffe Ky Rodwell Karri Doyle Kyla Gordon
2020 Ellie Johnston Janaya Bent
2021 Dean Hawkins Trent Peoples Ben Lovett Tallis Aniganga Seli Mailangi Katie Brown
2022 Shaquai Mitchell Dean Hawkins Tallis Duncan Tallis Duncan Seli Mailangi Ellie Johnston

Clive Churchill Medal

The Clive Churchill medal is awarded annually to the player adjudged best on ground in the grand final.

* Retrospective medals

Dally M Medal

The Dally M Medal is awarded annually to the player of the year over the course of the NRL regular season.

Dally M Rookie of the Year

Dally M Coach of the Year

Dally M Team of the Year

NRL Immortals

NRL Hall of Fame inductees

The NRL Hall of Fame recognises the contribution to rugby league in Australia since 1908.

Other distinctions

Discover more about Individual awards related topics

Best and fairest

Best and fairest

In Australian sport, the best and fairest award recognises the player(s) adjudged to have had the best performance in a game or over a season for a given sporting club or competition. The awards are sometimes dependent on not receiving a suspension for misconduct or breaching the rules during that season.

John Sutton (rugby league)

John Sutton (rugby league)

John Sutton is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played as a second-row, five-eighth and lock for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL.

Greg Inglis

Greg Inglis

Gregory Paul Inglis, also known by the nickname of "G.I.", is a retired Australian professional rugby league footballer. His regular playing positions were Centre, Fullback, Five-eighth and Wing.

2003 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

2003 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

The 2003 South Sydney Rabbitohs season was the 94th in the club's history. Coached by Paul Langmack and captained by Bryan Fletcher, Owen Craigie, Paul Stringer and Jason Death, they competed in the National Rugby League's 2003 Telstra Premiership, finishing the regular season 15th out of 15 teams, failing to reach the finals.

Bryan Fletcher (rugby league)

Bryan Fletcher (rugby league)

Bryan Nathan Fletcher is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1990s and 2000s. A New South Wales State of Origin and Australian international representative second-row-forward, he played his club football in Australia with the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs, before a stint in England with Wigan.

Luke Stuart

Luke Stuart

Luke Stuart is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the National Rugby League (NRL). He played as second-row. Stuart joined South Sydney when they re-entered the NRL competition in 2002.

Jason Death

Jason Death

Jason Death (pronounced is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1990s and 2000s. Primarily a hooker, he played for the Canberra Raiders, North Queensland Cowboys, New Zealand Warriors and South Sydney Rabbitohs throughout his 14 season career.

Justin Smith (rugby league)

Justin Smith (rugby league)

Justin Smith is an Australian former rugby league footballer. A utility player, Smith played for the St. George Illawarra Dragons, South Sydney and the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League (NRL).

2004 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

2004 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

The 2004 South Sydney Rabbitohs season was the 95th in the club's history. Coached by Arthur Kitinas and Paul Langmack and captained by Bryan Fletcher and Ashley Harrison, they competed in the National Rugby League's 2004 Telstra Premiership, finishing the regular season 15th out of 15 teams, failing to reach the finals.

Ashley Harrison

Ashley Harrison

Ashley Harrison is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played as a lock in the 2000s and 2010s.

Joe Williams (rugby league)

Joe Williams (rugby league)

Joe Williams is an Australian sportsman who played rugby league and boxed as a professional.

2005 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

2005 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

The 2005 South Sydney Rabbitohs season was the 96th in the club's history. Coached by Shaun McRae and captained by Bryan Fletcher and Peter Cusack, they competed in the National Rugby League's 2005 Telstra Premiership, finishing the regular season 13th out of 15 teams, failing to reach the finals.

Statistics and records

South Sydney are the most successful club in terms of honours and individual player achievements in the history of NSW rugby league.

The club achievements include:

  • The Rabbitohs have won the most first grade premierships (21) during the history of elite rugby league competition in Australia.[116]
  • Souths have also won the most reserve grade[note 6] premierships (20).
  • The club has the distinction of being the only team to win a premiership in their inaugural season (1908).
  • The club also has the distinction of scoring the most points (42), most tries (8) and most goals (9) in a grand final, all achieved against Manly in 1951.[8]
  • Souths' 1925 first grade side is one of six New South Wales sides to ever go through a season undefeated.[6] The club won the premiership in all three grades in 1925, a feat only repeated on three other occasions (Balmain Tigers in 1915 and 1916 and St George Dragons in 1963).
  • In 2008, the Rabbitohs equalled the second biggest comeback in Australian Rugby League history. After being down 28–4 after 53 minutes against the North Queensland Cowboys, the Rabbitohs won the match 29–28.
  • In 2014, the Rabbitohs entered their first Grand Final in 43 years, defeating the Sydney Roosters 32–22 on 26 September 2014 in the Grand Final Qualifier.
  • In 2014, the Rabbitohs won their first Grand Final and premiership in 43 years, defeating the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 30–6 on 5 October 2014.

The club's players have also achieved some notable individual game and point scoring milestones:

  • John Sutton holds the record for the most first grade games for the club, having played 336 matches between 2004 and 2019.
  • Jack Rayner holds the individual record of the most grand final successes as a captain (5) and coach (5) achieved between 1950 and 1955.
  • Adam Reynolds holds the club record for the most points, tallying 1896 points between 2012 and 2021.[117]
  • Eric Simms scored 265 points on his own for South Sydney in 1969 and this tally along with ones achieved in 1970 and 1967 remain unsurpassed by any other player at the club.[117] The 1969 tally was once a league record, and has since been broken by a number of players at other clubs.
  • Eric Simms still holds a club and competition record for the most goals (112 goals and 19 field goals) in a season, most career field goals (86) and most field goals in a game (5).
  • Nathan Merritt equaled the South Sydney club record of 5 tries in a match against Parramatta at ANZ Stadium in a 56–6 win, joining greats such as Harold Horder, Johnny Graves and Ian Moir.
  • Johnny Graves' tally of 29 points in a match against Eastern Suburbs in 1952[117] remains the club record for the most individual points in a match. Had this feat been scored as it is today it would have stood at 32 points.
  • Alex Johnston is the only player to score 30 tries in a single season, achieving the feat in both the 2021 and 2022 seasons, the only player to do so in the NRL era.
  • During his career Bob McCarthy scored 100 tries for the club, the most by a forward.[117]
  • Alex Johnston equalled the South Sydney club record of 5 tries in a 2017 match against Penrith at ANZ Stadium in a 42–14 win, joining greats such as Nathan Merritt, Harold Horder, Johnny Graves and Ian Moir. Johnston went on to score another 5 tries against the Sydney Roosters in a 60–8 win in the final round of the 2020 season.
  • Alex Johnston passed Nathan Merritt's all-time try scoring record in Souths win 44–18 against Wests Tigers in round 12 of the 2022 season, with 166 tries as of the end of the 2022 season.

Win–loss records

Active teams

Win–loss rates against all active teams (updated 18 June)
Teams Played Wins Draws Losses Points (tries–goals–field goals) Average Points for Against Points (Tries–Goals–Field Goals) Average Points against Win%
Gold Coast Titans 17 11 0 6 405 (69–64–1) 23.82 312 (56–42–4) 18.35 64.70%
Penrith Panthers 83 46 1 36 1597 (280–284–21) 19.24 1516 (256–273–10) 18.27 56.02%
Parramatta Eels 127 69 3 55 2391 (427–448–21) 18.83 2157 (387–394–16) 16.98 55.51%
Wests Tigers 34 18 0 16 767 (132–116–7) 22.56 853 (154–118–1) 25.09 52.94%
Sydney Roosters 223 115 5 103 3455 (643–640–29) 15.49 3508 (637–651–19) 15.73 52.69%
North Queensland Cowboys 36 18 1 17 693 (121–103–3) 19.25 839 (145–128–3) 23.31 51.38%
St George Illawarra Dragons 33 16 0 17 656 (115–94–8) 19.88 780 (138–114–0) 23.64 48.48%
Canterbury Bulldogs 160 74 4 82 2601 (464–516–15) 16.26 2696 (467–522–16) 16.85 47.50%
Cronulla Sharks 89 40 3 46 1523 (247–299–12) 17.11 1703 (303–291–6) 19.13 46.62%
Manly Sea Eagles 144 67 0 77 2534 (450–467–30) 17.60 2859 (492–529–31) 19.13 46.62%
New Zealand Warriors 35 16 0 19 759 (132–114–3) 21.69 927 (167–128–3) 26.49 45.71%
Canberra Raiders 56 23 0 33 1004 (175–149–17) 17.93 1413 (251–204–7) 25.23 41.07%
Newcastle Knights 42 16 0 26 860 (150–128–4) 20.48 931 (165–132–7) 22.17 38.09%
Brisbane Broncos 41 11 1 29 764 (130–122–0) 18.63 1080 (194–151–2) 26.34 28.04%
Melbourne Storm 32 5 0 27 409 (74–56–1) 12.78 853 (150–124–5) 26.66 15.62%

Discontinued teams

Win–loss rates against all discontinued teams
Teams Played Wins Draws Losses Points (tries–goals–field goals) Average Points for Against Points (Tries–Goals–Field Goals) Average Points against Win%
Cumberland 1 1 0 0 23 (5–4–0) 23.00 2 (0–1–0) 2.00 100.00%
Northern Eagles 1 1 0 0 44 (8–6–0) 44.00 20 (4–2–0) 20.00 100.00%
University 31 30 1 0 857 (199–130–0) 27.65 270 (54–54–0) 8.71 98.38%
Annandale 21 19 1 1 356 (82–54–1) 16.95 135 (27–27–0) 6.43 92.85%
Newcastle08–09 5 4 0 1 86 (24–7–0) 17.20 28 (6–4–1) 5.60 80.00%
South Queensland 4 3 0 1 112 (20–16–0) 23.82 312 (56–42–4) 18.35 64.70%
Glebe 42 27 0 15 615 (135–97–8) 14.64 350 (66–74–2) 8.33 64.28%
Norths 175 104 6 65 3080 (616–569–13) 17.60 2577 (469–525–8) 14.73 61.14%
Newtown 153 90 7 56 2510 (501–490–15) 16.41 2084 (384–453–11) 13.62 61.11%
Wests 182 106 5 71 3018 (586–573–18) 16.58 2620 (485–532–12) 14.40 59.61%
Balmain Tigers 178 95 3 80 2707 (523–519–19) 15.21 2649 (496–529–6) 14.88 54.21%
Gold Coast 18 9 1 8 318 (56–46–2) 17.67 342 (60–50–2) 19.00 52.77%
Perth 2 1 0 1 38 (6–7–0) 19.00 36 (6–6–0) 18.00 50.00%
St George 163 69 2 92 2364 (434–483–19) 14.50 2857 (535–563–15) 17.53 42.94%
Illawarra 31 12 2 17 523 (88–85–5) 16.87 625 (107–99–4) 20.16 41.93%
Adelaide 1 0 0 1 18 (3–0–0) 18.00 34 (7–3–0) 34.00 0.00%

Discover more about Statistics and records related topics

Source: "South Sydney Rabbitohs", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 29th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Sydney_Rabbitohs.

Enjoying Wikiz?

Enjoying Wikiz?

Get our FREE extension now!

See also
Notes
  1. ^ In Australia, a foundation club is one that played in the first season of competition. South Sydney played in the first season of the New South Wales Rugby League premiership, some call it the predecessor to the National Rugby League competition.
  2. ^ Reference to Jack Gibson as a "Super Coach" is common terminology in Australian rugby league circles given Gibson's outstanding coaching record – see: "Super coach Gibson salutes his favourite players". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 14 August 2003. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  3. ^ The St George Dragons and Illawarra Steelers merged into the St George Illawarra Dragons in 1998, the Balmain Tigers and Western Suburbs Magpies merged to form the Wests Tigers in 1999 whilst also in the same year the Manly Sea Eagles and North Sydney Bears (who were excluded from the competition on failing to meet solvency criteria) merged into the Northern Eagles (the merger was subsequently dissolved with Manly re-entering the competition in 2003).
  4. ^ Key Souths players purchased by Manly included internationals John O'Neill, Ray Branighan, Elwyn Walters, Mark Carroll, Terry Hill, Jim Serdaris and Ian Roberts and other stars such as Bob Moses, Tom Mooney and Craig Field.
  5. ^ Balmain players feigned injury in order to slow down the game, disrupt Souths attacking momentum and run-down the clock to full-time.[110]
  6. ^ Up until 2002, the second division of rugby league in New South Wales was Reserve Grade/Presidents Cup/First Division Premiers; since then, it has been the NSWRL Premier League.
References

Citations

  1. ^ "Contact Us". South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Fagan, Sean. "South Sydney Rabbitohs". RL1908.com. Archived from the original on 15 June 2007. Retrieved 3 June 2007.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Ian Heads, South Sydney, Pride of the League, Lothian, 2000.
  4. ^ Season 1908 Archived 6 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine from the Rugby League Tables & Statistics website Archived 21 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b "The Balmainiacs of 1909" RL1908.com by Sean Fagan. Archived 13 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b Season 1925 Archived 17 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine from the Rugby League Tables & Statistics website Archived 21 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ In 1925 rugby league journalist Claude Corbett nicknamed the club the "Pride of the League" – see page 3 of Ian Heads' book South Sydney, Pride of the League, Lothian, 2000. On the internet Souths are referred to as the Pride of the League on the Sydney Olympic Park website: Sydney Olym hipic Park. Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Reference is also made in the official history of the South Sydney Rugby League Football Club by Tom Brock titled South Sydney, Pride of the League, published in 1994. This is mentioned in Mr Brocks' biography: Tom Brock Biography Archived 15 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine at the Australian Society for Sports History website. "South Sydney Rabbitohs". Sydney Olympic Park Authority. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2007.
  8. ^ a b Season 1951 Archived 19 May 2013 at WebCite Rugby League Tables & Statistics Archived 21 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ 1955 season summary Archived 2 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine South Sydney Rabbitohs.
  10. ^ Glen Jackson (2002). "10 of the Best – 1955: The Miracle of '55". In Angus Fontaine (ed.). Souths: The People's Team, League Week, ACP Publishing.
  11. ^ "Record Crowds". Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust. Archived from the original on 9 January 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  12. ^ Season 1965 Archived 19 May 2013 at WebCite from the Rugby League Tables & Statistics website Archived 21 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Mark Courtney (2000). "Premiers No More". Moving the Goalposts. Halstead Press.
  14. ^ "1970 Grand Final, Souths v Manly" Archived 7 February 2020 at the Wayback Machine. History of Australian Rugby League – via Era of the Biff.
  15. ^ A full description of the famous incident is in Glenn Jackson (2002). "10 of the Best – 1970: The Jawdropper". In Angus Fontaine (ed.). Souths: The People's Team. League Week, ACP Publishing.
  16. ^ See the reference to John Bucknall from the Soaring Sea Eagles website players' page.
  17. ^ Glenn Jackson (2002). "10 of the Best – 1981: The Droughtbreaker". In Angus Fontaine (ed.). Souths: The People's Team. League Week, ACP Publishing.
  18. ^ Fridman, Saul (December 2002). "Before the High Court: sport and the law: The South Sydney appeal" (PDF). Sydney Law Review. 24 (4): 558–68. ISSN 0082-0512.
  19. ^ See "Grassroots Ethics: The Case of Souths versus News Corporation", pages 216–229 of Remote Control: New Media, New Ethics by Michael Moller, edited by Catharine Lumby and Elspeth Probyn, Cambridge University Press, 2003 – via Google Books
  20. ^ See South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club Ltd v News Limited FCA 862 (6 July 2001), decision of the Full Bench of the Federal Court of Australia.
  21. ^ a b David Shilburu (2003). "The Souths' Revival", page 150 of Strategic Sports Marketing by David Shilbury, Shayne Quick and Hans Westerbeek, Allen & Unwin, 2003
  22. ^ "Episode 2 – What happened at the Handover Ceremony?" South Sydney Story. Archived 19 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ Ryle, G. "Where there's smoke, it's a job for Firepower". Sydney Morning Herald, 24 February 2007
  24. ^ "Richardson quits as Souths CEO". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 31 October 2008. Archived from the original on 24 April 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2008.
  25. ^ "Rabbitohs Elevate Internal Staff in Management Restructure". South Sydney Rabbitohs. 2 February 2008. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  26. ^ Phil Rothfield; Rebecca Wilson (18 May 2008). "Holmes a Court to quit Souths". The Sunday Telegraph. Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  27. ^ Josh Massoud (27 May 2008). "How Souths drowned in latte and largesse". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  28. ^ Patrick Smith (28 May 2008). "A Court in the crossfire: the syndrome threatening to derail Souths". The Australian. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  29. ^ Josh Massoud (27 May 2008). "Russell Crowe dumps Holmes a Court as Rabbitohs chairman". Courier Mail. Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  30. ^ Ray Chesterton (27 May 2008). "Crowe's company ruined Souths". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  31. ^ "'Pride of the League' Honoured by the National Trust". South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club. 3 September 2008. Archived from the original on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  32. ^ "On This Day: GI signed with South Sydney". South Sydney Rabbitohs. 11 November 2020. Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  33. ^ "Maguire announced as Rabbitohs coach". ABC News. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  34. ^ Trent Hile (6 September 2012). "Week one finals preview: Melbourne Storm v South Sydney Rabbitohs, second qualifying final, AAMI Park". Fox Sports.
  35. ^ Justin Davies (28 April 2012). "South Sydney register 1000th win against gallant Cowboys". Archived from the original on 24 August 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  36. ^ Dean Ritchie (24 October 2014). "Peter Holmes a Court reveals his reasons for selling his South Sydney stake, while James Packer plans for a big future". The Daily Telegraph. Sydney, New South Wales. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  37. ^ "Rabbitohs 2015 season review". 14 September 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  38. ^ "Sharks beat Rabbitohs 28–12 to eliminate defending premiers". ABC News. 13 September 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  39. ^ "Rabbitohs 2016 season review". 6 September 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  40. ^ "Rabbitohs 2017 season review". 6 September 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  41. ^ "We're for Sydney". Daily Telegraph. 5 October 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  42. ^ "NRL: Roosters beat Rabbitohs to reach the grand final against Melbourne". The Guardian. 22 September 2018.
  43. ^ "Miracle in NRL finals madness". News.com.au. 7 September 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  44. ^ "Souths and Roosters go again with latest chapter of fierce rivalry to be written". The Guardian. 12 September 2019.
  45. ^ "South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett confirms major changes for Sydney Roosters final". Sporting News. Archived from the original on 14 September 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  46. ^ "South Sydney Rabbitohs beat Manly Sea Eagles 34-26 in NRL semi-final". ABC News. 20 September 2019.
  47. ^ "Rabbitohs dig deep to eliminate Sea Eagles in finals thriller". NRL. 20 September 2019.
  48. ^ "Canberra Raiders end 25-year wait to reach NRL grand final with victory over Rabbitohs". The Guardian. 27 September 2019.
  49. ^ "Penrith Panthers beat South Sydney Rabbitohs 20-16 to set up NRL grand final against Melbourne Storm". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 17 October 2020.
  50. ^ "Johnston and Walker combine to demolish Roosters". NRL. 25 September 2020.
  51. ^ "Melbourne Storm embarrass South Sydney Rabbitohs 50–0 as Josh Addo-Carr crosses for six tries". ABC News. 6 May 2021.
  52. ^ "Souths duo fall flat in Blues battle as 'untouchable' Panther carves up on home soil: 3 Big Hits". Fox Sports Australia. 23 May 2021.
  53. ^ "Manly thumps Parramatta Eels 56–10, as South Sydney and Wests Tigers enjoy NRL wins". ABC News. 14 August 2021.
  54. ^ "Manly beats North Queensland 46–18 to clinch NRL top-four spot as South Sydney, Brisbane record victories". ABC News. 4 September 2021.
  55. ^ "GLORY, GLORY: Souths march into the GF as Wayne masterminds Manly mauling". Fox Sports Australia. 24 September 2021.
  56. ^ "One of finest NRL grand finals of all time provides cure to difficult season". The Guardian. 3 October 2021.
  57. ^ "Bunny". Evening News. Sydney, NSW. 14 June 1904. p. 4.
  58. ^ See the comments of ABC radio reporter Joe O'Brien from the transcript of the ABC PM radio program "Rabbitohs continue historic form", broadcast on Friday, 6 July 2001.
  59. ^ a b "Club Histories – New Speculations" RL1908.com by Sean Fagan. Archived 21 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  60. ^ South Sydney traditional jersey Archived 2 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine from the official South Sydney website.
  61. ^ See the article Having a "Mintie wrapper" in your wardrobe by Mark Courtney in Souths The People's Team, edited by Angus Fontaine, League Week, ACP Publishing, 2002.
  62. ^ South Sydney 2009 home jersey Archived 2 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine from the official South Sydney website.
  63. ^ South Sydney 2009 alternate (away) jersey Archived 2 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine from the official South Sydney website.
  64. ^ South Sydney Co-op.
  65. ^ Redfern Oval Archived 16 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine from the Rugby League Tables & Statistics website Archived 21 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  66. ^ Sydney Football Stadium Archived 6 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine from the Rugby League Tables & Statistics website Archived 21 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  67. ^ Greg Prichard (27 February 2005). "Rabbitohs in shock move to Sydney Olympic Park". The Sydney Morning Herald (smh.com.au).
  68. ^ "Rabbitohs secure new home ground". One Sport. TVNZ. 16 March 2005. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  69. ^ "Bunnies facing extinction, Crowe tells fans". ABC (abc.net.au).
  70. ^ a b "Proposed Redfern Park Upgrade". City of Sydney. 28 July 2006. Archived from the original on 24 August 2006. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  71. ^ "Supporter Groups". South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  72. ^ "About us". theburrow.com.au. Archived from the original on 9 January 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  73. ^ "Eels membership breaks all time record". www.parraeels.com.au. 2 September 2021.
  74. ^ Jackson, Glenn (20 December 2006). "Pride in the Rabbitohs jersey – and dollars, too". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  75. ^ "Mission Impossible" 23 September 1999 Australian Story archives at abc.net.au
  76. ^ Gamblin, Kip (5 March 2006). "Souths power bloc backs Crowe bid". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
  77. ^ Walter, Brad (18 February 2006). "Souths support group enters Crowe fray". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia: Fairfax Media. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
  78. ^ Reclaiming the Game: Fandom, Community and Globalisation, by Michael Moller, from the APINetwork website.
  79. ^ In George We Trust, produced by Helen Grasswill, Australian Story transcript, 2 August 2001, from the ABC website.
  80. ^ See the chapters Reclaim the Game and Taking it to the Streets in Mark Courtney's Moving the Goalposts, Halstead Press, 2000.
  81. ^ See South's 2009 Corporate Partnership Brochure. Archived 15 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  82. ^ "Warne's new job: being Shane Warne". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 7 January 2007. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  83. ^ "Rabbitohs make ANZ Stadium home for next 10 years" (Press release). rleague (from a South Sydney press release). 8 February 2008. Archived from the original on 3 April 2015.
  84. ^ "Raiders-Rabbitohs clash gets religious The Canberra Times". Canberra Times. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2022.
  85. ^ "Celebs Spotted Supporting Souths".
  86. ^ Gamblin, Kip (5 March 2006). "Souths power bloc backs Crowe bid". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
  87. ^ Walter, Brad (18 February 2006). "Souths support group enters Crowe fray". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia: Fairfax Media. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
  88. ^ "Time Out | Best Things to do and Events in Cities Worldwide".
  89. ^ "Reggie the Rabbit: The Rabbitohs 18th Man and the Most Famous Bunny in Australia!". 30 September 2013.
  90. ^ "Masked or not, he's a devoted Rabbitoh". 26 September 2013.
  91. ^ "Sport in Sydney - Sydney Outdoor activities". Time Out Sydney. Archived from the original on 4 February 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  92. ^ "The Juniors". thejuniors.com.au. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  93. ^ Barlass, Tim (7 March 2013). "South Sydney Leagues Club in administration". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  94. ^ Kent, Paul (26 March 2013). "Promises come to nought as Souths Leagues shuts with debts of $5.5m". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  95. ^ "Clubs fight to survive". Southern Courier. 14 April 2009.
  96. ^ "Juniors On Hawkesbury". Thejuniors.com.au. Archived from the original on 17 March 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  97. ^ Riccio, David (4 October 2014). "Finally, foundation bell will ring again". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  98. ^ "You're still the prince of Redfern: Crowe anoints Luke as grand final bell ringer". 29 September 2021.
  99. ^ "McCarthy rings foundation bell before 2014 grand final".
  100. ^ "Bitter feud to get public airing", Adrian Proszenko, League HQ, 2 September 2007 Archived 7 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  101. ^ Swanton, Will (21 August 2005). "Shove thy neighbour: Souths rule the roost". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  102. ^ Payten, Iain (15 March 2007). "Souths' bitter blast at Roosters". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  103. ^ Sign Craig Wing for Four Years The Burrow, 25 June 2007
  104. ^ Monahan, Jeremy (10 March 2010). "The rivalry between South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters is legendary". Southern Courier. Australia: News Community Media. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
  105. ^ "January 14: Birth of the Bluebags; Widdop becomes Dragons skipper". National Rugby League. 14 January 2020. Archived from the original on 25 February 2021. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  106. ^ McDonald, Margie (16 September 2018). "Easy as 1-2-3: Reynolds sinks Dragons". National Rugby League. Archived from the original on 25 September 2018. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  107. ^ "Manly scream back to beat Rabbitohs and make grand final". www.theguardian.com. 27 September 2013.
  108. ^ "Manly sign Luke Burgess". National Rugby League. 21 January 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  109. ^ "Gerard first to 300; Joey smashes record; Taylor passes Halligan". NRL. 28 July 2021.
  110. ^ See the 1969 season summary Archived 2 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine from the official South Sydney website.
  111. ^ "Five of the best: grand final controversies". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 October 2004. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  112. ^ Chammas, Michael (20 August 2015). "Canterbury Bulldogs and South Sydney Rabbitohs rivalry now biggest in NRL". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  113. ^ "The Magnificent XIII" in the article Hall of Fame. In Angus Fontaine (ed.). Souths: The People's Team. ACP Publishing, 2002.
  114. ^ "Inglis and Sutton Crowned as First Joint Winners of the George Piggins Medal in 2013". South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club. 10 October 2013. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  115. ^ "Greg Inglis Claims Best Try Award". 10 October 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  116. ^ List of Australian Rugby League Premiership Winners Archived 4 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine from the Sports Australia website.
  117. ^ a b c d Rabbitohs Club Records Archived 19 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine from the official South Sydney Rabbitohs website.

Sources

External links

The content of this page is based on the Wikipedia article written by contributors..
The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike Licence & the media files are available under their respective licenses; additional terms may apply.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use & Privacy Policy.
Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization & is not affiliated to WikiZ.com.