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NRL’s buy out of Super League could include State of Origin at Wembley

An Australian journalist has explained what the deal would look like if NRL bought Super League – including links between clubs.

Super League has struggled for interest for a few years now, while NRL is going from strength-to-strength, with a solid Magic Round and, most recently, a stunning 90,000 attendance for State of Origin Game II in Melbourne at the MCG.

It has long been suggested that NRL could buy Super League, and more and more people are saying that this could genuinely be a viable option.

One of those is journalist David Riccio, who has explained that NRL buying Super League could happen.

He said, speaking on SEN League’s ‘The Back Page’: “This is firmly on their radar, the idea of potentially investing in the English Super League and taking it over. I think that would be the first step to resurrecting Rugby League in England.

“I certainly know that the NRL haven’t gone away from that. They’re still doing a lot of data and research on that and the finances around it.”

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Giving some idea of what the deal would entail, he continued: “It would have huge spin-off conversations in and around NRL clubs becoming sister clubs with English clubs and providing new development and pathway systems.

“Yes, there would be huge logistical discussions to be had, but that’s essentially where it needs to go to aid the game in England at this point in time.”

He also spoke of discussions to ‘play a State of Origin game at Wembley’ which would be done to strengthen ties and mutual interest between the English and Australian game. This is favoured by many who would rather rebuild the game in the UK instead of focusing too much on the American market.

One immediate example of the leagues working together is that is seems like Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors will be involved in NRL’s Vegas series in 2025, as NRL officials noticed many of the travelling support for the 2024 edition was actually from the UK, despite only NRL teams being involved.

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  1. Jaybs

    July 4, 2024 at 10:51 am

    IF the NRL do go ahead and Buy SUPER LEAGUE, first job is so GT RID OF IMG, second is SACK ALL CURRENT SUPER LEAGUE STAFF, and bring in NRL Staff until top British Staff can be found.

    We are continuing to go Backwards as a Sport, and ONLY NRL TAKE OVER is now the answer!

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