What's new
The Front Row Forums

Register a free account today to become a member of the world's largest Rugby League discussion forum! Once signed in, you'll be able to participate on this site by adding your own topics and posts, as well as connect with other members through your own private inbox!

PNG's back.

Wb1234

Referee
Messages
26,146
“If all the balls fall into place, it will be two to three weeks ... once we have finalised the proposal from the government."

 

Pippen94

First Grade
Messages
6,377
Bennett's right, we will have to keep expanding, 20 won't be enough, there's already 2 nz bidders, East tigers and Ipswich, NB bears, and one in WA, all at the moment, Fiji is putting a bid together aswell, not to mention there's nothing yet for a presence in Adelaide, Victoria has 8 million population, eventually they'll be wanting another one there too, that's 4-6 clubs ontop of what's happening now with Png, that's a 22-24 club comp

Pacific teams bring players. Rugby league can rule the Pacific, but needs to work with governments.
 

Pippen94

First Grade
Messages
6,377
“If all the balls fall into place, it will be two to three weeks ... once we have finalised the proposal from the government."


I'm guessing meeting went well yesterday. Perth can't happen until NRL takes calls from out west!
 

Wb1234

Referee
Messages
26,146
The NRL will move ahead with plans to launch a team in Papua New Guinea after a significant meeting with the Australian government on Friday night.
The NRL met Minister for International Development and the Pacific Pat Conroy at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane to present the list of financial and logistical demands it needs to make a team in PNG a reality.
After the meeting, Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V’landys said the NRL and government were “aligned” in their positions.
The NRL will crunch the numbers over the next fortnight and make a submission to the ARLC, potentially as early as later this month.

“We’re more aligned today,” V’landys said. “We’ll take that back to the commission, and the commission will review all that information.
“Then there will be a recommendation from the subcommittee of Misha Zelinsky [executive general manager corporate affairs], Kate Jones [commissioner], Peter Beattie [commissioner], Andrew Abdo [NRL chief executive] and myself.
ARLC chairman Peter V’landys.

ARLC chairman Peter V’landys.CREDIT: GETTY
“That’ll go back to the commission. If the commission agrees, we’ll go to the clubs. We’ll go to the members to show them what our plan is to see if they are in agreeance. There’s no decision going to be made for a few months yet because we want to make sure there’s sufficient time for consultation and feedback from the clubs.
“You have to give them the opportunity to comment and provide analysis. But I’m very confident that what the clubs will see, they’ll be happy with. The numbers are now aligned. We’re happy with the numbers. We had to work out where it was going to be spent.”

V’landys wouldn’t speculate on the time frame for the team to be introduced, nor did he guarantee the Papua New Guinea team would be the next to join the competition as the 18th team.
“I can’t say that,” he said. “I don’t know. That analysis is going to occur in the next few weeks. There are various options.”
The NRL intends to announce a masterplan for a 20-team competition. Potential bids for teams include Perth, Christchurch, PNG and another club in south-east Queensland.
“We’re looking at a long-term strategy,” V’landys said.
“If we’re going to do it, we’re going to do it as a masterplan and present the masterplan to our members. This isn’t an idea that’s come from me. It’s come from one of the great visionaries in Nick Politis [Roosters chairman].

“He came to the annual general meeting and said we’re all kidding ourselves if we don’t go to 20 teams. We followed that up and he’s 100 per cent right, from the business case we’re doing that.”
There has been plenty of speculation about where a potential PNG team would be based. One suggestion was to base the team in northern Queensland, flying in and out of Port Moresby for matches.
Loading
The NRL has scrapped that option and will instead focus on basing a team in a gated community in Port Moresby, with players offered tax incentives to convince them to play there, given PNG’s health and safety risks.
“For the programs to work, it has to be based in Papua New Guinea
,” V’landys said.

“One of the big things for us is the tax concessions. You want to get people to go over to Papua New Guinea, who have the necessary skills to be able to deliver what we want to deliver.
“We need the best people over there, so in order to do that you have to have an incentive. You have to have tax incentives.”
 

Wb1234

Referee
Messages
26,146
Vlandys has done it. Think he should look to buy superleague next. He's the one who could get it done!
Super league clubs mostly lose big money

its too soon for England plus eventually they will sort themselves out

they would never accept the way Aussies would want to run their game
 

Pippen94

First Grade
Messages
6,377
Super league clubs mostly lose big money

its too soon for England plus eventually they will sort themselves out

they would never accept the way Aussies would want to run their game

The big clubs would & that's all the NRL would want. It's inevitable that NRL will buy it, as it would open the league to new, larger markets. Just a matter of when..
 

Wb1234

Referee
Messages
26,146
The big clubs would & that's all the NRL would want. It's inevitable that NRL will buy it, as it would open the league to new, larger markets. Just a matter of when..
England a majority of clubs have to agree to vote in change even teams not in super league

big clubs like Leeds aren’t for sale anyway they own their own ground which is worth loads

Even if the nrl invested 300 million dollars it would be all gone in five years
 

Pippen94

First Grade
Messages
6,377
England a majority of clubs have to agree to vote in change even teams not in super league

big clubs like Leeds aren’t for sale anyway they own their own ground which is worth loads

Even if the nrl invested 300 million dollars it would be all gone in five years

Depends the approach. NRL money would be hard to turn down, but it could simply recruit the bigs clubs. Would go ahead if the NRL determines it adds them value or they could generate broadcast & sponsorship money.
 

final say

Juniors
Messages
812
Players with young families won't go. " yeah, it'll be fine we'll all live in a combine."
I think they're going to have to build some outstanding shit!
I am warming to the idea though.
 
Top