Cy­clones bid won’t fly

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Welling­ton Rugby League boss Ja­son Hem­son has dis­tanced him­self from a bid to have an NRL team with links to Fiji based in Welling­ton.

The joint Welling­ton/Fiji bid is backed by Sydney lawyer Robert Pi­cone, who has said the club would be called the South Pa­cific Cy­clones.

He said there was plenty of in­ter­est in league in Fiji and a re­cently up­graded sta­dium in Suva would be suit­able for NRL games.

The Cy­clones would play half their games in Fiji and half in Welling­ton.

Hem­son has long been an ad­vo­cate for a Welling­ton-based NRL team, but said there were nu­mer­ous rea­sons why the Cy­clones would never fly.

He has not spo­ken to Pi­cone for five months and said it was not re­al­is­tic to have an NRL team play­ing in Fiji.

The NRL does not ap­pear in­ter­ested in in­creas­ing the num­ber of teams and was look­ing at other op­tions to grow the game, he said.

‘‘They have made it quite clear that grow­ing the game does not mean ex­pand­ing the NRL, ‘‘ he said.

‘‘They are quite happy to do that through things like the (Auck­land) Nines and the women’s game...I don’t think there is much chance of a sec­ond New Zealand team.’’

Sev­eral NRL clubs are strug­gling fi­nan­cially and re­ly­ing on the NRL for sup­port. The NRL has in­di­cated that help­ing those clubs is its pri­or­ity.

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