National Rugby League Proposes Salary Cap For High-Performance Units
The National Rugby League "has discussed a radical proposal of introducing a salary cap for the high-performance units of its clubs as part of its review into improving the oft-maligned cap for next season," according to Stuart Honeysett of THE AUSTRALIAN. The NRL "is aware that several clubs, including Canterbury and Manly, spend considerably more than other clubs on their high-performance units, which take in areas such as sports science and supplement programs." It is understood that "having a salary cap for high-performance units is one of the more extreme solutions being discussed and would be met with howls of derision from those clubs who have focused on their HPUs." Other topics discussed at Tuesday's two-hour meeting "included a better loyalty reward system for a club's long-serving players, marquee allowances and whether the second-tier cap should be scrapped" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 10/30).