Clubs set for new showdown with NRL

Clubs set for new showdown with NRL

Clubs are bracing for another clash with the NRL over proposed changes presented to the governing body by head of strategy Shane Richardson.

Former South Sydney boss Richardson has been working on a ‘whole of game’ manifesto since been appointed to the NRL in January.

The document is understood to have been presented to the ARL Commission in October and approved in principle.

However the clubs, the NSWRL and the Country Rugby League are upset at their lack of involvement in the project.

One key area of concern is proposed change to rugby league pathways including a second-tier ‘Platinum League’ which will totally revamp the current NSW Cup setup and carve NSW into 11 regions.

Clubs fear that under the new system they would have less control over their developing players.

Under the proposals the CRL would be absorbed by the NSWRL.

A sub-committee has been appointed by the NSWRL board and clubs to “provide input into pathways proposals”.

“The committee expressed concern at many aspects of a proposal that NRL head of strategy Shane Richardson presented to the ARL Commission in October and which they believe has subsequently been approved in principle,” the NSWRL said in a statement.

“These concerns are shared by the NSWRL board, clubs and the CRL, with the NSWRL and the CRL requesting an urgent meeting with Richardson prior to any further progress reports being provided to the Commission.”

Richardson has been invited to the next meeting of the subcommittee later this month by chairman Bob Millward.

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