High-profile player agent Gavin Orr has had his appeal against the NRL’s decision to cancel his accreditation dismissed.
The NRL appeals committee said on Thursday it had upheld the league’s decision initially made in December.
Orr’s accreditation has been formally cancelled from April 7.
Managing NRL stars Daly Cherry-Evans, Jason Taumalolo and Payne Haas, Orr – who runs Pacific Sports Management with his brother Chris – was one of the game’s most prominent agents,
Orr launched an appeal after the NRL late last year pulled his accreditation for breaches including “knowingly aiding a breach of the NRL’s salary cap rules”.
But the appeals committee – chaired by Ian Callinan QC with panellists Michael Cleary and Max Krilich – dismissed Orr’s appeal, describing Orr’s conduct as a “serious contravention of the relevant rules”.
The committee said NRL CEO Todd Greenberg’s decision to end Orr’s accreditation was an “appropriate response”.
“The Committee determined that …Greenberg was entitled on the evidence before him to conclude that Mr Orr, in breach of his obligations under the NRL Accredited Agent Rules, had knowingly been involved in the payment of amounts to one of his players which were not disclosed to the NRL Salary Cap Auditor,” an NRL statement said.
“Mr Orr’s actions in doing so were deliberate and done with knowledge of the seriousness of the breach and the cancellation of Mr Orr’s accreditation as a result of those actions was an appropriate response.”
The NRL said players represented by Orr were advised to contact the NRL Accredited Player Agent Scheme and the Rugby League Players Association for more information.
The decision to cancel Orr’s accreditation in December marked the first time the NRL wielded new powers to hold player agents to a standard of conduct since the ARLC approved new laws at the end of 2019.