It took a decade, 1911-1921, for Rugby League to succeed Union in what became Maher Cup country. It did not set up in competition to it – in most places it simply replaced it. Below is a brief history.
The Sydney competition under ‘Northern Union’ rules, as it was often referred to then, with its 13 players and the playing of the ball, commenced in 1908. Spectators were excited by the open flow of the game and players preferred it. By 1911, with a rapidly growing fan base, a most successful tour by the British Lions, and defections from the Wallabies, League had become ascendant in the city. However country towns didn’t just follow fashion and fall into line. Continue reading