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Australian Rugby League Season 1996
The 1996 ARL premiership (also known as the 1996 Optus
Optus
Cup due to sponsorship from Optus) was the 89th season of professional rugby league football in Australia, and the second to be administered by the Australian Rugby League
Australian Rugby League
(ARL). Twenty teams contested the premiership, including five Sydney-based foundation teams, another six from Sydney, two from greater New South Wales, four from Queensland, and one each from New Zealand, the Australian Capital Territory
Australian Capital Territory
and Western Australia. Ultimately two Sydney
Sydney
clubs, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and St. George Dragons
St

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Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
The Manly Warringah
Warringah
Sea Eagles are an Australian professional rugby league team named after the Manly and Warringah
Warringah
areas of Sydney's Northern Beaches in which the club is based. They compete in the National Rugby League's (NRL's) Telstra Premiership, the premier rugby league competition of Australasia. The club first appeared in the 1947 New South Wales
New South Wales
Rugby Football League season and currently plays home matches out of its ground, Lottoland
Lottoland
(Brookvale Oval) whilst training at the New South Wales
New South Wales
Academy of Sport in Narrabeen. The Manly Warringah
Warringah
Rugby League Football Club competed in the NSWRL, ARL and NRL every season until 1999
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North Sydney Bears
Sydney
Sydney
(/ˈsɪdni/ ( listen))[7] is the state capital of New South Wales
Wales
and the most populous city in Australia
Australia
and Oceania.[8] Located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds the world's largest natural harbour and sprawls about 70 km (43.5 mi) on its periphery towards the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north and Macarthur to the south.[9] Sydney
Sydney
is made up of 658 suburbs, 40 local government areas and 15 contiguous regions
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Quentin Pongia
Quentin Lee Pongia[2] (born 9 July 1970) is a New Zealand former rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s who represented his country. He is the grandson of fellow Kiwi international Jim Calder and his sister Megan Tahapeehi has also represented the Kiwi Ferns.[3]Contents1 Playing career 2 Post playing 3 References 4 External linksPlaying career[edit] Originally from the West Coast, Pongia transferred east in 1988. Registered and played for the Riccarton Knights Rugby League Football Club in the Canterbury Rugby League
Canterbury Rugby League
competition, representing the province in 1991 and 1992.[3][4] Pongia later played for the Canberra Raiders. He also became a New Zealand international and was selected to go on the 1993 New Zealand rugby league tour of Great Britain and France, playing in all five test matches. He played at the 1995 Rugby League World Cup
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Jim Dymock
Jim Dymock
Jim Dymock
(born 4 April 1972) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer and coach. A Tonga
Tonga
and Australia
Australia
national and New South Wales State of Origin representative lock forward or five-eighth, he played cllub football for Sydney's Western Suburbs Magpies, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Parramatta Eels, finishing his career in Super League
Super League
for the London Broncos. Pay then embarked on a coaching career, becoming head coach f the Tongan national team
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Dean Pay
Dean Pay
Dean Pay
(born 3 June 1969) is an Australian professional rugby league football coach and former player. He is the current head coach of the NRL's Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
club. Pay played in the late 1980s and '90s with Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
and the Parramatta Eels. He was an Australia
Australia
national rugby league team and State of Origin representative for the NSW Blues. Widely regarded as "one of the greats," he was instrumental in the Bulldogs' success during the early 1990s, Pay was a skillful ball-playing forward and an especially strong defender.Contents1 Playing career 2 Coaching career 3 References 4 External linksPlaying career[edit] Born in Dubbo, New South Wales
New South Wales
on 3 June 1969, Pay’s junior club was St Johns JRL
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Jason Smith (rugby League)
Jason
Jason
(/ˈdʒeɪsən/; Greek: Ἰάσων Iásōn) was an ancient Greek mythological hero who was the leader of the Argonauts
Argonauts
whose quest for the Golden Fleece
Golden Fleece
featured in Greek literature. He was the son of Aeson, the rightful king of Iolcos. He was married to the sorceress Medea. He was also the great-grandson of the messenger god Hermes, through his mother's side. Jason
Jason
appeared in various literary works in the classical world of Greece and Rome, including the epic poem Argonautica
Argonautica
and the tragedy Medea
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Jarrod McCracken
Jarrod McCracken (born 27 March 1970) is a New Zealand former rugby league footballer of the 1990s. He is a former captain of the New Zealand national rugby league team[3] and is the son of New Zealand rugby league international, Ken McCracken. McCracken played club football in Australia, captaining both the Parramatta Eels
Parramatta Eels
and Wests Tigers during his career which ended with a spear tackle which he successfully sued for
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Parramatta Eels
The Parramatta Eels
Parramatta Eels
are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the Sydney
Sydney
suburb of Parramatta. The Parramatta District Rugby League Football Club was formed in 1947, and their home ground was Parramatta Stadium
Parramatta Stadium
(formerly Cumberland Oval) until the current season. Owing to the demolition of Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta will play its home games at Stadium Australia, until the completion of the Western Sydney Stadium
Western Sydney Stadium
in 2019. It took thirty years for the club to make the grand final, which they did in 1976 and 1977, losing on both occasions. However, this period foreshadowed their most successful period in the early 1980s, when they won four premierships and qualified for five grand finals in six seasons. This was a golden era for the club and yielded their only premiership titles
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Sydney Roosters
The Sydney
Sydney
Roosters are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. The club competes in the National Rugby League
National Rugby League
(NRL) competition and is one of the oldest clubs in Australian rugby league history, having won thirteen New South Wales Rugby League
New South Wales Rugby League
(NSWRL) and National Rugby League titles, and several other competitions. Only the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St. George Dragons
St. George Dragons
have won more premierships. The club holds the record for having the most wins and the second greatest margin of victory in a match in Australian rugby league history. The Roosters are one of only two clubs (the other being the St. George Illawarra Dragons in 1999) to finish runners-up in their inaugural season
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Allan Langer
Allan Jeffrey "Alfie" Langer AM[5] (born 30 July 1966) is an Australian former multi-award-winning rugby league footballer of the 1980s, 90s and 2000s who works as an assistant coach for the Australian national team and Brisbane
Brisbane
Broncos. He was one of the pre-eminent Half Backs of his era, representing Australia
Australia
on many occasions and holding the record for most State of Origin appearances, until being surpassed by his club, state & country team-mate Darren Lockyer. Langer played most of his career as captain of the Brisbane
Brisbane
Broncos, with whom he won the 1992 Clive Churchill Medal and Rothmans Medal, as well as four premierships and the club's player of the year award a record five times
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1996 State Of Origin Series
The 1996 State of Origin series
State of Origin series
saw the 15th time that the annual three-game series between the Queensland and New South Wales representative rugby league football teams was contested entirely under 'state of origin' selection rules. This series saw the return to representative football of players who had signed with Super League, after a court decision had delayed the beginning of Super League until at least 2000. As a result, both teams were back to full strength, and a new record was set for the highest State of Origin crowd at the Sydney
Sydney
Football Stadium. New South Wales were able to bounce back from the 3 - 0 whitewash of the 1995 Series and win the 1996 series 3 - 0, reversing the result of the previous year
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Grand Final
A grand final is a game that decides a sports league's championship (or premiership) winning team, i.e. the conclusive game of a finals (or play-off) series. Synonymous with a championship game in North American sports, grand finals have become a significant part of Australian culture. The earliest competitions to feature a grand final were Australia's AFL (Australian rules football) and NRL (rugby league football). They influenced other competitions such as soccer's A-League, the National Basketball
Basketball
League, netball's Suncorp Super Netball
Netball
and European rugby league's Super League
Super League
to adopt grand finals as well
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Jason Taylor (rugby League)
Jason Taylor (born 2 February 1971) is an Australian professional rugby league football coach and a former player. He is currently the assistant coach of the Sydney Roosters. He was previously the head coach of the Parramatta Eels, South Sydney Rabbitohs
South Sydney Rabbitohs
and Wests Tigers clubs in the National Rugby League
National Rugby League
(NRL)
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1995 ARL Season
The 1995 ARL premiership was the 88th season of professional rugby league football in Australia, and the first to be run by the Australian Rugby League
Australian Rugby League
following the hand-over of the Premiership's administration by the New South Wales
New South Wales
Rugby League. For the first time since the 1988 NSWRL season, the Premiership expanded again, with the addition of four new clubs[1] from North Queensland, Western Australia, South Queensland
Queensland
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Pick The Margins
In Australian rugby league, FootyTAB is the name of the legal betting agency, operating in both the NRL and the Brisbane Rugby League since betting on league was legalised. Betting
Betting
is also offered on other games including the pre-season, State of Origin and Test matches. FootyTAB offers three types of bet, "Pick The Winners", "Pick The Margins", and "Pick The Score".Contents1 Pick The Winners 2 Pick The Margins 3 Pick The Score 4 History 5 ReferencesPick The Winners[edit] In Pick The Winners, punters are required to select all the winning teams in a round. In order to make selection more difficult, points start are given by a panel appointed by the TAB to the team considered less likely to win. So that the scores could never possibly be exactly equal after the start is added, points start are always given as half points
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