Official 2024 NRL General Discussion (no rumours)

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Quite refreshing from Flanno. Man he has one tough job ahead of him.

“Our focus is 2025,” he said. “We’ve made some changes in 2024 and we’re still looking for some players, but our real focus will be for 2025 and 2026. The goal is to compete right to the end and be in the semi-final race right to the end. We’re going to be a side that’s hard to beat and we’re going to try not to beat ourselves.”

Now that’s different: a coach admitting before the season starts not to expect too much. May as well book that trip to the Maldives in September, Dragons fans. Not much doing at home.

Flanagan’s candour, though, is to be admired. This is the first year of the club’s most important rebuild. It doesn’t have too many left to get right before fans start walking away.

 
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Unfortunately I can see Manly having a VERY strong team this year. IF Turbo stays healthy

Same as every year tbh. But he's proven to be injured most seasons.

I think outside of the Raiders, Dogs, Saints and Dolphins, I can make a case for any side making the finals. Then outside of the Titans and Tigers, I wouldn't be that surprised if any of the others also made the top 4. It's shaping up as a very competitive year.
 
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Luciano Leilua to face court for drink driving. Booked at 0.052. I know you have to draw a line somewhere, but that's gotta almost be the difference between finishing the dregs at the bottom of the glass or not.
 

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Luciano Leilua to face court for drink driving. Booked at 0.052. I know you have to draw a line somewhere, but that's gotta almost be the difference between finishing the dregs at the bottom of the glass or not.
Yeah guess there has to be a line. Don't think there'd be much of a penalty for that though.
 

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NRL boss Andrew Abdo has started a major restructure of his executive team to align with the Australian Rugby League Commission’s strategy to grow the game with a focus on the Pacific.

Abdo has been working behind the scenes for the past couple of months on a shake-up designed to complement a strategy that is likely to see the introduction of a new team in the Pacific, with a focus on Papua New Guinea, as well as the growth of the women’s and international game. The NRL also has its sights set on a 20-team competition over the next decade.

Abdo is now in the process of executing a leadership restructure of the organisation as three senior executives depart the building. Staff were informed of the changes on Wednesday morning.

That restructure will include merging two executive general manager roles (fan experience/digital and partnerships).

Abdo has decided to combine the roles previously held by the long-serving executive Jaymes Boland-Rudder and Alexi Baker and will go to market for a new chief revenue officer.

The NRL will also restructure its communication and stakeholder relations portfolios.

Executive general manager of media and communications, Grant Williams, will finish up with the NRL after completing a short-term contract.

Williams had always planned to move on from the NRL this year, allowing for a restructure that will see former Australian Financial Review columnist Misha Zelinsky assume all communication and government relations responsibilities as the executive general manager of corporate affairs.

Zelinsky has been working with the NRL to assist with its push into Papua New Guinea as the government pushes for the license of the 18th team to be held in the rugby league-mad nation.

Andrew Every, who was in charge of participation, community and game development, will also finish up at the NRL and will be replaced in the interim by John Wilson.

 

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Andrew Every, who was in charge of participation, community and game development, will also finish up at the NRL and will be replaced in the interim by John Wilson.
I actually know the guy who was acting in this role in 2019-20 and was supposed to take it on full time until the **** hit the fan with Covid.

Half of the NRL got put on jobkeeper. He ended up being the bloke taking the Broncos temperature on game days :(

He's back in a senior development role with QRL now.

Hopefully a good move for the game. There are a lot of great 2018-19 initiatives that have been left on the table because there was no money and no people to carry them through. Kind of feels with juniors that we lost any development progress from 2020-23.
 

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I actually know the guy who was acting in this role in 2019-20 and was supposed to take it on full time until the **** hit the fan with Covid.

Half of the NRL got put on jobkeeper. He ended up being the bloke taking the Broncos temperature on game days :(

He's back in a senior development role with QRL now.

Hopefully a good move for the game. There are a lot of great 2018-19 initiatives that have been left on the table because there was no money and no people to carry them through. Kind of feels with juniors that we lost any development progress from 2020-23.
Better than being the manly one atm
 

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Bonus points and $100k prize money are back for the pre-season.

Unlimited interchange. Up to 28 players per team.

Bonus points​

Win = 6 points
Draw = 3 points
Score 5 or more tries = 2 points
Make 5 or more line breaks = 1 point
Make 10 or more offloads = 1 point
 
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Luciano Leilua to face court for drink driving. Booked at 0.052. I know you have to draw a line somewhere, but that's gotta almost be the difference between finishing the dregs at the bottom of the glass or not.
Had the cops waited another 10 mins on the 2nd test back at the station he probably blows under
 
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