A consortium has launched a bid for a second NRL team, with the aim of entering the competition in 2018.
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A bid for a second NRL team in New Zealand has been launched, with the aim of entering the league in 2018.
Off the back of New Zealand Four Nations win and previous Tri-Series and World Cup triumphs, a consortium of Australian and New Zealand investors believe the time is right for a second team in the NRL.
They point to the fact that 17.3 per cent (72) NRL players come from New Zealand, the success of the Auckland Nines tournament and the Warriors winning three of the past five under-20 NYC grand finals.
According to Fairfax Media, the new team will be based in Wellington.
“The interest in rugby league is at an all-time high in New Zealand due to the great work of the NZRL, the Warriors, the success of the Auckland Nines and the triumphs of the national team,” consortium spokesman Robert Picone told Fairfax Media.
“It is well documented the magnificent contribution New Zealand has made to the NRL including providing nearly 20 per cent of all NRL players. This will only improve with a second New Zealand team and all NRL clubs will benefit by an increase in playing talent.”