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Western Australia is putting its best foot forward to be home to the NRL’s 18th franchise following an Origin Game II sellout at Optus Stadium.

The Dolphins will enter the NRL as the newest franchise in 2023 and rugby league powerbrokers have made no secrets of their desire to expand to an 18 team competition as soon as possible.

An 18th team will remove a bye from the competition schedule each week and add a ninth game per weekend, potentially increasing TV broadcast deals.

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Speaking on Fox Sports News, NRL WA chief executive officer John Sackson said that hosting a crucial Origin clash will only further put the spotlight on rugby league in the Western state.

“Clearly there is a lot of focus now on the 18th franchise, we know that the…


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