NRL cancels accreditation of high-profile player agent
High-profile player agent Gavin Orr has had his accreditation cancelled by the NRL for breaches including “knowingly aiding a breach of the NRL’s salary cap rules.”
Orr, who runs Pacific Sports Management with his brother Chris and manages some of rugby league’s biggest names including the likes of Daly Cherry-Evans, Ryan Matterson and Jason Taumalolo, had his accreditation cancelled on Wednesday, while three other agents were cited.
“The NRL has following a disciplinary process determined that Gavin Orr’s accreditation as an NRL Player Agent should be cancelled,” the NRL said in a statement released on Wednesday.
"He has sought leave to appeal this decision before the NRL Appeals Committee with the matter to be heard in February 2020.
“The conduct of Mr Orr that has given rise to the determination to cancel his agent accreditation involves knowingly aiding a breach of the NRL’s Salary Cap Rules.”
Orr will remain eligible to represent NRL payers while he looks to appeal the finding of which he refutes.
Another high profile agent, Isaac Moses, has been issued a show cause notice by the league and faces having his registration cancelled for “counselling or assisting a person to not co-operate fully with the NRL Integrity and Compliance Unit,” according to the NRL.
Moses also disputes the allegations which relate to high profile stars Cameron Smith, Aaron Woods, David Klemmer and coaches including Stephen Kearney and Anthony Seibold.
Antoun Zibara has been fined and placed on probation for “knowingly submitting several NRL player contracts which had not been witnessed in accordance with the NRL Rules”, according to the NRL statement. He will remain accredited and authorised to represent players.
Mario Tartak has also been issued with a breach notice for failing to disclose bankruptcy proceedings.
“Our integrity unit has conducted extensive investigations over a number of months which has resulted in disciplinary proceedings against four player agents,” NRL chief operating officer Nick Weeks said.
This year was the first season the NRL has had the power to sanction player agents, according to Weeks.
“The reform of the rules relating to player agents at the end of last year has allowed the NRL to hold player agents accountable in the same way as players and club officials,” he said.
Well if they can prove players are knowingly involved they have should get season bans …and if clubs are involved stripped of all points for a year
Put in fines that are overkill is the simple answer
Hopefully our friend Vlandy’s can take that ruthless streak from the gee gees’ and apply it at the NRL