DCE in heated talks over missing millions as NRL considers uniform fee for playing in 2021

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Manly skipper Daly Cherry-Evans led a heated showdown between the game’s senior players and the NRL over millions of dollars of missing funds.

The Daily Telegraph reported a two-and-a-half hour meeting between the Rugby League Players Association and the NRL was labelled “tough” and “uncomfortable” by RLPA boss Clint Newton.

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Up to 30 players took it in turns to direct their frustration at NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg and ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys over the game’s precarious financial state.

The players are dealing with a pay cut of 75 per cent and have now discovered that the NRL has raided their retirement fund to the tune of $10 million.

That money has instead gone into NRL operational costs for the past two years.

The NRL has reportedly been spending $181 million annually just putting together the regular season rounds, finals series and State of Origin.

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Meanwhile the NRL is said to be contemplating paying every player in the NRL $100,000 in 2021 to prevent the game from going bust.

WWOS reports that the proposal will be put forward at Monday’s meeting.

But it has already been met with opposition from the RLPA and some players.

“It has been discussed and while we hope it doesn’t come to that, the harsh reality is that it may,” one player told WWOS

“It means a huge pay cut for some of the game’s high profile players and a smaller cut for others – but in the end, it may save all our jobs … and the game.”

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Originally published asDCE in heated talks over missing millions as NRL considers uniform fee for playing in 2021

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