It hasn’t taken the 2017 NRL season long to be hit with the first significant batch of concussion protocol breach notices, with three clubs facing fines amounting to a whopping $350,000 after the breach notices were dished out in the wake of Round three of the competition.
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg has confirmed the league’s stance that there is no more pressing issue in the game than the safety and wellbeing of players and that the three clubs, the Gold Coast Titans, Newcastle Knights and St George Illawarra Dragons had failed to meet their concussion related obligations during their fixtures this past weekend.
The Titans were hit with notices and fines totalling $150,000 following concerns over incidents involving Ryan Simpkins, Joe Greenwood and Kane Elgey, the Knights were hit with a $100,000 fine for their handling of an incident involving Brendan Elliott and the Dragons were fined the same amount for an incident involving star man Josh Dugan.
In a statement released on the NRL’s website, Greenberg said “these are, by far the heaviest fines ever proposed by the game for concussion breaches. This is how seriously we take it.”
The fines, and the hard-line stance taken by the league and Mr Greenberg indicate that the NRL has moved in to the very serious territory of dealing with concussions and further breaches may result in the continuation of the significant fines, or further action should clubs not heed the warning so obviously dished out by these fines.
The three clubs involved have five business days to respond to the breach notices.
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