National Rugby League side North Queensland Cowboys accused rival clubs of adopting a "divide and conquer" strategy as a "split among clubs threatens an NRL pay deal with players," according to Barrett & Proszenko of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The Cowboys and Gold Coast Titans are the "latest teams to voice their opposition to the salary cap being elevated" from an indicative figure of A$9.2M ($7.2M) next year ahead of Thursday's meeting of club execs in Sydney. NRL CEO Todd Greenberg faces a "challenging assignment" in his bid to have enough teams agree to the terms of a collective bargaining agreement offer to take it to the Rugby League Players Association. The competition's 16 clubs are "split almost down the middle" on whether the '18 salary cap should be set at A$9.2M or be "effectively increased" to as high as A$9.6M ($7.5M), with A$400,000 ($312,700) in allowances for veteran players and motor vehicles set aside. Cowboys Chair Laurence Lancini said that he would accept a proposed A$100,000 ($78,200) car allowance being set aside from the cap, bringing clubs' spending limit on players to A$9.3M ($7.3M), but would "fight any further increase." Lancini: "There is no way in the world I am going to support anything higher than that unless the NRL are happy to pay us more money, which they won't and they can't. We agreed on [a A$9.2M cap] months ago. I don't know why some clubs are trying to divide and conquer. We've got an agreement" (SMH, 8/15).
Leagues and Governing Bodies
Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop could become the first person to lead three of Australia's four football codes after "emerging as a shock candidate" to replace Bill Pulver as Australian Rugby Union CEO, according to Dean Ritchie of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. Former National Rugby League CEO Gallop is "one of several administrators with NRL experience being considered to take over rugby." The ARU is yet to contact Gallop but his name has been discussed "among rugby union powerbrokers after Pulver announced last week he was quitting." Gallop, 52, was a "highly successful" NRL CEO for 10 years before "rejuvenating football in Australia" as FFA CEO. Another former NRL CEO, David Moffett, has "also been linked to the vacancy," as have Canterbury CEO Raelene Castle, Brisbane Broncos CEO Paul White and former Cronulla player Greg Harris, who has had a "decorated career" as the former Rugby Union Players Association, NSW Waratahs and Western Force CEO (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 8/15).