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SBD Global/December 5, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

ARL Chair John Grant 'Fighting' To Maintain Support Of NRL Clubs

Australian Rugby League Commission Chair John Grant is "fighting to maintain the support" of the 16 National Rugby League clubs, according to Phil Rothfield of the DAILY TELEGRAPH. The code's "most-influential powerbrokers" will meet on Monday to debate Grant's performance in his first 12 months. Chairmen of the 16 clubs will be in attendance with other powerful figures including commentator and former player Phil Gould, "who launched a blistering attack on the game's leadership last week." Several club officials have "even discussed the possibility" of using clause 32B of the game's constitution to remove Grant from the board. It would be "highly unlikely to succeed at this stage" because more than 75% of a vote is required. One of the chairmen, who would only be quoted on the condition of anonymity, revealed the "growing anger and frustration in the game." He said, "John Grant is on notice. The clubs have had enough. He's been the one calling the shots, and every day a new problem emerges. All they've done in 12 months is a television deal." Grant said that it was "the first he had heard of any unrest" and was surprised considering they had been regularly consulted over the past year (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 12/5).
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