ARL CONFIDENT ABOUT COURT CASE DESPITE CONTINGENCY PLANS

ARL CONFIDENT ABOUT COURT CASE DESPITE CONTINGENCY PLANS

Post by Juicem » Thu, 15 Feb 1996 04:00:00

RL: ARL CONFIDENT ABOUT COURT CASE DESPITE CONTINGENCY PLANS
LEAGUE NZ QUAYLE

   AUCKLAND, Feb 13 NZPA - The Australian Rugby League is looking
at setting up another New Zealand-based side should it lose its
court case over Super League.
           ARL general manager John Quayle, who leaves Auckland today after
a two-day trip, said he had been speaking to local clubs unhappy
with the New Zealand Rugby League and the Auckland Warriors' move
into the Super League camp.
           "What we have done is respond to the reaction from New Zealand
with many people disillusioned at the running of the game here," he
said. "We have the direct support of a number of the clubs."
           Quayle said the new side might not necessarily be based in
Auckland, but he declined to name any of the clubs or the
prospective sponsors he had spoken to.
           Wellington has been suggested as a possible headquarters for the
team.
           He added, however, that the ARL remained confident that it would
win the court case against News Limited's Super League competition
and that the Warriors would return to the ARL fold.
           In the Sydney Federal Court, Judge James Burchett is due any day
to hand down his judgment after the 51-day hearing held last year
over News Ltd's bid to break five-year ARL loyalty agreements
signed by 20 clubs.
           Eight of those clubs, including the Warriors, have switched to
Super League.
           Quayle said that until that verdict was delivered, the ARL was
proceeding on the basis that there would be a 20-team competition.
           The Warriors were still an ARL team, despite the contingency
plans.
           Quayle said te Kangaroos would continue to play international
football, hence the planned Test series against a New Zealand side
to be coached by former Kiwi coach Bob Bailey.
           Quayle said he had no doubts that Bailey would have quality
personnel to call on.
           NZPA jds

Juiceman
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