Player transfers and clearances within the Greater Southern Region

The Greater Southern Region of the Country Rugby League has been inundated with clearances from junior players and parents wishing to transfer to opposition clubs. This has been occurring within Group 6, the Illawarra Division and Group 7.

This is an alarming matter the game must deal with.

44 appeals have been received at a Regional level this season already and the matter is far from resolved. With our competitions commencing well over a month away, some facts should be made very clear to our Affiliates (our Clubs):

1)      The Country Rugby League has never said, and never will say, to a parent or junior player, that a child must play for a particular club.

2)      The Country Rugby League acknowledges that our Stakeholders (the Junior Leagues that run our competitions) have powers under their policies to regulate the integrity of those competitions and ensure that these competitions are fair and equal.

3)      With this above in mind, the Junior leagues have the right to restrict players from registering with certain clubs.

4)      Grounds for those appeals received will be based on policy, and not emotion.

For some time we have lost hundreds of players from the game, because of ‘team stacking’ and this practice must stop to ensure the game is played under the design it is made for: not the self-interest of the few or parents trying to win competitions on behalf of their children. 

Kevin Felgate. 


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