The Northern Eagles were a rugby league team, that competed in the National Rugby League (NRL) between 2000 and 2002. The club was formed during the rationalisation process of the NRL by the merger of the North Sydney Bears and the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in 2000. The team shared home games between Brookvale Oval and Central Coast Stadium, Gosford, New South Wales.
Little success was had during three seasons (2000-2002), finishing 12th, 10th, and 9th, winning 30 of 76 games. In spite of this, the club provided more players for the 2001 State of Origin series' New South Wales team than any other club. The partnership faltered in 2002, with Manly emerging as the stand alone entity. The 2002 season was played under the Northern Eagles name, although effectively the club was the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles by another name. Halfway through the season, the Eagles even abandoned playing games at Gosford, due to a sharp decline in attendances. The people of Gosford preferred to wait until a home grown team was based there. The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles name and colours returned to the NRL in 2003.
North Sydney now field a team in the New South Wales Cup, the competition immediately below NRL level, as a feeder to the South Sydney Rabbitohs. There are plans to again be part of the NRL again in coming years as the Central Coast Bears.
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