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ARL refutes allegations made by Richard Fale

ARL refutes allegations made by Richard Fale

Auckland Rugby League chairman Cameron McGregor said today he is surprised by the allegations made by Richard Fale on Radio Live this afternoon.

“The ARL had carried out all the necessary research – with a view to purchasing the NZ Warriors – as early as October 2017, well before Mr Fale announced his interest in the club. As a result, the ARL has been in possession of all the information the organisation needed to make an informed decision, from a very early stage.

“All we have had is a conversation. Beyond a non-disclosure agreement, there have been no formal agreements or discussions with Mr Fale. He was firm in that he wanted controlling interest of the NZ Warriors, rather than the 50/50 joint ownership that we proposed.

"Ultimately, we agreed that we both wanted different things for rugby league in New Zealand, and nothing further has come of our discussion. No privileged information has been shared with anybody from the ARL, and we have no idea what Mr Fale is talking about – his allegations are vague.

“As far as the ARL is concerned, this matter is not in the interests of the game and is now closed.”

Auckland Rugby League (ARL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in the Auckland region. The organisation, as part of its mission to provide all rugby league people with opportunities and skills, is committed to creating stronger pathways and better avenues for player development throughout New Zealand.

The General Manager is Greg Whaiapu and Board members are: Chairman Cameron McGregor (MNZM), Vice- Chairman Shane Price (elected), Evelyn Brooker (elected), Greg Steed (appointed), Jo Clayton (appointed), Gordon Gibbons (elected), Lynne Cameron (elected) and Kuia/Kaumatua Catherine Friend QSM (appointed).

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