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South Island bid

final say

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Smart money is on one of these two bids being 19th team after PNG..
"NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo in a media interview in March 2021. He confirmed then that the NRL wanted a second Brisbane club in 2023 and a second New Zealand side in 2026."

I think PNG and NZ 2 will be announced at the same time.
Both NZ bid have stated several times that they will be ready for 2026, PNG however have more work ahead and are more realistic at 2028 which has also been quoted.

NZ2 2026
PNG and Perth 2028

All three will be announced in September, giving a month for the NRL to decide which NZ bid is best and they will be chosen in October which is the exact timeline the Dolphins had.
Giving the NRL has taken 30 years to enter another Brisbane team it clear that 18 months was a calculated timeline for entry ( which was a success) and there's no reason NZ2 would be any different. Giving the new Ke tah stadium is going to be ready for the 2026 season, it's even more reason to stick to the establishment optimal time line.
 

Perth Red

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A group bidding to get a Christchurch-based rugby league club in the National Rugby League (NRL) says a professional rugby league team would bring in about $50 million to the city per season.

South Island NRL Bid Limited (SINRL) wants the Christchurch City Council to support its bid to develop a new club to join the Australian competition, which is planning to expand in the coming years.

The team would play its home games at Ōtautahi's forthcoming multi-use Te Kaha Stadium, set to be completed by April 2026.

Former Canterbury Rugby League chairman Tony Kidd is leading the project, and its members include former Kiwis and Warriors coach Frank Endacott and former Christchurch East Labour MP Poto Williams.

SINRL made its case to the Christchurch City Council at a meeting on Tuesday.

Williams said having a Christchurch-based team in the NRL would support the development of the league across the South Island.

"One of the messages that's coming loud and clear is that: where are the pathways for our senior players? Where are the competitions for our senior teams? We want to be the catalyst for that to happen.

"We want to be the catalyst because we'll be driving more people to the game and we'll be driving a stronger fan base," she said.

Endacott told the council it was an exciting opportunity for the city.

"The pathways for our young people in Christchurch - they play rugby league here as kids and the good ones end up in Australia. It would mean they can stay here and play here," he said.

"What it would bring into this city - we envision around $50 million per season. An NRL franchise based here would bring worldwide interest and a lot of visitors."

Former New Zealand Rugby and NRL boss David Moffett is leading the 'South Island Kea' bid team - the rival South Island NRL bid facing off with SINRL in a pursuit to bring a professional rugby league operation to the mainland.

Moffett, who has also had stints in charge of Sport England and the Welsh Rugby Union, said his interest in a South Island-based NRL clubdates back to 2012.

He said for every ticket sold the club would give a dollar to the Save the Kea Foundation.

Christchurch councillor James Gough asked SINRL why the group could not join forces with the rival bid to double the effort.

"At the last resort of it, if it comes down to that to get the franchise we would certainly look at anything I'm sure, but at the moment we feel as though we're strong enough to take this bid out ourselves," Endacott said.

SINRL said Moffett previously approached the group to be involved in the bid, but that it did not fit for both parties to be involved.

Williams said SINRL understood the NRL would offer a bid process shortly, in August potentially.

"If we were successful in this current iteration we would need to have a team ready to go in November next year, and then ready to be at the kick-off game at the stadium in 2026," Williams said.
 

Wb1234

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“Williams said SINRL understood the NRL would offer a bid process shortly, in August potentially”

is that for team 19 or 20

@final say you could be getting that team a lot sooner
 

flippikat

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“Williams said SINRL understood the NRL would offer a bid process shortly, in August potentially”

is that for team 19 or 20

@final say you could be getting that team a lot sooner
So.. maybe hoping to get PNG confirmed (ok'ed by clubs & cabinet) by August, then announce the bid process for 19 & maybe 20 too before the playoffs start?
 

Wb1234

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So.. maybe hoping to get PNG confirmed (ok'ed by clubs & cabinet) by August, then announce the bid process for 19 & maybe 20 too before the playoffs start?
Nothing stopping them announcing teams 19 and 20

interesting the guys behind nz2 knows bids are about to be thrown open

Perth might not be a certainty for team 19 as is thought

IF Christchurch put together a block buster bid they might gazump Perth

Perth are still favourites right now but let’s see how it pans out
 

flippikat

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Nothing stopping them announcing teams 19 and 20

interesting the guys behind nz2 knows bids are about to be thrown open

Perth might not be a certainty for team 19 as is thought

IF Christchurch put together a block buster bid they might gazump Perth

Perth are still favourites right now but let’s see how it pans out
It sounds like we have an exciting next few months coming up, that's for sure ;)
 

Maximus

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So is this the crowd funding bid, or the garbage AI that claimed they were making a huge announcement at Vegas and then disappeared for months?
 
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Who’s the mystery third Christchurch bid mentioned in recent article?
There's no mention at all of a 3rd bid in local media here (yet), let alone who they might be.

But hopefully there's nothing to it because 3 bids would IMO hurt nz2's overall chances.

A bit of competitive tension between 2 bids is healthy if it forces everyone to have their shit together, but 3 would risk diluting a limited pool of potential investors/sponsors to the point where none of the bids are viable.
 

flippikat

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South Island bId on Facebook today calling for ideas for a name. Scorpions, stags and orcas seem to be favourites.
Wellington would have a thing to say if they consider Orcas. Scorpions sounds like the fans choice on that post, though.
 

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