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RFL winning battle against wrestling techniques

The Rugby Football League say they have virtually eradicated the wrestling techniques which were becoming a blight on the game.
RFL winning battle against wrestling techniques
by NRL

The Rugby Football League say they have virtually eradicated the wrestling techniques which were becoming a blight on the game.

While Newcastle Knights coach Wayne Bennett this week called for tactics such as "chicken wings" to be outlawed in the NRL, the RFL's match officials director Stuart Cummings says they are no longer a major problem in Stobart Super League.

Last year the clubs gave their backing to a new ruling that saw grapple tackles become automatic sin-binning offences.

"The clubs and their head coaches have to be congratulated for the commitment they have shown to diluting the influence of wrestling techniques," said Cummings.

"The players don't like wrestling because of the harm it can do and neither do the supporters because if stifles the game as a spectacle.

"It may be premature to declare victory in our battle against the wrestle but it is not mere coincidence that we are currently recording the best television viewing figures we have ever had at a time when these techniques are going out of the game.

"We are aware of the concerns in Australia but our experience shows that, by working together with the clubs and their coaches under the auspices of a body like the laws committee, it is possible to shape the sport into a spectacle that the public clearly love to watch."


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