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The Australian Rugby League has today expressed its ongoing support for the establishment of an Independent Body that would oversee all aspects of the code.

The Board believes that the right structure could be an important step in the game’s future development.

Given the far reaching nature of any decision the Board has today reinforced the need to properly consider all implications of such a change including the ongoing protection of the game’s grass roots and representative competitions and the interaction between NRL clubs and the wider sport.

The Board has today said that it will continue to discuss the issue with its NRL partner News Limited.

“There is general acceptance that the current structure could be improved and any suggestion that the ARL is somehow trying to block change is simply incorrect,” ARL Chairman Mr Colin Love AM said today. “

 “It is in everyone’s interest that we invest the necessary time to get the process right. “