League Notes: AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan Chides Feuding Sydney, Collingwood Bosses
Australian Football League CEO Gillon McLachlan has "publicly chided feuding club bosses" Sydney Swans Chair Andrew Pridham and Collingwood President Eddie McGuire, calling for an end to their "personal slanging match" as it was "not good for the game." But the AFL CEO has "reaffirmed his endorsement for the Swans and other clubs north of the Murray to keep their academies, though he was lukewarm on other clubs establishing their own" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 7/16). ... Players from this year's State of Origin series "will miss a staggering 69 games for their club and Origin sides because of injury and suspension." State of Origin has "never before" taken such a "dramatic toll" (Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH, 7/17). ... SANZAR has confirmed that tenders from Japan and Singapore will "vie for a licence to enter the Super Rugby competition" in '16. A decision is "slated to be reached" in September or October (AAP, 7/17).