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It is not often a team wins back-to-back premierships and folds - except perhaps in the fly-in, fly-out mecca of the Pilbara.

The South Hedland Cougars rugby league club have remained in limbo since pulling out of the Pilbara Rugby League Association in May, despite winning consecutive flags in 2010 and 2011.

At the time, Cougars stalwart Dan Townsend said a lack of commitment from committee members and uncertainty over player availability meant the club would sit out a season for the first time in its 30-plus-year history.

Mr Townsend said 80 per cent of the 2011 championship-winning side were either shift or FIFO workers. "The players who were committed to the club were very adept players but FIFO meant we'd have a strong team one week, then the next week it would be really poor and we'd be scratching for players," he said.

Mr Townsend said the greatest letdown had been not getting the chance for the club to shoot for a premiership hat-trick because they sat out the 2012 season.

A crisis meeting this month appears to have saved the team but premiership player Clae Morgan said the club would still rely heavily on Eastern States FIFO workers.

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