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  1. The number of interchanges is set to remain at eight per team next season after the NRL Competition Committee reviewed data on the rule's impact since it was last reduced for the 2016 season. Dr Kevin Norton, a professor in exercise science at the University of South Australia, presented a range of data from the past three seasons to demonstrate how the reduction from 10 to eight interchanges had affected the game. The competition committee made the decision to cut the number of interchanges three years ago because they wanted a more fast-paced and free-flowing game. Some believe the number of interchanges should be further reduced to six but the main issue last season was the decrease in the amount of time the ball was in play. Fox Sports CEO and sports business futurist Stu Taggart, the CEO and founder of Relevant Innovation, also addressed the competition committee, which comprises current and former coaches and players, ARL commissioner Wayne Pearce, NRL CEO Todd Greenberg and new head of elite football Graham Annesley. Annesley wants to introduce greater transparency through weekly press conferences each Monday to discuss on field issues from the weekend’s round of matches.
  2. You'll probably have seen that Matt Cecchin has been contacted with a view to asking him to review his decision to leave NRL refereeing. Newly appointed NRL head of elite football operations, Graham Annesley, has confirmed that he has tried to get Cecchin to stay in the NRL. The new set up appears to be addressing problems of last season, some of which led to Cecchin leaving Apparently he hasn't said yes, but he hasn't said no.
  3. Sounds today like it would be Kurt Mann not Dufty who would be moved on.
  4. Just totally wrong eh David? Dufty or Hayne? I’d choose Dufty every time.
  5. Seems like Eels are trying to move at least one of their current squad along and out of the club to try to keep Hayne
  6. Apart from having a criminal record which he'll carry the rest of his life (presumably) this result at court seems more lenient in terms of what he lost by not playing the remainder of the 2018 season and the damage to his professional and private reputation.
  7. The Rugby League International Federation have confirmed that Australia will host the Nines World Cup and be a part of the Oceania Cup in 2019 and tour Britain in 2020, as agreed upon on the new international calendar. While the calendar is not yet set in stone, the structure of it have been agreed to in principle. Electives from over 20 countries held a meeting in York earlier in the week for the RLIF Congress, electing ARLC chairman Peter Beattie as deputy chair and promoting Graeme Thompson into the chair role. Thompson, a former Scotland international, replaces John Grant as chair, who stood down at the AGM. Discussion points from the meeting included the future of rugby league and locking in key dates for the next eight years and the lead in to the 2021 World Cup.
  8. Raiders Injury News Canberra have confirmed Jordan Rapana will miss the first half of 2019 due to shoulder surgery. The Raiders’ winger dislocated his shoulder playing for New Zealand in the second Test against England last week, leaving Anfield with his right arm in a sling after the Kiwi’s 14-20 loss. Rapana’s surgery will see him sidelined until late May of next year, with his earliest possible return for the Raiders in Round 11 of the 2019 season. The injury of the star winger is a huge blow for the Raiders, who are also contending with the loss of Ata Hingano, also to a shoulder injury. Hingano is expected to return from Round 6 to 8 next year, while captain Jarrod Croker is on target for a Round 1 return from his knee reconstruction
  9. Newcastle Knights have signed emerging back Hymel Hunt on a one-year deal, beginning next season. The 24-year old provides the Knights with versatility, capable of playing centre or wing, while bringing valuable experience from the Melbourne Storm and South Sydney Rabbitohs. “Hymel’s been in two good systems, in Melbourne and Souths,” Brown told the club website. “He brings great versatile. He’s at home at wing or centre and can even play backrow. “He’s a nice addition to our squad.”
  10. Wayne Bennett has replied to the comments from the people like Greg and Freddy calling them ignorant and saying they ought watch before they open their ‘paid to comment’ mouths.
  11. One or two things said and done recently by well known and previously respected figures in Aussie RL have caused some folk in the UK to question their attitude to RL players, clubs and national sides other than Australia. There is in my mind no doubt that NRL and Origin are the most competitive competitions in RL. However the players, clubs and organisations in other countries should be given respect. I was prompted to post the having just read an impassioned article on the Serious About RL website. It covers the perceived scorn of the recent Golden Boot winner Tommy Who? and the reluctance to play an Ashes series against GB. Have a read and see what you think. Guess who Mal Meninga has dubbed the Mouth from the North?