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NRL 'Less games, more money' - Benji Marshall's

St George-Illawarra Dragons half-back Benji Marshall has a plan to shorten the NRL season to reduce player burnout but still increase the broadcast deal.

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'Less games, more money' - Benji Marshall's plan for NRL play

'Less games, more money' - Benji Marshall's plan for NRL

(Omni Sports)

St George-Illawarra Dragons half-back Benji Marshall has a plan to shorten the NRL season to reduce player burnout but still increase the broadcast deal.

Marshall - a New Zealand representative - believes a shorter league season could be augmented with stand-alone State of Origin weeks and more high-profile international matches to keep television broadcasters happy.

But the key for Marshall would be an NRL season reduced from 24 rounds to 15 where each club would play each other once.

"It would be fairer if every team played each other once," Marshall told foxsports.com.au.

"For example, we might struggle against Canberra and we have to play them twice while some teams only play them once.

"Teams at the top like the Roosters, Cowboys, Broncos and Rabbitohs, it's not as fair if you have to play them twice in a year opposed to someone you could possibly beat twice a year.

"To fill up the rest of the season you could make State of Origin a stand-alone week, so those players don't have to back up for their clubs and make the rep rounds by itself."

Marshall added that it will help player welfare, extend their careers and improve the overall quality of matches.

"Players won't have to back up after Tests or Origin. They have the whole week to get right rather than playing on a Wednesday and backing up Friday," the 30-year-old said.

"Clubs will benefit from it as well because it gives your stars time to recover.

"Typically your best players are playing Origin. It would help. For player burnout, you go from playing 24 games to 15."

Speaking on Fox Sports, Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith agreed: "Less games but higher quality, why do we have to decrease the broadcast deal?

"If it's higher quality and we're seeing close matches every week, there's no blowouts, then let's keep the broadcast deal the same, if not increase it a bit more."

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