Major changes ahead for Group 16

There are major changes ahead for the Group 16 rugby league competition in 2014.

At the Group 16 general meeting in Bega last week, plans were laid for next year's competition.

The committee endorsed changes which included an earlier start to the 2014 competition with a Sevens tournament to be held on March 16 (venue TBA), a mid-year local Indigenous v Allstars representative game, the new look Bemboka Panthers being allowed to use the flexible Country Rugby League (CRL) 'portability' rules to combine with the Merimbula Pambula Bulldogs lineup and the Ladies League-Tag to be included in representative games.

"It is all very exciting," Group 16 president Dean Lynch said.

"Besides having a stronger competition, we also hope to have some high profile retired NRL stars playing in the inaugural Indigenous v Allstars game which will help showcase the great local talent we have here in Group 16".

He said the Group 16 clubs were raring to go with most having already appointed coaches for next year and he also commented that at the recent Country Rugby League AGM plans were made to help create pathways for aspiring young Rugby League players to make a career out of the game .

"Country Rugby League is on a roll" he said .

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