Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders this morning joined Sky Sports Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast program to discuss his appointment as chair of the NSW Government’s Regional NRL Taskforce.
Mr Saunders spoke with the program’s hosts Gerard Middleton, Phil Moss and Laurie Daley about his desire to see more top-flight rugby league taken to the bush, including Dubbo and Mudgee.
He also announced former NRL player and Indigenous leader Joe Williams, and Narromine-based NSW Rugby League board member Bob Walsh, as the first two appointees to the taskforce, before recruiting Daley to also be part of the group.
Junee-born-and-bred Daley – a veteran of 244 first grade games, 21 tests for Australia and 23 State of Origin matches for NSW – also coached NSW and brings a wide array of knowledge to the taskforce.
“It’s a way of making sure we get games back to regional NSW on a more meaningful and more frequent basis,” Mr Saunders said.
“We know that there are so many players that have come from regional areas that have done amazing jobs in the NRL, and there are so many fans out here that want to see top quality rugby league.”