Story: Rugby league

Player payment

Player payment

The founding of rugby league in England and formation of the All Golds team in New Zealand prompted wide discussion of player payment. As this news item from 1907 reports, payment was not a new thing, but the beginnings of league brought it into the open.

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Reference: Star, 26 August 1907, p. 3

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John Coffey, 'Rugby league - Origins of rugby league', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 October 2020)

Story by John Coffey, published 5 Sep 2013