LEAGUE SUPER NZ
By Sri Krishnamurthi of NZPA
WELLINGTON, March 18, NZPA - The New Zealand Rugby Football
League will do whatever it can to move the international game out
of the courts and backrooms and back on to the fields, chairman
Graham Carden said tonight.
After Super League players revealed their hand in Sydney this
morning Carden, on a request from the Super League players and
coaches threw out a lifeline to the ARL.
"The NZRFL is also making a major contribution to a compromise.
We have agreed that all New Zealand players -- whether they're
contracted to the Super League or the ARL -- will be available for
the proposed Test series against Australia this year," he said.
Carden, however, admitted that his support for the proposals put
forward by Super League players to the Australian Rugby League were
yet to be sanctioned by the NZRFL board.
Tonight he said he did not expect any problems in obtaining
board approval for the move.
"It came up suddenly: we were asked by the Super League players
to lend our support and we see it as one way of getting the game
back on the rails," he said.
"The request has not been formalised yet because the ARL hasn't
made a decision on it. But it is in line with the feeling within
the board that we've got to be pro-active and explore every avenue
that we can in terms of reaching a compromise in this stand-off."
He said NZRFL vice-president Allen***at last week's board
meeting raised the point that New Zealand should view the situation
at international level do whatever it can to get the game going
As part of the conditions of getting Super League players back
into the game Carden has offered the ARL official Tests this
season, even though he conceded he was still miffed with ARL chief
Ken Arthurson and general manager John Quayle's recent visit to New
"I've never once said I wouldn't work with them. I respect them
for the work they have done in the game but, as individuals I'm not
happy that they came over here and conducted themselves in the
manner they did," he said.
"We are still among the 17 countries aligned with the Super
League, but we were asked if we were prepared to help the ARL and
we are. The NZRFL's offer was part of a realistic and innovative
offer by Super League coaches and players to the ARL and everyone
stood to benefit if a compromise could be reached."
Auckland Warriors' coach John Monie welcomed the working
proposals put forward by Super League players.
"The players don't want to be divorced from their supporters or
their club. They genuinely want to play with the support of the
fans and the board," he said.
"With that in mind, every aspect of the 15-point proposal to the
ARL from Super League contracted players and coaches is
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