Established in 2008

Northern Pride is a not-for-profit organisation with a community-based ownership structure.

The Northern Pride currently provide a true pathway for aspiring rugby league athletes to play rugby league in the Far North Region representing the Northern Pride and then onto the NRL and NRLW pathways.

Northern Pride has competed in nine final series & won two minor premierships, two grand finals and one national grand final.

In 2023, the Northern Pride will field five teams competing in the:

Cyril Connell Challenge




Our History

The Northern Pride was one of the two expansion teams for the 2008 season of the QRL Wizard Queensland Cup, along with the Mackay Cutters, against whom they played their debut game.

Both teams are feeder clubs to the North Queensland Cowboys.

The Club was formed to create a regionally based talent development pathway for players, coaches and administrators.

The Club is a development club built on the phrase ‘Born and Bred’.

The Northern Pride competes in the Host Plus Cup, as well as the Cyril Connell Challenge, Mal Meninga Cup, Harvey Norman U19’s and Hasting Deering Colts.

Prior to the creation of the Club, talented Far North Queensland rugby league players were invariably forced to move away from the region to go to schools and/or join southern-based state league and national leagues clubs.

In the club’s short 14-year history, the Northern Pride has built an enviable track record competing in:

• Nine finals series
• Winning two minor premierships
• Two grand finals and
• One national premiership

Ball Kids with Northern Pride

We welcome anyone aged 12-16 to sign up as a Ball Kid for any home game.

Please contact us to find out more.


**Parent/Guardian Permission required

Volunteering with Northern Pride

We welcome volunteer assistance at all home games.

Please contact us to find out more.