Our iconic local sporting club – the North Sydney Bears – have announced a bold plan to return to the National Rugby League, more than twenty years after their exit. And it involves footy returning to North Sydney Oval! So could this really be possible? We take a look at what’s been proposed…


On 27th October, the North Sydney Bears released an initial roadmap to readmission to the NRL as the 18th team. While the NRL has only just announced the 17th team, speculation is rife that the league will further expand within the next few years.

The proposed structure put forward by North Sydney Bears allows for 4-6 home games per season at North Sydney Oval and 6-8 games at regional destinations such as Wagga, Tamworth, Dubbo, Coffs Harbour and the Central Coast.

The Bears have a rich 113-year history and a legion of fans, many of whom did not transfer allegiance to another NRL team after the Bears played their last game in 1999. The club was established in 1908, making it one of the original founding members of the¬†New South Wales Rugby Football League, and one of Australia’s first rugby league football clubs.

North Sydney Bears, Queensland & Australian Lock Billy Moore. Source: Getty Images.

They merged with Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles to form the Northern Eagles for the 2000 season. The merged club lasted only until 2002 when it split again, with the Bears not returning to first grade and being represented at the highest order in the NSWRL competition the second-tier rugby league competition, where they continue to play today.

So what do you think about the Bears potential return? Would you support them and get along to games? Email us at northsydney@thelivingcollective.com.au and let us know!

Main image: Virginia Young via Fox Sports


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