RLPA confirms players accept 20% pay cut after agreeing deal with NRL

The RLPA has confirmed NRL players will accept a 20% pay cut and return to training.

NRL clubs will train together for the first time in six weeks under strict protocols – and players will be guaranteed 80% of their wages for the rest of the year.

Restrictions will remain in place for the rest of the week before normal, full contact training resumes next week.

ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys said: “It is full steam ahead for the resumption of the competition on May 28.

“All eyes will be on the NRL as the only live sport on television. There will never have been more interest in rugby league than on May 28.

“Rugby league is part of the social fabric of so many communities. In these difficult times it will provide a tonic for so many seeking a form of normality during a period where nothing is normal.”

RLPA chief executive Clint Newton has confirmed the players are fully committed to the May 28 restart date.

He said: “Our players are committed to bringing our sport back to the community.

“They have been asked to step up during these unprecedented times and their response shows their persistence and resilience.

“The induction day yesterday was very important. Like many in our community, players will have changed domestic arrangements and an added weight of responsibility with time away from family and reduced payments – but one thing that won’t be impacted is their effort on the field and their commitment to the game and its fans.”

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