7th Tackle: Players list demands in NRL pay fight

The RLPA certainly isn’t leaving any stone unturned in its quest to squeeze every benefit out of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) negotiations.

Within its 66-page response to the NRL’s position is a call for mandatory 45-minute massages each week for every contracted player and a dedicated crèche area for the children and partners at all venues.

On the big-ticket item – money – the RLPA is pushing for a 29 per cent share of the game’s total revenue.


The NRL’s offer only translates to around 26 per cent and operates off a base salary cap of $8.7 million.

The RLPA want the cap to rise gradually from 2018 ($9.1 million) to 2022 ($9.9 million).

The NRL has been at the negotiating table for a while now. Pic: Getty

To say the NRL was unimpressed with the RLPA’s demands would be an understatement.

However, it was less impressed with RLPA representatives giving a briefing to select club chairman recently – a perceived breach of the negotiation’s privacy constraints.

The RLPA copped another blow when Jesse Bromwich was outed for cocaine use.

They’ve been using him alongside Kangaroos skipper Cameron Smith as a poster boy for the union’s campaign.

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