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League's elite demand higher rep wages

By Brent Read 31/07/2003 08:32:10 PM Comments (0)

Rugby league's elite players will push for a permanent increase in representative payments after the NRL dished out more than $100,000 in bonuses for those who took part in this year's State of Origin series.

The NRL partnership executive committee rubber-stamped the bonuses, meaning Queensland and NSW players will receive a reward of $1000 for each match they played.

The likes of Gorden Tallis and Andrew Johns stand to receive $3,000 on top of their match payments for taking part in the most successful Origin series ever.

However, the decision is unlikely to quell the players' concerns over their share of Origin's $10 million pie, with Rugby League Players Association (RLPA) president Tony Butterfield confirming the issue would be raised in meetings with the NRL.

"These players are the game and create the ability to generate these funds," Butterfield said.

"The players ... recognise that the payments that are currently in place have been the same for quite some time.

"There needs to be some adjustments."

Butterfield will meet NRL chief executive David Gallop on Tuesday to discuss a number of matters concerning the proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Chief among the issues set to be discussed are the representative schedule as well as several monetary issues, including the RLPA's desire for the NRL to have a minimum wage.

Representative payments are also likely to get a guernsey.

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