2018 NRL Touch Premiership

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    Six NRL Touch Premiership clubs revealed


    NRL.com
    Thu 26 Apr 2018, 12:46 PM



    The Parramatta Eels, Wests Tigers, Newcastle Knights, Gold Coast Titans, Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys will field teams in a new NRL Touch Premiership to be played this year.

    Each club will have two teams – a women's and men's – playing in the tournament adding up to 12 NRL Touch teams in total.

    Both men's and women's games will be 30 minutes in length and will be played prior to the main Telstra Premiership game, starting on Friday May 18. The touch games will be broadcast nationally, in a mix of live and delayed times.

    "We're grateful for the support these clubs are giving the teams and the Premiership, and we believe it will be exciting for young touch players in these clubs' regions to see the sports come together and to realise that they can aspire to play either elite rugby league or elite touch football," Touch Football Australia CEO Steve Mitchell said.

    "These players, both male and female, have been playing touch football non-stop since they were five or so, and the speed, the agility and the skill level is just phenomenal.

    "Touch football is Australia's largest social sport, so it's not generally considered a spectator sport, but everyone who gets the chance to witness the elite level of the game is in awe of how entertaining it is to watch.

    "We've seen so many touch football players – from Benji Marshall to Kalyn Ponga, Bevan French, Matt Dufty and Maddie Studdon, for instance – move from touch football into the NRL. So we're excited about giving our touch players a tournament that allows them to showcase their skills in this sport on a national stage."

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    TFA launches NRL Touch Premiership

    There are currently almost 4,000 touch football players within the Parramatta catchment, and Eels CEO Bernie Gurr said it was great to give players a tournament to showcase their talent.

    "As a club we are a strong supporter of touch football both as a contributor to the development of our players, such as Bevan French, and as an important avenue for our members and fans to stay involved in rugby league."

    Knights CEO Philip Gardner said touch players now had the opportunity to play at McDonald Jones Stadium in front of red and blue supporters.

    "We are proud to be part of the inaugural Touch Premiership," Gardner said.

    "Touch is a very important pathway into rugby league, and we believe the more people we can encourage to play touch or rugby league in the region the better."

    Cowboys legend and Touch Football Australia board member Brent Tate said it was a massive coup for the Townsville region to have sides included in the inaugural competition.

    "Touch football is a hugely popular sport in our region so I am thrilled we will have a presence in the first ever edition of the NRL Touch Premiership," Tate said.

    "This competition is a fantastic innovation, which will help grow the game of touch football not just in North Queensland, but nationwide."


    https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/04/26/six-nrl-touch-premiership-clubs-revealed/
     
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    Knights join national touch football competition


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    Thu 26 Apr 2018, 12:37 PM


    The nib Newcastle Knights are delighted to be one of six NRL clubs to take part in the inaugural NRL Touch Premiership, with the first game taking place before Round 16's clash against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs on Saturday, June 30.

    On Thursday, Touch Football Australia (TFA) CEO Steve Mitchell and NRL CEO Todd Greenberg announced that a brand new NRL Touch Premiership will commence this year, whereby elite touch football teams aligned with NRL clubs will play touch football games as curtain raisers to NRL games.

    The Newcastle Knights touch side is a representative side for the region and will offer elite touch players the opportunity to play at McDonald Jones Stadium in front of red and blue supporters.

    "We are proud to be part of the inaugural Touch Premiership," said Knights CEO Philip Gardner.

    "Touch is a very important pathway into rugby league, and we believe the more people we can encourage to play touch or rugby league in the region the better.

    "It's remarkable to see female participation is almost on par with the men in touch football, and it's great to see in local leagues, the sport can be mixed-gender where brothers and sisters, mums and dads, and everyone can play in the same team.

    "Kalyn Ponga and Aidan Guerra came up through touch, and we're witnessing first-hand the superb attributes and skills it can develop.

    "Touch is a fantastic spectator sport and I'm sure our crowd will enjoy watching the games."

    TFA CEO's Steve Mitchell is excited about having a Knights team in the mix.

    "We look forward to showcasing the Knights touch talent in front of a home crowd at McDonald Jones Stadium for Round 16," Mitchell said.

    "Newcastle is becoming Australia's home of international touch football – the city will also host our next Trans-Tasman Test Series, in 2020 and 2022."

    The Knights will field both a men's and women's side, with each game lasting 30 minutes.

    As well as the Knights, the Wests Tigers, Parramatta Eels, Brisbane Broncos, Gold Coast Titans and North Queensland Cowboys will make up the competition, which will comprise of two games per team, and a finals series.

    Touch games will be broadcast nationally, as a mix of live and delayed broadcasts.


    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au...hts-join-national-touch-football-competition/
     
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    League needs to take ownership of touch.
    It is played in a lot of countries, like America, and Union claims it as a form of their code, and even counts touch players as participants when applying for government funds.
     
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