All rugby players will fork out to prop up club bosses

Queensland Rugby Union powerbrokers stand to be in the firing line on Saturday as furious clubs voice concerns at the new fee structure set to slug the hip pockets of players.

The new funding structure, designed to help prop up the ailing Australian Rugby Union, has been met with utter disdain by clubs in NSW and that feeling has been replicated north of the border.

The Reds play a trial against the Crusaders at Ballymore on Friday night but the ferocity in that contest may look tame compared to the following day's AGM, with club bosses set to demand answers from chairman Rod McCall and chief executive Jim Carmichael.

Fairfax Media has spoken to a number of clubs across the state, all of which have been left unimpressed by a lack of consultation about the new charges and the impact they would have on grassroots rugby participation.

From this season, every rugby player in Australia must pay an individual registration and insurance levy, as opposed to levies per team. Players in Queensland also pay an extra fee to the state union, which is then distributed back into the game.

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