Queensland Maroons captain and Rugby League Players Association (RLPA) president, Daly Cherry-Evans, recently addressed the ongoing CBA dispute with the NRL. Speaking to the media during Origin camp, Cherry-Evans emphasized the RLPA’s clear intention after announcing their boycott. He stated, “We just want progress to take place, it’s as simple as that.” The player’s aim is to resolve the negotiation promptly and efficiently.
Cherry-Evans, who took over the RLPA president’s role from Cameron Smith, is joined by five other current NRL and NRLW players on the RLPA board. When asked about the duration of the dispute, he deferred to the NRL, stating, “I don’t have the answer to that question… I think the next move is up to the NRL to get us into a room and get it done.”
Furthermore, Cherry-Evans confirmed that he will deliver a speech at the trophy presentation, contrary to rumors suggesting otherwise. He expressed his pride in lifting the shield and the significance of the moment for Queenslanders, whether they are present at the stadium or watching from home.
Regarding his future in the series, Cherry-Evans remained non-committal, stating, “I don’t know… those bigger questions I don’t think you need to have time for until you get time off at the end of the year.” As the CBA dispute continues, Cherry-Evans remains focused on his role as captain and leading the Queensland side in State of Origin.
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