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Country battle continues - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Wed, 07 Mar 2007 19:56:00 GMT

Talks will continue in Tamworth on Thursday concerning the formation of the Aboriginal Nations Super League rugby league competition in Northern New South Wales.

Both the Aboriginal Nations Super League and the Country Rugby League will discuss a number of issues not resolved at the last meeting two weeks ago.

"The ANSL must show that it is able to provide a fully sustainable competition," CRL General Manager Terry Quinn said.

"There are a number of criteria the ANSL must meet and it won't be sufficient to only prove there's the management and finance in place to start up a competition.

"There are other factors, such as game day operations and the critical area of referee availability, which must be addressed before the CRL will consider affiliation."

During the meeting it's expected that the ANSL will continue to lobby for the return of barred clubs, Gimbisi and Narwan into a CRL group competition.

Gimbisi was ousted last year due to reports of poor crowd conduct while the Narwan Eels were removed from a Group 19 competition for a debt dispute.

While the ANSL are unlikely to get support for a statewide competition, one out West probably would recieve the backing of the CRL.

"That's what I want to talk to Michael [Anderson] about....if he'd put his energies into the Barwon-Darling area and we could get them under a structure where they run a weekly comp and have solid management within their clubs, then we would be very supportive of it.

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