NRL 2022 Grand Final Location: ARLC makes call in Sydney, Brisbane

A decision on the final location of the NRL in 2022 has suffered another setback after the NSW Government decided to reverse a $250 million commitment to fund a suburban site.

The ARL Commission will keep Brisbane and Sydney waiting while delaying a decision on the site for this year’s Grand Finals while they hold final talks with the NSW Government over suburban site funding.

The commission met bright and early Monday morning where it was expected to call the host city for this year’s decision.

Rather than announce whether Sydney and Brisbane would get the honor, they opted to continue talks with the NSW Government to settle their dispute over the promised investment in 4 Pines Park on Sydney’s North Beaches, Pointsbet Stadium in Cronulla and to enclose the Leichhardt Oval.

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News Corp understands that ARL Commission Chairman Peter V’landys and NRL Chief Executive Officer Andrew Abdo had positive talks with new Sport Minister Alister Henskens late Monday afternoon and left impressed with Hensken’s knowledge of the details of the issue .

Further talks are expected to take place in the coming days as the commission intends to issue a call for the grand finale by the end of the week.

V’landys confirmed the commission had met on Monday morning but wanted more time before finalizing a host city for the game’s flagship event.

“We had a pretty good meeting and went over everything (this morning),” V’landys said.

“The board has decided that no decision will be made. We have further meetings with the government and want to see where we stand with them.

“We sort it out. Hopefully a solution can be found. But as you can see, we go to great lengths to protect wildlife.

“We’re going to do what’s best for the game, don’t worry about it.”

V’landys insisted headquarters were not pressed for time to set the target for the grand finals.

“The grand finale isn’t for another six or seven weeks,” V’landys said.

“The tickets sell out pretty quickly. If it went to Queensland they would have sold it out in 24 hours. There is no problem there.”

However, a problem remains between the ARL Commission and Premier Dominic Perrottet over claims he has reversed an agreement to invest in suburban land.

Asked by Ben Fordham on 2GB yesterday morning for any suggestions he had shaken hands on in an agreement with V’landys, Perrottet evasively replied: ‘Yes Ben, we shake hands at every meeting. We had an agreement on suburban stadiums and we still have a prospect and I’ve been very, very clear on that with Peter – on suburban stadiums going forward.”

Perrottet, a Wests Tigers fan, would no doubt have watched with interest over the weekend as several people were injured when a fence collapsed at the Leichhardt Oval – a site he frequents.

The drama took place during a schoolboy’s rugby union match, lending credence to V’landys’ insistence that stadium renewal is not just a rugby league issue.

However, Perrottet reiterated that the financial landscape had changed since the deal was struck with the ARL Commission, with funds having to be used for emergency funding.

“I told Peter V’landys and committed a significant amount – like this government – ​​to suburban stadiums.

“We have just received a flood inquiry that will cost people in NSW billions of dollars to get people indoors.

“My job as Prime Minister is not to look after self-interest, my job as Prime Minister is to look after the people of NSW. I care more about getting people into homes.

“As circumstances change, you have to change priorities.”

Originally published as NRL 2022 Grand Finale: ARL Commission Decides Venue for Showpiece Event NRL 2022 Grand Final Location: ARLC makes call in Sydney, Brisbane

Nate Jones

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