As the rugby union World Cup approaches, the world of rugby league is undergoing its own transformation.
It is an opportunity to rethink the way the game is played, to rethink its core values and to rethink where it wants to take the game.
The Australian Rugby Union is set to unveil a blueprint for a modern rugby league that, if it is successful, will offer an entirely new model of competition.
While the league is already undergoing changes, the blueprint has also raised the profile of one of the game’s most controversial players, Jamie Cripps.
Former Wests Tigers, Warriors and Raiders player Cripp, 33, is set for a second stint in the NRL after leaving the Broncos for the Eels last year.
He has also attracted attention from the Australian Rugby Football League.
He is set on a return to rugby league in 2018, and wants to build an AFL side from scratch.
Cripp’s blueprint is likely to have major impact on the way players, coaches and managers approach the game, and it is likely that many more players will return to the sport after their retirement.
For some, however, Cripp is a cult figure.
The man who is credited with creating the modern game and making it more attractive to a wider audience, has been labelled a “fringe figure” by former players and commentators, with former Wests Tiger and Storm captain Scott Higginbotham claiming Cripp was “an absolute nightmare”.
But while many people may disagree, the Australian Rules Football League is set up to address the problems that Cripp has highlighted, particularly with regards to the league’s structure and salary cap.
While many aspects of the league, from how players are paid to how the salary cap is structured, are yet to be revealed, it is hoped that the blueprint will help set the league apart from other leagues.
How the blueprint works The blueprint is based on the Rugby League World Cup model.
The World Cup is an international competition that is played in a format that involves teams playing for one of 16 spots on the grid.
The top two teams from each group play each other in the semi-finals, the other three from the remaining four teams play each another in the finals and the winners qualify for the World Cup.
Each year, there are 12 World Cup spots, so every round of the competition will feature a 16-team bracket.
The format is based around the traditional Six Nations system, where each side has 12 spots in the tournament, and the two best teams of the previous season, and teams that have qualified for the tournament in previous years, compete in the quarter-finals.
There are also 16 teams in the pool, including the top two in each pool, who play each others semi-final, semi-con final and final.
Teams are allocated a pool of 16 to play each of the four rounds.
Each round is also split into two halves, with teams playing the quarter, second and third halves.
Each team then plays one of their top eight to determine the two teams who will play in the final.
The four sides then compete in a single-elimination final, where the winner of the tournament advances to the quarterfinals.
The pool system, which is also the most successful model in the game in terms of popularity, has created a very tight competition between the top teams in each division.
A common complaint from players and coaches has been that the league does not offer enough prize money for the competition.
The blueprint provides some clues as to how to solve this problem, with the aim of offering more prize money in the future.
It states that, in future, all prize money awarded to teams will be based on their performance during the quarter finals, semi finals and final rounds of the World Series of Rugby.
In future, it also outlines the structure of the prize money awards for the four quarters and the final round of each competition.
In the end, a team will receive £200,000 per year, the equivalent of a quarter of the salary of the average NRL player.
The structure will also allow a team to earn a salary cap, meaning that a team with a low win-loss record, such as the Eel or Storm, will only be able to compete with the best teams in their division.
The template also allows a team that has achieved a lower result in the competition to earn more prize funds in the end.
As part of the structure, the model allows for a higher prize pool to be awarded in the quarters.
The model states that any team that finishes in the top eight of their division in the two quarter finals will be awarded an extra prize money of $50,000.
However, teams in lower divisions that finished in the bottom eight of the division will only receive $35,000 of the total prize pool.
This means that if a team finishes in second place in the division, but loses to the Storm in the other two quarters, they will receive only $35.50 of the $100,000 prize pool awarded.
The Eels and Storm have