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.

Read more at the Daily Telegraph