WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20: Daly Cherry-Evans of the Sea Eagles shows his frustration as he speaks to referee Dave Munro after the final whistle during the round 6 NRL match between the Dragons and the Sea Eagles at WIN Stadium on April 20, 2019 in Wollongong, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The NRL Players' Association are understood to be hopeful of having the league alter their fines system for next season following a meteoric rise in grade one offences.

across the course of the 2021 campaign, the NRL Judiciary handed out a total of 187 grade one sanctions, a stunning figure when compared tp last year's tally of 39 fines.

Grade one offences can see players charged with any of Tripping, Careless High Tackles, Dangerous Throws, Contrary Conduct, Detrimental Conduct, Dangerous Contact - Head/Neck and Dangerous Contact - Other face penalties at $1500.

The league's stricter stance on penalising high-contact and intentional incidents was a factor in the major increase in suspensions and fines this year, igniting the RLPA to request the NRL to consider reforming its match review processes.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 12: Kurt Capewell of the Panthers is attended to by a trainer 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)

According to The Daily TelegraphRLPA heads Daly Cherry-Evans, Wade Graham and Kurt Capewell have looked to persuade the league to adjust their Judiciary code as it could "financially burden" lower-paid players.

Every player is understood to have undergone a survey put forward by the league on the matter, with the resulting data set to be discussed at an upcoming ARL Commission in early December in hope of having the NRL change their penalty structure for 2022.

The players are also keen to see any further on-field changes brought to a halt following a string of new rules having seen the game impacted and altered in the last several seasons.

While higher scoring has been a product of the changes, it comes as a deterrent for how the quality of each match is perceived by fans.


  1. ” RLPA heads … have looked to persuade the league to adjust their Judiciary code as it could “financially burden” lower-paid players “.

    Were they asking for suspensions instead? I doubt it. I’m confident that they just want the penalties reduced.

    I know that, taken as a whole, Rugby League players are not the sharpest tools in the shed, but surely it should be obvious to even the dumbest of them that the NRL has increased penalties to persuade players to change their behaviour or suffer the consequences. Perhaps someone could explain that to the RLPA.

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