MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 05: Cameron Smith of the Storm throws blades of grass to test the wind in the warm up during the round 17 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the St George Illawarra Dragons at AAMI Park on July 5, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

NRL boss Todd Greenberg has rejected Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith’s request to have Storm’s stripped premierships re-investigated, as reported by The Daily Telegraph. 

Smith pleaded to the Australian Rugby League commission about the possibility of having his club’s premierships returned.

Greenberg said there was no chance the league would look into the punishment of Melbourne’s 2007 and 2009 titles, which former NRL boss David Gallop handed down following salary cap breaches.

“I can’t make any deliberations on what happened back in 2010 because I simply wasn’t there,” Greenberg told the Daily Telegraph. 

“People will judge that historically. I can’t do that. All I can do is judge what is placed in front of me. When you make decisions around salary caps there are a number of levels to consider.

“There is a financial impact on a club, there is a salary cap impact on a club, there are points that we did that Parramatta, there are obviously premierships during that time if they have won them. Then last, which we have done a number of, there is people’s registrations to work in the game. There are five components.”

The plea was made following the story circulating Cronulla this off-season, who were punished for salary cap cheating but weren’t actually stripped of their 2016 premiership win over the Storm. The Sharks were investigated for cheating from seasons 2013 to 2018.

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“On the occasion of the Sharks, we felt in 2016 the decisions we made on sanctions had no ability for us to change the premierships.” Greenberg said.

5 COMMENTS

  1. HA HA.
    If anyone gets those premierships it’s Parra and Manly.
    Get over it Cam. You are tarnishing your legacy.

  2. You’re off the hook Smith, if the NRL did a full scale investigation like they did with the Sharks going back through every year then perhaps they would have found something else and stripped the other supposedly legitimate titles too.

    Maybe Cam can have another testimonial to pay for all his tissues.

  3. They shouldn’t get them back and the gummie grubs should be stripped of the one and only premiership they cheated to gain.
    Turn the porch light back on.

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