Redcliffe-based Dolphins to join NRL as 17th franchise

The Redcliffe-based Dolphins have been announced as the NRL’s newest franchise, with the club to enter the league in 2023.

The Dolphins, a powerhouse club in Queensland rugby league, beat rival bids — put forward by the Firehawks and the Jets — to become the league’s 17th franchise.

With the announcement of the decision, rugby league fans will again have a second national team based in Brisbane, alongside the Broncos, making a total of four in the NRL from Queensland.

In 1992, Brisbane gained a second rugby league team in the South Queensland Crushers, which joined the then-new Australian Rugby League in 1995 but folded after the 1997 season before the re-branded NRL began the following year.

It is the first time the NRL has expanded since 2007 when the Gold Coast Titans were admitted to the competition.

More to come.

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