I don't know how many of you get the Daily Telegrpah-Mirror.
AAP, Sportswatch has a piece on the Cronulla move.
There's a new twist in the propsed St George-Illawarra National Rugby
League merger with Cronulla reportedly entering partnership talks with
The Daily Telegraph says a Cronulla source has confirmed the club will
consider a merger with Illawarra in a desperate bid to avoid being
freezed out of the NRL's 14-team premiership.
Steelers chief executive BOB MILLWARD has confirmed his club has had
contact with the Sharks but he says Illawarra's preference for a partner
is St George.
And the Sydney Morning Herald reports South Sydney and Penrith have held
meetings in which a merger between the two clubs was discussed.
AAP RTV ws/sm
AAP, 17/07/98 04:22 AEST
I knew once the Saints and Steelers got into full merger talks the
Sharks will be running scared. They are in grave danger of missing the
If Wests and Penrith happen to do a deal and then Parramatta and
Balmain, I know as a Bulldog fan I be very nervous.
If that was the case, you have
1. St. George Steel Dragons
2. Parramatta Tigers
3. Western Panthers
4. Sydney City Roosters (Packer alliance will see them be safe).
5. Manly Sea Eagles (They ran the ARL who is half the NRL, so they are
Then you have Cronulla, Canterbury and South Sydney remaining. If the
Rabbitohs continue the Piggins attitude, we be the safest of the 3 to be
stand alone in a NRL competition as we are financially secure and not in
turmoil. But if the Sharks and Bunnies do a deal, Canterbury will be
I'm hoping Wests and Penrith do not do a deal in mergers, same I guess
applies to Cronulla in they don't want to see a stronger southern
franchise with them missing out.
Also, it is all agreed that Adelaide and Gold Coast are the two regional
teams in danger, if they do deals with Sydney clubs, they get an
automatic 5-year licence and then that will place some pressure on North
Sydney and Auckland.