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    Character and desire influence contracts
    <DIV =LeadPara>Forget rucks and mauls. The most vicious contest in Super 14 occurs when player managers do battle with team executives and Australian Rugby Union officials over improved contracts for their clients. Dave Hughes asked ARU rugby operations manager Pat Wilson to shed light on the process. </DIV>
    <DIV =LeadPara>How many players receive payment from the ARU? </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>This varies from year to year, depending on who is on the top list. Recently there has been a need to expand the number of players who can play at Wallaby level. There are 132 professionals in Australia. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>How much does the ARU contribute to players salaries? </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Again it varies depending where they are placed within a banding system. We dont reveal individual salaries. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Contract time is always controversy time. How does the ARU determine who gets what? </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>In consultation with the national coaching and elite player development staff, there is a succession plan mapped out, looking at where current and future players sit in the system. The States also provide input. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>There is a perception that league recruits get headlines in Sydney, boosting their worth. Is that a factor in determining their salary? </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>No. The ARU is approached by any number of league players. Priorities in assessing their capacity to play rugby are: check their desire, their character, their skill set. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>There is a perception in other States of Waratah bias because NSW has the most votes for the ARU board. Do the Tahs get first pick of a player? </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>No. Players coming off contract and eligible for a top-up are listed and distributed to all States. They then submit bids to the ARU. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>What are the components of a leading players salary package? </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Base salary, top-up and match payments. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>How does the Wallaby top-up system work? </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>The ARU tops up the contract of a player it believes to be in the national interest, for example, a current or future Wallaby. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>What is this wild-card payment now being mentioned? </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Each State can nominate a wild-card player (who may not normally qualify for a top-up) who attracts a $70,000 sum from the ARU. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>What are these third-party payments that boost player salaries? </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Under collective bargaining, players are entitled to money from commercial arrangements which do not conflict with existing sponsors rights. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>How widespread are they? </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Minimal. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Will they lead to inflationary tendencies and expectations? </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Potentially. This is an area which needs to be tightly managed. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Would the ARU like to impose a salary cap? </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Whether we would is irrelevant. We have a collective bargaining agreement in place with the Rugby Union Players Association which is the binding mechanism that controls contracts. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>[b]How can a cap be policed?</
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