Canberra Region Rugby League are delighted to announce an overall increase in the number of registered rugby league participants in the Canberra region.

Having seen 4820 participants last year, CRRL has seen the number of people playing rugby league rise to 5192 in 2017 – an increase of 7.7%. In comparison, the growth rate nationwide was 1.4%.

One of the largest areas of growth was the number of female participants rising to 796 – a spectacular increase of 82%.

Encouragingly overall numbers for junior participants increased slightly with the introduction of Mini Footy and Mod League. Elsewhere, the number of male participants also enjoyed a slight increase.

CRRL General Manager, Mark Vergano said that the increase in participants across all forms of rugby league was highly encouraging.

“This year has seen CRRL juniors play Mini Footy and Mod League formats of the game,” Vergano said. “With kids becoming more involved in the game, it’s pleasing to see our junior numbers rising after a dip in previous years.

“The increase of female participation has also been a huge positive for the region with the introduction of an open women’s tackle competition and further league tag teams. The growth in the female game has been strong and this has also been a positive for our clubs as their ranks grow and more people are involved in rugby league.”