Souths-led re­volt hurt­ing the game

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Sport -

THE NRL re­cently drew up new me­dia guide­lines for the 16 clubs. To keep fans in­formed and in­crease ex­po­sure for spon­sors, ev­ery club had to en­sure that all play­ers would be avail­able to the me­dia once a fort­night.

It was a great ini­tia­tive, ne­go­ti­ated by for­mer War­riors and NRL heavy­weight Jim Doyle, to en­sure the fans can hear from all play­ers.

At the last minute, a hand­ful of Syd­ney clubs led by South Syd­ney, the Drag­ons and Bull­dogs de­manded the NRL drop the 17-man ses­sions. It’s the sort of short-sighted think­ing that has held back the game while other sports do any­thing for more cov­er­age.

The re­volt has been led by Souths, whose new coach Wayne Ben­nett has a frosty re­la­tion­ship with the me­dia.

Paul Gallen on Fri­day.

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