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NZRL concerned over Grant showdown

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Grant's fate will be decided at an emergency general meeting in Sydney. © Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images Grant's fate will be decided at an emergency general meeting in Sydney.

The departure of ARL Commission chairman John Grant from the job would be a huge loss for the game, the New Zealand Rugby League says.

Grant's fate will be decided at an emergency general meeting in Sydney after his falling out with NRL clubs over funding.

NZRL board chairman Garry Fissenden says his organisation is reluctant to comment publicly on operational matters in another rugby league nation.

But the NZRL has concerns over the impending vote by the NRL clubs to remove Grant and its possible impact on the game as a whole.

Fissenden says Grant's highly collaborative approach over the past five years has brought great benefit to rugby league in Australia and New Zealand.

"His support of the international game, his input into developing better pathways for New Zealand players into the NRL, along with his understanding of player welfare issues is greatly valued by all in New Zealand rugby league," he said.

"We know he continues to seek ways to improve the future of the game for all who play and administer it, and his departure would be a huge loss to the game wherever it is played throughout the world."

NRL club bosses arrived at Rugby League Central on Tuesday for their showdown with Grant.

The clubs are demanding Grant's resignation following his decision last month to rescind a club funding offer which had been agreed to by both parties.

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