NRL players will be eligible for payouts of up to $1 million, up from $500,000, if they suffer career ending injuries under an interim insurance policy currently under consideration by players.
The payout will apply to the most serious injuries including paraplegia, quadriplegia, loss of sight and the loss of the use of a limb which end a player’s career.
These arrangements will cover the top 25 contracted NRL players in each club who would have insurance cover 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
“Everyone in the game has been working together for some months to develop an insurance scheme which looks after the welfare of our players,” NRL Chief Executive Officer, Dave Smith said on Thursday.
“Obviously players will always be able to take their own insurance to protect their income in the event of a serious injury.
“But it is also important that the game has its own scheme and the players, clubs and NRL are working towards that.”