NRL coaches get to the point of change

Action from this year's NRL Grand Final.
Action from this year's NRL Grand Final. MICK TSIKAS/AAP

NRL coaches have discussed a range of issues confronting rugby league, including the possibility of scrapping golden point for finals games as well as the introduction of scrum and line drop-out shot clocks.

Fourteen of the 16 NRL club coaches attended the meeting in Sydney and were updated on a number of issues, including the use of a Central Command Centre for video review use from next season.

This year's epic grand final between North Queensland and Brisbane was decided by a field goal kicked by Cowboys star Johnathan Thurston in extra time.

Losing coach Wayne Bennett, who had openly campaigned against golden point for several years, claimed it was an unfair way to decide the competition's season, again urging the game's rule makers to dump it.

Following trials in NRL and NYC games last season, the competition committee has recommend the introduction of a 35-second time limit for scrums and 30 seconds for line drop-outs, which will now go to the ARL Commission for ratification.

Other issues discussed included the performances of referees in 2015 where the game suffered several "howlers" - the video review system again came under fire.

NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg said feedback from the coaches would be used to consider further improvements to the game in 2016 and beyond.

"Shot clock will be an important change to the game next season and we have put a lot of work into ensuring we have the appropriate timings and rules," Greenberg said.

The meeting of coaches agreed further discussion was needed around the hot topic of golden point, but there was solid support to consider changes for finals and grand finals.



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