Sam Burgess tells clubs ‘egos have to go’

“The egos have got to go,” Burgess said on Fox Sports. “If it’s the best thing for the game to go to conference and brush the points, then get on with it.

“If the best thing is to keep on with the season and stay as we are, then go for it. But it’s got to be what’s best for the game, everyone’s ego, mindset or agenda has got to go here. One game one decision, and just get on with it.”

All but six clubs – Cronulla, St George Illawarra, Roosters, Gold Coast, Canterbury and Warriors – earned points in the first two games of the season.

Manly won one game, and captain Daly Cherry-Evans insists the points need to count given what they represent to some players.

“For the record books, they’re matches that have been played so we’ve got to respect that,” he said.

“People made their debuts, they were special games for some people and special results for some clubs. You just can’t forget about those whether we like it or not. I hope common sense prevails here.”


While V’landys has insisted that scrapping points will not be considered by the ARLC, the concept has split opinion all over rugby league.

Brisbane CEO Paul White welcomed the news after facing the prospect of having the Broncos’ perfect 2-0 start wiped away.

“They are the kind of wins that you can build a season around, and I know our whole club … have been buoyed by those results across the uncertain weeks in the wake of the season being suspended,” he said on the Broncos website.

The committee is still set to discuss a two-conference system with teams isolated in two ‘bubbles’ for a 14-week regular season.

Each team would face each other twice before a four-week finals series, taking the entire season to 18 weeks – not including State of Origin.


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