Saint, Sinner, Shoosh: NRL consultation committee to end rushed rule changes, referee crackdownsRushed mid-season rule changes and referee crackdowns will be a thing of the past under a new plan to give players a voice.
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December 10, 2022 - 7:00PM
News Corp Australia Sports Newsroom
Rushed rule changes and referee crackdowns will be a thing of the past under a plan between the clubs, the players’ association and the NRL for a more collective approach to the governance of the game.
A consultation committee including two player representatives will be set up to analyse the biggest issues in the game, such as rule changes, referees, the bunker, injury trends and player welfare.
It will prevent the independent commission from introducing a crackdown like the one that ruined Magic Round in 2021 without proper consultation with the game’s leading stakeholders. Players were sin-binned for minor breaches – and then several weeks later the rules were relaxed again.
Fans just want a consistent enforcement of the rules rather than the knee-jerk reactions in recent years to various trends in the game...everything is set to change in 2023.