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Arrogant Aussies? ARLC's apathy towards RLIF shake-up raises questions

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17.04.2019

An 18-carriage Rugby League International Federation train has finally left the station, minus its chief locomotive, Australia, after two years of shunting over constitutional reform.

A recent teleconference of 18 nations agreed to the long-awaited new governance model
but Australia did not lodge a vote.

Driver of reform: Former ARLC chairman John Grant.Credit:Christopher Pearce

The RLIF’s new constitution breaks the dominance of the big three (Australia, England and
New Zealand), empowers other European and Pacific countries, recognises the revenue-making clubs as delegates and creates three independent directors on the 11-person board.

Some branded Australia’s failure to vote as arrogant. NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg said Australia was supportive of the reform but had not had time to go through the detail of the draft with the ARL Commission

Australia initially lobbied George Peponis, a former Australian captain, to put himself forward as an independent director and chair the re-constituted RLIF board. However, Peponis declined because it would have meant resigning as chair of the NSWRL.

Greenberg will now encourage St George........

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