The Australian Rugby League was formed with the name The Australian Rugby Football League Board of Control back in December 1924. The first secretary of the Board was Goerge Bal. The first chairman of the board was John La Maro. Before this board was formed, the NSWRL and the QRL boards were the ones who organized the rugby league in Australia. The board of the Australian Rugby League was based on the NSWRL offices in Sydney. This was up until 1984 when the ARL was finally recognized as an entirely separate entity. The chairman of the newly established organization was Ken Arthurson. The major national competitions were run by ARL during 1995. The national competitions were called Optus Cup. This was organized by the ARL until 1997 when a partnership was made with the National Rugby League. Kangaroo, the National team of Australia, is still run by ARL up until today. The National Rugby League and all of the rugby leagues in each state in Australia are all run by ARL.
Australia will take on England and Wales will take on New Zealand this Saturday, November 5, at the Wembley Stadium. The International Rugby League was last played in Wembley Stadium in 1997. The 2011 Gillette Four Nations series will happen in the national stadium come autumn.
England will be hosting the games. England was not able to play in the stadium since 1995 because Australia defeated them in front of a crowd of 66, 540.While it is important to point out that New Zealand is the current Four Nations and World Champions. The last game in Wembley was 14 years ago. It was played by Great Britain against Australia. Wembley is a stadium known for hosting some of the most important sports events in the world. People are very excited that the rugby games that will be played in the stadium will be great because everyone is anticipating the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. This game will definitely be garnering more audiences.
Kick off game
The kick off game of the 2011 Gillette Four Nations tournament will be played between New Zealand and Australia this October 28, Friday. This is a repeat of the Four Nations Finals game last year. This will be a great game because both teams are tough competitors, considering that New Zealand is the current champion and Australia has defeated some of the major players in the game.
Brand Manager Message
According to the Gillette Brand manager, Jared Regan, they are very happy to be hosting the Gillette Four Nations tournament because this game is growing every year. This game has also become a major event in the sporting premier event calendar. They are also very excited in welcoming Wales into the game and they are looking forward for Australia and New Zealand to arrive in their shores. They have also added new features in the game like the double-header. With all the resources they have put in the game, they are sure that people will be very thrilled with the games.