Referees

Anthony Griffin refuses to bag referees over sin bin dismissal

Home farewell: Anthony Griffin.

Steve Mascord Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin stopped well short of condemning referee Ben Cummins over a wrongful sin bin dismissal but admitted he was concerned a similar gaffe could decide a finals series match.

South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Chris McQueen defends referees' decision to stop NRL match

Scars of battle: Rabbitohs back-rower Chris McQueen defended the referees' decision to stop Thursday night's match against the Bulldogs.

Michael Carayannis South Sydney's Chris McQueen has defended the referees after Canterbury coach Des Hasler criticised them for stopping play as the back-rower lay concussed during the Rabbitohs' 21-14 win on Thursday...

Three referees a possibility as NRL appoints Bob Fulton and John Buchanan to review the game rules

Sport

Adrian Proszenko The NRL has floated the prospect of introducing a third on-field referee in 2016 as part of a sweeping series of mooted changes hailed as the biggest to the game since the introduction of the video...

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Three referees a crowd: NRL coaches slam third whistleblower proposal

Adrian Proszenko Coaches have hit out at a proposal to add a third whistleblower to the field from 2016, believing the move would lead to more mistakes and inconsistency.

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'It'll take more than a bunker to fix this mob': Des Hasler slams referees

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Michael Carayannis Canterbury coach Des Hasler has let fly on the NRL match officials, declaring some of the decisions "dumb, dumb, dumb" as he watched his side concede 10 penalties in their seven point loss to South...

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A five-minute sin bin would stop NRL teams cheating

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Brad Walter "Cheat, cheat, cheat". Those instructions from an NRL coach as his players practised defending on their own line should dispel any doubt that teams deliberately concede penalties when the opposition...

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Dangerous tackles spark calls for referees to send more players off

Steve Matai

Brad Walter Referees have been encouraged to send players off for any incident which jeopordises the safety of an opponent after NRL officials expressed concern over a number of dangerous tackles in last...

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Jarryd Hayne criticises NRL referees for not giving Parramatta Eels a fair go

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Michael Carayannis Jarryd Hayne has waved the yellow card at NRL referees, claiming his Eels are heavily scrutinised because they do not have as many big-name players as their rivals.

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Bulldogs coach Des Hasler urges NRL to set up video referees' bunker to help ease frustration

“We’ve been hearing about the bunker [for a while] now. It’s hard for referees because they can’t get hold of the vision, which seems strange in a game that involves a billion dollars

Michael Carayannis Des Hasler has called on the NRL to revisit its video referee “bunker” situation as the Bulldogs coach questioned the accountability of the game’s leading officials when they have...

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Sharks captain Wade Graham takes pop at referees as coach laments technical shortcomings

Not their year: Dejected Sharks captain Wade Graham leaves the field after another loss for Cronulla.

Michael Carayannis Cronulla skipper Wade Graham hasn’t held back in his criticism of the on-field officials describing their performances as “on par” with his struggling team.

League

'We're struggling and so are they': Sharks stand-in captain Wade Graham slams referees

Darren Walton Cronulla captain Wade Graham branded NRL referees as poor as the hapless Sharks after his bottom-placed side handed North Queensland their first away win of the season on Friday night.

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League

Referees should be seen and not heard

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Phil Gould Please get the microphones and the television cameras off the referees. I haven’t raised this subject for a number of years, but in light of recent events, I would like to reaffirm my objection...

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NRL referees aren't approachable, says Titans' Greg Bird

Titans skipper Greg Bird.

Ed Jackson Gold Coast co-captain Greg Bird says NRL referees are unapproachable and their lack of dialogue with players is resulting in increasing frustration.

League

NRL referees to blame for lippy players, says Gold Coast Titans coach John Cartwright

Steve Mascord

Steve Mascord John Cartwright says referees only have themselves to blame for the surge in dissent.

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League

Referees' boss Tony Archer defends Sunday sin-bins, but concedes Origin blooper

Chris Barrett NRL referees boss Tony Archer is adamant Shayne Hayne and Ben Cummins did not lose control of last week's fiery second State of Origin clash and backed the whistleblowers who dismissed Parramatta's...

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League

Blake Ferguson completes referees course

Whistle-blower ... Blake Ferguson has completed a referees course.

Ben Horne Troubled rugby league star Blake Ferguson has taken a further step towards proving he's a fit person to return to the NRL, after completing his referees course.

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League

Geoff Toovey targets referees despite win

Sam Kasiano of the Bulldogs is placed on report.

Michael Carayannis Geoff Toovey’s side may have walked away with a 32-10 win, but it was the referees who have again come under fire from the Manly coach.

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Referees Shayne Hayne and Ben Cummins will stay in charge for State of Origin game two

Offside with the Blues: Referee Shayne Hayne.

Michael Chammas Under-fire referees Shayne Hayne and Ben Cummins have retained their spots and will control game two despite NSW officials being left furious with their game one performance.

Peter Wallace blames referees after Panthers' narrow loss to Storm

Michael Chammas The Panthers went down 18-17 to Melbourne at AAMI Park on Saturday night, with several contentious refereeing decisions going against them.

Rugby League

New rules troubling players, referees: Storm coach

Storm coach Craig Bellamy.

Roy Ward Craig Bellamy believes the NRL's new rules are troubling both players and referees.