The first of the official non independents seeking a position on the ARLC was decided on Thursday when the QRL board met and agreed president Peter Betros, a former referee, would be the state's representative.
Roy Masters is a Sports Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald
Disappointed at the direction the ARLC has taken in the past 18 months, particularly the recent surrender by chairman John Grant to NRL clubs over funding, two of Australia's most prominent businessmen have resigned as commissioners.
A secret meeting of rugby league's once-warring state leagues agreed in Brisbane on Monday to demand a representative each on the ARLC.
Deep distrust between the NSW and Queensland rugby leagues could escalate to open warfare in 2017, with the battle between the boardrooms rivalling the intensity of State of Origin matches.
While the Maroons have dominated the State of Origin series this past decade, Brisbane based John Grant has ruled off field for half this period as chairman of the autocratic ARLC.
Over a six-day period in mid-November, I learnt of three cases of young rugby league players seeking to take their own lives.
Accusations that NRL clubs are not taking mental health seriously, hiring recently retired, unqualified players as welfare officers in order to satisfy undertakings to give them jobs, is incorrect, says the NRL.
Australian, Queensland and Storm captain, Cameron Smith, will join the RLPA as a board member, adding further authority and status to a body growing in membership and credibility.
Post truth may well be the Oxford Dictionary's word of the year but rugby league has operated in this universe for decades. The code has been well ahead of the Trumpites and Brexiters in disdaining facts and appealing to emotion when presenting arguments.
A covert push for John Quayle to become ARLC chair became overt on Thursday morning when multi-media's Matty Johns declared on Triple M radio that the "Canon", after a 20-year absence as boss, should replace John Grant immediately.