I asked a current super league ref while on my recent match officials course "why do we never see players marched 10m for dissent anymore, is it still in the rule book?"
His reply "yes its still in the rules"
"So why not use it and the sin bin more?"
"What you need to realise is that rugby is more than a sport now, its a business and decisions like that can cost teams games"
That response totally pee'd me off. It is a sport and if players break the rules they should be punished, if the team suffers its not the refs fault.
That's a pathetic reason not to use the bin. It's the decision of the player and his actions that (should) result in a sin binning, so the ref would be blame free. If it affects the clubs business then they should take it up with the player. The amount of head high tackles I see go unpunished these days is beyond a joke and if that's again to do with business, then that's very alarming that player welfare takes a back seat.