Queensland Rugby League boss Ben Ikin has wielded the axe by controversially scrapping the under-21s Hastings Deering Colts competition in one of the code’s biggest shake-ups.
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Just three months after being appointed QRL boss, Ikin has put his stamp on the game in Queensland, presiding over a major competition restructure that will trigger the death of the Hastings Deering Colts competition.
A proving ground for Queensland’s rising stars, the Colts came to life following the axing of the National Youth Competition in 2017 and was viewed as a stepping stone to the Queensland Cup and NRL senior leagues.
But the Colts is headed for the scrap heap at season’s end.
As part of the overhaul, the demise of the under-21s will also see the Cyril…