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Why do the refs need to stop the game to give warnings? What’s wrong with pointing to the captain and just saying ” consider yourself warned”. It’s not like they don’t know what the warning would be for.

The simple plan to make the six-again rule work

From one perspective, yes, although its arguable that moving people already on the full time payroll out of the bunker just moves cost from there to somewhere else in the NRL. As an organisation they only save money by getting rid of people altogether. They save nothing on depreciation of the capital, its a sunk cost. And I doubt Telstra or whoever is going to come to the party much on their charges. Bugger all savings I reckon.

More drama for NRL as refs launch Fair Work complaint

I don’t imagine the labour cost in that $2m would be the largest part. Surely it’s staffed by either people paid on a per game/day basis, or people who are already full time on the payroll. I’d expect a large chunk of the cost is telco charges, plus depreciation of the initial investment.

More drama for NRL as refs launch Fair Work complaint

That’s called consulting for the appearance of being consultative. It’s not genuine consultation.

More drama for NRL as refs launch Fair Work complaint

I expect the refs to find ruck infringements very easily for teams coming off their own line, and be turning more and more of a blind eye to them as they get closer to the scoring end. They will either look away and pretend not to see anything wrong, or call it milking. Look forward to the “milking” call getting a really good workout. I expect refs to be just as reluctant to award restarts as they have been penalties.

NRL’s third law: For every action, there is an equal or opposite reaction

Hardly surprising there’s a decent overlap between “dumb”, “anti-vaxxer” and “NRL player” … these guys fall right in the centre of the Venn diagram.

Big setback for NRL as Queensland government bans anti-vax players

I think just penalise and sin bin aggressively. I think they should be using the bin on about the 3rd infringement (earlier if it is especially blatant) and then keep using it each subsequent penalty. Being down to 10 or 11 players will get the message through pretty quickly.

The NRL must bring in the six-again rule

That this is their best 22 says a lot about why the Suns are where they are. Very slim pickings in a lot of positions on the field.

Gold Coast Suns: Best 22 of all time

I think he has a valid complaint about this being leaked to the media. His medical treatment choices should not need to be in the public domain.

Anti-vaxxer Cartwright fires back at critics

Actually each player certifying in writing that they have completed and understood the training should be a mandatory precondition before being allowed to resume training and playing. Not unlike what my work requires every year – a mandatory training course on our business conduct rules.

Players partying and going camping risk blowing it for all of us

They’d better be able to summarise the 40 pages into one PPT chart and a few key slogans, or the message isn’t going to sink in.

Players partying and going camping risk blowing it for all of us

Doesn’t say much about the thoroughness of the NRL’s “investigation” does it? I’d have thought “Now Nathan, is there anything else you should be telling us?” is a fairly obvious question to ask.

Players partying and going camping risk blowing it for all of us

Just for laughs, the Health department should tell the NRL they are fine with them resuming as long as they comply with the 1.5m social distancing guidelines.

Nathan Cleary embroiled in second NRL social distancing scandal

Errr, there’s a guy in America who calls out fake news all the time and is definitely at least this stupid.

Mitchell, Addo-Carr under police investigation

I never said they did. I happen to have a view on what should be done by governments and sponsoring professional sports isn’t one of these things. Others obviously enjoy paying taxes more than me.

Tassie premier wants struggling club replaced with Tasmanian team

I agree, and had thought about that, but didn’t mention it in my comment. By all reports the population some of these guys were returning to were likely to have included some very vulnerable people

Mitchell, Addo-Carr under police investigation

They probably would be … but that’s not what I pay taxes for.

Tassie premier wants struggling club replaced with Tasmanian team

I’d think that what should happen if players break quarantine once the pre-season training starts up, that the entire club goes into 14 days quarantine, and if there are games within that 14 days, too bad, they forfeit them. Thus if one player screws up, they let their whole club and the game as a whole down.

Nathan Cleary embroiled in second NRL social distancing scandal

This goes well with my concept of good governance. If they are doing a good job I should barely know who the executives and board are. I should never hear or read about them. When they are well known, its almost always not a positive sign.

As Todd Greenberg exits, what will happen next for the NRL?

You really couldn’t say its not dangerous to the general population unless they knew every one of them was clear of Covid-19. I doubt that is that case, and that they had no idea at all. So there is a chance (admittedly small) that they could acquire it amongst their group and take it back to their homes (and teams, assuming they begin training in the next couple of weeks).

Mitchell, Addo-Carr under police investigation

I’m not convinced that a team that will almost certainly be propped up by Tasmanian taxpayers is any better than a team propped up by the AFL. I wouldn’t be happy if I was a Tasmanian taxpayer.

Tassie premier wants struggling club replaced with Tasmanian team

Does Brad Thorn count? He went from League to Union back to League back to Union. So there was one Union to League conversion in there.

The ten best union to league converts

I was thinking Matthew Ridge, but while he got picked for an All Blacks tour he never played an international for them. Still a very good player for Manly, and NZ.

The ten best union to league converts

I’d say it’s the job of the NRL to write the rules to match with how it wants the game to be played, which is mostly evidenced by the way it seems to want it refereed.

It's not the refs, it's the rules: Part 1

I think there’s a strong argument for rewriting the rule book, if only because its pretty clear the way the NRL is refereed doesn’t really reflect what the rules say, in many areas. So let’s align the rules with how people want the game to be actually played.

It's not the refs, it's the rules: Part 1