What’s the deal with the academy return policies?
The NRL and the ACT’s rugby league players have been locked in a bitter row over the issue of academy return.
The ACT Rugby League has taken action over the return policy with the NRL and ACT Rugby Union, with the AFL and Origin League ruling out the return for their players.
In a statement, the ACT RugbyLeague said it was “confident” the NRL’s and ACT’s clubs would abide by the return ban.
“The ACT has been committed to providing its players with the highest level of protection, including the opportunity to play in the National Rugby League competition, and our clubs and NRL clubs have complied with that commitment,” the statement read.
“Our clubs have also worked to ensure that all NRL players are afforded an opportunity to make their way through the pathway to the NRL.”
As we have consistently said, this policy is for all NRL clubs to abide by, and we are confident that all clubs will abide by their commitments.
“The ACT’s NRL players have complained to the AFL about the return policies, which were introduced in 2015, with an AFL spokesman saying the issue had been resolved.
But the AFL has been unable to reach out to the ACT on the issue, and the issue has continued to divide the NRL players.
Players have been told to “stay in Australia” and the NRL has refused to budge on the return issues, which have seen players in Queensland, NSW and Victoria return home.
The players say the return bans are unfair, and it has led to an “outrageous” situation.”
We are not looking to have any further negotiations or discussions,” the players said in a statement.”
At this stage, the players and their representatives are not in a position to speak on this matter.”NRL commissioner Todd Greenberg has not ruled out the returns policy being implemented for the 2019 season.”
This is an issue that we’ve had with our clubs, but the AFL is still considering its position,” Greenberg said.”
I’ve not been approached by any NRL clubs about this and it’s not something we’re looking at at this stage.
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