NZ Rugby World - First XV - - DECISION MAKING -

Rugby teams across New Zealand have taken the col­lec­tive view that they won’t com­pete for young play­ers on a fi­nan­cial ba­sis. In­stead, the point rugby tries to get across is that if play­ers are pa­tient and fol­low the ca­reer path, they will be mak­ing good money in a rel­a­tively short space of time. The NRL and other codes have a di er­ent view – and they do o er young play­ers what seems like a con­sid­er­able amount of money in their first year out of school. But it’s worth ask­ing ques­tions about how many young play­ers push onto the NRL from Academy pro­grams and what sort of money they can ex­pect to be earn­ing in three years.

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