News 2020 NRL Season Suspended

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NRL COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2020/03/24/nrl-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions/

NRL eyes off slice of $810 million allocated for ANZ Stadum upgrade: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...m/news-story/5068dd0471e6840c0a73fdc0059eae88

The NRL is facing an uncertain future. Its players will ‘share’ in the downturn of game: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...e/news-story/6b5419c63f91e5052d5f6246bad6cc62

NRL considers Magic Rounds in Brisbane, clubs start telling players to take time off: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...n/news-story/b671f96d032fae076736d56f6a5194b4

NRL clubs are presenting a unified front. Paul Kent says it’s anything but: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...t/news-story/3759a5ba02fe4548752750fc1c5e3cb4

NRL coaches asked to take leave immediately, the clubs affected are revealed: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/nrl-co...spension/1979b0bc-d483-409e-bd12-00f5a6e33bd3

Four week Pre-Season for players - Burgess: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/four-w...-burgess/17ea768a-090b-486c-bc8e-1b5c83f8c67a
 

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Sam Burgess and other Rabbitohs staff face two weeks left of pay: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...e/news-story/bd658ee493ef5a6946287cd307a700e6

Paul Kent - The three clubs most under threat during NRL shutdown: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...n/news-story/1c92afd91b71e05d3b114eb8e8e26c07

Why every NRL club will or won’t survive the greatest financial crisis they’ve ever seen: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...n/news-story/fc47f285a8911bee388937053b32be68

‘Has to change’ - Souths chief Shane Richardson’s passionate plea for NRL to ‘recalibrate’: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...s/news-story/fa6934a4f8b917eeeadcf13bfc79c761

Garage squats and running up stairs - How the NRL’s stars plan on staying fit during COVID-19: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...9/news-story/332428c50a6f8467236ad33f974fae30

NRL's biosecurity and pandemic expert warned about players dying, doesn't expect rugby league to resume this year: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/corona...t-advice/399426b0-122a-4296-b118-da09eb568b7f
 

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Blake Solly Members Address: https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2...rding-covid-19-and-suspension-of-competition/

Update Regarding Rabbitohs Staff and Operations: https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2020/03/25/update-regarding-rabbitohs-staff-and-operations/

The NRL faces a $500m abyss. Smith and co spoke to HQ over pay cuts — they will be HUGE: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...s/news-story/834d37f2c3155362801f2b5c892414b8

Where does the NRL fit Origin into the calendar? A QLD great says we only need one game: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...9/news-story/5531c3f7856b4d95712644c5cfa71fbd

Gus Gould says ‘self-interest’ is a huge issue in the NRL. He believes it could rip the game apart: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...t/news-story/c1dc3517cc9041be202f4a03d3432be1

‘Anything less than a 75 per cent wage cut is living in fairyland’ - NRL legend’s brutal wake-up call: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...s/news-story/e8a01295ff664ca7744f98d01ca8478c

Ben Ikin - When it comes to NRL funding, Manly deserves more than the Broncos... here’s why: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...y/news-story/3943b610058c8aeb1c6b57db6ee98c71
 
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#SSFCTogether - Now More Than Ever: https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2020/03/26/ssfctogether-now-more-than-ever/

Mal Meninga optimistic about rescheduled Origin series and Kangaroos tour: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...e/news-story/7dafe5bb259bbcecd8441258a8164c09

George Burgess reveals Super League players are set to cop 75 per cent pay-cut: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/su...t/news-story/6be3a0c819d18d01b8dbcf3a7d509d86

‘This is the downfall for it’ - NRL players bracing for massive pay-cuts: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/th...s/news-story/ca1347ea156a5e32343ae593c56fec1c

Players to suffer $50 million blow in pay-cuts with highest earners to sacrifice the most: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...n/news-story/abf9489468ac8487a51d564a0ad2056a

Coaches association want seat at NRL table: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/coache...rl-table/ecb9eb05-f045-42f8-a301-d0131efc8c27

Rugby league guru Phil Gould delivers reality check to NRL players: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/phil-g...-players/9c13db45-c9dd-47e2-9f0d-2654e124290e

NRL clubs await rules on injury treatments: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/nrl-cl...eatments/9cab567d-3ae3-43e2-aeb2-47250b9a2fa4

NRL players to discover pay cuts by Friday: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/nrl-pl...y-friday/f8a5b2cf-b284-4dfe-9198-6632a379124a

Rugby league legend Brad Fittler questions NRL's 'incredible mismanagement of money': https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/brad-f...finances/cc23ad58-5603-4a81-a600-c8a1046b67f3
 
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Incredibly selfless gesture': Russell Crowe's tribute as Souths boss Shane Richardson resigns

By Andrew Webster
March 26, 2020 — 1.20pm

South Sydney football boss Shane Richardson has sensationally resigned to lessen the financial burden on the club in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Richardson informed coach Wayne Bennett and the rest of the football department on Thursday morning, having spoken to co-owner Russell Crowe earlier in the week.

Days before resigning, Rabbitohs’ general manager of football, Shane Richardson spoke to Fox Sports about the sport needing to 'recalibrate' to survive.

He will continue as a consultant but the move effectively ends his 17-year association with the Rabbitohs after coming to an agreement with chief executive Blake Solly earlier this week — just days after the NRL season was indefinitely suspended.

"The reality is, over the next 18 months, we have to run a really tight ship in Club Land," Richardson told the Herald. "In business, you don't start at the bottom, you start at the top, so I took a close look at what I'm doing. I said to Blake that it will help make a difference if I go.
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“We’ve already made the hard decisions standing people down. Blake and I have worked out what we will look like when we start playing again. If you take me off the top, it will leave a lot more money for the people down below.”

Richardson had intended to leave Souths at the end of next year, when his contract ran out, but he has expedited his departure after standing down most of the football club staff because of the indefinite suspension of the season.

He joined the club from Penrith in late 2003, nursed it through troubled times before Crowe and Peter Holmes a Court bought the club in 2006, and then guided the Rabbitohs to an emotional premiership in 2014, their first in 43 years.

He then shocked everyone at Redfern when he joined the NRL as the head of game development before returning to the club as general manager of football just a year later.

In recent months, Richardson has butted heads with chairman Nick Pappas, who admitted in an interview with the Herald last month he had offered Richardson an early termination of his contract.

Asked what role the fallout with Pappas played in his sudden departure, Richardson said: "Nothing. Honestly. I went to them this time. The last time was completely different and it should have been handled differently. I never lost respect for Nick and I told him that. But this is my decision. People will say this and that. But it's the truth."

Crowe paid tribute to Richardson, saying the 2014 premiership would not have happened without him.

"Quite simply, without Shane’s focus and input during the decade leading up to the 2014 premiership win, that victory would not have happened," Crowe said. "Such is his vital contribution.

"Shane has made an incredibly selfless gesture on behalf of South Sydney. It’s something I’ve come to expect from him, he always puts the needs of the club first in everything he does.

"We’ve always worked well together, even if we weren’t in agreement, and that really has been the key to our relationship. Momentum. Moving towards goals. Not allowing the smaller stuff to get in the way of the larger prize.

"We’ve had a great system whereby whenever either of us have felt we need clarification, we sit, usually over a beer, and we talk for however many minutes or hours it takes to get a consensus. There’s probably no one in the game I have a higher respect for.

"We’ve known each other a long time now and started the battle to lift the fortunes of the club together in 2006. We came up with the simple business plan based on the clubs past history and players and pushed everything towards its two principles."
 
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Blues legend Greg Alexander calls on NRL to play 2020 Origin series ‘no matter what': https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...s/news-story/840da6573313a88b42830e03590c2fbc

Todd Greenberg says some of the NRL’s biggest clubs are ‘the most vulnerable’: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...e/news-story/2f90c7a99837d592bdaa58239b76ce55

Cronk: Our players have enjoyed riches of the game, they must now endure the tough times too: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...o/news-story/31c586ab1ce5c4f5b7a154828306b90a

Ben Ikin - With the wider community hurting, NRL players don’t deserve special treatment: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...n/news-story/2b5bf7aef4d9de8f1598dbd2ac741be3

NRL players could all be paid $3000 a month — Cam Smith and DCE included: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...r/news-story/40442a95f49ccbca24bb49f6789177ed

Leading sports lawyer warns NRL that sponsors could 'walk away in droves': https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/nrl-sp...n-droves/46acde9c-e7c7-4e5c-9693-24c05d90386d

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Damien Cook says players willing to take pay cuts

South Sydney Rabbitohs hooker Damien Cook says players are willing to take a pay cut as the NRL goes through the most turbulent period in its history.

On Monday, with two rounds of the 2020 season in the books, NRL bosses Peter V'landys and Todd Greenberg suspended the season indefinitely as the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate in Australia.

In a best case scenario, the NRL will return on June 1, with other possible re-start dates including July 1, August 1 and September 1.

According to reports, a truncated 15-round season restarting on September 1 is the latest possible date the league can resume.

With so much uncertainty surrounding the immediate and long-term future of the NRL, Cook says players are more than willing to take pay cuts.

Cook also said the majority of rugby league players have more stability than many in Australia because they know the NRL will inevitably return.

"Everyone accepts that there will be some sort of pay cut taken," he told Big Sports Breakfast on Wednesday morning.

"We're very lucky that there's a very high chance that footy's going to be around next year, and we will get paid and be in a job at some stage.

"But there are people out there who have lost their jobs and may not get it back.

"That's terrible. So when it comes to us, all the players have put up their hands to say we're definitely going to take a pay cut."

Cook's comments echo those of RLPA CEO Clint Newton who said - despite an erroneous report on Tuesday - that pay cuts will be a likely option.

"Clearly the game is going through a cost-cutting exercise. Players will obviously have to share in that, which we've always maintained, and we'll have to have good faith discussions with the NRL moving forward," Newton said on Big Sports Breakfast on Tuesday.

"We'll explore every opportunity before we go into salaries with our player benefits and entitlements."

Those discussions between the RLPA and the NRL will continue this week, with Cook saying it makes sense for the players to take a hit as the game struggles.

"The best thing is the NRL and the RLPA have been communicating very well and giving that information back to us," he said.

"I'm not sure what the percentage is, but I'm understanding that it will be some sort of percentage cut from salaries.

"That's just what it has to be.

"The players, when they did the CBA agreed that if the game goes up, we get paid a bigger percentage, so it's only right that if the game goes down, that percentage as well that we take our share on as well."

It has been a common theme across rugby league over the past few days, with Greenberg calling on NRL clubs and players to prepare for a new financial normal.

"We want to try and keep all 16 clubs afloat throughout this difficult period but that will mean a re-set of the cost base,” Greenberg told Channel 7 News.

“All of us, me included, the NRL staff, all our clubs, coaches and players. We’re going to have to rethink about the costs across the game as we go through a very, very difficult time in the game’s history."

Newcastle Knights CEO Philip Gardner also warned everyone involved in the game to expect to "take a haircut."
 
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We don't have stages like Aus does. We have a levelled alert system that goes from 1 to 4.

The government announced yesterday that it was going from stage 2 to stage 3 which means that all resturants, pubs, cafes, takeaway places etc had to close and tomorrow night we will officially enter stage 4 which means the entire country is on full lockdown for four weeks apart from essential services such as supermarkets, gas stations, police/fire/ambulance services, pharmacy and hospitals etc. We are only meant to leave our property to go to these essential services.
So are pubs still open in Australia?
 

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Delayed NRL Season set to affect 2021 World Cup: https://www.nrl.com/news/2020/03/27/delayed-nrl-season-set-to-affect-2021-world-cup/

Channel 9 wants contract with Rugby League torn up: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...p/news-story/1a4a22e101204a84606fec03c4cf8597

‘Only the strong survive, maybe this forces the hand’ - Legend calls for NRL to let weaker clubs die: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...n/news-story/abf9489468ac8487a51d564a0ad2056a

Departing Souths boss points finger at former ARLC chairman John Grant for NRL's financial woes: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/nrl-sh...ney-woes/5024a424-e3fd-4328-bc8b-09b82722d1cf

The 'scary' problems that could ruin NRL stars during coronavirus layoff: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/brad-f...lockdown/7d2ab8db-74d4-4692-9c78-d59017e8c36e
 

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Major second-tier competitions cancelled across Australia: https://www.nrl.com/news/2020/03/27/major-second-tier-competitions-cancelled-across-australia/

No Pathways Footy this year. That sucks big time.

D-Day looms for NRL as V’landys hints at pay cut breakthrough: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...n/news-story/abf9489468ac8487a51d564a0ad2056a

NRL club seeks legal advice over whether it can stop paying players: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...n/news-story/fd493f04bfdd78bb8a1be78c7e44c946
 

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