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The Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) has today confirmed a change to the policy relating to players facing serious criminal charges.

The change will give the NRL the power to place a player facing serious criminal charges on a no-fault stand-down until the finalisation of any court proceedings.

The change was outlined to NRL Chairs and CEOs, following the ARLC’s Annual General Meeting.

“The change has occurred after extensive consultation across the community and amongst stakeholders,” ARLC Chairman Peter Beattie said.

“As Chairman, my responsibility, and the responsibility of my fellow Commissioners, is to act in the best interests of the entire game - and to take a leadership position when it comes to acts of violence against women in particular.

“What we have heard are community concerns about players facing serious criminal charges representing the Game on the field, and today the ARLC has acted on those concerns.

“The policy addresses charges which are of particular concern to the Game and the broader community, including sexual violence and violence against women.

“That includes the present game – and the future game.

“It also includes protecting and supporting the wellbeing of those entrusted to us as part of our game. That includes players and their families; clubs; sponsors; and fans.

“Today, the Commission has acted with those interests top of mind. And we are supported by Todd and his leadership team; along with Club Chairs and CEOs.”

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