The Queensland Rugby League had today announced a number of changes to their state-wide competitions following a strategic review into player development and pathways across the state.

In 2021, the Hastings Deering Colts, formerly an under-20 competition, will move to an under-21 format. The competition ran for just one round in 2020 before being suspended, and later cancelled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The competition will now be played over 16 rounds, compared to the 24 played in 2019.

The Mal Meninga Cup remains an under-18 competition will run for six rounds, featuring four regional conferences, before finals are played.

An under-16 competition will run for the first time since 2016. Teams will play three games but no finals matches will be played.

This competition replaces the the Junior State Championship carnival which ran from 2017 to 2019.

For the female pathways, an under-19 competition will run for the first time, with teams playing three matches.

An under-17 competition will also be held, which will take place with three regional carnivals, replacing the Junior State Championship.

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