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"More than 160 American-based rugby league players have agreed to immediately fly to Australia to help save rugby league should NRL players decide to strike
In an extraordinary development during the stalled collective bargaining agreement discussions, The Daily Telegraph can reveal the USA’s Championship Rugby League plan on contacting ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys to offer a contingency plan to relocate to Australia to ensure the NRL competition starts.
“I have spoken with our players today and we have 160 ready to go to Australia if the NRL players go on strike,” Championship Rugby League president Tom Stevenson said.
“Today, I reached out to the coaches to get confirmation before calling Peter V’landys and all our coaches said their players would drop everything and be on the next flight over to Australia.”
The CRL comprises eight clubs in three states — California, Utah and Nevada. Competition officials also have players in their database in New York, Florida, Ohio and Colorado. Round one of the competition is due to start on Sunday, January 29."