10-team NSW Cup competition in 2021

NSWRL confirms NSW Cup in 2021
Tue 10 Nov 2020, 12:16 PM

The NSW Rugby League today confirmed it will run a 10-team NSW Cup competition in 2021 in line with the NRL competition.

NSWRL Head of Football Robert Lowrie said the full home and away second tier competition will kick-off the same weekend as the NRL.

“We are really thrilled to be able to announce that our premier competition will go ahead after the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to cancel it this year,” Lowrie said.

“The competition provides an important pathway to the NRL. Many open age competitions operated in New South Wales during season 2020. Much was learnt about COVID-19 protocols and confidence was gained about the capacity to safely conduct competitions in a COVID-safe way.

“We are therefore very confident of our ability to deliver all of our competitions safely and efficiently during the 2021 season. Additionally, we are working with an NRL representative from the Apollo Committee to construct bio-security protocols to mitigate risk and to enable player movement between the NRL and NSW Cup.”

At our season launch on 3 March 2021, we expect to be able to announce exciting news about a new naming rights partner for our premier competition.



10 team comp surely means they’ll revert back to the top 5 finals series format.

So two teams drop out. Surely the warriors are one. Perhaps mounties the other?

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NRL closer to giving fringe players a game
Australian Associated Press
Scott Bailey
9 November 2020

Fringe NRL players could be tested for COVID-19 after playing reserve grade games next year in a bid to ensure they don’t spend another season on the sidelines.

The NSW Rugby League will outline their plans for a return to reserve grade this week, after the second-tier competition was abandoned after one round in 2020.

The chief problem was how to manage players going out of the NRL bubble to play in the reserve grade competition, where semi-professionals weren’t under the same guidelines.

It meant that several players did not feature in a match again this year after March, with six clubs not using their full 30 players at any time during the season.

To solve that, the NRL and state bodies are working through several different options on how to ensure players not selected in first grade can play reserves.

“One of the options is maybe a player coming out of the bubble plays a game, and then the next day has a test,” NSWRL boss David Trodden told AAP.

"And they have to provide a negative result prior to coming back into the bubble.

"There are a few different alternatives being discussed at the moment.

"But we’re really confident that at least one of those alternatives will be agreed on.

“There is definitely a will from the NRL for our second-tier competition and the QRL’s second-tier competition to go ahead.”

Next year’s competition will only include NSW-based teams, with the Warriors unable to join due to uncertainty over New Zealand’s borders.

Jersey Flegg will also return to an under-21s competition, while more regional teams could feature in the third-tier Ron Massey Cup after they featured in the one-off Presidents’ Cup this year.

The NSWRL managed to complete that competition without issue in 2020, leaving it confident in its biosecurity guidelines.

Under their protocols, any person who showed any sign of illness could not train or play while social distancing was also employed with limits at training and confined spaces.

It was also recommended for all players to have the flu shot along with a number of other COVID-compliant measures.

“We found this year that our own biosecurity stuff worked really well for the competitions we did run,” Trodden said.

"I think everyone has learned a huge amount from this year, and it’s safe to run competitions in a safe way as long as people follow the protocols.

“So taking that and applying it to next year, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t able to run a competition in a really safe fashion and ensure the integrity of the NRL bubble is protected.”


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TEAMS: NSWRL Canterbury Cup - 2019

Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Newcastle Knights
Newtown Jets
North Sydney Bears
Penrith Panthers
South Sydney Rabbitohs
St George Illawarra Dragons
Wentworthville Magpies
Western Suburbs Magpies

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Dogs and Warriors gone I beleive

Dogs have linked with the Mounties


Yep and the wazzas to the QRL

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That will be… interesting

No raiders either not that they were in it last year but they were with Mounties.

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BIG Wests Magpies News for Season 2021
Wednesday 11 November 2020
Wests Magpies returning to spiritual home of Lidcombe Oval and new NSWRL Participation for 2021

A Message to Members and Supporters of Western Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club (WSDRLFC)

Western Suburbs Magpies is excited to advise its members and supporters of some notable changes planned for the club as well as new competition participation for Season 2021.

Western Suburbs Magpies has secured a hire agreement with Cumberland Council for 2021 to make Lidcombe Oval our primary home ground for training sessions and most match days.

In addition to our continuing participation at the highest level in the NSWRL (which is the NSW State Cup), the club is also planning on fielding a team for the Ron Massey Cup (which may become a City team/Country team Presidents Cup format in 2021).

WSDRLFC has taken the initiative to get the mighty Magpies back to their much-loved spiritual home and has developed a self-supporting business model to field a RMC team without further financial impost on Wests Ashfield Leagues who are primary financial supporters of the Magpies and continue to heavily invest in Rugby League propagation and development.

Although COVID has affected many Rugby League teams and competitions, we hope for some form of normality with competition structures in 2021. This includes request to NSWRL for alignment to all Magpies grades wherever possible to ensure optimal patronage. Pending COVID situation in 2021, Wests Magpies NSW State Cup team will still feature as curtain raisers to selected NRL Matches. TV Coverage for NSW State Cup 2021 is not certain at this time but the Magpies will be there somewhere on your screens.

Although not finalised at this time, a NSWRL Ron Massey Cup 2021 Competition (like what took place in 2020 Presidents Cup) will see the Western Suburbs Magpies travel to face teams throughout Country NSW and potentially over to Fiji. This competition is also planned to be streamed on-line for promotion and to assist those unable to attend in person to follow the team throughout the season.

After some years out of the Dressing room sheds, our current General Manger Leo Epifania will return to head coaching role for new Western Suburbs Magpies RMC team. Being Magpie Head Coach is something Leo believes is his greatest strength. Importantly, the club is also re-building a group of both long serving and new volunteers to assist both on and off the field.

Our intended use of Lidcombe Oval will feature standard home games for RMC, selected NSW State Cup matches and holding of Marquee events such as our annual ‘Return to Lidcombe’. Having a hire on the venue allows Wests Magpies to host associated teams and competitions such as Jersey Flegg, Harvey Norman Women’s and potentially some Junior Representative matches.

We will retain our connection to Campbelltown and the Macarthur via our Magpies HM & SGB Junior Representative Squads and Development teams who remain based in the area. Draw alignments and COVID situation pending, Wests Magpies will continue to play selected games at Campbelltown Sports Stadium (such as Magpies state cup prior to NRL).

We look forward to seeing you at the ground in 2021 to cheer on our Magpies teams at ALL levels and help make our commitment to bring the Magpies back to its spiritual home bring its rewards both on and off the field.

Board of Directors

*The clubs plan and intentions in this statement are subject to the 2021 Global/Local status of COVID in and any related impacts to RL competitions and attendance restrictions for public gatherings in 2021.

NSWRL Competition structures and formats may also be subject to change. NSW State Cup has been confirmed as a 10 team competition for 2021.

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Great news for Wests.
I was introduced to Big Dallas and a few others at a Lidcombe pub ( not sure if it was the Railway or the Lidcombe) in the late 70’s.

Had many a good time at Lidcombe oval, when a kid used to slide down the hill on cardboard boxes at half time during the thirds, reserves and firsts, met John Sattler after a game, had thighs like tree trunks, was there at the 1976 game when George Piggins scored near the posts, Terry Fahey scored a howler so did Bernie Lowther, only to see Geoff Foster score the winner…

Also at a Sunday or Monday afternoon game, mid to early 70’s and thundered and rain so much it grew dark, that they had to put on the lights…


Interesting that Newcastle won’t play Flegg U21s in 2021

I am just sooo glad that our club has seen fit to fund a NSW Cup or reserve grade side to feed our top flight side in 2021.

We need to make sure we have a clear path for our players coming through from the juniors to the top flight all under the Souths umbrella.


From June 2020


2021 NSWRL competitions update

Round 1: 13-14 March
Rounds: 24
Teams: 10
Grand Final: 25-26 September

Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership
Round 1: 13-14 March
Rounds: 14
Teams: 8-12
Grand Final: 24-25 July

Jersey Flegg Cup (u21s)
Round 1: 13-14 March
Rounds: 24
Teams: 10
Grand Final: 25-26 September

SG Ball (u19s)
Round 1: 6-7 February
Rounds: 8
Teams: 15
Grand Final: 24 April

Harold Matthews (u17s)
Round 1: 6-7 February
Rounds: 8
Teams: 15
Grand Final: 24 April

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