NRL to trail referee bunker from mid 2015

THE NRL is prepared to trial a video referee bunker coming 

season amid the continuing dissatisfaction surrounding refereeing 

selections.

From Mid-way next season, Video Referee Sean Hampstead could be making calls form the bunker.

From Mid-way next season, Video Referee Sean Hampstead could be making calls form the bunker.

The bunker has been on the agenda for a while however head of football Todd Greenberg publicly stated on Wednesday the NRL aims to check what they’re calling a “central command centre” mid-way along the 2015 season which might even deliver match review fines and match decisions.

Whereas insisting he was content with the level of refereeing regardless of the complaints this season, Greenberg admitted there was room for betterment and trusted having a smaller group of video referees concerned might assist.

Jamie Soward complains to Ben Cummins the referee

Jamie Soward complains to Ben Cummins the referee

“Given the know-how that’s out there we now have to take a look at ways to get better,” Greenberg stated on Wednesday.

“The purpose is to enhance effectivity, consistency and accuracy for our match officers.

“We’ll undertake a feasibility research right into a central command centre, where in-match decisions can be made by a smaller quantity of consultants.

“We expect it will have an actual affect on consistency as a result of the same group of individuals can make calls on numerous matches around the round.

“It’s going to take a while however we’re hoping by mid-way through next season we can be trialling it simultaneously our current processes are in place.”

Greenberg despatched a team to the US last year to analyse the expensive centralised evaluation technology utilized in both the NFL and NHL.

Whereas saying trials will seemingly proceed next season he would not speculate when it may very well be formally launched.

“The command centre is one thing we expect might be an actual game-changer for rugby league. It could possibly be the largest thing we’ve done since bringing video expertise in,” mentioned Greenberg.

“Nevertheless it’s a big funding. It should take hundreds of thousands of dollars to make happen.

“We’re going to place an in depth feasibility research in place to see if we can make it occur.” Greenberg stated one of many predominant benefits could be the real-time decisions, with coaches presumably informed straight after the match who of their players have been charged and with what.

“We’re going to dare to dream in regards to the potentialities of what it might appear to be, about placing different parts of the NRL enterprise in football into one place,” he stated.

Referee explaining Brett Stewart and Jamie Lyon his decision against Parramatta.

Referee explaining Brett Stewart and Jamie Lyon his decision against Parramatta.

 “Not solely reviewing decisions on the field (however) injury surveillance.

“Think about our match review panel making decisions in real-time where a coach walks right into a press convention and has a charge sheet already accessible to him.”

The NRL additionally publicly stated other intiatives to help enhance the stantard of refereeing for next season, together with the skilled assist of former Australia cricket coach John Buchanan.

Buchanan will probably be employed alongside rugby league Immortal Bob Fulton to see if models utilized by officials in different sports activities might be borrowed from.

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