In recent months, the sport of rugby league threatened to breakout into civil war.
There was even the threat a rebel league could be formed as for weeks the CBA negotiations in Australian ensured that the NRL could not settle on a new salary cap or a new minimum wage.
This came as former Hull KR player Clint Newton as President of the Players Association (RLPA) continued to try and ensure the best for players including an increased minimum wage within the NRL.
However, now the new salary cap in the NRL has been confirmed as $12.1 million with $11.45 million allocated for the club’s top 30 players.
This equates to an overall cap of $6.7 million and a top 30 cap of £6.3 million.
However, in a telling blow to Super League, the NRL minimum wage has now gone up to $120,000 which equates to around £66,000.
According to Sam Tomkins who was speaking recently on this matter, this is more than double what the young players in Super League will be paid.
He said on the Big Jim Show: “As a young player this is getting over £30,000 to play fulltime in Super League, someone who is not really valued but they could go to the NRL and just be in a squad and be earning more than that.”
Thus, NRL clubs now have further tools to temp Super League stars away as now the minimum they can be paid is double what they will likely earn in Super League.