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NRL to review judiciary loading

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by dowdz, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. dowdz

    dowdz Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    The NRL will look to reduce the lasting impact of minor infringements as part of a review of judiciary procedures ahead of the 2013 season.

    A gathering of club representatives at the second and final day of their annual conference was told a competition committee would be established to review rules and trends within the game.

    Among the issues they will address will be the maligned finals series structure and extra time in finals.

    They will also look at player safety issues arising from emerging tactics such as the 'cannonball' tackle, where a defender dives at the legs of an opponent.

    But while efforts will be made to clean up the game, the committee will also consider a proposal to reduce the loading period for grade-one charges from two years to 12 months.

    "It's a fundamental deterrent of the system that a repeat offender will get an additional loading on future charges," NRL director of football operations, Nathan McGuirk said on Wednesday.

    "Currently, every offence stays on the player's record for two years.

    "Looking at the trends in the game, we believe a two-year loading period for a grade one (charge) is becoming harsh.

    "Reducing it to one year, we will provide both an incentive for lesser offences and a deterrent for the more serious charges."

    The committee will include two current NRL coaches to be elected by the clubs, as well as rival State of Origin coaches Ricky Stuart and Mal Meninga, Daniel Anderson, John Lang, Andrew Ryan, Trent Barrett and McGuirk.

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