The big horse races are coming to Australia next year, with the NRL looking at a raft of changes to how they are run.
Racing is in the news again, with a host of events set to be scrapped and an increase in spectator numbers.
A change to the way the NRL runs the season will see the number of matches in a matchday drop from 20 to 17, with most of the games in the first half of the season to be moved back to the weekend.
New rules will also see teams only play once a week.
The changes to the NRL will be implemented in stages.
They will be phased in over the next two years.
The NRL’s executive chairman, Dave Smith, said the changes would improve the league’s ability to produce high-quality games.
“The NRL will play more games and we’ll have more of an emphasis on high-performance, high-intensity sport,” he said.
“We’re looking at ways to put more teams into games and more games into our venues, more of a home-and-away basis, more games in our clubs.”
Mr Smith said he was concerned that the league was going backwards.
“A lot of the problems that are facing the game are really the result of that,” he told Sky Sport.
“In the future we want to see it improve in a big way, but we’ve got a few steps to go before we’re ready to have the game we want.”
This will be one of those changes.
We’re very excited about it.
“The changes will be introduced over the 2018 season.
Mr Smith confirmed the NRL was looking at changes to its schedule.”
At the moment, we don’t know exactly what the schedule is going to be, but that’s a big part of it,” he explained.”
What we are looking at is looking at what is the right balance between how many games we play, how much we can play and how we can attract the best talent in the game.
“The NRL is also looking at other changes to ticket pricing, with changes to a number of popular ticket packages in the next few weeks.
Topics:nrl,nrl-league-super-league,sport,nsw,australiaFirst posted February 15, 2019 10:40:34Contact Ashley AthertonMore stories from New South Wales