The NSWRL has released the draws for 2022 major competitions The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup, Jersey Flegg Cup and Denton Engineering Cup which are all scheduled to kick off in March.
The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup, which is the state’s premier competition, features 27 games on Fox League on FOX SPORTS, while the finals series will be broadcast on both Fox League and the Nine network.
It continues to provide an important pathway, with 52 players from the NSW Cup going on to play in the NRL this season, including three players who took part in the NRL Grand Final.
The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup and Jersey Flegg Cup will also feature in 40 double headers and 27 triple headers before NRL games next season, for a total of 94 matches all up.
“Our major competitions have an important role to play in the development of any player who might be pursuing a professional Rugby League career,” NSWRL Head of Football Robert Lowrie said.
“There were 52 players who graduated from The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup last year to play in the NRL which is a tremendous success rate. The Jersey Flegg Cup is an important stepping stone for our younger players and the Denton Engineering Cup is the premier competition in Newcastle.
“It’s great to see the draws released today for these competitions, I’m confident the excitement is already starting to build for our fans, and I can’t wait to watch all the action unfold next season.”
The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup will feature 12 teams next year with Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs joining Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles, Canberra Raiders, Mounties, Newcastle Knights, Newtown Jets, North Sydney Bears, Parramatta Eels, Penrith Panthers, South Sydney Rabbitohs, St George Illawarra Dragons and Western Suburbs Magpies. The Bulldogs are returning to the competition for the first full season since 2019, having used Mounties as a feeder club this year.
The Jersey Flegg Cup will also feature 12 teams with Canberra Raiders and Newcastle Knights joining Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, North Sydney Bears, Parramatta Eels, Penrith Panthers, St George Illawarra Dragons, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Sydney Roosters and Wests Tigers. The Raiders and the Knights are returning to the competition for their first full season since 2019.
Both The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup and the Jersey Flegg Cup will kick off on the weekend of 12-13 March and will be played over 24 rounds followed by a top five finals series. The Grand Final will be held on the weekend of 24-25 September.
The Denton Engineering Cup, which is the premier competition in Newcastle, will feature 10 teams including Central Newcastle Butcher Boys, Cessnock Goannas, Kurri Kurri Bulldogs, Lakes United Seagulls, Macquarie Scorpions, Maitland Pickers, South Newcastle Lions, Western Rosellas, The Entrance Tigers and the Wyong Roos.
The competition will kick off on the weekend of 26-27 March and be played over 18 rounds followed by a top 5 finals series. The Grand Final will be held on the weekend of 3-4 September with the premier to represent the Northern Conference in the Presidents Cup.