Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Commission Falls Short; Genuine ,Cyfooty Blood' Missing from Inaugural Line-Up

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Commission Falls Short; Genuine ,Cyfooty Blood' Missing from Inaugural Line-Up

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JOHN Grant, inaugural chairman of the long-awaited NRL Commission, and hopefully the person who will become the figurehead of the game, is a former rugby league international.

Grant would be the first to admit he was no gun player, and will certainly not be the next Immortal. However, he played for Souths in Brisbane alongside internationals Wayne Bennett and Greg Veivers and represented Australia in the 1972 World Cup, so he was no mug player.

But, when it comes to experience in rugby league, compared to six of the other seven commissioners, Grant is a veritable world champion. While the others Co apart from Wayne Pearce Co may have an avid interest in the game and its welfare, none have any experience at the coalface.

I'm not suggesting that will necessarily be an issue because I have always been a firm believer that not having played the game at the elite level does not exempt people from having an opinion, or an impact.

And Broncos coach Anthony Griffin is an example of that creed.

But I reckon there was a place on the Commission for some genuine Cyfooty blood' Co a recently-retired player who has the game at heart but can also deliver a modern-day perspective on critical issues such as the interchange, the impact of rep footy, the salary cap and match scheduling.

I'm not sure that people like Catherine Harris, Ian Elliott, Peter Gregg, Gary Pemberton and Jeremy Sutcliffe Co in all due respect Co could actually debate these issues. But some of the ilk of Shane Webcke would have been a perfect fit.

Like many, I'm in the dark about the exact role the NRL Commission will play.

But, reading between the lines, there are those who believe it will be the great white hope for the game.

We are all trusting so, because rugby league desperately needs strong leadership.

PNG is worthy

MY opposition to an anticipated NRL expansion has been well-documented.

My belief is the tentacles of the game need to be spread further afield, and struggling clubs should relocate.

But I also reckon that when the NRL does expand Co and it will happen down the track Co our near neighbour Papua New Guinea should be looked at very closely. …

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