Rugby league’s myopic stadium policy is another reason why the gap between the AFL and NRL for the title of Australia’s pre-eminent winter sport is getting wider.
If you ever wonder why the National Rugby League is not truly national, this weekend’s venue debacle is a prime example of why the competition is still yet to shake off its suburban Sydney roots.
A casual fan who walks past a TV on Friday or Saturday night and sees the NRL qualifying final matches could be forgiven if they thought it was just another club game.
Penrith hosting Parramatta at BlueBet Stadium, Cronulla taking on the Cowboys at a reduced-capacity Shark Park.
Unless you’re aware of the ever-changing NRL finals stadium policy, it doesn’t particularly scream finals, does it?
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