NRL player fines skyrocket near $1 million

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The NRL is on track to hand out more than $1 million in fines to players this year, after having already doubled the financial penalties dished out in 2020.

With four months still to go in the calendar year, fines handed out to Josh Dugan and Adam Elliott this week for alleged biosecurity breaches this week took the game's tally to $857,800.

That figure does not include the $75,000 in publicised fines handed out to clubs for separate breaches this year.

But while club front offices have traditionally borne the brunt of big fines, the sanctions against players this year have been unprecedented.

They are also well beyond the $330,000 for the entire 2020 year.

Bubble breaches account for more than $470,000 in fines handed out to players this year, with Josh Dugan making up for $75,000 of those alone.

However, the other significant addition to the game's kitty bag has been at the judiciary.

With two rounds still to play, a total of 164 fines have been handed out for minor on-field offences, totalling $230,100.

Much of that is due to the game's crackdown on foul play, with 242 grade-one offences in 2021 compared to 121 in 2020.

Josh McGuire has been hardest hit at the judiciary, with two fines totalling $4650 to go with his total of five weeks suspended this season.

Even accounting for the fact judiciary fines were reduced by 50 per cent last year due to the cut in player pay, this season's figure still towers over the mere $28,500 in fines players copped at the judiciary last year.

It is also well beyond the $53,050 in judiciary punishments from 2019, which is the last full season where fines were not discounted.

NRL fines traditionally go towards player wellbeing and education-related initiatives, as part of an agreement with the Rugby League Players Association when the monetary sanctions were introduced to the judiciary system.

LIST OF OFF-FIELD NRL BREACHES IN 2021:

Brent Naden: $5000

Payne Haas: $50,000

Corey Norman: $10,000

Corey Harawira-Naera: $10,000

Phoenix Crossland: $450

Victor Radley: $10,000

Unnamed Parramatta player in intimate act: $5000

Kotoni Staggs: $20,000

David Fifita: $10,000

Dylan Napa: $5000

Brandon Wakeham: $1750

Corey Waddell: $1500

Sione Katoa: $1250

Aaron Schoupp: $250

Josh Dugan: $25,000

Josh Dugan: $50,000

Paul Vaughan: $50,000

Corey Norman: $50,000

Jack de Belin: $42,000

Zac Lomax: $31,000

Jack Bird: $25,000

Matt Dufty: $23,000

Blake Lawry: $20,000

Josh Kerry: $18,000

Daniel Alvaro: $15,000

Josh McGuire: $12,000

Tyrell Fuimaono: $12,000

Kaide Ellis: $5000

Gerard Beale: $2000

Jai Arrow: $35,000

Curtis Scott: $30,000

Apisai Koroisau: $35,000

James Roberts: $7500

Adam Elliott: $10,000.

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