Sporting Digest: Rugby League

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PEACE has finally been declared in the long-running feud between professional and amateur rugby league over the running of the sport at youth level. An agreement which gives the British Amateur Rugby League Association control of an under-18 league and raises the age limit in the professional Academy competition to 19 could also pave the way for a unified governing body. 'This new structure immediately removes the areas of previous conflict,' the Rugby League's chief executive, Maurice Lindsay, said. 'The spirit of unification is evident throughout the youth agreement.'