Dear NRL HQ & the media...

Caniffe

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Look, we've been fans for years and I can understand rule changes that make the game better. Removing the corner post from being out of touch (thx Vossy) - genius move. Introducing the 40/20? Great! 7 tackle sets when you kick it dead? Superb.

Even stopping the clock in the final five minutes was a good move, to add to the suspense.

But the absolutely shamozzle of rule changes introduced since 2020 has seen the utter fabric of this game ripped to shreds. The only people asking for these rule changes were either highly paid media "pundits" who are paid even more when their articles get lots of hits and ad revenue, or nanny state NRL staffers.

I can cop when our club stuffs up recruitment and we have to rebuild, but I cannot accept that this level of ineptitude cannot have been a deliberate decision to try and increase your balance sheet to pump up the future TV deal which to be fair, is now at serious risk. We sit here and watch the Badels, Kents, Buzzes and Balms and other media types deathride clubs for ratings.

You sit there and fiddle, whilst rome burns.
#thisisnotnrl

Let's recap what you've done.

Rule #1: Referees retain the right to issue a full penalty and put players in the sin bin for persistent ruck infringements and professional fouls.
So you've had this rule all along, and only tonight decide to put it into action despite MONTHS AND WEEKS of certain clubs taking the absolute piss out of it on their goalines. What were you thinking would happen?

Rule #2: Only one referee.
Let's be clear here. THE ONLY PEOPLE ASKING FOR THIS, were the Phil Goulds of the media crew. No fan cared. If you TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED IT because of COVID-19, we'd all understand that. But you hid behind COVID to make a few media happy. Idiots.

Rule #3: Penalties for breaking early from the scrum.
Good on you for enforcing the rule from 1908. Idiots.

Rule #4: Six agains.
Were you drunk? Did you fall over and hit your head and feel unable to string some words together? NOBODY ASKED FOR THIS. Clubs were happy enough to boot the ball into the touch and go again. Instead you give a six again WHILST A CLUB IS ON THEIR OWN TEN METRE LINE and then wonder with dismay why they only made it to the 40m line. Seriously, who asked for this? What rules committee did you use and what fans did you ask, because anyone who agreed with this rule need to be removed from the game.

Rule #5: Play the ball if it goes over the sideline.
Ok. Scrums were fine too, but whatever.

Rule #6: Scrum at a location of the teams' choosing.
Whatever. NRL style set plays, probably sounded fun in the rules room (which is sounding more like PVL's lair, to be fair)

Rule #7: Captains Challenge.
Cool. Well done for adopting what most sports around the world are doing, bravo.

Rule #8: Bunker can review tries post scoring and cancel it.
Yep, probably a good idea.

Rule #9: Two point field goals.
Who asked for this? Who in the right mind said, YEAH LETS DO THIS. NOBODY.

Be ashamed of your performance and incompetence, giving into knee jerk changes, NRL HQ.
 

Kimlo

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Apr 26, 2008
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Look, we've been fans for years and I can understand rule changes that make the game better. Removing the corner post from being out of touch (thx Vossy) - genius move. Introducing the 40/20? Great! 7 tackle sets when you kick it dead? Superb.

Even stopping the clock in the final five minutes was a good move, to add to the suspense.

But the absolutely shamozzle of rule changes introduced since 2020 has seen the utter fabric of this game ripped to shreds. The only people asking for these rule changes were either highly paid media "pundits" who are paid even more when their articles get lots of hits and ad revenue, or nanny state NRL staffers.

I can cop when our club stuffs up recruitment and we have to rebuild, but I cannot accept that this level of ineptitude cannot have been a deliberate decision to try and increase your balance sheet to pump up the future TV deal which to be fair, is now at serious risk. We sit here and watch the Badels, Kents, Buzzes and Balms and other media types deathride clubs for ratings.

You sit there and fiddle, whilst rome burns.
#thisisnotnrl

Let's recap what you've done.

Rule #1: Referees retain the right to issue a full penalty and put players in the sin bin for persistent ruck infringements and professional fouls.
So you've had this rule all along, and only tonight decide to put it into action despite MONTHS AND WEEKS of certain clubs taking the absolute piss out of it on their goalines. What were you thinking would happen?

Rule #2: Only one referee.
Let's be clear here. THE ONLY PEOPLE ASKING FOR THIS, were the Phil Goulds of the media crew. No fan cared. If you TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED IT because of COVID-19, we'd all understand that. But you hid behind COVID to make a few media happy. Idiots.

Rule #3: Penalties for breaking early from the scrum.
Good on you for enforcing the rule from 1908. Idiots.

Rule #4: Six agains.
Were you drunk? Did you fall over and hit your head and feel unable to string some words together? NOBODY ASKED FOR THIS. Clubs were happy enough to boot the ball into the touch and go again. Instead you give a six again WHILST A CLUB IS ON THEIR OWN TEN METRE LINE and then wonder with dismay why they only made it to the 40m line. Seriously, who asked for this? What rules committee did you use and what fans did you ask, because anyone who agreed with this rule need to be removed from the game.

Rule #5: Play the ball if it goes over the sideline.
Ok. Scrums were fine too, but whatever.

Rule #6: Scrum at a location of the teams' choosing.
Whatever. NRL style set plays, probably sounded fun in the rules room (which is sounding more like PVL's lair, to be fair)

Rule #7: Captains Challenge.
Cool. Well done for adopting what most sports around the world are doing, bravo.

Rule #8: Bunker can review tries post scoring and cancel it.
Yep, probably a good idea.

Rule #9: Two point field goals.
Who asked for this? Who in the right mind said, YEAH LETS DO THIS. NOBODY.

Be ashamed of your performance and incompetence, giving into knee jerk changes, NRL HQ.
Post it on change? Maybe it'll get some traction and Vlandys can get some negative media so he can **** right back off to that shitty horse racing industry he's perfectly suited to.
 

Nashy

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Post it on change? Maybe it'll get some traction and Vlandys can get some negative media so he can **** right back off to that shitty horse racing industry he's perfectly suited to.

He needs the dunce cap.
 

K-Style

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The "one on one" strip is another stupid rule. It was fine how it was. Munster did three proper one on one's in one game. Now it's an excuse to try to strip after the tackle is completed and if not then get tangled up and delay the play of the ball.
 

Foordy

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Post it on change? Maybe it'll get some traction and Vlandys can get some negative media so he can **** right back off to that shitty horse racing industry he's perfectly suited to.

i don't think Vlandys expected the media to turn on him like they have.

so far i have seen those in the media describe what happened in tonight's games as "disgrace", "farce", "not rugby league" etc

I even agree with the raging fool
 

McHunt

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Here’s another dumb rule that no one ever questions: play the ball infringements, who gives a ****? In fact, why do we even play the ball under the foot? There is no reason not to simply stop and pass. If we can live without rucks and lineouts, we can live without that too.
 

Kimlo

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i don't think Vlandys expected the media to turn on him like they have.

so far i have seen those in the media describe what happened in tonight's games as "disgrace", "farce", "not rugby league" etc

I even agree with the raging fool
I'm fucking proper sick of Vlandys man, he makes me physically sick. He's fucking ruined one of my favourite things.
 

broncsgoat

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i don't think Vlandys expected the media to turn on him like they have.

so far i have seen those in the media describe what happened in tonight's games as "disgrace", "farce", "not rugby league" etc

I even agree with the raging fool
When the drums start beating as well he will have a hard time coming back from it. If he backflips immediately the next time he tries something people will doubt it and if he keeps it the game is fucking cooked.

what a stupid fucking time to do it as well, he’s created a perfect storm of fuckery for himself
 

BroncsFan

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Here’s another dumb rule that no one ever questions: play the ball infringements, who gives a ****? In fact, why do we even play the ball under the foot? There is no reason not to simply stop and pass. If we can live without rucks and lineouts, we can live without that too.
Yeah lets clamp down on playing the ball properly, but not bother about making them play it on the mark.

My most infuriating thing is when they jump out to the side to play the ball and take the markers out of play... no penalty and maybe 1% get pulled up and told to go back and play it... but it completely disrupts the ruck
 

Sproj

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There needs to be so much more heat thrown in this idiot and his regime, he is destroying league. No one asked for a comp where only two teams can win and attract a marquee talent. No one asked for the game to be more like touch football. No one asked for the life of this sport to be sucked out and told to suck it up. This guy and his cronies have killed the sport we all loved.
 

K-Style

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Here’s another dumb rule that no one ever questions: play the ball infringements, who gives a ****? In fact, why do we even play the ball under the foot? There is no reason not to simply stop and pass. If we can live without rucks and lineouts, we can live without that too.

Hey but you're allowed to step around the marker and walk 10m before playing the ball. Maybe they should crack down on that.
 
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