NRL floats idea of conference system in potentially huge shake up for rugby league

NRL floats idea of conference system in potentially huge shake up for rugby league

The Guardian

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  • Sydney and non-Sydney conferences part of discussion
  • Idea is part of plan to expand competition to 18 teams

The NRL is considering the biggest shake up in the competition’s 113-year history, floating the possibility of conference systems to several clubs. League officials have met with almost half of the competition’s clubs in recent weeks, sharing a vision for the league’s future as it pushes towards expansion.

It is understood one strategy mentioned to clubs in their board meetings is that of a Sydney and non-Sydney conference, which would tie into an eventual 18-team competition. The idea forms part of a study into the sport’s future look, which includes the expected introduction of a second Brisbane team in 2023.

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