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The Dolphins to hitch NRL Telstra Premiership in 2023

The NRL Telstra Premiership will broaden to 17 groups from the 2023 season after the Australian Rugby League Fee (ARLC) accepted the grant of a brand new licence to “The Dolphins”.

The Fee accepted each the enlargement of the competitors and The Dolphins because the profitable bid for the seventeenth licence after accepting the advice of the Enlargement Bid Evaluation Committee.

Importantly this determination is a part of the ARLC’s total plan to develop the sport in all elements of Queensland. Working with the Queensland Rugby League, the Brisbane Broncos, Gold Coast Titans, North Queensland Cowboys and now the Dolphins to make sure we have now a presence throughout the State, investing in participation and pathways for women and men for the long run.

To encourage progress in participation and pathways throughout southeast Queensland, The Dolphins have agreed to take a position $1 million each year on grassroots rugby league and pathways in addition to an extra $1 million each year on ladies’s rugby league pathways and improvement. The membership shall be required to submit an annual price range for Fee approval which units out how the $2 million in funding shall be spent every year.

The expanded 17-team competitors will see the NRL Telstra Premiership develop into a 26-Spherical competitors with each workforce persevering with to play 24 video games. All groups will obtain 2 byes through the season with the whole variety of regular-season video games growing from 192 to 204.

ARLC Chairman Peter V’landys AM mentioned the Fee’s determination was a landmark second within the recreation’s historical past.

“Immediately is an thrilling second within the historical past of our recreation. The NRL Telstra Premiership will broaden to 17 groups in 2023 and on behalf of the Fee I want to congratulate The Dolphins on being granted the seventeenth licence,’’ he mentioned.

“I might additionally wish to acknowledge and thank the opposite bid groups for the work they put into their submissions. All 3 bids have been of the very best calibre and spotlight the energy of rugby league in Queensland.”

Mr V’landys mentioned increasing the sport in Queensland was important to the long-term progress of the game.

“Rugby League is a part of Queensland’s DNA and to have 4 groups based mostly in Queensland will additional strengthen our recreation because the No.1 sport within the State,’’ he mentioned.

“The important thing to long run success is progress. By rising the NRL Telstra Premiership we create extra followers, encourage extra individuals and improve business funding in rugby league.

“Enlargement can also be a very essential a part of our participation technique. It will likely be a situation of the licence that the Dolphins spend $2 million yearly on participation and rising the ladies’s recreation in Southeast Queensland. Our focus over the following yr is revitalising our participation technique and The Dolphins shall be an essential a part of that in Queensland.”

Mr V’landys mentioned the Fee accepted the expanded competitors as a result of it added worth to the Competitors.

“Our precedence as a Fee was firstly to make sure all 16 golf equipment got here by means of the pandemic financially safe and we have now achieved that.

“This determination provides substantial worth to the sport which is able to profit all present golf equipment. I want to acknowledge our broadcast associate Fox Sports activities who’ve agreed to an enhanced broadcast settlement from 2023 to 2027.”

NRL CEO Andrew Abdo mentioned the expanded competitors would create extra alternatives for the rugby league ecosystem.

“That is an thrilling day for our recreation. There shall be extra alternatives for our gamers in 2023, extra video games of rugby league to look at for our followers and extra funding in pathways for our grassroots individuals,’’ he mentioned. 

“It’s additionally a superb end result for our companions and sponsors who’ve further publicity from 2023.

“The construction of the season means there shall be 12 extra video games performed yearly and all golf equipment will obtain 2 byes, which assists the workload administration of our gamers.”

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