I know it will never happen but if the wants to consistently be playing finals footy he can come over to the Storm. : )
Yes there was an article on this last year. If a player comes back within 15 minutes then there is a free interchange so if a forward wants a 15 min break just get HIA, pass the test and get back on within 15 mins. The other way they're exploiting it is if they've used up all the interchanges (especially when struck by injuries) then in the 65th min onwards one of the big boppers gets a HIA interchange and doesn't need to come back on. There have also been complaints that other injuries especially upper body injuries get classed as HIA so they don't have to lose an interchange if they can get back on. I may be a bit cynical but I've noticed that some teams that have had a lot of game ending injuries during a game this year also seem to pick up a lot of HIA's in the same game that allows their players to have that 15 mins rest, pass the HIA and get back on.
If the guy who goes off misses the following week would definitely reduce the risk of clubs taking advantage. What happens though if two players fail the HIA as has already happened this season. Would they both be required to sit out the following week even if they've been cleared medically to play?
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