(NRL) premiership and are one of nine existing teams from the state capital.The club was formed in 1908 as one of the founding members of the New South Wales Rugby Football League , making them one of Australia's oldest rugby league teams. The Rabbitohs were formed, under their original 1908 articles of association with the NSWRL competition, to represent the Sydney municipalities of Redfern, Alexandria, Zetland, Waterloo, Mascot and Botany. They are one of only two foundation clubs still present in the NRL, the other being the Sydney Roosters . The South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club is currently a subsidiary company 75% owned by Blackcourt League Investments which is, in turn, 50% owned by the actor Russell Crowe and 50% owned by James Packer 's Consolidated Press Holdings; the other 25% is owned by the financial Members of the club.The Rabbitohs' traditional heartland covers the once typically working-class suburbs of inner-south and south-eastern Sydney. The club is based in Redfern, where the club's administration and training facilities are located, however they have long held a wide supporter base spread all over New South Wales. The team's home ground is currently Stadium Australia in Sydney Olympic Park . In the New South Wales Rugby League (1908-1994), Australian Rugby League (1995-1997), and National Rugby League (1998-1999, 2002-present) competitions South Sydney are the most successful professional team in the history of Australian rugby league in terms of total championships won, having claimed 21 first grade premierships.

History


The South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club was formed at a meeting on 17 January 1908 at Redfern Town Hall when administrator J J Giltinan , cricketer Victor Trumper and politician Henry Clement Hoyle gathered together in front of a large crowd of supporters. The club played in the first round of the newly formed New South Wales Rugby League, defeating North Sydney 11-7 at Birchgrove Oval on 20 April 1908. The team went on to win the inaugural premiership then successfully defended their title in the 1909 season, winning the Grand Final by default. During these early years Arthur Hennessy was considered the "founding father" of the South Sydney rugby league club. A hooker and prop forward, Hennessy was Souths' first captain and coach. He was also New South Wales' first captain and Australia's first test captain in 1908. S. G. "George" Ball became Club Secretary in 1911 after Arthur Hennessy stood down from the position, and he remained in that capacity for over fifty years, only retiring a few years before his death in 1969.After further premiership success in 1914 and 1918, South Sydney won seven of the eight premierships from 1925-1932, only missing out in 1930. The 1925 side went through the season undefeated and is only one of six Australian premiership sides in history to have achieved this feat. Such was Souths dominance in the early years of the rugby league competition that the Rabbitohs were labelled "The Pride of the League".South Sydney struggled through most of the 1940s, only making the semifinals on two occasions (1944 and 1949). South Sydney's longest losing streak of 22 games was during the period 1945-1947. In the 1945 season they only managed to win one game while in 1946 they were unable to win a single game.In the 1950s South Sydney again had great success, winning five of the six premierships from 1950-1955, and losing the 1952 Grand Final against Western Suburbs in controversial circumstances. The 1951 side's point scoring feat in their 42-14 victory over Manly-Warringah remains the highest score by a team in a Grand Final and "the miracle of '55" involved South Sydney winning 11 straight sudden death matches to win the premiership. Players that were involved in these years included Denis Donoghue, Jack Rayner , Les "Chicka" Cowie, Johnny Graves, Ian Moir , Greg Hawick , Ernie Hammerton , Bernie Purcell and Clive Churchill . Churchill, nicknamed "the Little Master" for his brilliant attacking fullback play, is universally regarded as one of the greatest ever Australian rugby league players.In the late 1950s Souths began a poor run of form failing to make the finals from 1958-1964. However, in 1965 a talented young side made the Grand Final against St. George who were aiming to secure their 10th straight premiership. The young Rabbitohs weren't overawed by the Dragons formidable experience and in front of a record crowd of 78,056 at the Sydney Cricket Ground , they went down narrowly 12-8. The nucleus of this side went on to feature in Australian representative teams for the next six years and ensured another golden period for South Sydney making five successive grand finals from 1967-1971, winning four. Bob McCarthy , John O'Neill, Eric Simms, Ron Coote , Mike Cleary and John Sattler from 1965 were later joined by Elwyn Walters , Ray Branighan , Paul Sait , Gary Stevens and coach Clive Churchill to form a fearsome combination before internal strife and poaching by other clubs from 1972 onwards unravelled the star studded pack. From this period comes part of South's and Australian Rugby League folklore when in the 1970 premiership decider against Manly, captain John Sattler inspired the side to victory playing out 70 minutes of the match with his jaw broken in three places after being king hit by Manly prop John Bucknall.Financial problems started to hit Souths in the early 1970s, forcing some players to go to other clubs. The licensed Leagues Club, traditionally such an important revenue provider to all first grade league sides, was closed in 1973 but a "Save Our Souths" campaign ensured the club survived. "Super Coach" Jack Gibson's arrival turned the club's form, winning the pre-season competition in 1978. and in the pre-season "Sevens" competition in 1988. South Sydney failed to meet the National Rugby League's selection criteria to compete in the competition and were subsequently excluded from the premiership at the end of the 1999 season..After being readmitted, the Rabbitohs were initially unsuccessful in the premiership, finishing amongst the bottom three teams for five seasons straight including three wooden spoons. However, following the club's takeover by actor Russell Crowe and businessman Peter Holmes à Court in 2006, the club has had great success in securing a number of major national and international player signings such as the four Burgess Brothers and Greg Inglis. The club was also successful in recruiting several key managerial positions including Jason Taylor as head coach in 2007 and more recently Michael Maguire in 2012.South Sydney was a party to one of the sponsorship deals promoted by the fraudulent company Firepower International .South Sydney won their first three games of the 2007 season (marking their best start to a season since 1972) and being competitive in every game. On the back of one of the best defences in the competition, the Rabbitohs finished strongly making the semi-finals for the first time since 1989. They finished the season in 7th position, going down to Manly in the playoffs.On 26 January 2008, the Rabbitohs lost 24-26 to the Leeds Rhinos in front of 12,000 fans at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida , the first time first-grade professional rugby league teams from Australia and England have played each other in the United States.-May 2008 saw the sudden resignation of the then current Executive chairman and CEO, Peter Holmes à Court . He had been appointed to the role of CEO at the start of 2008. Reports suggested that Holmes à Court had been forced to stand down after his relationship with Russell Crowe had deteriorated beyond repair.-The South Sydney Rabbitohs celebrated their centenary year during the 2008 National Rugby League season. That year they were named the National Trust's inaugural 'Community Icon', in recognition of the club's significant longstanding contribution to sport and sporting culture at both state and national levels. In April 2012 the South Sydney Rabbitohs became the second club to record 1000 wins in First Grade. That same year the Rabbitohs finished third at the end of the regular season, qualifying for the finals for the first time since 2007 and just the second time since 1989.The South Sydney Rabbitohs finished third at the end of the regular season in 2014. They went on to win the Grand Final against the Canterbury Bulldogs 30-6 to claim their first premiership in 43 years, with Sam Burgess claiming the Clive Churchill Medal , South Sydney's first Clive Churchill Medallist in 43 years (taking into account the retrospective Clive Churchill medal awarded to Ron Coote in 1971). The 2014 Grand Final was the last match Burgess played for South Sydney, until an unexpected return to the club in 2016. On Thursday 9 October 2014, the Rabbitohs were presented with the Keys to the City of Randwick by Mayor Ted Seng at a presentation ceremony at Souths Juniors in Kingsford and later the same day awarded the Keys to the City of Sydney by Lord Mayor Clover Moore at a reception at Sydney Town Hall.On 23 October 2014, Holmes à Court sold his 50% share of Blackcourt League Investments, and consequently his 37.5% stake in South Sydney, to James Packer 's ScrumPac Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Packer's Consolidated Press Holdings. so named because they would shout "rabbit-oh!" around the markets to attract buyers. The club is also informally referred to as the Rabbits , Bunnies or Souths .Exactly how South Sydney came to be known as the Rabbitohs is unknown. According to one version of events, dating from pre-schism days at the turn of the 20th century, some of the club's players earned some extra money on Saturday mornings as rabbit-oh men, staining their jerseys with rabbit blood in the process; when they played in those blood stained jumpers that afternoon, opponents from wealthier rugby clubs did not always appreciate the aroma and would mockingly repeat the "Rabbitoh!" cry. Another version was that the term was a disparaging reference by opposing teams to South's home ground being plagued with "rabbit 'oles"; in those early days Redfern Oval was then known as Nathan's Cow Paddock.The "Rabbitoh" emblem, a running white rabbit, first appeared on the team's jersey in 1959. The Rabbitoh emblem has in various forms been carried as the club's crest on every player's jersey ever since. The original "Rabbitoh" emblem design that appeared on the team's jerseys throughout the 1960s and 1970s has now been incorporated on the current jersey.The South Sydney Rabbitohs celebrated their centenary year during 2008. The club released a centenary emblem to commemorate the occasion. To also coincide with the centenary year, Souths opted to alter their logo by removing the red and green oval from their emblem for a solid white rabbit with the words South Sydney Rabbitohs set in uppercase type.Clear

Current Standings


#PWDLGoalsPts
1Brisbane Broncos10802276:11716
2Melbourne Storm10802223:12416
3North Queensland Cowboys10703279:14014
4Cronulla Sharks9702219:15814
5Parramatta Eels10604184:14112
6Canterbury Bulldogs9504173:15210
7Penrith Panthers10505198:19710
8St. George Illawarra Dragons10505105:19810
9Canberra Raiders10415229:2159
10South Sydney Rabbitohs10406204:2198
11Manly Sea Eagles10406178:2268
12New Zealand Warriors10406208:2628
13Gold Coast Titans9306170:2116
14Wests Tigers9306184:2396
15Sydney Roosters9207167:2074
16Newcastle Knights9117102:2933

Recent Matches


South Sydney Rabbitohs Last 5 Results
DateHomeScoreAwayNotesDetails
31 Mar 2016Manly Sea Eagles12 - 16South Sydney Rabbitohs   Details
28 Apr 2016South Sydney Rabbitohs22 - 30Wests Tigers   Details
25 Mar 2016South Sydney Rabbitohs12 - 42Canterbury Bulldogs   Details
22 Apr 2016Brisbane Broncos30 - 8South Sydney Rabbitohs   Details
20 Mar 2016St. George Illawarra Dragons8 - 6South Sydney Rabbitohs   Details


South Sydney Rabbitohs Next 5 Matches
DateHomevsAwayNotesDetails
01 Sep 2016Canterbury BulldogsvsSouth Sydney Rabbitohs   Details
03 Jul 2016South Sydney RabbitohsvsNorth Queensland Cowboys   Details
04 Aug 2016Melbourne StormvsSouth Sydney Rabbitohs   Details
11 Aug 2016New Zealand WarriorsvsSouth Sydney Rabbitohs   Details
16 Jul 2016South Sydney RabbitohsvsBrisbane Broncos   Details

Colours


South Sydney has used cardinal red and myrtle green colours on its playing jerseys for the vast majority of the club's history. Prior to the establishment of the rugby league club in 1908, the South Sydney rugby union team originally wore a red and green hooped jersey. Some sources have suggested that this combination of colours was due to the local rugby union club being nicknamed the "Redfern Waratahs". The first British inhabitants had often called the waratah a "red fern" instead, hence giving the suburb its name, and ultimately the local rugby club its emblem. Red and green dominate the colours of the waratah and hence, possibly, the South Sydney Rugby League Football Club adopted these colours for their jerseys. In 1945 and 1946 the club broke with this tradition and used a green design with a red "V" around the collar, before reverting to the original hoop style. From 1980 to 1984 the team played in a strip which saw the inclusion of white hoops within a predominately green design with a central red stripe and was affectionately known as the "Minties" jersey (so-called due to its apparent similarity to the wrapper design of the popular sweet). With the introduction of "away" jerseys towards the end of the 20th century, the club initially introduced a predominantly white jersey for away matches which was changed to a predominantly black one for the 2006 season.Before the start of the 2007 season, the club announced that the away jersey would be styled identically to the traditional home jersey, with the exception of sponsorship and the rabbit emblem, which has been styled similarly to the one that initially featured on jerseys in the 1960s. For season 2009, the rabbit emblem is black for home matches whilst the emblem is the original white for away matches.The playing shorts worn were historically black, though in the late 1970s the club adopted green shorts with a red vertical stripe. This was then superseded by the white shorts of the "Minties" outfit. When the club subsequently reverted to their traditional playing strip, the decision was made to wear black shorts once more. In 2008 the Rabbitohs wore white shorts to match the white stripe running down the side of their jersey.

Geographic area


The South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club (pre-curser to the current corporate entity) was formed, under the original 1908 articles of association with the NSWRL competition, to represent the Sydney municipalities of Redfern, Alexandria, Zetland, Waterloo, Mascot and Botany .

Stadium


During the early years of the New South Wales Rugby League premiership , "home games" were not assigned very often. However, South Sydney played most of their games at the Royal Agricultural Society Ground (Sydney Showground) from 1908 until the club's departure in 1920. From 1911 onwards, the Sydney Sports Ground was also used interchangeably with the Agricultural Ground over a decade for hosting matches. In 1947 the club played its final season at the Sports Ground, before relocating to Redfern Oval in 1948. It was here that team played in the heart of the club's territory and played the vast majority of its allocated home matches.-, the Rabbitohs current home ground.In 1988, the club began to play in the Sydney Football Stadium , just built upon the former Sydney Sports Ground and Sydney Cricket Ground No. 2 Oval. The side continued to play here up until 2005, with the exception of 2000 and 2001 when South Sydney was absent from the premiership. During 2004-2005, when the Rabbitohs contract with Sydney Football Stadium was about to expire, new home grounds were investigated at Gosford, North Sydney Oval and Telstra Stadium (now ANZ Stadium). Eventually the decision was made to relocate to Telstra Stadium at Homebush. The move was not well received by some of the fans, but provided more money for the club that was several million dollars in the red at the end of 2005. in supporter size.The Rabbitohs have the highest football club membership in the National Rugby League, with total membership exceeding 35,000 as of June 23, 2015. The total member number also includes more than 11,000 ticketed members to date, the highest of the Sydney-based NRL Clubs. It was announced during the 2010 Charity Shield game that both St George Illawarra and Souths had exceeded the 10,000 milestone, making the 2010 season the first time two Sydney clubs have entered the season with 10,000 ticketed members each. The club has members from every state in Australia and international members located in 22 countries. Football club membership had peaked at some 22,000 when the club was readmitted to the National Rugby League for season 2002."Group 14", a collection of the club's backers which comprise an influential collection of businessmen, politicians and media personalities, was formed before the Rabbitohs' exclusion from the NRL in 1999. Members included Andrew Denton , Anthony Albanese , Deirdre Grusovin , Mike Whitney , Laurie Brereton , Mikey Robins , Ron Hoenig , Nick Greiner , Ray Martin, Cathy Freeman , Candice Warner and former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally . They contributed to South Sydney's bid for reinstatement, following the club's exclusion from the competition at the end of the 1999 season. A sustained campaign of public support that year, unprecedented in Australian sporting history, saw 40,000 people attended a rally in the Sydney CBD in support of South Sydney's cause. In 2000 and 2001, public street marches took place in Sydney with in excess of 80,000 people rallying behind the Rabbitohs. In 2007 supporters set a new club record for attendance with an average home crowd figure of 15,702 being the highest ever since the introduction of the home and away system in 1974.

Reggie the Rabbit


Reggie the Rabbit is the Rabbitohs mascot. The rabbit took lifesize form in 1968 when celebrity fan Don Lane brought back a suit from the US in time for the 1968 grand final against Manly, won by the Bunnies 13-9. Perhaps the most notable of the early Reggies was the club's groundsman Reg Fridd. Standing just over four feet tall, the Rabbitohs lured the diminutive Kiwi from a touring production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, the same troupe that had yielded the second Reggie, Roscoe Bova, tragically killed in a car accident in the early 70s. Most teams in the National Rugby League maintain mascots. But none do the sort of work as Reggie and none dare venture to opposition grounds as he does. Yet for the current Reggie, Charlie Gallico - a sub-five footer who runs a panelbeating shop on the side - it's all part of the job. For five years little Charlie has been quietly and anonymously volunteering his services to his club and community to maintain a sideline alter-ego as one of sport's most enduring symbols. During 2000 and 2001, when Souths was excluded from the NRL, Anth Courtney was Reggie Rabbit appearing at the second Town Hall rally and at games at Redfern Oval as well as being active in travelling extensively around the state to attend fundraisers as Reggie Rabbit.

South Sydney Leagues Club


The Juniors

The Juniors aka Souths Juniors on Anzac Parade in Kingsford, New South Wales This section will be updated later.

Juniors at the Junction

Juniors @ The Junction (Since 2009) - The result of a merger with South Sydney Junior Rugby League Club (Kingsford) and the struggling Maroubra Returned and Services League (RSL) Club. The club is on the site of the former Maroubra RSL club on Anzac Parade and Haig Street.

The Juniors on Hawkesbury

The Juniors on Hawkesbury (Since 2008) - in the Hawkesbury River This section will be updated later.

Kit sponsors and manufacturers


Year Kit Manufacturer Main Shirt Sponsor Back Sponsors Sleeve Sponsors Shorts Sponsors
1991-1992 Classic Sportswear David Brown Gears
1992-1995 Ravensport
1995-1997 DBS disambiguation neededdate=November 2014
1998 Perrys
1999 Downtown Duty Free RSL COM
2002 International Sports Clothing TV Week Arrive Alive
2003 Allight Arrive Alive
2004 Real Insurance Arrive Alive
2005 Real Insurance Arrive Alive
2006 Real Insurance Arrive Alive
2007 High concept and Real Insurance Firepower
2008 National Australia Bank and Firepower De'Longhi Trivest
2009 National Australia Bank De'Longhi V8 Supercars
2010 National Australia Bank De'Longhi V8 Supercars
2011 The Star De'Longhi V8 Supercars Kenwood
2012 The Star De'Longhi Kenwood Alcatel One Touch
2013 The Star De'Longhi Kenwood Alcatel One Touch
2014 Crown Resorts De'Longhi Fujitsu Alcatel One Touch
2015 Crown Resorts Fujitsu Crown Resorts Alcatel One Touch

Link to the Indigenous Australian community


Souths has a long history of producing talented Indigenous players, including stars such as Eric Simms, Eric Robinson, Kevin Longbottom and, more recently, Nathan Merritt , Alex Johnston , Dylan Walker & Kyle Turner . Throughout its history the club has selected young Aboriginal players from both the South Sydney district and regional New South Wales. The link to the Aboriginal community of the district goes back to the formation of the Redfern All Blacks Football Club in 1930. Indigenous players in the 2014 Souths squad include Greg Inglis , Nathan Merritt , Alex Johnston , Dylan Walker , Kyle turner, Beau Champion & Chris Grevsmuhl

Rivalries


A book, The Book of Feuds , chronicling the rivalries of the Rabbitohs with their NRL competitors was written by Mark Courtney at the instigation of Russell Crowe. It has been used as a motivational tool before Souths matches and was later released on sale to the public.

Major

15px Sydney Roosters - The Rabbitohs and their fans have built up rivalries with other clubs, particularly the Sydney Roosters (Eastern Suburbs), the only other remaining foundation club. The Rabbitohs and the Roosters share inner-Sydney territory, resulting in a strong rivalry since 1908 when Souths beat Eastern Suburbs in the first grand final 14-12. Games between the neighbouring foundation clubs have since formed part of the oldest " local derby " in the competition. The rivalry increased after 1950 due to conflict between junior territories and since the 1970s escalated once more as both clubs drew key players away from each other (Souths lost internationals Ron Coote , Elwyn Walters and Jim Morgan to the Roosters from their last era of premiership winning teams, whilst more recently Souths lured key forwards Bryan Fletcher, Peter Cusack and centre Shannon Hegarty away from the Roosters 2002 premiership winning side) & later Michael Crocker. In Round 1, 2010, the Rabbitohs and Roosters became the first clubs to play 200 matches against each other. The Roosters' 36-10 victory put the ledger at 105 games won by South Sydney, 90 by the Roosters (Eastern Suburbs) and 5 drawn. To celebrate their rivalry, the Rabbitohs and Roosters contest The Ron Coote Cup annually.15px St George Dragons and St George Illawarra Dragons - The long standing rivalry against the Dragons results in the annual Charity Shield match, that has been played against the original St George Dragons and continues today against the merger team, St George Illawarra.

Minor

15px Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles - Manly have, since 1970, purchased many of Souths' star players including John O'Neill, Ray Brannighan , Ian Roberts, and more recently Luke Burgess.15px Balmain Tigers - The rivalry with Balmain began in 1909 when the Tigers failed to appear for the grand final and thereby forfeited to Souths. victory against the Rabbitohs in the grand final that year.15px Wests Tigers - The rivalry with Wests continues from the historical rivalry between Souths and one of the teams that merged to form Wests, Balmain.15px Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs - A more recent rivalry that primarily developed in the years 2014 and 2015, following a Grand Final and a controversial Good Friday match.

Statistics and records


South Sydney are the most successful club in terms of honours and individual player achievements in the history of Australian rugby league.The club achievements include:
  • The Rabbitohs have won the most first grade premierships (21) during the history of elite rugby league competition in Australia.
  • Souths have also won the most reserve grade premierships (20).
  • The club has the distinction of scoring the most points (42), most tries (8) and most goals (9) in a grand final, all achieved against Manly in 1951. Nathan Merritt, Bob McCarthy, Craig Coleman and Eric Simms are the only other players to have played over 200 matches, having taken to the field in 219, 211, 208 and 206 games respectively. Jason Clark, Luke Keary and Dylan Walker had been selected to play on the City side but due to Luke Keary and Dylan Walker being injured Jason Clark was the only South Sydney Rabbitohs player who played on the City Vs Country Origin Clash 2015 as number 17.
  • State of Origin

    Year New South Wales (Game 1) New South Wales (Game 2) New South Wales (Game 3) Queensland (Game 1) Queensland (Game 2) Queensland (Game 3)
    1980 Gary Hambly
    1981 Peter Tunks -- Mitch Brennan
    1982 Ziggy Niszczot , Tony Rampling Ziggy Niszczot , Tony Rampling , Tony Melrose - Mitch Brennan Mitch Brennan Mitch Brennan
    1983
    1984
    1985 -- Tony Rampling
    1986
    1987 Les Davidson , David Boyle Les Davidson , David Boyle Les Davidson , David Boyle
    1988 Les Davidson
    1989 Mario Fenech Mario Fenech Phil Blake
    1990 Graham Lyons Graham Lyons
    1991
    1992
    1993
    1994
    1995
    1996
    1997 ---- Julian O'Neill Julian O'Neill
    1998 Tim Brasher Tim Brasher Tim Brasher
    1999 -- Mark Carroll
    2000 Excluded from competition
    2001 Excluded from competition
    2002
    2003
    2004
    2005 ----- Ashley Harrison
    2006
    2007
    2008
    2009 Craig Wing - Craig Wing Michael Crocker
    2010 --- Dave Taylor
    2011 ---- Dave Taylor, Greg Inglis Greg Inglis
    2012 --- Greg Inglis , Dave Taylor Greg Inglis , Dave Taylor Greg Inglis
    2013 - Nathan Merritt - Ben Te'o, Greg Inglis , Chris McQueen Ben Te'o, Greg Inglis Ben Te'o, Greg Inglis
    2014 --- Chris McQueen , Ben Te'o, Greg Inglis Chris McQueen , Ben Te'o, Greg Inglis Ben Te'o, Greg Inglis
    2015 Dylan Walker (19th Man- Did not play) Alex Johnston (19th Man- Did not play) Greg Inglis Greg Inglis Greg Inglis

    Notable players

    Rugby league squad startRugby league squad player | no=1 | nat=Australia | pos=FB | name= Clive Churchill Rugby league squad player | no=2 | nat=Australia | pos=WG | name= Harold Horder Rugby league squad player | no=3 | nat=Australia | pos=CE | name= Herb Gilbert Rugby league squad player | no=4 | nat=Australia | pos=CE | name= Paul Sait Rugby league squad player | no=5 | nat=Australia | pos=WG | name= Ian Moir Rugby league squad player | no=6 | nat=Australia | pos=FE | name= Jim Lisle Rugby league squad player | no=7 | nat=Australia | pos=HB | name=Bob GrantRugby league squad player | no=8 | nat=Australia | pos=PR | name= John Sattler | other=cRugby league squad player | no=9 | nat=Australia | pos=HK | name= Elwyn Walters Rugby league squad midRugby league squad player | no=10 | nat=Australia | pos=PR | name=John O'NeillRugby league squad player | no=11 | nat=Australia | pos=SR | name= George Treweek Rugby league squad player | no=12 | nat=Australia | pos=SR | name= Bob McCarthy Rugby league squad player | no=13 | nat=Australia | pos=LK | name= Ron Coote Rugby league squad player | no=14 | nat=Australia | pos=RE | name= Greg Hawick Rugby league squad player | no=15 | nat=Australia | pos=RE | name= Ray Branighan Rugby league squad player | no=16 | nat=Australia | pos=RE | name=Ian RobertsRugby league squad player | no=17 | nat=Australia | pos=RE | name= Les Cowie Rugby league squad player | no= | nat=Australia | pos=CO | name= Jack Rayner | other=coachRugby league squad endIn 2002 on the Rabbitohs readmission to the competition, The Magnificent XIII , a team consisting of great South Sydney players over the years was selected by a panel of rugby league journalists and former Souths players and coaches. The team consists of 17 players (four being reserves) and a coach representing the South Sydney Rabbitohs Football Club from 1908 through to 2002.Rugby league squad startRugby league squad player | no=1 | nat=Australia | pos=FB | name= Clive Churchill | other=cRugby league squad player | no=2 | nat=Australia | pos=WG | name= Harold Horder Rugby league squad player | no=3 | nat=Australia | pos=CE | name= Ray Branighan Rugby league squad player | no=4 | nat=Australia | pos=CE | name= Paul Sait Rugby league squad player | no=5 | nat=Australia | pos=WG | name= Ian Moir Rugby league squad player | no=6 | nat=Australia | pos=FE | name= Alf Blair Rugby league squad player | no=7 | nat=Australia | pos=HB | name=Bob GrantRugby league squad player | no=8 | nat=Australia | pos=PR | name= John Sattler Rugby league squad player | no=9 | nat=Australia | pos=HK | name= George Piggins Rugby league squad midRugby league squad player | no=10 | nat=Australia | pos=PR | name=John O'NeillRugby league squad player | no=11 | nat=Australia | pos=SR | name= Jack Rayner Rugby league squad player | no=12 | nat=Australia | pos=SR | name= Bob McCarthy Rugby league squad player | no=13 | nat=Australia | pos=LK | name= Ron Coote Rugby league squad player | no=14 | nat=Australia | pos=RE | name= Terry Fahey Rugby league squad player | no=15 | nat=Australia | pos=RE | name= Ziggy Niszczot Rugby league squad player | no=16 | nat=Australia | pos=RE | name= Elwyn Walters Rugby league squad player | no=17 | nat=Australia | pos=RE | name= George Treweek Rugby league squad player | no= | nat=Australia | pos=CO | name= Bernie Purcell | other=coachRugby league squad end

    Season summaries


    Season Ladder Position Finals Result
    19081st Premiers
    19091st Premiers
    19102ndRunner-up
    19113rdFinalist
    19124thDid Not Qualify
    19133rd
    19141st Premiers
    19154thDid Not Qualify
    19162ndRunner-up
    19172ndDid Not Qualify
    19181st Premiers
    19196thDid Not Qualify
    19202nd
    19215th
    19224th
    19232ndRunner-up
    19242ndRunner-up
    19251st Premiers
    19261st Premiers
    19271st Premiers
    19283rdPremiers
    19291st Premiers
    19303rdSemi-finalists
    19312ndPremiers
    19321st Premiers
    19333rdSemi-finalists
    19344thSemi-finalists
    19352ndRunner-up
    19367thDid Not Qualify
    19372nd
    19382ndSemi-finalists
    19394thRunner-up
    19406thDid Not Qualify
    19417th
    19425th
    19435th
    19444thSemi-finalists
    1945Wooden Spoon (8th) Did Not Qualify
    1946Wooden Spoon (8th)
    19477th
    19487th
    19491st Runner-up
    19501st Premiers
    19511st Premiers
    19523rdRunner-up
    19531st Premiers
    19542ndPremiers
    19554thPremiers
    19563rdPreliminary Finalists
    19573rdPreliminary Finalists
    19588thDid Not Qualify
    19596th
    19608th
    19617th
    1962Wooden Spoon (10th)
    19639th
    19645th
    19654thRunner-up
    19666thDid Not Qualify
    19672ndPremiers
    19681st Premiers
    19691st Runner-up
    19701st Premiers
    19712ndPremiers
    19724thSemi-finalists
    19737thDid Not Qualify
    19745thQualifying Finalists
    1975Wooden Spoon (12th) Did Not Qualify
    197610th
    197711th
    19787th
    19799th
    19805thQualifying Finalists
    19819thDid Not Qualify
    19826th
    19838th
    19845thSemi-finalists
    19859thDid Not Qualify
    19862ndSemi-finalists
    19875thSemi-finalists
    19888thDid Not Qualify
    19891st Preliminary Finalists
    1990Wooden Spoon (16th) Did Not Qualify
    199114th
    199214th
    199314th
    19949th
    199518th
    199619th
    199711th
    199818th
    199912th
    2000 Excluded from competition
    2001
    200214thDid Not Qualify
    2003Wooden Spoon (15th)
    2004Wooden Spoon (15th)
    200513th
    2006Wooden Spoon (15th)
    20077thQualifying Finalists
    200814thDid Not Qualify
    200910th
    20109th
    201110th
    20123rdPreliminary Finalists
    20132ndPreliminary Finalists
    20143rdPremiers
    20157thQualifying Finalists

    Honours


    Club

  • New South Wales Rugby League, Australian Rugby League and National Rugby League Premierships: 21     1908, 1909, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 2014
  • Premiership runners-up: 13     1910, 1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1949, 1952, 1965, 1969
  • New South Wales Rugby League , Australian Rugby League and National Rugby League minor premierships: 17     1908, 1909, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1932, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1989
  • New South Wales Rugby League Club Championships: 9     1932, 1933, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1989
  • Holden Cup minor premierships: 1     2010
  • Holden Cup runners-up: 1     2010
  • City Cup : 5     1912, 1919, 1921, 1924, 1925
  • Pre-Season Cup titles: 4     1966, 1969, 1972, 1978
  • Tooth Cup: 1     1981
  • Tooheys Challenge: 1     1994
  • Sevens: 1     1988
  • NRL Auckland Nines : 1     2015
  • World Club Challenge : 1     2015
  • Sports Ground Cup: 2     1914, 1915
  • League Cup: 5     1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1922
  • Charity Shield: 17     1984, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • '''First Division, Premier League:
    Year George Piggins Medal Jack Rayner Players' Player Award Bob McCarthy Clubman of the Year Award John Sattler Rookie of the year Award Roy Asotasi Members’ Choice Award The Burrow Appreciation Award NYC Best and Fairest Award NYC Players’ Player
    2003 Bryan Fletcher Luke Stuart Jason Death Mark Minichiello Justin Smith
    2004 Ashley Harrison Ashley Harrison Ashley Harrison Joe Williams Mark Minichiello
    2005 Peter Cusack Peter Cusack Luke Stuart Manase Manuokafoa and Yileen Gordon John Sutton
    2006 David Fa'alogo Nathan Merritt Peter Cusack Germaine Paulson Nathan Merritt
    2007 Roy Asotasi Roy Asotasi Luke Stuart Issac Luke Roy Asotasi Paul Mellor
    2008 Luke Stuart Luke Stuart and Nathan Merritt Beau Champion Chris Sandow Luke Stuart Luke Stuart Trent Trotter Jason Clark
    2009 John Sutton Luke Stuart Scott Geddes David Tyrrell Nathan Merritt Nathan Merritt Jason Clark Jason Clark
    2010 Issac Luke Sam Burgess Sam Burgess Dylan Farrell Issac Luke Chris Sandow Matt Mundine Malcolm Webster
    2011 Nathan Merritt Chris Sandow Michael Crocker Nathan Peats Michael Crocker Michael Crocker Kyle Turner Adrian Ha’angana
    2012 John Sutton Greg Inglis Sam Burgess and Michael Crocker Adam Reynolds Adam Reynolds Adam Reynolds Luke Keary Jesse Roberts
    2013 John Sutton and Greg Inglis Sam Burgess Matt King Dylan Walker Issac Luke Issac Luke Cameron McInnes Cameron McInnes
    2014 Sam Burgess Sam Burgess Sam Burgess Alex Johnston Sam Burgess Sam Burgess Cheyne Whitelaw Jack Gosiewski
    2015 Greg Inglis Greg Inglis Ben Lowe Chris Grevsmuhl Bryson Goodwin Jason Clark Clayton Williams Clayton Williams