Two days ago, we all expected the NRL to bring back the premiership as its prize, and it’s only now that the league has revealed it will not be awarding the grand final a new venue.
However, the NRL has made a decision to not renew the grand finals, with the decision made at a meeting with the game’s governing body, the Australian Rugby League Players’ Association (ARLA).
The governing body’s president Paul Marshman told FourFourtwo the decision was based on “concerns raised by players about the future of the NRL”.
“The players’ association has a clear mandate that the NRL should be able to run its own event in its own city and not be tied to events in Sydney and Melbourne,” Mr Marshman said.
“We believe it’s in the best interests of the game to be able play in a venue in the middle of the country and in the northern hemisphere.”
The ARLA has not been given an exact location for a grand final in the future, with a decision likely to come down to a venue being selected and the location of the grand finalists.
The decision comes as the NRL is under fire for the lack of competition in its marquee fixtures, with several of the sport’s biggest teams struggling to find the same level of interest as their domestic counterparts.
“There’s a real issue around the lack the NRL can attract the top players to play at the top level,” Mr Cocker said.
“The NRL needs to play its best footy to win games, not just on the weekend, but throughout the year.
Players’ association president Paul Marshall says the NRL was not given an option to continue playing the grand finale at a new location, but he says the governing body had not been offered a choice.”
“We were really keen to see the NRL play a grand finals and we were hopeful it could be at an event in the Northern Territory, which would have been ideal for the game. “
Instead, we were told there was no opportunity to play in the city of Sydney and there was only a handful of teams in the country.””
We were really keen to see the NRL play a grand finals and we were hopeful it could be at an event in the Northern Territory, which would have been ideal for the game.
Instead, we were told there was no opportunity to play in the city of Sydney and there was only a handful of teams in the country.”
The situation we are in is the result of the AFL, the ACT, NSW and Queensland not being able to secure a suitable venue.
“”We’re disappointed in the decision by the ARLA,” Mr Burt said.
The NRL is hoping a deal with the ARLSA can be struck in the near future.
Meanwhile, the ARLC has revealed its players have signed a memorandum of understanding with the league that will see it provide them with an increased stake in the team’s future.
The agreement was reached on Tuesday, after players and the ARRL signed the Memorandum of Understanding that sets out a new structure for the league and its future.”
Under the Memoranda of Understanding, the players will receive an additional stake in all of the franchises that are under a long-term agreement with the AFL and the ACT Rugby League Club,” the ARCA’s vice-president, Paul Marshall, said.