St George Illawarra captain Ben Hunt doesn’t want the players to be ‘left in the dark’ on the game’s biggest issues
St George Illawarra captain Ben Hunt says players have bene left “in the dark” by the NRL after there were no consultation with players about the code’s crackdown on high shots.
The NRL’s stance on foul play has dominated conversation following a record 14 sin bins and three send-offs during last weekend’s Magic Round.
All clubs received two emails about the new foul play edict, one in early May and another in the lead-up to last weekend’s Magic Round in Brisbane.
The NRL has received criticism for only contacting clubs via email to inform them about the new stance when tackle techniques take time to modify.
Ben Hunt doesn’t agree with every aspect to the NRL’s high shot crackdown, but he says this could be fixed if the players are consulted before rules are introduced. Photo: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
Hunt agreed, declaring the league’s powerbrokers should have consulted the players before implementing the foul play crackdown.
“Yeah, I think so, it seems whenever something comes in quickly like this, the players are left in the dark about the decisions that are being made,” Hunt said.
“And we just have to fall in line and play along with it.
“Whenever there are big rules changes that come in, I think the players should have a say.”
On the field, Hunt is happy the Dragons can field a team this Friday against Cronulla after losing 12 players due to injury and suspension.
He welcomed the signing of former Brisbane teammate Gerard Beale on a training contract for the season.
“He (Gerard) brings a lot of experience,” he said.
“I remember playing with him when he were younger at the Broncos. He is a good lad, and it is something that we needed at the club.
“Obviously, we are pretty thin at the moment and from all reports he has been playing well up there in the Queensland Cup.
“He will bring an old head out in the centres.”
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