SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 01: The Sydney Roosters celebrate on stage after winning yesterday's 2018 NRL Grand Final, at Allianz Stadium on October 1, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

With the Sydney Roosters’ grand final celebrations in the US were supported by the club, they are now expected to get reviewed by the NRL salary cap auditors.

The Roosters flew their whole squad to Los Angeles and Las Vegas to celebrate the season they had but rival clubs have wanted to know if the Roosters’ generosity was included in their player salary cap or the football department salary cap, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

“I would have thought giving a player a $10,000 holiday was a benefit,” one club official asked.

As the players have posted photos all over their social media accounts from Vegas this week, which include the skipper Boyd Cordner and fullback James Tedesco, it is believed that the Roosters have covered most of the cost for the first four days in LA.

The players trained while also taking in several sporting events.

With salary cap rules, the Roosters are allowed to pay for their players’ holiday, provided that it is reasonable.

Three years ago, the North Queensland Cowboys funded a trip to Vegas for the squad after their premiership win over the Broncos in overtime.

The NRL will look into the clubs spend as they do for all clubs and will determine if the US trip was reasonable.

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Many believe there is a difference between clubs paying for end of season trips and celebrations for teams that have just won a flag.

But the governing body believes that end of season trips do not lure new players to clubs and is a sign of praise to a squad that have worked hard all year for success.

With the expenses, the Roosters and every other club must not blow the budget and have until the end of 2020 to get it sorted.


  1. “With the Sydney Roostersโ€™ grand final celebrations in the US were supported by the club, they are now expected to get reviewed by the NRL salary cap auditors.”

    Looks like Ian Schubert finally dropped the ball and now the chooks egg has finally cracked! Not too long now until the whole house of cards finally comes crashing down just because Uncle Nick got a little too complacent and c0cky.

    Karma baby! What a Christmas present for the supporters of the 15 other NRL clubs!

    Ho ho ho Woody! ๐ŸŽ…

      • Is that when the CUB private members Clubhouses, private VIP lounges and country clubs all close for the day?

    • Early Christmas present! ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Iโ€™ll give you an early christmas present for 2019 as well.


      • If the NRL do their job and aren’t paid off by the “Politis pension fund” then both 2013 and 2018 premierships and accompanying minor premierships will be scrubbed from the record and your club’s history.

        My bet though is that the NRL auditors will only slap you guys on the wrist for this single breech instead of launching a thorough, in depth audit. Basically just a “lift mat and sweep exercise”.

        You will all claim that this proves the Roosters have never been over the cap but a transparent audit and listing of players salaries and TPA’s would prove otherwise. The supporters of the remaining 15 clubs are all onto you irrespective of the outcome.

        • Oh Reggie, as our social media team replied to yours earlier this season, I see nothing more than #saltysouths.

          Come on mate, don’t let your jealousy cloud your judgement. I know 47 years is a long time, and that the taste of success you had in 2014 has only left you wanting more, but don’t be irrational. The arguments have been made on both sides, don’t speak so certainly about something which isn’t the case.

          Souths time will come, just get rid of Papa Smurf first ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • I was OK with this reply and even smiled at a few things like “#saltysouths” and “getting rid of Papa Smurf”.

          I was even beginning to think you finally “got it” and understood at last the way Woody and I and the 3 Eels boys joust and poke fun at each other. I would imagine that it would be harder to be constantly reminded about your club getting a wooden spoon than hearing accusations of your club being over the salary cap when you have the consolation of a recent premiership. But to their credit the 3 Eels boys and Woody take it well.

          If you want to adopt a defensive posture instead of rolling with the barbs and engaging in banter than present some facts and let’s all talk through it. But tryimg to deflect the argument with “it’s getting old” or “the Roosters just do it better than any other club” just doesn’t cut it for those of us who can still think for ourselves.

      • Time for another family photo of Woody, Gregory, Kelpie and his “Teddy Bears”. Say “cheese!” ๐Ÿ“ธ

        ๐Ÿ‘ด ๐Ÿ“ ๐Ÿถ ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿผ

        You were quick to buy your little Roosters flag when Norths got punted by Souths for ingratitude after years of helping to resuscitate and breath life into your “Teddy Bears”.

        You used to sound more like a Broncos supporter in those days and you were very anti-Souths. Where’s the appreciation Kelpie? Where’s the gratitude? Where was your support for the Rabbitohs then?

        You were quick to jump on the Roosters bandwagon though weren’t you mate? Was it the Schmackos Doggie Treats? ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿฅฉ

        How did it feel this year celebrating the “paid for premiership” of the Roosters? Yet another club that you don’t go for but is your only remaining connection to the NRL?

        I used to wonder why you were never brave enough to be upfront about the team you support like everyone else here. But now I know it’s because you’re a chicken! ๐Ÿ“

      • I thought Soufths were to tight and just gave them a “Harbour Bridge Climb”๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    • There is no problems with rewarding a team that has won the Minor Premiership & the Premiership after working hard all year for success. I noticed they did not get the same holiday when they finished 2nd last in 2016. Nothing to see here only a few disgruntled officials trying to work out how the Roosters are so good at staying under the cap and trying to make an issue out of nothing.๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘

      • “There is no problems with rewarding a team” with a boat โ›ต a car ๐Ÿš— a house ๐Ÿ  a private jet โœˆ an expensive trip overseas ๐Ÿ—ฝ๐Ÿ—ผ๐Ÿ•Œ

        Bahahahahahaha ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

        It’s called cheating the salary cap Woody! It’s what I have been saying all along. #Busted!

        Say goodbye to 2013 and 2018 ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†

        • Mate don’t blow this all out of proportion. It’s a bunch of jealous sooks, much like yourself, grasping at anything they can. Same story with the media

          2013 was 5 years ago, get over it.

        • sydneyroosta I was hoping to continue the humour and banter around this but you got personal so I will be frank.

          I have honestly never been jealous of the success of others who have triumphed by breaking the rules. There is no honour in winning at any cost.

          It took Souths 43 years (not 47 years) to break their premiership drought but when they won their 21st premiership in 2014 it was fairly and within the rules.

          Matty Johns (who seems an impartial a judge and speaks his mind) proved that in 2013 – 2015 the Roosters were over the cap by around $4.5 mill. This was in the electronic media and over the radio and I have posted the links to this in the past at least half a dozen times.

          Mate in 2013 you lost a couple of inconsequential players but gained 3 marquee players in the SAME YEAR (SBW, Michael Jennings and James Maloney) and the NRL never dictated how much these players should be paid like they did with Souths and Sam Burgess for the 2016 season.

          A month or two ago on ZT I showed how the Roosters would be easily over the salary cap for 2019 in a discussion with bluecastle2204. You didn’t like the facts then but they couldn’t be refuted.

          I wouldn’t be so concerned though if I were you since this will no doubt lead to a slap on the wrist instead of a full investigation. Until there is complete transparency with the salary cap and TPA’s for ALL clubs these arguments will continue. Especially as long as the numbers available don’t add up.

        • Reginald I think Matty Johns had better worry about Newcastl’s salary cap. They are the club that seems to be spending huge amounts of money every off season on top of the shelf rep players. Kenney-Dowall 500k, Guerra 650k, Klemmer 1.2mil, Pearce 1mil, Ponga 700k, Ese-ese, Buhrer , Glasby, Griffin, Watson, Moga, none of these are payed under 500k to be lured to the knights, then throw in James Gavet, Hymel Hunt, Edrick Lee, Mason Lino, Jesse Ramien, Zac Woolford just to name a few. That’s 16 players in two seasons that I can only think of but there is many more.

          It looks a bit like Souths when they purchased their premiership in 2014. with imports left right and centre, including Tom Burgess, Sam Burgess, George Burgess, Greg Inglis, Kirisome Auva’a the woman basher, Ben Te’o the woman basher, Lote Tuqiri , and with imports that help them get there in Bryson Goodwin, Luke Burgess and Joel Reddy mate that is Newcastle the 2nd๐Ÿคฅ๐Ÿคซ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿง

        • Your plan to use misdirection to distract us is not going to work this time Woody. The NRL are already preparing their financial forensic kit complete with fine tooth comb.

          Ian Schubert and Uncle Nick after hearing the NRL auditor general’s siren have burnt all their books ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ“š and transferred all remaining cash to the Bahamas and have done a runner just like Christopher Skase. I heard they have already fled to Argentina like a couple of N@zi war criminals. Even Rocky the Rooster has been detained for questioning and is being threatened with Colonel Sanders 11 secret herbs and spices and he is already talking.

          It’s over champ! They are going to take 2013 ๐Ÿ† and 2018 ๐Ÿ† and the recent minor prems away from you. I read this morning that there are plans underway to relegate the Roosters to the Intrust Super Cup and promote the North Syndey Bears in their place. The Roosters will soon be the feeder club for the Bears. Your Kelpie will be so pleased. ๐Ÿถ

        • ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ” hilarious Reg Regan, 11 herbs and spices for Rocky. Look at the end of the financial year (day) the Roosters will let Billy Blonks go which will free up 170k and that will be all even by 2020. We will make up the 170k with one of our fans in a new TPU๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚ Its got me baffled why Packer and Romper stomper cant come up with such master plans, Any wonder why Packer has been blowing the Packer’s empire. I think its time the Gladiator takes over and becomes sole emperor.๐Ÿคด

  2. I’d be more concerned about the long rumoured payments from Nick Politis’ care dealerships. “Here Cooper, take this new car for a test drive around the block…..oh and don’t forget to check in the glovebox”

    • What about those plush Suits Romper Stomper stressed all his players up in one particular year. Ian Schubert could you have a look at that please, they may have cheated there way to winning a wooden spoon that year.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿฅ„

      • You must be getting worried Woody trying to pull a rabbit out of a hat like that. ๐Ÿ‡๐ŸŽฉ

        Crowe took over the Rabbitohs with Holmes a Court in March 2006 just as the competition was starting so not much time to find their feet or make an impact. The result of that year was out of their hands and their control. Souths did get the spoon ๐Ÿฅ„ that year but guess where your Roosters finished? Just 1 position above Souths, 2ND LAST!

        What happened the next year though Woody in 2007? The first year that a fair assessment of the “Crowe era” could be made. The Rabbitohs finished 7th and the Roosters finished 10th. Out of the top 8 for 2 years in a row! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

        And NO, unlike the Roosters, Souths have never breached the salary cap (1st tier). Who’s nervous now Woody? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

        • “An overseas trip and a red Ferrari ๐Ÿš— is the same thing as a “pink suit” that Souths bought for Craig Wing”, Nick Politis said to a Sydney court today. Bail has been set for $200,000. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  3. “………..Many believe there is a difference between clubs paying for end of season trips and celebrations for teams that have just won a flag………..”

    Contributor Dean Lucente – Please note that in the NRL we do not win a flag!!!!

    That is in the AFL only. NEVER repeat this mistake again. please!!!!

    • Well done flying the NRL flag Phoenix. It’s the with these symbols ๐Ÿ’ฒ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ’ฒa ball being kicked between two dollar signs.

      Besides the chooks didn’t “win” anything, they purchased it at great expense. They just didn’t keep a receipt for tax purposes. In fact, there are no records of any of their financial transactions at all.

      Books are being burned as we speak Phoenix with the NRL auditor’s siren fast approaching. ๐Ÿ”ฅ ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿš” ๐Ÿ“ฃ

  4. well if not included on their salary cap the very least they should have a fairly hefty bill for reportable fringe benefits :๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  5. Well is there anyone at NRL head quarters willing to show leadership here or will Uncle Nick continue to run the NRL from a distance?
    We cannopt have these situations happening without challenge, they could have acted transparently and asked the NRL before they left where it sat but no they did not……..

    • Ok ZT, how does this comment pass the moderation screening but mine and Reg’s are constantly caught up for hours on end?

      • I have to agree with “Slammin Sam” there tigeryekent. I hate to side against free speech but there ARE limits mate. Along with a “Like comment” facility this site should allow contributors to edit their comnents (like others I have seen) so that posts like this one from tigeryekent would be given a chance to “take a mulligan” and re-word their post.

        I agree with the idea behind your comment tigeryekent but the execution was way off the mark on this occasion.

  6. How much is a club allowed to spend on overseas end of season trips, anybody knowโ“โ”โ“โ”โ“

  7. How much is a club allowed to spend on opperations to mend the injured, anybody knowโ“โ”โ“โ”โ“

  8. How much will Soufths be allowed to spend on Psychiatrist and rehabs after Papa Smurf ruins their careers, anybody know๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

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