V’landys admits mistakes made in lack of player consultation

ARLC chairman Peter V’landys has promised to bring NRL players into the fold in the future, declaring in hindsight he “could have done things better” in implementing the controversial crackdown on head-high contact.

Players from each of the 16 clubs have penned a letter to the NRL expressing their frustrations about a lack of consultation on key issues. Their collective position was articulated after the Rugby League Players’ Association had a Zoom meeting with its player delegates on Wednesday night. The result is a letter that will be sent to V’landys and NRL CEO Andrew Abdo on Thursday night seeking a greater say in issues that pertain to them.

ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys and RLPA chief Clint Newton.Credit:Janie Barrett, Getty

V’landys had separate meetings with RLPA boss Clint Newton and Cherry-Evans and said he was looking forward to working together with both of them closely.

“I spoke to Daly Cherry-Evans and appreciated his call,” V’landys said. “I said he showed great character and leadership during the call and I look forward to working with him.

“I also had a meeting with Clint, which was very positive. Both of us appreciated that we will work together in the future.”

While several big-name stars have been outspoken about the crackdown on high shots, the consensus among the playing group is that they support any measures to increase player safety. However, they feel they weren’t properly consulted in that process or other issues such as recent rule changes, an upcoming players poll, a State of Origin documentary, and delays in finalising the women’s competition.

“It’s public knowledge that we met our leaders on Wednesday night,” Newton said. “Everyone is acutely aware of some of the frustrations and the commentary recently. It’s our job to bring those collective views together and then provide a correspondence to the NRL.

“It’s a request from the playing group to work with them and bring about change. We truly believe it will result in better outcomes for the game.”

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