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Rugby league players to be covered for serious injuries

Discussion in 'News' started by Jethro, Jul 23, 2014.

By Jethro on Jul 23, 2014 at 2:35 PM
  1. Jethro

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    NRL players could be comprehensively covered for serious injuries by the end of the month after they were presented with an insurance policy for their approval.

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Discussion in 'News' started by Jethro, Jul 23, 2014.

    1. Jethro

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      NRL players could be comprehensively covered for serious injuries by the end of the month after they were presented with an insurance policy for their approval.

      The Rugby League Players [​IMG]Association has passed on a quote to its constituents, which will provide interim cover until the ARL Commission takes out a whole-of-game policy beginning in March next year.

      The development comes as club powerbrokers descend on rugby league central on Wednesday for a briefing on another historic first for the game, details on the governing body's "differential" funding to clubs in the future.

      Just days after the game came together for the RiseForAlex round, to help raise funds for injured Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon, the game is inching towards ensuring others who suffer catastrophic injuries are financially looked after. There are concerns that several players who have suffered career-ending injuries in recent years – including Michael Greenfield, Richie Fa'aoso, Simon Dwyer and Taniela Tuiaki – have slipped through the cracks.

      The proposed interim policy will be jointly funded by the NRL, the clubs and the players.

      RLPA president Clint Newton said the union was now in a position to go to the players after finding what is believed was a suitable insurance product.

      "If the players are fair dinkum, you would think this is better than nothing," Clinton said.

      "It might not be perfect for everyone but I'd rather have something in place where you are covered rather than not, which is the current situation.

      "It won't be a blanket fee because that wouldn't be fair to the guys. But I think it's a very fair premium, which would potentially provide opportunities for players to top up their premium if they want more cover.

      "Everyone might not be happy but it's about getting the best policy for the majority of the playing group. At the end of the day, that's always been my remit when I'm dealing with RLPA issues."

      Newton, himself a player for the Newcastle Knights, will be one of the keynote speakers at an Australian Athletes' Alliance symposium at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney on Wednesday.

      Just across town, NRL club chief executives will meet as part of a two-day conference to discuss a range of issues with ARL Commission officials. One of the key items on the agenda is the game's new funding model. Traditionally, every franchise has been provided an annual grant that goes towards covering the salary cap and other costs associated with running a football club. But with the code now cashed up after securing a $1.2 billion television rights deal, the governing body will provide additional financial incentives for achieving certain targets. Clubs not capable or willing to meet them risked missing out on future funding.

      Roosters boss Brian Canavan said he and his colleagues were looking forward to receiving details on how the new system would work in practice.

      "As long as we're not disadvantaged from our current standing [it should be positively received]," Canavan said.

      "If there are incentives built into the current model and we have assistance on the way through, the clubs will view that in a positive manner.

      "The difficulty is there are only certain staffing levels the clubs can afford. If you're going to embark on an incentive-based program to achieve certain KPIs (key performance indicators), we'll need [additional] staff.

      "That assistance could come through some guidance, whether it be some guidance on programs or extra dollars to achieve the higher standards.

      "Until we see the it's difficult to pass comment."
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    2. RiverEagle

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      Well that's long-overdue, and deplorable that as a profession these guys haven't had this in place long, long ago.

      All players should be adequately covered should career ending injuries especially occur.
       
    3. Chip and Chase

      Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      I was a little surprised to learn that the players weren't covered for this. I just assumed it would have been a standard workers comp type insurance already in place. Long overdue.
       
    4. globaleagle

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      ^ me too.


      Also if soldiers without spouses need to organise their own insurance in case of the ultimate sacrifice, then footy players should have coverage in place for career threatening injuries.
       
    5. Bird Up

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      OK the NRL now have a long overdue $1 million insurance policy to 'cover' player career ending injuries!
      Now pls excuse my ignorance, but does this policy also cover & assist players who sustain a season ending injury too or is this just left to the clubs to manage?
      Could anyone enlighten me on the process regarding a season ending injury like a torn pec, ACL, broken bones (ie Tedesco kneecap)? Or is there no NRL process for season ending injuries?
       
    6. HappilyManly

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      I think from March 1st it will be full trauma and disability cover - from Juniors to the top 25.
      Up to 2 years contract payout included.

      For the rest of the year it is only for complete physical breakdown.
       
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    7. Bird Up

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      Thanks for that HM! :)
       

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