Threat of NRL player boycott escalates as deadline set with season looming

The NRL Pre-Season Challenge is set to be disrupted with industrial action by players unless the governing body adheres to certain requirements by Thursday.

NRL and NRLW players resolved at a Leaders in League conference held by the Rugby League Players Association (RLPA) in Sydney last week to cover NRL logos, delay kick-offs and implement external media bans at NRL Pre-Season Challenge games as part of “increased activations” to get their differences resolved.

The two-round NRL Pre-Season Challenge kicks off on Thursday night in Auckland with a clash between the Warriors and Wests Tigers. The players want the NRL and RLPA to come to an agreement in certain key areas this week including financial and non-financial matters, but it mostly relates to the NRLW competition.

The RLPA has made the NRL aware that agreement on “the NRLW salary cap, policies inside the CBA and RLPA autonomy” need to be achieved.

The recent conference involved getting feedback from players and…

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