General New schedule for NRL



The NRL will implement a new playing schedule aimed at reducing player burnout in the wake of an alarming late-season injury toll.
NRL boss David Gallop will unveil the revised 2008 program at a meeting of club CEOs in Sydney on Thursday.
The key elements of the 2008 season draw will be the re-introduction of two byes per club, the shifting of the City-Country game from a Thursday to Friday night and scrapping of Monday night football before the Anzac Test and City-Country fixture.
It is believed Gallop has the support of all 16 clubs and the game's broadcasters.
The move comes as 76 players, including superstars Darren Lockyer, Willie Mason and Danny Buderus, prepare to sit out round 19 with injury.
Manly CEO Grant Mayer was among the club bosses to welcome the proposed changes for next year.
"You only have to look at the number of players missing from this weekend's round of football to realise something had to be done," he told Sportal.
"We couldn't just stick our head in the sand and pretend there was nothing wrong with the current set-up."
"Player burnout is a genuine issue and the NRL is to be applauded for doing something about it."
The NRL CEOs will also discuss the loss of players to the English Super League and the salary cap.


The Warriors have a full complement of players to choose from. It all looks good heading into the finals, particularly as some of our rivals have lost key members
eg Lockyer, Mason, Prince, Hodgeson.



Yep too right Kav, on the flipside though it's good the NRL have taken some action in this regard esp for player burnouts. Warriors are one of the lucky few not having too worry too much :D


good to see the nrl having some balls fixing issues in the game and not just sitting there and taking it from the likes of the broadcasters who to my knowledge were the ones that wanted city-country on the thursday night anyway.

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