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NRL not keen on 'talkfest'

By Brent Read 24/03/2004 10:07:42 PM Comments (0)

The National Rugby League says it has no interest in hosting a summit on the issues confronting the game until it has received external advice.

NRL chief executive David Gallop, responding to a call from the players' union to hold a summit on rugby league's woes, said the game needed to work on some strategies before calling together its interest groups.

"At the appropriate time we are happy to call together a broader group including players but I think we need some work done with some external help before we (do that)," Gallop said.

"First we need to put some work in so we can present some strategies on how to deal with these issues.

"We don't just want to have a talkfest."

Rugby League Professionals Association (RLPA) president Tony Butterfield contacted the NRL with the proposal following another day of drama at the Bulldogs.

Butterfield, who is a member of the NRL's Education and Welfare Committee, said the summit was necessary to address the issues confronting modern players.

"Recent matters are being dealt with in a very public forum," Butterfield said.

"Clearly nobody knows what we're doing here and that's not a criticism, that's just being realistic because we have never come across this intensity of drama.

"Consultation with the players in such a process is essential. We need to involve the players because it's about the players."

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