Todd Carney

More of rugby league’s bad boys face being expelled from the game, while poorly performing clubs will risk $1 million funding cuts under tough new plans to shore up the game’s future.

NRL chief executive Dave Smith has outlined a bold mission to lift rugby league’s standards off the field — for both players and administrators — to make the game more family friendly.

Clubs that fail to meet agreed “minimum standards” will be in jeopardy of losing up to $1 million in annual funding.

But if they achieve “stretch targets” in areas such as membership recruitment, merchandising sales and ticket sales they will receive incentives.

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Read more at the Daily Telegraph