The winning rugby league teams of the Premiership have been forced to pay up to $ 30,000 to keep their trophies.
Most teams choose to pay, with one notable exception being the Sydney Roosters in 2013, who decided not to bet $ 18,000 after taking the title that year.
But the system also allowed Souths co-owner Russell Crowe to buy an extra trophy for his bar after his team won the grand finale of 2014, ending its 43-year drought.
The winning rugby league teams of the Premiership have been forced to pay up to $ 30,000 to keep their trophies (in the photo are the captain of Melbourne Storm Cameron Smith and coach Craig Bellamy with the trophy in 2017)
Roosters director Mark Fennessy only discovered that his team did not receive its 2013 trophy to attend a dinner earlier this week for President Nick Politis.
After asking for a pair of Provan-Summons trophies to be displayed, he learned that Politis had refused to buy one of them, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
& # 39; What do you mean? They do not give it to you? A disbeliever Fennessy responded after being told that the Roosters had refused to pay for one to be made.
Like Crowe, others have opted to buy additional trophies, and the president of the North Queensland Cowboys, Laurence Lancini, has put one in his office.
But the system also allowed Souths co-owner Russell Crowe to buy an extra trophy for his bar after his team won the 2014 grand final, ending their 43-year drought.
The system began in 2010, before mass TV agreements generated an influx of cash in sports.
An NRL spokesman said the winning clubs could keep the trophy for a year, but then had to pay for a replica for permanent use.
"The clubs have the option of using part of this to buy a replica trophy between $ 15,000 and $ 30,000 depending on the materials used," the spokesperson said.
"It is a common practice for sports organizations to retain the trophy and to inscribe in it the name of the winning club."
On the contrary, the AFL only charges the champion teams a fee for the engraving, but the trophy is theirs forever.