NRL Players To Get 50% Pay Rise

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6 November 2017

The NRL and RLPA (the players’ body) have announced a new deal this week through a collective bargaining agreement, which will deliver a 52% increase in player wages over the next five years (2018 to 2022) bringing the average wage of a top 30 NRL player to $330,000 per year (£191,000) while the minimum wage will be increased to $100,000 (£58,000) next year and $120,000 (£70,000) in 2022.

The Aus$980 million (£568m) deal will deliver extra funding for the player retirement fund, for players forced into early retirement due to injury, a world class wellbeing and education program, and guaranteed leave entitlements.

The salary cap will rise to Aus$9.4 million (£5.45m) next year and more than $10 million (£5.8m) in 2022. In comparison, Super League clubs recently agreed to raise the their cap to £2.1m (€2.48m) by 2020 – including increasing marquee players not covered by the cap from one to two – with the intention of staying competitive with the NRL.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg and RLPA CEO Ian Prendergast said the deal signalled the start of a genuine partnership between the game and the players.

“For the first time, our players will receive a 29.5% share of forecast game revenue, as well as a share of any out-performance revenue,” Mr Greenberg said. “In other words, the better the game performs, the more the players will receive. And players will share in any financial out-performance at the same time and on the same

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