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QRL statement: NRL expansion

In light of recent public commentary, the Queensland Rugby League Board would like to clarify its position around expansion of the NRL Premiership.

The QRL Board, which met in Brisbane today, shares the view that any decision to issue a licence to a 17th franchise needs to be evidence based.

“The scope of feasibility work must be expanded to include the most impactful use of funds and resources, taking into consideration future investment into the women’s game and state-wide competitions which underpin the NRL,” QRL chair Bruce Hatcher said today.

“We are of the opinion that significant feasibility work needs to be undertaken and presented to the QRL before a clear position on expansion can be formed.

“If it is determined, however, that a 17th franchise is the best decision for the game, then we whole-heartedly support a second team in Brisbane, particularly as each of the three contenders for expansion are affiliated with Intrust Super Cup clubs.”

Acknowledgement of Country

Queensland Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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