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NRL blueprint for the future

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by SeaEagle9413, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. SeaEagle9413

    SeaEagle9413 Forward Pass

    +337 / 60
    Tue 15 Dec, 2015, 10:38amNRL Media, NRL.com

    The NRL on Tuesday outlined a proposed blueprint to take the game forward over the next decade.

    The plan, drawn up by the Head of Game Strategy and Development, Shane Richardson, is designed to improve player welfare and pathways, upgrade and strengthen the second tier and assist in protecting elite players from burnout.

    The strategy will reduce costs for clubs, further grow the game outside the current reach and provide a new level of awareness regarding player welfare as they progress through the elite pathways.

    Mr Richardson said Rugby League has an opportunity to extend its reach beyond its current footholds to country Australia, Affiliated States, New Zealand, Pacifica and ultimately internationally.

    He said the strategy takes a "whole of game" approach to the challenges of the future.

    The key recommendations include:

    - Increasing the size of NRL squads to 36 players – including six rookies

    - Restricting players from making their NRL debuts until the year they turn 19. No player to be signed with an agent until he is 17 - and contracts for these players should be for a maximum three-year term

    - Restructuring the National Youth Competition into a state-based under-20 competition

    - Introducing rookie contracts for the start of the 2018 season with each club allowed to sign three rookies each year on two-year contracts

    - Revamping and upgrading the State League into a Platinum League to spread the footprint of the competition into all the areas that play Rugby League

    - Easing player welfare by considering additional leave, creating a formal International window over an eight-year period and reducing the number of five-day turnarounds

    Mr Richardson said the phasing out of the NYC and payments for under-18 players - along with a new business model for the second tier - would result in a $20 million saving for the NRL clubs.

    There would be a significant increase in expenditure in the pathways and in particular the second tier by the NRL.

    "We are looking to improve and extend the pathways not detract from them," Mr Richardson said.

    Mr Richardson said a committee representing the State bodies would help determine the teams which take part in the Platinum League.

    He said the models being shown during consultation for 11 teams in NSW competition were only examples to demonstrate how far the game could reach if the new League was established. But no determination had been made on the final makeup of the League.

    "We want to give everyone the opportunity to play in the NRL – whether they come from the country, New Zealand, the Affiliated States, Pacifica or anywhere else in the world of Rugby League," Mr Richardson said.

    "This strategy is not intended to squeeze anyone out of the game - it is designed to include more participants than ever before."

    Mr Richardson rubbished suggestions that there had not been sufficient consultation on the blueprint.

    He said meetings had been held with all stakeholders and that consultation was on-going.

    "Further consultation with the RLPA and other interested parties will be held before any final decisions are made," he said.

    "This is an exciting time for the game…we have an opportunity with the new broadcast rights deal to stretch our vision and allow the game to break out from some of the restraints of the past.

    "Most importantly, we have started a discussion about the way forward and that has to be a positive start for the game."

  2. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

    Mona Vale
    +4,714 / 96
    Don't you just love the way modern PR works: you 'leak' the information a day before the official announcement. It happens in all levels of Government; now the NRL.
    This official media release is so yesterday's news.
  3. tookey

    tookey Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +4,096 / 126
    They meant to say reducing the number fo 5 day turnarounds for all team's except Manly
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    • Clever Clever x 1
  4. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +11,498 / 254
    RLPA must insist on removing all back to back 5 day games as a priority.
    Then lobby to limit only playing one 5 day turnaround per month.@:cool:

    No mention of the TPA aspect at all :wondering:
  5. Mals

    Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    Pennant Hills
    +1,450 / 34
    How about sorting a trade window out Richo? The here and now needs to be addressed.
    • Agree Agree x 1
  6. sheridanstand78

    sheridanstand78 Well-Known Member

    +3,302 / 51
    When the NRL make it equal for all clubs I will take them seriously.

    Their pet clubs get all the advantages with fixtures, turn arounds ect ect.

    The platinum league proposal stinks! This is super league by stealth, have they not learnt that you cant muck around with the fabric of the game,

    The author of this proposal ahhh yes, Richardson, ex Cronulla sharks boss during the super league era, nuff said. Leave it alone and lets have a Sydney based reserve grade with the 12 clubs who made the game what it is!
  7. Essex Eagle

    Essex Eagle Member

    +58 / 2
    I'm sorry but the NRL hierarchy are to exposed to allegations of biases and financial manipulation for me to take any statements that they release seriously. There are serious issues which need to be addressed within the sports governing body before they consider how to expand the game.
  8. Lord Eagleton

    Lord Eagleton Well-Known Member

    +834 / 24
    NRL blueprint for the future: keep favouring certain teams with ref bias / draw bias. And keep those ''fairytale premierships'' coming for whichever team they deem is due (due = a team that will enhance their 'product' in the Australian sporting landscape).
  9. Moondog

    Moondog Grey-beard loon Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    Hervey Bay
    +3,394 / 32
    • Agree Agree x 1
  10. TagMonster

    TagMonster Well-Known Member

    +506 / 28
    Why reduce the amount or 5 day turn around? Just eliminate them all together! The AFL can do it. No other contact sport has the volume of 5 day turn arounds than the NRL.
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