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RLPA, NRL to discuss salary cap issues

29/03/2006 05:33:34 AM Comments (0)

The NRL and the Rugby League Professionals Association (RLPA) will meet to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement, with the salary cap to be the hot topic of discussion.

In a meeting with the NRL on Tuesday, club chief executives agreed to a small increase in the salary cap.

It's understood the NRL is angling for a rise of about $140,000 to the existing base cap figure of $3.36 million, although players association boss Matt Rodwell is likely to push for a higher increase.

The RLPA is in a better bargaining position this week following a cease-fire between ClubsNSW and the state government over poker machine taxation.

Earlier this week, ClubsNSW signed off on a deal which will allow clubs to claw back $400 million more than expected over a seven-year period.

Rodwell has previously stated he wanted to lock in a decision quickly to allow players and managers to negotiate next season's contracts under a new CBA.

"Absolutely, we are aiming for before June 30 because we are looking to provide the clubs, the players and the player agents with a solid picture of where the issues are so they can go about negotiating contracts and look towards their futures," he said recently.

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