One of the game’s great institutions is gone after Rugby League Week magazine was killed off after being bought by the NRL.
Publishers Bauer Media has not made any official announcement, but staff were told on Thursday that the magazine will cease after two more editions.
It’s understood the NRL has no plans to continue publishing the magazine, but wanted to buy the publication to take control of the Immortals concept.
The Immortals was launched by Rugby League Week in the 1980s and the magazine has resisted repeated attempt to relinguish ownership.
The NRL has long wanted to bring the Immortals concept under its umbrella.
Launched in 1970, Rugby League Week was once known as the game’s bible.
Many of rugby league’s best-known writers have worked for the magazine and covered some of the game’s biggest stories.
But dwindling sales in recent years forced Bauer’s hand, with RLW added to the many mastheads cut down by the media group.
“We knew the writing was on the wall but it’s still a very say day,” a RLW staffer told Sporting News.