The verdict: This result reflects the reaction from the players after the Magic Round blitz. The poll was sent out to the players the day before Magic Round and was completed over the following fortnight. Last year 55 per cent of players voted in favour of a five minute sin-bin for minor indiscretions.
The verdict: The implementation and interpretation of the rules is the biggest concern for the players. The consistency of the match review committee and the fairness of the judiciary system remains a bugbear for the players. Surprisingly concussion only rated at No.3.
The verdict: ARLC chairman Peter V’landys has been quite proactive since taking over two years ago. The players want him to cool his heels for a while and stop tinkering with the game. However, as revealed later in this poll, the players aren’t opposed to all of the recent innovations.
The verdict: This is a big victory for the NRL, who have been copping heat for tinkering with the game too much that it has created an unsafe or unsustainable product. The fact 35 per cent suggest the game is too fast shouldn’t be discarded, but the majority have no issue with the pace in which it is being played. Whether that pace has a link to the rise in injuries is a different argument.
The verdict: Last year, just weeks after its introduction, 59 per cent of players backed the introduction of the six-again rule while another 27 per cent said it was too early to tell. Now that the players have had time to adjust, there is still overwhelming support for one of the biggest changes to the game in recent memory.
The verdict: Another tick for the NRL with the two-point field goal receiving the vote of approval from players after being introduced in the offseason. Nathan Cleary and Adam Reynolds have already benefited from it.
The verdict: The majority of players want things to remain the way they are with teams receiving a maximum of one unsuccessful captain’s challenge per game. Interestingly only four per cent want the captain’s challenge abolished.
The verdict: The NRL’s popularity has dropped over the past 12 months. The Peter V’landys-Andrew Abdo regime received a vote of 3.5 last year on the back of reviving the competition after the COVID-19 interruption. The recent crackdown appears to have dented their standing amongst the players but the score of 2.92 remains well above what Todd Greenberg and Peter Beattie tallied in 2019.
The verdict: The referees have dipped below a score of three for the first time since 2018. Last year’s score of 3.35 was the highest since the poll’s inception. Interestingly the last time the referees dropped below three was in 2018 when the Greenberg-led penalty blitz saw 33 stoppages in a match between Cronulla and Melbourne.
The verdict: Let Izzy play. That’s the overwhelming view of the players as Folau looks to return to rugby league via club football in Queensland. It’s the first time the players have been polled on their views about Folau, with the strong support likely to add further fuel to the fire. The NRL is standing by its position that until a contract is lodged with head office, there is no decision to be made.
The verdict: This issue could become one of the most contentious in the sport if future border restrictions prohibit travel without a vaccination. An incredible 82 per cent of players do not believe the COVID-19 vaccine should be mandatory. The NRL won’t make it mandatory unless the government does, but border restrictions could pose a dilemma for those players who are against taking it.
The verdict: As the International Rugby League continues to weight up whether to play the World Cup in the United Kingdom at the end of the year, it can be buoyed by the support of the players to travel. The major concern will be convincing clubs that they can’t have their players back until as late as February, with a 14-day quarantine period to take place after a six week tour. When you add holidays on top of that, some players won’t be back until February.
The verdict: This still remains a huge concern for the NRL, with the majority of players admitting they are exposed to some form of abuse on social media. Latrell Mitchell’s stance has had a positive impact but there remains work to be done.
The verdict: The NRL was considering flexing the rules to allow the likes of Jason Taumalolo to play State of Origin. That’s a big no-no according to 71 per cent of the players, who don’t want eligibility rules to be adjusted.
The verdict: This is a divisive issue and it’s reflected in the results. However the majority of players want the anthem to be continued to played before Origin games. The ARLC decided to scrap it last year, only to backflip after the interjection of Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
The verdict: There are plenty of concerns from experts who believe the game can’t afford to dilute its talent pool by adding another team in Brisbane in 2023. That’s not the view of the players, who voted strongly the other way.
The verdict: The NRL posed a potential conference system to some clubs last month that would see the competition split into Sydney and outer-Sydney groups as part of an 18-team competition in the future. The players don’t like the idea.
The verdict: A committee has been formed to look at the introduction of transfer windows from 2023. The most likely outcome would see a transfer window at the middle and end of the season. The players don’t mind that concept but majority would prefer it to remain a free-for-all, as it is now.
The verdict: While most fans would agree this would be a sensible move to discourage players from breaking contracts, no surprise the players themselves are happy with the current system that potentially rewards disloyalty. The RLPA is pushing back against the NRL’s decision to look at a new model.
The verdict: It’s no surprise that players feel the NRL’s fines and suspensions are off the mark. Consistency has been difficult for head office to apply, according to the players.
The verdict: It has been described as a lottery by some, and the players appear to feel the same way. The most common criticism has always been a huge lack of consistency.
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