General Discussion New State-Based Competitions

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  1. Wellington Warrior
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    New state-based competitions

    Two new state-based competitions will be run in NSW and Queensland from 2018 as part of a new pathway program for elite NRL players.

    Under the new structure, approved by the Australian Rugby League Commission, each competition will be expanded and decentralised to comprise up to 16 second tier clubs.

    NRL Head of Football, Brian Canavan said all NRL clubs will be encouraged to form partnerships with two of these teams from which they will draw talent for the Telstra Premiership.

    The new competitions will replace the National Youth Competition which is not regarded as the most appropriate pathway for young players. The NYC has also become costly to run and has been identified as putting undue pressure on young players coming through the ranks.

    "The new model is designed to provide a clearer pathway for elite junior players aiming to play in the NRL," Mr Canavan said.

    "We have been concerned for some time about the welfare issues affecting many young players struggling to cope with the pressures of the NYC.

    "This model will enable more juniors to stay at home, rather than having to move away from their families, to play Rugby League.

    "And it will enable us to expand the game into regional and neighbouring overseas countries which we envisage will become part of the new State based competitions.

    "It will also result in significant savings for clubs as they reduce their NYC costs and invest in the State League competitions instead."

    Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga said the new structure was a major step forward for the game.

    "Players coming through the ranks will now have a clear, dedicated pathway to the NRL and representative football," Mr Meninga said.

    "The new model will not only help to expand the game both in Australia and overseas but it will provide better protection for young players at risk of developing welfare issues and being forced out of the game.

    "So I can see the revised structure leading to better quality football on the field and a better support system for our young players off the field."

    Under the proposed new model:

    • The NRL is working with the RLPA to increase the number of players that clubs can include in their full time squad. Those who fail to make the final NRL squad will return to play in the State Cup

    • Salary limitations for State Cup and the State Youth Cup are also being discussed with the RLPA

    Mr Canavan said working conditions regarding young players are still subject to negotiation with the RLPA.

    "The RLPA has been involved in these discussions which commenced well before the negotiation of the new CBA and we will continue to work to secure their agreement of the new model."

    Mr Canavan said the new model would encourage clubs to develop junior players from their affiliated State Cup team – rather than simply recruiting them from other areas. It will also better cater for "later maturers" than the current system.

    "The States will continue to operate their traditional junior competitions and State based Under 20s competitions," Mr Canavan said.

    "But players from New Zealand and country regions will be able to stay in the game without having to leave home.

    "We believe this is the best way to expand the game in the short term – and create a sustainable competition structure for the long term."
     
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  2. eudebrito
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    Big news, do the warriors push for a 2nd NZ reserve grade team, maybe based outside Auckland or send lads over to the back blocks of QLD to get them out of their comfort zone?
     
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    Queensland would be my pick.
    Really???
    That be the main reason, the NRL are in the red.
     
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    Shane Richardson wrote a "Whole of Game Strategy" report for the NRL which was basically a bunch of recommendations/blueprint for the next 10 years. He recommended a 2nd NZ feeder team based outside of Auckland to participate in a revamped 2nd tier state comp (Qld,NSW).
    Here is a related article focusing on NZ bids
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  5. Diesel
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    Diesel 1st Grade Fringe

    That'd be the two Christchurch bids then. One to QLD Cup, the other to NSW. No reason why by 2020 we can't have 3 second tier teams (Warriors plus 2 others)
     
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  6. Weno
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    Weno 1st Grade Fringe

    Like the sounds of another feeder team.
    Based outside of Auckland will be good.
    Wellington pledged for the Orcas to become a part of the NRL a while back.
    Canterbury has a proven provincial record as a strong rugby league community
    So I would be happy with whoever handles it.
    Could also start an origin based series between the two , be good for us locals.
     
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  7. Diesel
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    What percentage is the ARLC funding this competition? Or is it too early to say
     
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    Sounds promising. Canterbury is definitely deservant based on success and numbers. Waikato possibly or a counties based team.
     

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    One of the key things here is trying to keep the young(er) players at home. Relocation issues have been a problem since the inception of the NYC competition and with the Warriors entering at least a SG Ball equivalent (u18s), with a much shorter period than the NYC, we'll be seeing better prepared development players.

    The higher profile given these NYC players instead of the second tier/fringe reserve graders, including FGers returning from injury, new recruits etc., has put added pressure on them to perform.

    Looking forward to this revised format.
     
  10. Lord Gnome of Howick MBE
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    Lord Gnome of Howick MBE Warriors 1st Grader

    Are these two competition replacing NSW Cup, Queensland cup and the U20s comp?
     
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    Looks like it, ‘expanded and decentralised’ sounds like teams might be rebranded, so might go back to the Vulcans instead of warriors B. Vulcans is kind of dumb though.

    It would be good to bring back old names and logos, Wests Magpies, Bears, Steelers, with more of a standalone identity.
     
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    NZ should enter teams from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
     
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    Wellington is a waste of time ATM - the whole district for league is rebuilding.