NRL Victoria has now officially broken its all-time registration numbers, with close to 4500 participants registered across the state.
NRL Victoria has seen exponential growth right across the board, with both junior and female participation exceeding previous records set in 2019.
NRL Victoria General Manager Brent Silva said today is a significant milestone for rugby league in Victoria, with the game continuing to go from strength to strength.
"Having come out of two Covid-19 affected seasons in 2020 and 2021, this remarkable achievement is a testament to the hard work that countless volunteers across the community have done to ensure the game has not just survived, but grown," Silva said.
"While it hasn't always been an easy process, the work done by so many has seen rugby league in Victoria bounce back in an extremely positive way and to now be able to pass 2019 numbers, is a significant achievement,' he said.
Victoria now has more female participants registered than ever, with close to 900 females taking part in 2023, a 40% jump from the 2021 season.
Junior rugby league has also seen a major spike, with records being broken across every junior age group, with the number of participants in the Player Tag division also well and truly exceeding previous records.
"This incredible achievement is a testament to the resilience, persistence and passion shown by volunteers across the community and we certainly couldn't do it without them," Silva said.