Ghosts and Rebels in limbo as CRL boundary change confirmed
GRAFTON Ghosts and South Grafton Rebels are staying put in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League - for now.
The Australian Rugby League Commission, Country Rugby League, New South Wales Rugby League and Queensland Rugby League met last night to discuss the changes to the border.
A decision was made by the ARLC to make the state border the border between competitions and jurisdiction, meaning the New South Wales-based clubs, competing in the Gold Coast's Bycroft Cup, will be moved back to a NSW-based competition.
CRL regional area manager Kevin Hill confirmed the decision earlier today, but the details of the changes will not be finalised for at least another 10 days.
"The current clubs based in NSW that play in the Queensland competitions will be coming back to NSW," Hill said.
"The specifics haven't been finalised yet but the CRL, QRL and NSWRL have all been given timeframes to work with.
"Some clubs could move back straight away while others will take some time."
The three competition bodies will thrash out plans over the next 10 days, with a final decision to be made on September 1.
There have been whispers the two Grafton-based clubs will move to Group 2 following a restructure of the Country Rugby League border, but any confirmation of a move has been delayed.
Hill said both Grafton clubs were open to moving to the southern competition.
"Their move to Group 2 is part of the proposal," Hill said.
"Both clubs have indicated they are open to the move as well. We will have a clearer time frame after the September 1 deadline.
"The message from the ARLC was clear: all clubs should play in their home state."
More in tomorrow's The Daily Examiner.