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No shortening of NRL season: Gallop

By Brent Read 29/08/2004 07:54:11 PM Comments (0)

NRL boss David Gallop concedes the length of the season isn't ideal and places a burden on rugby league's elite players - but says the game's finances rule out reducing in the short-term.

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett and captain Gorden Tallis questioned the pressure being placed on rugby league's elite by the demands of a 24-game NRL season as well as the extra load of representative football.

However, Gallop said club finances dictated each team be given 12 home games.

"I think it's still important," Gallop said when asked about the length of the season.

"The club finances and the pressure on the clubs finances is the only reason that we are basically forced to have 12 home games.

"The burden on the players is something we're extra conscious of. It's not ideal."

Rugby league's elite could play almost 40 games this season when State of Origin and Test matches are taken into account.

And it's taking its toll.

Brisbane superstars Darren Lockyer (rib) and Shane Webcke (calf) are currently sidelined with injuries and the problem isn't confined to the Broncos.

Newcastle captain Danny Buderus continues to play despite carrying a painful toe injury which makes it almost impossible for the NSW and Australian hooker to run.

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