League's big names to rule on shoulder charge

GLENN JACKSON
Last updated 08:06 13/12/2012
Shoulder charge
Getty Images
TAKE THAT: Roosters and Kiwis hard man Jared Waerea-Hargreaves feels the full force of a shoulder charge from Simon Dwyer of the Tigers during an NRL match in 2010.

Relevant offers

League

Kiwi league star Jason Taumalolo, Storm's Cooper Cronk jointly win Dally M Medal Justin Morgan, Willie Poching join Kiwis coaching staff for Four Nations Why the Cronulla Sharks are ready to beat Melbourne Storm to win NRL grand final Michael Ennis lauds Paul Gallen as a father figure 2016 NRL Grand Final: Paul Gallen says he never fell out with rival Cameron Smith Origin pre-season camp friction could play out in Melbourne Storm-Cronulla Sharks NRL grand final Wesley College rugby and league talent look to take next steps in sporting careers Gold Coast Titans NRL star Jarryd Hayne set to become a father with friend Amellia Bonnici Tony Smith: Why NZ shouldn't stage a NRL grand final - 'it's not fair on the fans' Chances of Kieran Foran being registered with Warriors in time appear remote

Rugby League's shift into a bad or bold new era - depending on whether you are a fan of the shoulder charge or not - was accelerated on Wednesday as some of the astute minds in the game met to discuss how the ban of the controversial tackling technique would be rolled out.

The NRL's competition committee met for almost five hours to discuss possible rule changes for next year's premiership, including how tight the guidelines would be around the shoulder charge, which has been banned by the ARL Commission.

Chiefly, the committee, which includes Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett, retired Queensland and Australian captain Darren Lockyer and new referees boss Daniel Anderson, discussed what will constitute a shoulder charge next season; for instance, whether front-on shoulder contact with an attacking player, and not just side-on contact, will be considered illegal next year.

Any recommendation made by the committee will be put to the final ARLC meeting of the year, next Tuesday, before they are signed.

Meanwhile, the Knights Members Club and Nathan Tinkler's Hunter Sports Group hope to ratify a compromise that will buy HSG more time to complete an audit of Newcastle's NRL team and extend the club's $20 million bank guarantee.

The two organisations had hoped to sign an amendment to the privatisation document on Wednesday then release a joint statement announcing the details, but they were unable to agree on the final wording after exchanging several drafts.

''We're just waiting to get the documentation finalised,'' Knights Members Club chairman Nick Dan told Fairfax Media on Wednesday night.

Knights chief executive Matt Gidley and Dan were expected to discuss the issue last night, and the plan was to issue a statement later on Thursday.

Ad Feedback

- Sydney Morning Herald

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who is your pick for international league player of the year?

Shaun Johnson

Jesse Bromwich

Sam Burgess

James Graham

Greg Inglis

Johnathan Thurston

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content