SYDNEY - NRL players who suffer career-ending injuries will be eligible for payouts of up to $1million under a newly-proposed temporary insurance scheme.
The planned policy, unanimously supported by the league and all 16 clubs, doubles the current amount of $500,000.
The payout will apply to the most serious injuries, including paraplegia, quadriplegia, loss of sight and the loss of the use of a limb which end a player's career.
It will cover the top 25 contracted NRL players in each club, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
The interim scheme is currently under consideration by players, and will operate through to March next year while a new whole of game policy is developed.
"Everyone in the game has been working together for some months to develop an insurance scheme which looks after the welfare of our players," NRL chief executive Dave Smith said on Thursday.