20 Mar 2017

NRL clubs facing hefty fines

4:09 pm on 20 March 2017

The NRL has issued breach notices to three Australian Rugby League clubs that could cost them over 350 thousand dollars in fines for breaching concussion protocols on the weekend.

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg Photo: Photosport

The Gold Coast Titans, St George Illawarra Dragons and Newcastle Knights have all been accused of failing to follow concussion rules.

The Dragons were hit with a $100,000 fine after Josh Dugan appeared to cop a head knock in Sunday's win over Cronulla but was allowed to play on.

The Knights face the same amount after Brendan Elliot stayed on after copping a swinging arm from Hymel Hunt while the Titans are facing a $150,000 sanction over the treament of Kane Elgey, Joe Greenwood and Ryan Simpkins.

Player safety is the NRL's main priority according to ceo Todd Greenburg and he says he won't tolerate breaches in concussion protocols.

The clubs have five days to respond to the breach notices.

"These are, by far, the heaviest fines ever proposed by the game for concussion breaches," NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said.

"That is how seriously we take it."