NRL Rd 5 - Eels v Panthers
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 12: Blake Ferguson and Ryan Matterson of the Eels celebrate Ryan Matterson scoring a try during the round five NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Penrith Panthers at Bankwest Stadium on June 12, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The Rugby League Players Association is trying to strike a pay deal with the NRL that is similar to the one they knocked back a month ago.

The two parties are trying to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement for the past three months, yet no agreement has been reached.

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The most lucrative deal offered would have left the playing group in a financial position $10 million better off than the offer now on the table.

However, the RLPA requested more time and information to make a decision. Given some other entitlements – such as the injury hardship and retirement funds – would be affected, they were pushing for a drop of just 2.5 per cent.

The new deal is believed to involve a salary cap decrease of 10 per cent, which leaves the playing group $10 million worse off.

The negotiations come at a time when the NRL announced the need to slash $50 million in costs to stay financially stable in the COVID crisis.


  1. “The playing group would be left worse off…”? You should say the top few players would be worse off. I have advocated a drop in the % that the Clubs need to spend of their salary cap (say 80% not the current 95%) with a 5% drop in the Club grants ($13M) That is more productive than a drop in the cap or a % cut in players salaries. That equates to$10.4M in NRL savings & allows the clubs around $1.425M each to better manage their current rosters. The issue is that the highest paid players are on the RLPA Board & they are only interested in keeping their salaries at the highest level. The great majority of players don’t get a say and that is the injustice as the RLPA only represent the top few highest paid players.

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