Manly skipper Daly Cherry-Evans has questioned why the NRL make drastic changes to the game without consulting players, after a controversial Magic Round was dominated by a crackdown on foul play.
Cherry-Evans, who is the general president of the Rugby League Players Association, said players had been excluded from conversations before a series of key changes made by the NRL in the last few seasons, including the game’s latest welfare edict.
“It’s the ability of them being able to move so quickly on things, it’s left the players guessing,” he told the Herald.
“We are not looking to run the game. We are players. We know that. I know I’m just a player in the game but I am just hoping that, because we are such a big part of the product, maybe they want to hear about how we think the game can improve.”
Less than six hours before the Tigers Knights clash on Friday night, the governing sent out a warning to clubs that stated: “Minimal contact [with the head or neck] may still see players placed on-report or sin-binned”.
The directive led to 14 sin bins and three send-offs during Magic Round and 24 charges from the judiciary.
The charges have seen Josh Papalii rubbed out of Origin I after accepting a three-game suspension while Dragons duo Tyrell Fuimaono and Josh McGuire will spent five weeks on the sidelines.
The record-breaking weekend of footy led to a number of players reaching out to player union boss Clint Newton to voice their frustrations. Newton has since requested a meeting with Peter V’landys.
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