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NRL to experiment on return: Robinson

Wacky rules and experimental formats will breathe life back into the NRL if it's cleared to return in 2020, according to Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson. The three-time premiership winner, known as one of the greatest thinkers in the game, is part of the NRL's innovation committee. Led by Wayne Pearce, the...

NRL's off-contract stars to wait months

Up to 180 off-contract NRL players could be asked to wait until mid-July before they are able to start negotiating their futures beyond the end of 2020. With the coronavirus outbreak plunging the sport into uncertainty, contract talks have been put on hold for players and their clubs for the 2021...

Scrap plan for NRL mini pre-season: Daley

Rugby league great Laurie Daley (pictured) believes a mini pre-season should be scrapped (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) Rugby league great Laurie Daley believes a mini pre-season should be scrapped, saying players should be "ready to go" as soon as the NRL is given the green light for a return. But NSW star Damien...

Eels slash costs during NRL virus shutdown

Parramatta have stood down the majority of their club staff and slashed payroll costs by 75 per cent in response to the NRL season's indefinite suspension due to coronavirus. In a letter to members on Monday morning, Eels chairman Sean McElduff revealed the 73-year-old club has made drastic cuts and is...

Walters confident Origin will be played

Queensland coach Kevin Walters is confident that it is a matter of when - not if - the 2020 State of Origin series will be played. The viability of holding an Origin series this year will be discussed after the NRL presents a revised payment schedule for players and clubs on...

Month-long post-virus NRL prep needed: Gal

Paul Gallen has warned the NRL must give players a four-week pre-season before returning to the field after the coronavirus-enforced shutdown or else they risk a spate of injuries. The NRL has given teams a wide-range of guidelines for player training during the suspension of the competition, which includes keeping them...

Sharks to lose funding from major sponsor

Cronulla are set to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding with their major NRL sponsor likely to halt payments during the coronavirus crisis. As the game continues to come to grips with the ramifications of a suspended season, the Sharks became the first club to temporarily lose their biggest...

Broncos preparing for September re-start

Brisbane great Ben Ikin says the Broncos have told players to prepare for a September 1 NRL re-start as they deal with the financial fallout of the coronavirus shutdown. The NRL have plans in place for a potential competition resumption in June, July or August with the season to be called...
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