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SBD Global/August 29, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies

National Rugby League Coaches Speak Out Against Proposal To Add Third Referee

National Rugby League coaches have "hit out at a proposal to add a third whistleblower to the field" from '16, believing the move "would lead to more mistakes and inconsistency," according to Adrian Proszenko of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The NRL is in the process of "undertaking a sweeping review of the refereeing ranks." Though most coaches said that the "mooted video bunker system could lead to greater consistency, they were scathing about the prospect of throwing another referee into the fray." Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter said, "It will finish up turning into gridiron when you get those flags thrown in all the time because there's been an infringement somewhere. You'd lose the flow of the game." Manly coach Geoff Toovey has been one of the "most vocal proponents for going back to a one-referee system," as is the case with int'l fixtures. Toovey said of the prospect of three refs, "with tongue firmly planted" in cheek, "I think they should probably put five or six on. Give us someone else to yell at and complain about. Bring it on" (SMH, 8/28).
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