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Disgruntled NRL players will be invited to a forum on the game's finances in the wake of Willie Mason's call for a strike.
The NRL and the Rugby League Professionals' Association (RLPA) have agreed to jointly host the meeting, likely to take place within the next two weeks. Bulldogs forward Mason has called for a strike during this year's State of Origin series, claiming the NRL's massive sponsorship deals were not filtering dollars down to the players.
RLPA chief executive Matt Rodwell, who claims the RLPA represents more than 90 per cent of full-time players in the NRL, says he is unable to comment on whether the figures shown to him today would mean changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.