Chief executive Todd Greenberg issues rallying call to all players, argues ‘millions of people are desperate’ to see them play through coronavirus crisis

The RLPA’s general president Cameron Smith lobbied for the competition to be paused for two weeks to allow the NRL time to deal with the coronavirus issue, while Manly prop Addin Fonua-Blake trained in a face mask on Tuesday.

“Our priority No.1 is to make sure your health and safety is at the very forefront of everything we do and say,” Greenberg told players during the clip, which lasted less than three minutes.

Todd Greenberg has issued a rallying call to all NRL players.Credit:Getty

“We are desperately trying to make sure we continue to play footy … and it appears we will be one of the only sports to continue to play our games on the weekend. We want to lead, we want to be at the forefront and we want to make sure our industry remains strong.

“To do that we need every single one of your support. We need you positively talking about rugby league, positively talking about continuing to play because when you go out this weekend to play you’ll be playing in front of literally millions and millions of people who will be desperate to see part of rugby league.

“From me to you, across the game we say a very big thank you.”


Greenberg received unanimous support from all 16 club bosses on Wednesday during a brief phone hook-up when he posed the question of whether the NRL should play on.

Newton has been in daily contact with Greenberg, NRL officials and the collective playing group. He had earlier sent out a video to all RLPA members in which he warned they may be forced to consider a pay cut to help the game survive.

“We are here for you as a game and as a collective,” Newton said in the video he filmed alongside Greenberg. “We will support you through this.


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