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NRL Considering Nine-Week Tournament To Replace National Youth Competition

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 05 / 15

The National Rugby League "is considering replacing the soon-to-be-defunct National Youth Competition with a nine-week tournament as part of a massive overhaul of rugby league pathways," according to Adrian Proszenko of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The U20s competition "was ushered in with much ...

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