NRL boss Peter V’landys has launched a savage attack on the AFL and says they will never reign in Queensland as a turf war breaks out in the wake of the Gabba’s grand-final triumph.

In a stunning swipe at the AFL, V’landys went a step further, challenging the rival code to try and steal fans in rugby league’s traditional heartland in Queensland.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the AFL to play its showcase event outside of Victoria for the first time in its 123-year history and Brisbane will host the premiership decider on October 24.

As revealed by News Corp, AFL powerbrokers have devised a long-term strategy to take over the NRL in Queensland and believe the Gabba grand final is a springboard towards cross-code domination.

But ARL Commission boss V’landys jumped into the trenches to fire a stinging broadside at the AFL, declaring the NRL will always reign supreme in Queensland.

“They can huff and puff but they will never blow the house down because it’s solid brick,” he said.

“Our supporters are solid, they’re not straw. They can blow all they like but they won’t blow the brick wall down. Our rugby league supporters are strong, to say the least.

“All the huffing and puffing they are doing is not a concern.

“Queensland is part and parcel of rugby league. We’ve got the left arm in New South Wales and the right arm in Queensland. It’s a vital part of our game.

NRL boss launches savage attack on AFL

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