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NRL clubs await shoulder charge decision

NRL clubs are set to find out if the shoulder charge will be rubbed out of the game on Tuesday, with the ARL Commission expected to announce a decision at the monthly chief executives meeting in Sydney.
NRL clubs await shoulder charge decision
by NRL

By Ian McCullough

SYDNEY, Nov 19 AAP - NRL clubs are set to find out if the shoulder charge will be rubbed out of the game on Tuesday, with the ARL Commission expected to announce a decision at the monthly chief executives meeting in Sydney.

Brian Canavan, who is now employed as Sydney Roosters CEO, was handed the task of submitting findings from research into the effects of the shoulder charge.

He said clubs are keen to know where they stand going into the 2013 season.

Canavan, who undertook the review before being re-appointed by the Roosters last month, said there is no conflict of interest and the review did not contain any recommendations.

"It was a full analysis which involved injury data, performance data and GPS data," Canavan told AAP.

"It sought opinion from prominent people in the game. The clubs and players were provided the opportunity to provide feedback.

"So it become an evidence-based report, it was not findings.

"I didn't make recommendations and it's now the property of the NRL.

"I was given a deadline to hand the report in and we should hear tomorrow, which is good as I am sure coaches are keen to find out so they can get the players ready for the new season."

In addition to the shoulder charge, clubs are still waiting to discover what the salary cap will be, with a collective bargaining agreement still to be rubber-stamped by the Rugby League Players Association and the ARLC.

"We were told about three weeks ago to work to a benchmark figure and we've all done that," Canavan said.

"I am sure it will be high on the list of things to be discussed."


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