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The Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) has approved the continuation of the women’s elite competition (NRLW) for the 2020 season, commencing in September.

The ARLC reiterated its strong support for growing the women’s game at both the grassroots and elite level. The announcement comes after the Commission had already approved a stand-alone Women's State of Origin match on Friday November 13.

ARLC Chairman Peter V’landys AM thanked the NRLW clubs and elite women for their cooperation and patience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The women’s game is a very important element of Rugby League. We are very proud of our achievements in the women’s game and we should be providing it the significance it deserves.

“I want to thank the clubs for their commitment to women’s sport and the players themselves for their understanding as we worked through this process. I also want to thank our broadcast partners Channel Nine and Foxtel for their ongoing commitment to the women’s game.”

The NRLW will remain a four team competition in 2020 with the Grand Final to be played on the same day as the NRL Grand Final on Sunday October 25.

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