Brain­storm­ing ses­sion set to bring more en­ter­tain­ment to NRL

The Western Star - - Sport -

RUGBY LEAGUE: Let us en­ter­tain you. The big­gest names and sharpest brains in rugby league will meet next week to ex­plore ways to make teh game more in­no­va­tive, ex­cit­ing and eas­ier to ref­eree.

The pow­er­ful 12-mem­ber NRL com­pe­ti­tion com­mit­tee will gather next Thurs­day for an open fo­rum at which most dis­cus­sion points are ex­pected to come from the floor.

Key is­sues ex­pected to be raised in­clude:

● An amend­ment to golden point sim­i­lar to the NFL’s pol­icy, where if the first team scores with a field goal, the other team is also given the chance to score. In NFL if the first team scores with a touch­down the game is over.

● Chang­ing the rule re­gard­ing an on-field trainer be­ing struck by the ball – as oc­curred in the grand fi­nal;

● Whether train­ers are on the field too of­ten and too long;

● The rein­tro­duc­tion of a fiveminute sin bin;

● Re­vis­it­ing the on-field cap­tain’s chal­lenge.

The com­pe­ti­tion com­mit­tee in­cludes com­mis­sion­ers Peter V’landys, Peter Beat­tie and Wayne Pearce,

NRL chief ex­ec­u­tive Todd Green­berg, head of foot­ball Gra­ham An­nes­ley, for­mer coach John Lang, coaches Ivan Cleary and Paul Green, Kan­ga­roos coach Mal Meninga, RLPA rep­re­sen­ta­tive Clint New­ton, Dar­ren Lock­yer and NRL gen­eral man­ager of elite of­fi­ci­at­ing, Bernard Sut­ton.

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