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NRL blocks Brumbies' Buderus coaching move

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Chris Wilson, Chris Dutton

NRL player Danny Buderus (left) and ACT Brumbies head coach Jake White during a press conference in Canberra.

NRL player Danny Buderus (left) and ACT Brumbies head coach Jake White during a press conference in Canberra. Photo: AAP Image/Alan Porritt

The NRL has quashed any hopes Danny Buderus had of joining the ACT Brumbies as a consultant coach by saying they cannot see how the proposal can go ahead.

Just hours after wearing a Brumbies shirt and being introduced as the collision coach for the Super Rugby franchise, the NRL has blocked his move to the rival code.

Buderus has one year left on his playing contract with the Newcastle Knights.

However, the rugby league great was keen to begin fast-tracking his post-playing career with a stint as a consultant for the Brumbies.

The Canberra Times phoned the NRL this morning and asked if they had cleared Buderus the deal, but officials were unaware of the cross-code link.

In a statement this afternoon, interim NRL chief executive Shane Mattiske said:

‘‘Neither Danny Buderus nor the Knights have sought permission from the NRL to enter into a third party agreement as his playing contract requires and as the club is required under the salary cap rules,’’ Mattiske said today.

‘‘It is hard to envisage any circumstance where an agreement could be approved that allowed a current NRL player to promote another code competing in the same market as an NRL team.

‘‘The announcement today which saw Danny at a press conference in another code’s training gear underlines potential issues.

‘‘We will be seeking an immediate response from the Knights and as much as we respect Danny’s intentions we do not see any way in which the proposal can be pursued.

‘‘In conjunction with the RLPA we provide a range of specialist services to assist players in maximising off-field careers and these are all available to Danny and all players.’’

The Brumbies said they would not fight the NRL to keep Buderus if his coaching job jeopardised his playing career.

It is believed to be the first time a current rugby league player has taken a job in a rival code despite numerous former NRL stars coaching in rugby union.

Despite the Knights knowing about a deal with the Brumbies, the NRL was kept in the dark about the proposed move to link with South African World Cup-winning coach White.

Buderus was supposed to be the Brumbies’ collision coach, working with the players one day per week during the pre-season and on a consultant basis when the NRL and Super Rugby seasons kick off.

Prior to learning of the NRL’s stance, Buderus was upbeat about taking on an NRL playing and rugby union coaching role.

‘‘It will be fine, I’ve got things in place, I’ve got a supportive club in Newcastle,’’ Buderus said this morning.

‘‘First and foremost I’m a rugby league player and Newcastle Knights player. I love that club and always will.

‘‘I love the game and always will. It’s [the Brumbies job] just a consultancy role to progress in some capacity after football.’’

As part of NRL protocol, Buderus should have applied to the NRL for a third-party agreement. The NRL spokesperson said he was not aware that one had been received and it was unlikely that such a request would be approved.

Buderus - who has never played rugby union - earlier said the opportunity to begin a coaching career was a chance too good to pass up.

‘‘Wayne’s [Bennett] really supportive of that and knowing what you can do with life after footy,’’ Buderus said.

‘‘It’s not a betrayal [of rugby league], I hope it’s not out there with the rugby league and rugby union thing ... I don’t think there’s too much animosity there.

‘‘It’s just a coaching thing and hopefully I can benefit these guys. I’m looking forward to the challenge and I’m lucky to be here.’’

The Canberra Times understands the Knights were made aware of the deal yesterday, but they released a statement this afternoon declaring they did not know the finer details of the contract.

Brumbies coach White played down a war between codes and praised the Knights for allowing Buderus to work with the two-time Super Rugby champions.

It is understood Australian Super Rugby players would not be allowed to strike a similar deal with an NRL club because of details in their rugby union contracts.

The ARU does not have a say in who the Brumbies recruit as coaches.

38 comments

  • Wow. Another great outside the box strategy from Jake White. No excuses from the players next year with this coaching line up. Player depth is good too with Pocock, Nic White, Mccabe and the rest. All we need to hope for now is that sensible player rotation and conditioning will reduce the injury toll through the season.Should be a good one.

    Commenter
    Timbo2
    Location
    ACT
    Date and time
    November 08, 2012, 1:02PM
    • Understandable that he is a 'collision coach' seeing as that is all that rugby league has to offer.

      Commenter
      matt
      Location
      syd
      Date and time
      November 08, 2012, 1:29PM
      • Of course you're right Matt. We should never forget that union offers much more than league, such as endless goal kicks, endless scrums, endless penalties. i believe in a recent wallabies game the ball was in play for approx 12 minutes in a 40 minute half. Gripping stuff...

        Commenter
        Noodles
        Date and time
        November 08, 2012, 1:41PM
      • What a silly statement in any game of league there are more meters run with ball in hand than any game of union will ever have and many many more tries scored not inflated scores from penalty goals

        Commenter
        sulli85
        Date and time
        November 08, 2012, 2:33PM
      • Don't forget the flopping, the endless flopping arond on the ground trying to milk a penalty like a soccer player felled by a glancing touch! also around 70% of any league is filled with this flopping and the play the ball.

        Commenter
        Realist
        Location
        All Over
        Date and time
        November 08, 2012, 2:47PM
      • Way to go @ matt !

        How dare you slag-off at Rugby League and upset all those loyal fans.
        They don't need or deserve this distraction. I mean it's difficult enough having to count to five all the time and then having to kick the ball to opposition after reaching the number five. Then count to five again untll they kick it back to you. Or they could have a scrum.....naah! No, let's count to five again and .....kick it, yeah !

        Commenter
        Machooka
        Location
        inner west sydney
        Date and time
        November 08, 2012, 3:59PM
      • Machooka - They should be thankful that they have 5 fingers on each hand. Makes it much easier for them to follow the game! "me no have finger left must be other team go"

        Commenter
        matt
        Location
        syd
        Date and time
        November 08, 2012, 5:00PM
      • You're giving the mungos too much credit Machooka, they don't count to five, the referees do it for them.

        Commenter
        MT
        Date and time
        November 08, 2012, 5:05PM
      • @ Noodles. I thought you were being ridiculous when you said 'endless', but then I realised that for mungoball fans who can't count past five, endless is a pretty small number.

        Commenter
        JT
        Date and time
        November 08, 2012, 5:13PM
    • Helping to make another code better. Not while you are contracted to the NRL Danny. I bet you are one of the players putting his hand up for an increase in the salary cap. It's a very bad look and should not be allowed under any circumstances. The NRL should put its foot down TODAY.

      Commenter
      steve300300
      Location
      Wyoming
      Date and time
      November 08, 2012, 1:35PM

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