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NRL launch in doubt as players threaten a fresh BOYCOTT – with terms of collective bargaining agreement reaching boiling point on the eve of the seasonBy Andrew Prentice For Daily Mail Australia Published: 01:14 EST, 28 January 2023 | Updated: 05:15 EST, 28 January 2023 The 2023 NRL season launch could be cancelled after fed up players threatened a fresh boycott over the terms of the latest collective bargaining agreement (CBA).It can also be revealed the Rugby League Players’ Association (RLPA) have requested a three-day lock-in with NRL CEO Andrew Abdo next week.The aim will be to patch up their differences and sign off on a deal, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The NRL could cancel the launch of its 2023 season as the ongoing stand off with the players over the Collective Bargaining Agreement continuesA major talking point in the sit down will be the unclear state of the NRLW competition, after it emerged players from some clubs have been training minus contracts in recent weeks. Adding to the tension is the fact NRL players are refusing to help the governing body with any media or promotional duties in pre-season until the revamped CBA is done.The NRL have dug their heels in against the RLPA, led by Clint Newton, after revealing their record $1.347 billion in player payments until 2027.It is an increase from the figure of $980million offered to NRL stars in the previous CBA.They also increased the men’s minimum wage in the NRL from $80,000 to $120,000. ARLC chairman Peter V’Landys (left) and NRL CEO Andrew Abdo (right) remain hopeful of a breakthrough in the negotiations with players over the Collective Bargaining Agreemet  Cowboys veteran Chad Townsend recently stated players will ‘consider all options’ and are prepared to be patient to ‘ensure the right deal is struck’ when it comes to the CBAScores of current players want to see more money poured into a injury hardship fund as well as better post-career programs to help the transition into ‘normal life’ once footballers hang up their boots.Better training wages and match fees are also desired.Thankfully for footy fans, there are no plans to boycott the Indigenous All Stars match on February 11 or any pre-season trials.Cowboys veteran Chad Townsend recently stated players will ‘consider all options’ and are prepared to be patient to ‘ensure the right deal is struck’, while Rabbitohs coach Jason Demetriou said they deserve to be heard. Why the NRL and RLPA need to resolve before 2023 season starts: WHAT THE NRL HAS OFFEREDThe $12.1 million men’s 2023 salary cap is a 22 per cent increase from 2022, while the women’s salary cap of $884,000 – a rise of 153 per cent$1.347 billion has been set aside in player payments over the next five years, up from $980m paid during the previous CBAA rise in the men’s minimum wage from $80,000 to $120,000WHAT THE RLPA WANTA voice when it comes to making any employment-related changes during the current CBA, including any proposed increased to fines and changing the length of the seasonAn increased injury hardship fund, which will now need to cover more than 250 extra players because of the arrival of the Dolphins and 10 NRLW teamsA new medical support fund, which allows players to have surgeries and rehabilitation more than a year after they retireA new collective bargaining agreement for the NRLWBetter training wages and match feesImproved post-career programs to help players transition into normal life once they stop playing Advertisement Share or comment on this article:

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