QRL South-East Queensland chairman Peter Betros (left) joins with Ipswich Jets chairman Steve Johnson (centre) and Ipswich Rugby League chairman Jack Rhea to finalise plans to work together.
QRL South-East Queensland chairman Peter Betros (left) joins with Ipswich Jets chairman Steve Johnson (centre) and Ipswich Rugby League chairman Jack Rhea to finalise plans to work together. Rob Williams

End of war to kickstart new era

THE cold war has been thawing for some time.

It officially ended with the Ipswich Jets and Ipswich Rugby League uniting last Saturday to strengthen rugby league in Ipswich, to the benefit of both.

"We're looking at four different areas," IRL operations manager Brendan Rose said.

"Firstly is the progression from Mal Meninga Cup (Ipswich under-18 representative team) to Jets Colts.

"Second is developing training sessions between the Jets and our (IRL) A-grade clubs.

"There is also the opportunity for the IRL coaches to integrate with the Jets coaches.

"Finally it provides a progression pathway for IRL players to train with the Jets on Tuesday nights."

The advantages can already be seen in the likes of Fassifern IRL player Nemani Suguturaga, who has spent the off-season training with the Jets.

By all reports, he has benefited greatly.



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