Players still awaiting "delivery of" financial information, says RUPA CEO Harrison

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Australia's rugby players say they are still awaiting more extensive financial information from Rugby Australia in a sign that suggests a pay deal will not be finalised in the imminent future.

Discussions between Rugby Australia and the Rugby Union Players Association have been stalled in recent days, in part because of their differing views on the details required to embark fully on negotiations.

The players have been vocal about their desire to see the full details of Rugby Australia's finances to be able to settle on a position but Rugby Australia believes the information that has been provided, and moves to stand down staff and cut executive salaries are indicative of their situation.

Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle said on Wednesday night that Rugby Australia felt it had provided sufficient information to the players.

It was reported on Thursday night that Rugby Australia had given RUPA extensive financial information but according to Harrison the delivery  and ability to analyse that information is yet to occur.

Harrison said the players were still waiting for those details, despite their willingness to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

"Australia’s Professional Rugby Players are awaiting the delivery of, and the opportunity to analyse, information detailing Rugby Australia’s financial position.  This has not been provided," he said in a statement.

"The Rugby Union Players Association again emphasises the need for an open and collaborative approach from RA before we can properly understand our role in Australian rugby’s restructure, for both short and long term transformation.

"Our players approach this long-term transformation with a collegiate and team approach and with an acknowledgement the game has to change.

"That is why RUPA is again respectfully requesting the financial data to fully digest before returning to the table for open and honest negotiations. We see no reasons why RA refuses to engage, despite the provision of protection under a non-disclosure agreement.

"At a time when governing bodies in the other major football codes have been open and transparent with their players RA continues to refuse our requests.

"We look forward to reaching a position where we can work together, and share in the game’s vulnerabilities, to find a solution for the benefit of all constituents of Australian Rugby.

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