NRL Strategic Plan 2018-2022

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  1. rhugh89

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    New NRL strategic plan outlines pathway for expansion


    Brad Walter Senior Reporter
    Tue 27 Mar 2018, 10:15 AM



    Expansion is officially back on the agenda, with the NRL's new strategic plan outlining the pathway for aspiring franchises from Brisbane, Perth, PNG, New Zealand and Fiji to join the Telstra Premiership.

    ARLC chairman Peter Beattie launched the strategic plan for 2018-2022 at a joint announcement on Tuesday, in which the four clubs in the inaugural Holden Women’s NRL competition were also confirmed, and said participation and expansion would be a key focus of the next five years.


    NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg said expansion would not occur before the next broadcast deal in 2023 but the blueprint makes it clear that the ARLC wants new teams to come from the NSW and Queensland Cup competitions.

    Perth, Ipswich, NSW Country and New Zealand are specifically mentioned in the document as areas which could host State Cup teams as a step to the NRL, while Beattie told reporters that Redcliffe and Cairns were other options.

    There is also scope for overseas teams - Papua New Guinea and Fiji - to stake their claims.

    “We have got the Mayor of Cairns coming to see Todd and I. He wants to put together a package with PNG," Beattie said. "Redcliffe have got facilities and they are interested. There are a number of clubs that would be interested in this, they have just got to prove that they are up to it.

    “This is the beginning of it, we are putting out the clear intention that expansion is back on the agenda

    "There will be a process that will be more formalised down the road but people have to demonstrate that they have the financial capabilities, they have got the players to do it and they have got the capacity to deliver on the game."

    The strategic plan says the ARLC wants to build the foundations for a national footprint through increased participation and clear pathways.

    This includes expanding the NSW and Queensland Cup second-tier competitions beyond state borders.

    "What we are calling out is an ambition and an aspiration to grow," Greenberg said. "That starts with the NSW and Queensland competitions, and opportunities for new teams to enter those markets.

    "We have already seen that. The strength of PNG in the Queensland Cup has been phenomenal, Fiji are knocking on the door of the NSW Cup and there are regional centres in country NSW that are building from the base at the moment with investment in Under 16s and Under 18s talent identification programs.

    "I would love to see Perth consider these opportunities. Before you even think about new teams you have to understand how to build value because bringing teams in is an expensive thing and the other thing you have to consider is whether there is the talent to justify it."

    The ARLC also aims to increase the number of players in non-traditional areas, such as Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria.

    Marquee events such as State of Origin will be used to grow interest in other states, with Melbourne (2018), Perth (2019) and Adelaide (2020) each having been awarded a match in the next three years.

    The ARLC is working with governments around Australia to deliver world-class infrastructure, including new stadiums at Parramatta and Townsville and proposed rebuilds of ANZ Stadium and Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

    Another key element of the strategic plan was reviving the Immortals concept, with up to two new selections later this year. The NRL will also revive the Hall of Fame concept.

    The three key pillars of the strategic plan are:

    • Unite: Be the most accessible and inclusive Australian sport by offering the highest quality participation experiences.
    • Excite: Be a first choice entertainment experience by investing in key areas that improve the experience of fans.
    • Inspire: Be a larger and more diverse rugby league family by championing the game and celebrating the unique community difference it makes.

    In addition, the NRL has launched a new digital business, which will provide a new platform for fans to watch and consume Rugby League into the future.

    Greenberg said that, when combined with the new CBA, club funding agreement, increase in player payments and community programs, the game was embarking on an exciting new era.

    "These key pillars will change the face of the NRL in the long-term," he said. "They will see men's and women's competitions being played in modern, rectangular stadia, specially designed for Rugby League.

    "We will work hard to encourage more young people – boys and girls – to take up Rugby League and remain in the game. And we will celebrate our past by recognising the very best in our game through our awards programs."


    https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/03/27/new-nrl-strategic-plan-outlines-pathway-for-expansion/
     
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    NRL launches strategic plan


    NRL Media Release
    Tue 27 Mar 2018, 10:15 AM



    The NRL today launched its Strategic Plan for 2018-22, a blueprint which will set up the game's long-term future.

    Australian Rugby League Commission Chairman, Peter Beattie said Rugby League had to grow to survive and the strategic plan was aimed at expanding the game at all levels.

    He said a key pillar was participation, with the new ARL Commission setting this as a priority.

    "As I have said consistently since taking the role, if we don't grow our game, it won't expand – and if we don't attract more young players, then our game dies," he said.

    "And we are not going to allow that to happen."

    Mr Beattie said the NRL would work with the State Leagues and Clubs to ensure there are various forms of the game – contact and non-contact – for boys and girls who want to play Rugby League.

    He said other key elements of the Strategic Plan include:

    • The women’s game – the NRL today announced details of the first NRL Holden Women’s Premiership, to be contested in 2018. The Premiership will feature four teams in the first year – the Broncos, Dragons, Roosters and Warriors.
    • Stadia – new stadia are already being built at Parramatta and Townsville and the NRL has a Memorandum of Understanding with the New South Wales Government for new venues at Sydney Olympic Park and Moore Park.
    • Expansion – the NRL has put expansion back on the table, with the new State Cup competitions providing a pathway for clubs seeking to be part of the NRL in the long-term. It will be open for teams from areas such as Perth, Country New South Wales, New Zealand and Ipswich.
    • The Immortals concept has been revived with up to two new selections later this year. The NRL will also revive the Hall of Fame concept.

    In addition, the NRL has launched a new digital business which will provide a new platform for fans to watch and consume Rugby League into the future.

    NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said that, when combined with the new CBA, club funding agreement, increase in player payments and community programs, the game is embarking on an exciting new era.

    "These key pillars will change the face of the NRL in the long-term," he said.

    "They will see men's and women's competitions being played in modern, rectangular stadia, specially designed for Rugby League.

    "We will work hard to encourage more young people – boys and girls – to take up Rugby League and remain in the game.

    "And we will celebrate our past by recognising the very best in our game through our awards programs."

    Mr Beattie stressed that the plan launched today is just the beginning.

    "The new Commission has only just been formed and we will build on this strategy in the months and years ahead," he said.

    "It is going to be implemented and updated regularly…we have to keep expanding our vision for the game."


    https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/03/27/nrl-launches-strategic-plan/
     
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    Well after seeing their announcement for the Woman's game today I have NO confidence in the integrity of the NRL to pull this off
     
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    Probably the way to do it. The NRL has been very stale on expansion for many years now, & the game probably is slowly dying because of it. I don't know when this new state comp will be coming in, but it will be a great tool for many different clubs from all over the country & further to get a start, build up a stable club with juniors & a fan base over multiple years & eventually state their case for NRL inclusion after showing a successful club in the next comp down.
     
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    Would just love to see Redcliffe get the nod in Brissie.

    They absolutely hate the Doncs!
     
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    People are skeptical and flaky on expansion because of the lack of talent depth in the NRL and finding 17 good half backs/ 5/8s is a good example of that. In fact that's been a concern for the last 10 years.
    It'll happen it just doesn't need to happen now.

    In also coming around to the idea of not being a fan of expanded origin. Just leave NSW vs QLD in the two states and if they have to have one in Victoria then do it like once every five or ten years.
    Then do whatever other origins they want
     
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    Guys that slipped through the cracks might be given an opportunity if it all happens. Late bloomers might get more of a go as well. Hard to really see until you do so to speak.
     
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    I reckon it's a myth, there are tonnes of NRL standard players who don't regularly make their top 17 & NSW/QLD/U20s Cup is full of talented players who just need a chance & watch them go. It can be bloody tough to make an NRL side, so lots of players who are good enough never get the chance.
     
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    I'm not sure what the overall plan is for the future of NRL but currently we have too many teams playing so that we cannot have home and away games against each club. Your end of year position is effected by playing more of the weaker teams away and the stronger teams at home. Also we have stupid situation such as playing lots of games in a row away or home. Teams based out of Sydney cannot see all the opposition as they don't play them at home.
    If expansion includes more teams then we may have to split them into pool A and B and devise a draw that suits all.
     
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    That would be the ultimate goal, have enough viable teams be able to split into 2 divisions like the American model. But that's a very long way off, we may never have that many successful clubs & or even depth of players, our population is very small compared to the States. I'm pretty sure the NRL has had 20 teams in the same comp before so that might be the short term goal.
     
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    Or enough teams, twenty, for one round against each on a strict home this year, away next year.

    Nineteen rounds, three SOO, and a 'Test' or two makes twenty four weeks an ideal competition.
     
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    Perth and a second Brisbane team should of been brought in years ago. Absolute joke that neither has happened yet. We really should of been looking at a second NZ team and South Australian side by now.

    The NRL is so far behind the AFL in every off field aspect it isn't funny. Damn shame as it's a much better sport then the AFL.
     
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    If two new teams were being formed next year (let's say for the sake of it a Brisbane team and Perth) I would be interested to see what people's proposals for a team would be with a list of off contract players from here/super league and reserves
    As feasible as possible
     
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    I remember driving to the Sunday footy one day and on MMM radio Paul Kent bought up an interesting point about that with expansion.

    And seeing as you mentioned Adelaide he said that they bring matches there every year yet there is no plan for Adelaide team in discussion ever and he kind of asked what was the point, just to give a few teams money for going there? Give the SA NRL fans a dose of NRL?
    I thought to myself as cynical as that sounds it is a narrow minded and hollow vision from the NRL. And he had a point

    The NRL during its next broadcasting rights will rightfully so be able to generate more money then ever and building something whether it be in 10-15-20 years there that could generate money would e awesome.

    And just quietly would love to see the Adelaide Rams back in the NRL
     
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    They would organize a lot of deals at least a year before coming into the comp. 12 months in advance type deals where a player still has a year to run at their club. Obviously they couldn't just pick up players who are looking for a club at the end of their contracts because all the good ones are signed up well before their contract finishes.

    I don't think the depth is good enough that a team could just sign a whole team full of guys who are off-contract, they're either unwanted or unestablished. But I do think they could easily find plenty of talent to fill up their entire depth, with a few positions in the top 17 given to blokes looking for a chance of guys that are off-contract. And hopefully a big part of their top 17 would be taken up by big money signings that agreed to terms a year back when they went to the market. The money would be there, the challenge is convincing big games to take a chance by moving to somewhere like Perth.
     
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    pffft Strategic Plans and Pathways. Expansion and growing the game...file it all under B for Bullshit.
     

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