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League edging closer to commission

Joe Barton 22/11/2010 04:56:17 PM Comments (0)

Rugby league in Australia is edging closer to having an independent commission, but a final date for its implementation remains as hazy as ever.

Representatives from both the NSW and Queensland Rugby League boards met in Sydney on Monday to review amendments to the constitution that will eventually become the basis for the independent commission.

But ARL chief executive Geoff Carr said the boards would not rush into any concrete decisions on the commission, which are expected to be the biggest administrative change to rugby league since the formation of NRL was formed in 1998.

"It was a constructive meeting, we're working through the constitution," Carr told AAP.

"What we considered this morning in a 40 page document was the amendments from News Limited and those amendments were around making sure the words clearly clarified these negotiations.

"It's working through to make sure that document is factually correct and had the words of the collective negotiation, so that's what we continued to do (on Monday)."

Claims that the NSWRL was eager to push the QRL into making a decision during the Monday meeting was dismissed by Carr.

"Those (reports) were completely off the mark," Carr said.

"There were never going to be any fireworks ... It was very amicable, it was always going to be."

Representatives from the two boards are expected to meet again before Christmas, with Carr adding that a final decision was not far off.

"We'll continue to meet, we're in a negotiation with News and the clubs about getting the constitution right and we'll meet as many times as we need to keep making sure we get it done," he said.

"(But) we're not far away I wouldn't think."

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