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Frawley and Kaufusi join PAG
Matt Frawley and Felise Kaufusi have joined the Rugby League Players’ Association (RLPA) Men’s Player Advisory Group (PAG) for the 2023 season, strengthening the group’s knowledge and experience as the players continue their collective bargaining negotiations.
The pair have been elevated to the PAG following their time as Delegates at their NRL clubs. Frawley began as a Delegate for the Canberra Raiders in January 2022 and Kaufusi was a Delegate stalwart for the Melbourne Storm for over five years before his move to The Dolphins.
“I’m honoured to join the RLPA Men’s Player Advisory Group and have the opportunity to work towards improving the game for all players,” said Matt Frawley.
“The NRL is a tough and physically demanding competition, and it’s important that we work towards ensuring the health and well-being of all players. As players, we understand the importance of collective bargaining negotiations and the impact it has on our future in the game.
“I’m committed to using my experience and voice to help make positive changes for players and the game as a whole.”
Frawley and Kaufusi will join their first Men’s Player Advisory Group meeting tonight Monday, March 6 where the players will make key decisions to help progress the CBA negotiations.
“I’m proud to be joining the RLPA Men’s Player Advisory Group and continuing my commitment to advocating for the rights of players in the NRL,” said Felise Kaufusi.
“As a Club Delegate for the RLPA at the Storm for over five years, I have always understood the importance of collective bargaining and the need to ensure that players are treated fairly and with respect.”
“Having spent a long time in the game, I’m excited to use my experience to help shape the future of rugby league and make a positive impact for players at all levels.”
RLPA CEO Clint Newton praised the additions of Kaufusi and Frawley, as well as the role played by the other PAG members during CBA negotiations.
“The addition of Felise and Matt to the RLPA Men’s Player Advisory Group will be invaluable to our Association and collective bargaining negotiations. Matt has played at the elite level for a decade now and will bring a unique perspective to the group as a player who personifies the code’s character – resilient and selfless. Putting forward the perspective of Pasifika players will be part of the crucial role Felise will play on the PAG.”
“Their contributions will add to the hard work of our other PAG members, who have helped to advance our negotiations and take us closer to securing a fair and sustainable agreement for all NRL and NRLW players.”
“There is still work to do with our negotiations and we need the ARLC and NRL to agree to some key terms that go to the heart of player welfare and the sustainability of our game. It has been pleasing to bargain over recent weeks, with both sides making concessions to help these negotiations move forward. The RLPA would like to thank the players for their ongoing support and patience as we work towards a fair and sustainable deal.”
The RLPA can also announce their 63-player strong Club Delegate list, featuring new leaders Alex Twal, Justin Olam, Adam Elliott, Josh Addo-Carr, Max King, Andrew Davey, Hymel Hunt, and James Fisher-Harris. Jamal Fogarty and Addin Fonua-Blake are returning leaders for 2023.
ABOUT THE MEN’S PAG
The Men’s Player Advisory Group sits near the top of the RLPA leadership structure, and the players in the Group bring forward and discuss the views of the entire playing group and are responsible for key decision-making and strategy of the Association.
All players on the PAG remain as Delegates for their Clubs and four members, Daly Cherry-Evans, Wade Graham, Christian Welch and Josh Hodgson, are also Directors on the RLPA Board.
MEN’S PLAYER ADVISORY GROUP
Matt Frawley, Felise Kaufusi, Daly Cherry-Evans, Wade Graham, Christian Welch, Josh Hodgson, Dale Finucane, Damien Cook, Chad Townsend, Kurt Capewell, James Tamou.
NRL CLUB DELEGATES
Broncos: Kurt Capewell, Pat Carrigan, Adam Reynolds
Bulldogs: Reed Mahoney, Josh Addo-Carr, Max King, Andrew Davey
Cowboys: Chad Townsend, James Tamou, Mitch Dunn, Peta Hiku, Ben Hampton
Dragons: Moses Mbye, Josh Kerr, Zac Lomax
Dolphins: Felise Kaufusi, Euan Aitken
Eels: Clint Gutherson, Junior Paulo, Josh Hodgson, Shaun Lane
Knights: Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Adam Elliott, Tyson Frizell, Hymel Hunt
Panthers: Isaah Yeo, Nathan Cleary, James Fisher-Harris
Rabbitohs: Tom Burgess, Damien Cook, Latrell Mitchell, Cameron Murray
Raiders: Matt Frawley, Jamal Fogarty, Joseph Tapine, Jarrod Croker
Roosters: Victor Radley, Angus Crichton, Paul Momirovski
Sea Eagles: Daly Cherry-Evans, Toafofoa Sipley, Tom Trbojevic
Sharks: Wade Graham, Dale Finucane, Nicho Hynes, Ronaldo Mulitalo
Storm: Christian Welch, Harry Grant, Justin Olam
Titans: Aaron Booth, Joe Stimson, Sam McIntyre, Isaac Liu, Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
Warriors: Tohu Harris, Mitch Barnett, Wayde Egan, Addin Fonua-Blake, Jazz Tevaga
Tigers: Api Koroisau, Stefano Utoikamanu, Alex Twal, David Nofoaluma