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HomeSportRLPA lash out at NRL's 'disrespectful' salary cap news

RLPA lash out at NRL’s ‘disrespectful’ salary cap news

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The Rugby League Players Association has hit out at the NRL for the "inappropriate" timing of the announcement of the salary cap increase. The RLPA is in negotiations with the NRL about a new collective bargaining agreement - negotiations the association believes may now well have been undermined. The league on Friday announced the NRL salary cap would increase from $9.6 million in 2022 to $12.1 million next season.

The Rugby League Players Association has hit out at the NRL for the “inappropriate” timing of the announcement of the salary cap increase.

The RLPA is in negotiations with the NRL about a new collective bargaining agreement – negotiations the association believes may now well have been undermined.

In a lengthy and scathing statement released late Friday, RLPA chair Dr Deidre Anderson lashed out at the league, labelling the announcement “unprecedented” and “disrespectful”, and said clubs were only told of the decision minutes before it was made public.

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The league on Friday announced the NRL salary cap would increase from $9.6 million in 2022 to $12.1 million next season.

The cap for a club’s top 30 players will rise to a record-high $11.45 million, while the development list will increase from $240,000 to $650,000.

The NRL has also decided the minimum salary for all male players in a club’s top 30 squad will increase to $120,000.

The NRLW’s cap has also lifted to $884,000. 

Anderson said the association “received a 185-word financial proposal” on Wednesday afternoon that provided little detail “on the full terms and conditions of the agreement”.

“Today’s announcement has the potential to undermine the ongoing CBA negotiations and therefore the rights of players,” it said.

“To announce new salary caps for players without their agreement and bypassing their association is unprecedented and, to the best of our knowledge, clubs were also not provided with the details of the new salary caps and player payment structure until approximately five minutes before the ARLC’s public announcement.”

NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo told the the governing body was still working with the RLPA to finalise the CBA.

“The ARL Commission are taking a leadership position, we

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