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NRL players set to share a staggering $11 million bonus

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NRL players are set to share in a staggering $11 million bonus.

The governing body finished the 2021 season in a stronger financial position than expected with the Sydney Morning Herald revealing that the NRL finished with a $43 million surplus and players getting an $11.1 million share of that.

Despite the NRL having to relocate the competition for the final two months, including the entire finals series, and playing all three State of Origin games in Queensland –  which cost the governing body between $30 and $45 million in accommodation and travel fees – a massive surplus was forthcoming.

Rugby League Players’ Association boss Clint Newton was happy about the deal following a difficult two years for all NRL players.

“This is the first time we’ve ever secured a revenue-sharing model in the CBA revisions, and now we’ve been able to pass money back to players for their essential contribution,” RLPA boss Clint Newton said.

“We should be proud of the game’s financial strength during a time of significant economic uncertainty.

“The NRL has been more efficient and kept their costs down, but the players have also been essential in turning the NRL’s uncertainty into a financial powerhouse by playing and promoting the game while keeping our loyal fans entertained.

“This includes players on the minimum salary and players who are vital squad members but sit on the lower end of the pay scale, who are probably the most impacted by the cuts. It will have a positive impact on them.”

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