Former Manchester United star Luis Nani shows off ripped physique in incredible body transformation


Former Manchester United star Luis Nani has shown off his ripped physique in an incredible body transformation, aged 33.

The Orlando City star has clearly been hitting the weights during lockdown, with the MLS season not set to return until July 8th.

But ahead of the condensed mini-tournament, Nani enjoyed a relaxing day off in Orlando, showing off his ridiculous six-pack.

The Portuguese star — who has also played for Sporting Lisbon, Valencia and Lazio during his career — left fans’ jaws on the floor on Monday evening.

Nani posted a picture of himself standing on a rock wearing just a pair of shorts.

As well as his rock-hard abs, the formerly slender Manchester United winger — who spent eight years at Old Trafford — flexed his arms to reveal his bulging biceps.

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Nani shared the snap on Instagram, captioned: “Day off vibes #MLSisBack #OrlandoCity #dayoff #relax”.

And supporters couldn’t get over the remarkable transformation.

Singer Nelson Freitas replied: “Give me some of those abs man.”

Former Portugal teammate Yannick Djalo said: “Pooowwww! The man with the most muscle since he was a kid and with the most ABS in the world.”

Another follower even joked: “Stomach looking photoshopped but it ain’t smh.”

Nani has just over a week to keep working on his new body before the MLS season returns at Disney World — conveniently for him, in Orlando.

The 2020 campaign is set to return with a 54-game tournament having got through just two rounds of fixtures before lockdown was enforced.

And now Disney World has been deemed the best location to keep players safe, despite it already being agreed the NBA would finish their season at the Florida resort.

All 26 teams from both the Eastern and Western Conference will descend on Orlando for the shortened competition.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission



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Accenture’s CEO: 5 rules for rethinking digital transformation during COVID-19


Almost overnight, the COVID-19 crisis widened a performance gap—between those organizations that invested in technology innovation at scale before the pandemic and those that did not—into a chasm. The challenge now is how to accelerate this kind of digital change during a crisis, even as many are slipping behind. To persevere and prevail, companies of all sizes across industries will need to employ a new strategy and mindset.

Accenture research conducted at the end of 2019 measured differences in digital technology adoption, depth and culture penetration and found that the top 10% of companies (“leaders”) grow revenue at two times the rate of the bottom 25% (“laggards”). The two groups’ approaches and methods are dramatically different. For example, leaders have adopted automation and AI five times faster than laggards, and have put in place strategies that give them high confidence in the reliability of their data. The same pattern holds true across other technologies..

Strong digital foundations are already helping leading companies adapt to the crisis quickly. One global retailer that invested for years in true omni-channel sales and delivery had already offered curbside pickup at 100 of its stores. When forced to close its physical stores due to COVID-19, in just 48 hours it was able to expand its curbside service to 1,400 stores while maintaining a majority of its revenue. Meanwhile, many of its competitors struggled to shore up their online channels.

In another noteworthy example, a global food manufacturer that had invested in “digital twin” modeling capabilities and AI-driven tools to optimize its supply chain before the pandemic could quickly access and analyze critical information, enabling it to move supplies as close to production sites as possible and avoid idling a single factory for lack of materials.

Not only are the digital leaders performing better through the crisis, we also see them doubling down on their investments to widen the gap. Laggards can still catch up, but they must jumpstart their digital journey with new urgency.

In our work with clients on their transformations, most CEOs tell us they understand the destination, but many also tell us they are uncertain how to move forward with enough speed and confidence in the ultimate value creation.

Facing ‘brutal facts’

This crisis is different. Billions of people around the world almost instantaneously changed their behavior, with profound and lasting implications for business. Companies can’t simply reduce costs and “freeze,” but must accelerate to new levels of digital performance to serve new customer expectations, adapt to the health challenges of COVID-19 and pivot to new growth opportunities. 

The first step for CEOs is taking stock of their organization’s level of digital maturity. This is the time to heed sage advice from Admiral James Stockdale: You must retain faith that you will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties, and at the same time confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be. 

For most companies, the “brutal facts” will reveal that they are even further behind on their digital journey than they realized and that the bar has been raised. To leapfrog the competition, CEOs need to rethink transformation and follow a new set of rules.

Fast-forward to the cloud. Leaders build a digital core and scale it across their business quickly. And this is only possible with a strong foundation in the cloud, which provides the innovation, efficiency and talent advantages to do things differently and fast. Ninety-five percent of digital leaders have significant cloud capabilities, compared to only 30% of laggards. Make this a leadership expectation; set a target of at least 50% of your business in the cloud in the next 12 to 24 months if you are early in your move to it, and at least 75% if you are farther along.

Build your digital “A-Team.” All companies must now be as good as digital natives to deliver the first-class experiences customers and employees have come to expect. But creating your digital foundation quickly cannot be done alone, and it requires new kinds of relationships with digital, technology, and cloud companies. Recruit the handful who can help you build and become part of your digital core, who are invested in your success and who will give your business the attention and resources it demands.

Be a learner. Organizations must think beyond traditional ways of doing business to solve complex problems. Learn from your customers, your employees, and the leaders in your own and other industries. In response to COVID-19, first responders in health and public sector organizations quickly adapted successful interactive virtual agent models from telecommunications and financial services organizations with great success.

Move at “lean” speed. Almost overnight, organizations moved fast to become more digital and work remotely, and CEOs are saying they “don’t want to go back.” To retain this level of agility, consider what internal barriers fell during the crisis. Then create lean decision-making and governance processes, streamline procurement, and evolve your culture to support a new way of working.

Act with purpose. Speed means you need your people with you. Clearly articulating purpose up front is essential to cutting-edge change management techniques that harness the power of employees to drive change and act with agility.

Companies that understand the unique nature of this crisis and apply these new rules of transformation have the opportunity to emerge even stronger and become the leaders of tomorrow.

Julie Sweet is the CEO of Accenture.

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Khloe Kardashian’s face looks fresher than ever after latest transformation


Weeks after she became the talk of social media with her ‘changing face’ Khloe Kardashian has unveiled another striking new look as she posed beside her daughter True for an ad campaign.

The 35-year-old reality star showed off her incredibly smooth features as she teamed up with her toddler to promote a Pampers nappy range.

Khloe looked every inch the proud mother as she held on to her little girl and smiled straight at the camera in a picture from the shoot that she shared with her online followers.

After being reunited with glam squad post-lockdown, Khloe showed off her new cropped honey blonde hairdo, which she wore scraped back into a tight half up-do which only accentuated her features.


“I never thought I would be such a stage mom but goodness my girl is cute!’ Khloe captioned the post. “I’m obsessed with her and she’s obsessed with her pampers!”

Last month Khloe caused a frenzy when she was accused of ‘morphing’ into her friend Malika Haqq after posting some ultra glamorous head shots.

The mum shared two-close up photos of herself which prompted feverish speculation that she’d altered her face with surgery .

The star wowed fans with her close-up snap

Khloe filming scenes for reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians

Many fans pondered if Khloe had treated herself to cosmetic work or some photoshop trickery to achieve her glossy appearance, though the Instagram post did win the approval of Khloe’s ex boyfriend Tristan Thompson.

He called the mother of his child a ‘baddie’ and said he was enjoying the caption Khloe gave the post which was the sassy: “Location: under b****es skiiiinnnnn” alongside an emoji of bright red lips.

After the snaps sparked a huge debate, Khloe later gave a catty response to her trolls.

Speculation over the Revenge Body star’s changing face has fascinated her legion of fans on social media after she unveiled her dramatic new look last weekend

“Why do you look so different in all your photos?” the fan asked.

“From my weekly face transplant clearly,” quipped Khloe.

A source told US Weekly that Khloe did not care about the backlash she’s been facing over her snaps as she thinks she looks great.

“And actually [she] does not care what people think as long as she’s happy,” said the insider.

Khloe pictured at the Pretty Little Thing LA launch party in 2019

Despite the surgery speculation, Khloe has previously insisted she’s never gone under the knife – and doubts she ever will.

She denied having a nose job and insisted her different look was down to clever make-up.

Khloe said: “One day I think I’ll get one because I think about it every day.

“But I’m scared so, for now, it’s all about contour.”





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The global economic transformation after COVID-19


The crises of 2020, particularly the COVID-19 pandemic, have shown us the true failings of neoliberalism and the need for change, writes Bilal Cleland.

THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC has held up a mirror to our society.

Those who believe they hold power in their hands and those around them are without significance may not yet be able to understand that millions of people have it.

The dominant “free market as god” ideology of neoliberalism has failed.

Nesrine Malik explains the spectacular failure of both the UK and the USA to deal with the coronavirus pandemic:

‘Anglo-American capitalism, pursued by both Right and centre-Left parties, rooted in small government and powered by exceptionalism, had dismantled the state.’

The market could not deal with the crisis.

The despised and weakened State had to step in to save lives and the economy.

The free and equal myth of democracy has been busted under the impact of virus deaths. 

The new aristocracy of wealth has been shown to be as parasitical and selfish as the aristocracy it replaced.

The corruption of the political system has exacerbated inequality in the midst of the pandemic.

In ‘The U.S. response to COVID-19 has lavished wealth on the rich’, Miles Kampf-Lassin lays it out:

The Small Business Paycheck Protection Program, meanwhile, turned out to be a bust for actual small businesses. Of the original $350 billion allocated for these businesses in the CARES Act, over $243 million ended up going to large corporations.

 

As a result, only 5% of all small businesses were able to access those funds, and over 30 million are still struggling to receive relief.

We are witnessing the exposure and the desperation of the old order through its spokespeople, like U.S. President Donald Trump, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and our Australian equivalents in organisations like the IPA, the source of Liberal Party candidates, with its “secret” donors like Gina Rinehart.

The worship of the True God of the Free Market is ringing hollow.

 The immediate consequence of neoliberal policies can be seen in the distribution of the death rate.

We are not all in this together at all.

In the UK, under Tory austerity, with a stripped out NHS:

‘The death rate among British black Africans and British Pakistanis from coronavirus in English hospitals is more than 2.5 times that of the white population, according to stark analysis by the Institute of Fiscal Studies.’

Owen Jones pointed to the class nature of the pandemic.

It targets those with pre-existing health conditions, which are more likely to be found among poorer Britons. It has largely spared those who can earn their keep from their living rooms using Zoom, quite unlike those whose working lives make human contact an unavoidable necessity.

 

More than 200 construction workers had died by 20 April, and as one trade unionist puts it: “How many of these died for that luxury flat, retail unit, football stadium or hotel?”

In the USA there has been a terrible cost in lives:

American states which have now lost more than 200 people per million citizens to COVID-19 comprise New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Michigan, District of Columbia, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Illinois, Delaware and Indiana.

 

The developed countries outside Western Europe with which the USA should be comparable have all kept deaths per million below eight.

A Yale epidemiologist, Gregg Gonsalves, co-director of Yale’s Global Health Justice Partnership, suggested it is ‘getting awfully close to genocide by default’:

‘What is happening in the US is purposeful, considered negligence, omission, failure to act by our leaders.

 

Can they be held responsible under international law?’

The pandemic has exposed the usually hidden racial contract which is a pillar of U.S. society. 

Adam Serwer, writing for The Atlantic, wrote:

The racial contract is a codicil rendered in invisible ink, one stating that the rules as written do not apply to nonwhite people in the same way.

 

“The terms of the Racial Contract,” Mills wrote, “mean that nonwhite subpersonhood is enshrined simultaneously with white personhood.”

 

Once the disproportionate impact of the epidemic was revealed (on Afro-Americans and Hispanics) to the American political and financial elite, many began to regard the rising death toll less as a national emergency than as an inconvenience.

Diversion from responsibility for rocketing death rates and inability to deal with the crisis is becoming the main avenue of failing governments in their efforts to escape the consequences of their stupidity.

This could bring about a dangerous, if short-lived, period of increased racism and conflict. Armed white supremacists have already invaded a state legislature in Michigan. China is being blamed in the USA — not Trump. Muslims are being blamed in India and African immigrants are being targeted in China.

Although Australia, a long-term subservient “ally” of the USA, may take longer to realise the need for fundamental transformation than more independent States, the Labor opposition is already calling for change.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese has called for a new focus on fairness in the recovery from the coronavirus crisis, naming housing construction and local manufacturing as two priorities in his economic agenda.

Dismissing talk of a “snapback” in the economy, he endorsed the need for:

‘…stronger government action to create permanent jobs and an industrial relations system to lift productivity and share the benefits.

 

We must revitalise high-value Australian manufacturing using our clean energy resources.’

There are signs that support for such a revised approach is also emerging in the USA.

Politicians from Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar to Senators Bernie Sanders and Richard Blumenthal are opposing the market fundamentalism of the Republican Party and many Democrats.

They are advocating wealth taxes, universal health care, plus 100 per cent cover of paychecks for the unemployed and monthly cash payments to all Americans during the pandemic.

As Miles Kampf-Lassin wrote:

‘Such proposals may seem far-fetched. But then, think of the strategy currently being carried out by the Federal Government: sacrificing American lives in the service of accumulating capital. It’s the status quo that’s radical. If there was ever a time to upend it, it’s now.’

There are indications that the prestige of the U.S. has been severely damaged by its inability to handle the pandemic and as Shaun Carney noted:

‘We’ve learnt that we have less in common with America and Americans than we thought.’

China’s prestige has also been diminished.

Australia may be shifted, willingly or unwillingly, towards a greater emphasis upon national sovereignty and a more independent role in the world under the impact of the coming changes.

Economic transformation and a genuine attempt to redress the atrocities created by growing inequality go hand-in-hand and the intellectual struggle against the old order is well underway.

As Professor Stan Grant Jr commented:

‘These are extraordinary times, whatever normal is it won’t be what normal was.’

Bilal Cleland is a retired secondary teacher and was Secretary of the Islamic Council of Victoria, Chairman of the Muslim Welfare Board Victoria and Secretary of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils.

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The Transformation Of Couples’ Relationships


The Transformation Of Couples’ Relationships


The Transformation Of Couples’ Relationships : There have always been lots of forms of love that are not yet socially accepted, even though in practice they are carried out in the normal way. Times have changed and there have been paradigm shifts towards new practices and ways of thinking, so it’s important to analyse the different aspects of love in the modern day.

Despite the transformation of traditional structures, and the fact there is a chance for two people to maintain a high level of intimacy without defining themselves as a standard couple, society still hasn’t let go of certain ideas.

Many men and women use travel as a way to shake off the taboos that have been imposed on them for years; being in a city where no one knows you and where your life is different makes things much easier. If your plans involve flying to the UK, why not forget those taboos with obliging escorts in Liverpool or London and allow yourself a little excitement in your life.

Some people are initially just looking for some entertainment, something which can eventually lead to a romantic bond with their partner. That’s when you get a new perspective and realise that the relationship could go in a more serious direction or end up being broken off.

Not all methods are equally effective, but many believe that open and permissive relationships can be as successful as traditional ones. That sensation of freedom can strengthen a bond, if there is truly a connection in the partnership that will enable them to maintain the relationship in the future.

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Married couple

Some married couples decide to hire escorts to carry out their fantasies and explore new sexual practices that can relight their passion. This can be an experience that completely renews their interest in each other.

This search for “something new”, for excitement and adrenaline, doesn’t aim to break down the traditional structure of a couple, but to transform it. Sometimes, lovers become “accomplices” on an adventure where they can enjoy themselves without feeling tied down or limited by traditional rules.

The emergence of swinging relationships, multiple partners or polyamory has generated a lot of questions around the future of relationships in terms of how we know them today.

While it’s a delicate matter to raise, the important thing is that both people find happiness enjoying these practices. Love can be defined in many ways depending on culture or religion, but it comes down to people looking for a special bond, be it carnal or sentimental, and that’s where people can find happiness.

Experimenting with other partners or with escorts is simply a way to keep interest and curiosity alive, given that as long as there is consent and respect, anything goes between two people who want each other.

 

 

 

 

 

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Balmain house with stunning transformation is inner west’s most popular home for sale right now


No. 52 Llewellyn St, Balmain, will go to auction next month after a stunning transformation.


With soaring ceilings, custom finishes and a striking design, this inner west property on the market is unrecognisable from when it last sold three years ago.

The Balmain semi has had a multimillion-dollar makeover that has seen everything bar the front facade replaced.

The transformation of 52 Llewellyn St has captivated buyers across Sydney with it being the most popular inner west listing on realestate.com.au this past week.

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Cobden & Hayson’s Matthew Hayson said online interest has translated into overwhelming levels of inquiry from all types of buyers across Sydney after a few days on the market.

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The living and dining area has polished concrete floors.


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The space used to have carpet and a sunroom.


“We’re fielding inquires from upsizers, downsizers, expats, families and even some celebrities,” he said.

“Normally we find buyers want a house that suits them, but with this one, they are willing to adjust their life to suit the house because of the architecture.”

The Llewellyn St home is set to go to auction on June 13 with a $3.6 million-$3.8 million price guide and could challenge the $3.8 million street record set by 12 Llewellyn St in December 2018. It last traded in 2017 for $1.935 million as a three-bedroom house being auctioned off by the NSW Trustee and Guardian.

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The kitchen features thin porcelain benches.


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Before: The original eat-in kitchen had metal benchtops.


Today, the owner builder and Andrew Burges architects have pushed the boundaries of the 211sqm block to craft a house that aims to stand the test of time.

“Everything has been well thought out and the spaces have been used to their maximum potential,” Mr Hayson said.

The real estate agent said the out-of-the-box design has blown away buyers that have seen it so far.

“Everyone has commented about the house being something different and unusual from the stock standard designs we see,” he said.

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The front facade is one of the only elements that remains.


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Before: The front used to have a brick wall and a green gate.


“For example, really thin porcelain benchtops have been used in the kitchen instead of the thick stone benches you see in most newer kitchen.”

The property is centred around a void that stretches from the first to the third floor and allows light to flow into the middle section of the house.

“The centre void really helps to create a sense of space and grandeur,” Mr Hayson said.

There is also an architectural staircase that leads from the entry level to the second floor master suite that has an ensuite.

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The main bedroom has sweeping district views.


“The suspended staircase is a masterpiece in the way it has been created with matching joinery,” he said.

There are three other bedrooms in the house with built-in wardrobes and one also has a private ensuite. The semi features a range of designer finishes including custom American Oak joinery, a Spotted Gum deck, Astra Walker bathrooms and off form concrete.

Other features include a Miele kitchen with butler’s pantry, electric floor heating, ducted airconditioning, Velux sky light and rear lane access.

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Lake Burley Griffin transformation edges closer as consultation starts on new lakeside boardwalk | The Canberra Times


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The long-planned redevelopment of Lake Burley Griffin’s west basin is edging closer, with consultation starting on plans for a 500 metre-long boardwalk arching around the waterfront. The National Capital Authority has called for public feedback on the City Renewal Authority’s plan to reshape the lakefront between Commonwealth Avenue Bridge and Acton Peninsula. The creation of a lakeside promenade is central to the government’s long-term vision to transform the so-called Acton Waterfront precinct, which could one day include up to 2000 apartments and a large public park. The authority’s application was submitted just days after the ACT government struck a deal with the Commonwealth to secure about 2.8 hectares of land on the lake bed. In exchange, the territory has surrendered two parcels of land in Curtin – including the district’s popular horse paddocks – to the National Capital Authority for new diplomatic embassies. Both sides of the deal have proven contentious. Residents and horse riders have already launched a campaign to protect the Curtin horse paddocks, which has the backing of Liberal frontbencher Giulia Jones. Long-held animosity towards the lakefront’s transformation has also reignited since the land deal was finalised in late March. The early stage of the waterfront redevelopment – which was expected to cost about $35 million – will involve “reclaiming” the section of lake bed secured in the land swap. A consultant’s report, published in the consultation documents, said that would be achieved by pouring a granular material into the water to create a “landform”. A 500 metre-long, eight-metre wide boardwalk would built along the newly defined lake edge, running from Henry Rolland Park to the boat house. Two new jetties are also planned. The boat house, which the ACT government bought in highly controversial circumstances, would be demolished to make way for the boardwalk. About 120 trees planted along the lake’s edge would also be axed, according to the consultant’s documents. A City Renewal Authority spokeswoman said a detailed assessment of the trees found the majority of those earmarked for removal had reached the “end of their safe useful live”. The spokeswoman said the public park which would eventually be established on the reclaimed land would include “many more” trees, shrubs and “quality usable spaces” than there were presently. The authority hoped construction work could start later this year, subject to approvals and the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project was scheduled to take two years to complete, according to the spokeswoman. City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said on Tuesday that the redevelopment would create a “place for all Canberrans”. He said “well over” 30 per cent of the wider development precinct would be preserved as public space. But Lake Burley Griffins Guardians member Mike Lawson said the project was merely laying the foundations for private apartment developments, which are set to be constructed in the precinct from the middle of the decade. Mr Lawson told ABC radio that the precinct represented the “best development site in Canberra”. But he feared it would be turned into a private “enclave”, which would restrict public access to the water’s edge. “It’s the best real estate site in Canberra and it’s in danger of being turned off bit by bit like Kingston Foreshore was, for all sorts of developments to go on with no stable character or great vision for what is going to be done there,” he said. Meanwhile, an online petition calling for the Curtin horse paddocks to be “saved” from redevelopment has attracted more than 900 signatures. “It is a travesty for our beautiful bush capital, which must be preserved for future generations,” the petition stated. Mrs Jones, whose electorate of Murrumbidgee covers the Curtin horse paddocks, has added her voice to the campaign, recording an adaptation of Joni Mitchell’s famous song Big Yellow Taxi.

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Rugby players call for transformation of game in Australia after reaching pay deal


“All players received their full monthly payment in April, with the salary reduction to be amortised over the next five months.”

RUPA now wants attention turned to saving the game in Australia, as the coronavirus pandemic has brought rugby to its knees.

The players emphasised the need for “transformation” in a sport that has waned in popularity in recent years.

“Immediate attention must now turn to the long-term sustainability of the game and this agreement allows the players to make a significant contribution to that,” the statement read.

“RUPA believes in the need for transformation. This process has enabled a greater understanding of the need for ‘root and branch’ reform of the game.

“The players will, with others, focus on playing a role in engaging and supporting all levels of rugby, from grassroots communities through to the professional level.”

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RUPA’s comments are sure to reignite a relationship that has been tested during four weeks of negotiations with the game’s national governing body.

The 60 per cent cut to players’ salaries in the coming months slashes a huge chunk of RA’s expenditure at a time when the game is struggling to keep its head above water.

The Herald revealed on Sunday RA would slash its wage bill by about 83 per cent when the players’ cuts, the clubs’ contribution and JobKeeper top-ups were combined.

“This has not been an easy discussion, but it has been a necessary one to ensure that we are able to emerge from the other side of this crisis in the best possible position for the game to move forward,” RA chief executive Raelene Castle said.

“It is important to note that these measures are a stop-gap, not a full-stop.

“We are deep into our planning to ensure we are able to navigate our way through this and be ready for competition to resume as soon as that is possible.

“The players have been involved in this process and we look forward to continuing that work and seeing them back out on the field doing what they do best.”

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